Daily news - 17th September 2018

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People who inject drugs: non-fatal overdose monitoring

Report on non-fatal overdose monitoring data collected from the unlinked anonymous monitoring survey of HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C in people who inject drugs | PHE, UK

Middle-class 'consume more drugs and alcohol' than poorest

UK report finds 14.2 million living in poverty more likely to smoke and have disabilities | Guardian, UK

Jon Ashworth: Alcohol addiction services will no longer be neglected

The Labour Party has promised to strengthen links between addiction services and mental health services if it comes to power, matching one of the recommendations in the Alcohol and mental health report published by the Institute of Alcohol Studies and Centre for Mental Health | IAS, UK

Diane Abbott in cannabis oil U-turn as she backs legalisation for medicinal use

A Labour government would legalise the prescription of cannabis oil for medical purposes and mount a review into public health related drugs policy, Diane Abbott has confirmed | Politics Home, UK

Police leader urges for new approach on cannabis

Cannabis clubs, where the drug is shared and smoked among members, are growing in popularity in the UK. The BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme took the police and crime commissioner for drug policy to meet people from three clubs to find out what they could contribute to the legalisation debate | BBC, UK

Victoria Derbyshire show

[Watch from I hr 18 mins in] Discussion around shoplifting arrests in the UK with Mike Trace CEO of the Forward Trust and Chris Noyes from The Association of Convenience Stores | BBC, UK

Alcohol-free months are all the rage – but will a sober October lead to long-term health benefits?

Dry January is already popular, and people are being encouraged to take a break from alcohol next month, too. Does this make a big difference, or should we be finding new ways to drink less? | Guardian, UK

A DMT trip 'feels like dying' - and scientists now agree

A new scientific study suggests strong similarities between near death experiences and the psychedelic drug | BBC, UK

Vice-Chancellors told to 'prioritise' mental health of students

Vice-Chancellors have been told they must “prioritise” the mental health and well-being of new students, as the universities minister says that this requires “leadership from the top” | Telegraph, UK

Celebrating recovery together – UK Recovery Walk 2018

We were delighted to see that, once again, over a thousand people from all over the country attended the 10th annual UK Recovery Walk, which took place in Shrewsbury last weekend | CGL, UK

‘Understanding Me’ Wins Recovery Street Film Festival 2018 – Ceri’s COA Story

We are incredibly proud to announce that Nacoa volunteer Ceri has won the Recovery Street Film Festival 2018 with her wonderful film, ‘Understanding Me’ | NACOA, UK

Club Soda brings Scotland’s first alcohol-free drinks festival to Glasgow

Drink Wise, Age Well, the Glasgow-based, National Lottery funded programme to help the over 50s make healthier choices about alcohol, will bring a mixture of insightful exhibits and engaging workshops to the event which will take place at The Briggait on Saturday, October 13 | Evening Times, UK

Prison harnesses stationery solution to counter psychoactive substances

A prison has found an effective way to stop inmates getting their hands on psychoactive substances like Spice – by using a photocopier | ITV, UK

Footage from inside prisons shows drug use and partying

Prisoners in jails across England have been using smuggled mobile phones to broadcast drug use and partying on social media | ITV, UK

Convicted drugs councillor resigns from Gainsborough Town Council

A disgraced councillor and business owner convicted of conspiracy to deal drugs has resigned from the authority | BBC, UK

Drug dealer Alan Yeomans' seized valuables were sold at auction

Thousands of pounds worth of artwork, watches and furniture found at a drug dealer's hidden luxury house have been sold at auction | BBC, UK

'World's oldest brewery' found in cave in Israel, say researchers

Researchers say they have found the world's oldest brewery, with residue of 13,000-year-old beer, in a prehistoric cave near Haifa in Israel | BBC, UK


International news

Understanding recent developments in North American cannabis policy

Free event. Monday 8th October. 18.30 - 20.00. Clements Inn, London WC2A 2AG. Since 1961 cannabis has been classified (along with the opiates and cocaine) as a drug that presents such a serious danger to health that its use by adults should be prohibited except for medical or scientific purposes | LSE, UK

Two dead and three critically ill after suspected overdoses at Defqon.1 festival in Sydney

A man, 23, and a woman, 21, collapsed at music festival in Castlereagh on Saturday night and died a short time later | Guardian, UK

'It's saving lives': community rallies to support Melbourne's drug-injecting room

With 140 people treated for overdoses in three months, the room has been hailed a success. But a change of government could see the trial scuppered in an instant | Guardian, UK

Affordable vaping for smokers in poor countries branded 'a human rights issue'

Academics call for reduction in cost of e-cigarettes to tackle harmful effects of smoking in the developing world | Guardian, UK

FF Irish amendment could delay public health legislation on alcohol

Harris plan to pass Bill three years in the making, under pressure | Irish Times, Ireland

Dublin drug injection centre planning application set for October

A planning application for the country's first drug injection centre will be made before the end of the month according to Merchants Quay Ireland | RTe, Ireland

From Colombian cartels to grow-houses in Galway: where do Ireland's illegal drugs come from?

