Daily news - 2nd April 2019

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UK news

Control of pregabalin and gabapentin under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971

The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Amendment) Order 2018 classifies pregabalin and gabapentin as Class C drugs | Home Office, UK

E-cigarettes do not normalise smoking for young people – study

Tobacco use among children and teens continues to fall despite popularity of vaping | Guardian, UK

Numbing the Pain: Survivors’ voices of childhood sexual abuse and addiction (PDF)

One in Four’s new report, Numbing the Pain: Survivors’ voices of childhood sexual abuse and addictionhighlights sexual abuse as an underlying trauma for many people who experience substance abuse addiction | One in four, UK

Humankind Blenheim Merger

Video on the merger bewteen Blenheim CDP and Humankind | Humankind, UK

Prescription drug made my son a zombie - video

Alan McLaughlin was 26 when he took his own life | BBC, UK

April 2019 – Current List

Latest books on addiction | Addiction, UK

Police horses to be used to sniff out drugs in high places and under people's hats

New SCENT team can detect stashes in bird boxes, trees and under hats | Somerset Live, UK


International news

Drugs before sex more common in UK than in Europe or US – study

UK citizens more likely to use alcohol, MDMA or cocaine before sex, researchers find | Guardian, UK

Iceland Expected to Introduce Drug Consumption Rooms

Drug consumption rooms (DCR) are expected to be introduced in Iceland, as MPs and the Minister of Health have backed calls for an amendment to the national drug law | Talking Drugs, UK

Watch Our New Film About Barcelona's Drug Squats

Gangs are taking over flats in the city, making life a nightmare for their neighbours | VICE, UK

Effectiveness Bank additions. Therapy relationships that work 1: The alliance

First of four bulletins recapping 16 reviews for the American Psychological Association featuring expert advice and amalgamations of research findings on different aspects of the client-therapist relationship. This first bulletin focuses on the overall personal and professional bond between client and therapist | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Los Angeles to clear up to 50,000 old marijuana convictions using algorithms

Voters approved eliminating some pot-related crimes and clearing old convictions when they legalized adult marijuana use in 2016 | Guardian, UK

Can marijuana help end the opioids crisis?

In states where medical marijuana is legal, doctors write fewer opioid prescriptions and patients consume lower doses | Guardian, UK

War on drugs has helped cocaine traffickers conquer swathes of Central America, study suggests

Almost 20 per cent of US drug control spending goes on attempts to intercept shipments, with a ‘dismal’ success rate | Independent, UK

Drugnet newsletter (PDF)

Latest news roundup. Includes reducing harm, supporting recovery: a health-led response to drug and alcohol use in Ireland 2017— 2025 which underlines the shift in Irish drugs policy over the last few years towards a health-led approach. It was made very clear at the launch of the strategy last year and in most official commentary around it that the Irish government viewed drugs as a public health rather than a criminal justice issue | Drugnet, Ireland

'Momentous achievement': Campaigners welcome confirmation of government medicinal cannabis supplier

Health Minister Simon Harris will bring proposals about the cannabis access programme to Cabinet next month | Journal, Ireland

Fentanyl ban in China to expand to all drugs related to the killer synthetic opioid

Beijing -- China said Monday it would soon begin regulating all fentanyl-related drugs as a class of controlled substances. The change has long been pushed for by U.S. officials, including President Trump, as a way to stem the flow of lethal opioids from China | CBS News, USA

Next-generation single-dose antidotes for opioid overdoses

Fentanyl's powerful effects are long-lasting, and even tiny amounts of the drug can lead to an overdose. Antidotes, such as naloxone, do not last long enough in the body to fully counter the drug, requiring repeated injections. Now, scientists report that they are developing single-dose, longer-lasting opioid antidotes using polymer nanoparticles | Science Daily, USA

“Nicotine Hunger”—UK Harm Reductionist’s Inspiring Work Protecting Vulnerable People’s Health

Louise Ross is a leader in tobacco harm reduction in the UK, where millions of people have successfully switched from combustible cigarettes to vaping to protect their health. She was the manager of the Leicester Stop Smoking Service for 14 years, and helped thousands of people quit smoking | Filter Magazine, USA

More Americans think e-cigarettes are harmful, study says

More American adults perceive electronic cigarettes to be as harmful as or more harmful than regular cigarettes, according to a new analysis | CNN, USA

Cannabis Use, Harms and Perceived Risks among Canadian Students

This report compiles results from provincial and national SDUS to provide a pan-Canadian perspective on baseline trends before legalization in cannabis use, associated harms and perceived risks among Canadian students in grades 7 through 12. It is intended to inform policy makers, substance use treatment and prevention program developers, researchers, health professionals and those working with youth | CCSA, Canada

How to use the CSUCH Visualization Tool

New tool to explore the costs and harms of substance use in Canada, and create and download customized charts, maps and tables | CSUCH, Canada

'Unacceptable': Toronto board of health chair slams province for supervised injection site cuts

More than 1,200 people died of opioid-related overdoses in Ontario in 2017, data shows | CBC News, Canada

Opioid users and families urge Nova Scotia to open overdose prevention site

Group marches to Province House in Halifax with crosses marking deaths of loved ones | CBC News, Canada


Blogs, comment and opinion

Debunking common myths and misconceptions about teens and vaping - separating the facts from the scare stories

Put yourselves in the shoes of a parent (if you're not already one). You read in the papers about a teenage vaping epidemic. There's a good chance you're one of the many people in the UK who think vaping is just as bad as smoking, and you've already been told that electronic cigarettes are a gateway to smoking cigarettes | NSP blog, UK