We look at the connection between international crime gangs and Irish customers | Journal, Ireland

Presidential Proclamation on Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week, 2018

During Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week, we acknowledge the devastating toll the opioid epidemic has inflicted on our country and its people, and we pledge to raise awareness of the dangers of prescription and illicit opioid abuse | White House, USA

Deadly Overdoses Might Be Scaring Away New Heroin Users

Around 70,000 people died of drug overdoses last year in the US. A federal drug use survey suggests that might be discouraging people from trying heroin | BuzzFeed, USA

To avoid overdoses, some test their heroin before taking it

The newest tool in the fight against opioid overdoses is an inexpensive test strip that can help heroin users detect a potentially deadly contaminant in their drugs | abc news, USA

New US survey shows some progress against opioid crisis

Figures from a U.S. government survey released Friday show some progress in the fight against the ongoing opioid addiction crisis with fewer people in 2017 using heroin for the first time compared to the previous year | Medical Xpress, USA

Spike In Synthetic Marijuana Overdoses In Washington, D.C.

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Washington, D.C., Fire and EMS Chief Gregory Dean about a recent spate of overdoses involving a synthetic drug known as K2 | npr, USA

Canadians who smoke marijuana legally, or work or invest in the industry, will be barred from the U.S.: Customs and Border Protection official

Canadians will be barred from entering the United States for smoking marijuana legally, for working in Canada’s legal marijuana industry and for investing in legal Canadian marijuana companies, a senior U.S. Customs and Border Protection official says | The Star, USA

Police will be able to toke, but must be fit for duty

While members of the Canadian Armed Forces must refrain from using cannabis in the eight hours before they report for duty and for 24 hours before handling a firearm, regulations for police officers don't appear to be as tight | Vancouver Sun, Canada

Defqon.1: NSW Premier vows to shut down festival after suspected overdose deaths

The New South Wales Premier has vowed to do everything she can to shut down Defqon.1, after two people died in suspected overdoses at the popular Sydney music festival last night | abc.net.au, Australia

Doctors urged to quiz pregnant women about drinking habits

Up to five per cent of the Australian population are believed to have Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder | SBS News, Australia

WA meth helpline calls 'left unanswered' as funding cut

Nearly a quarter of all calls made to the state's meth helpline were left unanswered in the year 2016-2017, the state opposition has claimed | Age, Australia

New Labor bill would make using and growing cannabis legal in Canberra

It's the illicit drug one in three have used in their lifetime, but could lighting up a joint soon be legal in Canberra? | Canberra Times, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

A councillor’s plea to Sajid Javid – we need MUP

Leicester City public health lead Adam Clarke hopes the Home Secretary will heed his call | IAS blog, UK

Addiction Services Are At Breaking Point - For Misusers And Their Families, We Must Confront This Crisis

New Labour research finds the number of people suffering from alcohol addiction is now over 600,000, yet those receiving treatment in last year was the lowest level since 2008/09 | Huffington Post blog, UK

Saoirse O'Sullivan, PhD, a prominent cannabinoid researcher and Associate Professor at The University of Nottingham, provided a considered response for Families 4 Access with her assessment of the ACMD’s latest letter with their recommendations to the government

On September 11th, the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) issued a number of recommendations to the government on cannabis-derived medicinal products (CDMPs) based on their review in collaboration with representatives of the Home Office, Department of Health and Social Science (DHSC) and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) | Families 4 access, UK

People my age shouldn't die at music festivals. Pill-testing saves lives

I go to live music events regularly, and I was part of Australia’s first legally-sanctioned pill-testing trial. I’ve seen that it works | Guardian opinion, UK

The question MPs should ask about pill testing in the wake of deaths at Defcon.1

It is time that ministers approached decisions about pill testing as if they were attempting to protect their own children | Canberra Times opinion, Australia

Why we need to stop sharing 'wine mum' memes

I want to have a whine about wine. Not so much about wine itself. I’m quite fond of it and I don’t want to take it away from anyone else - promise! | Age opinion, Australia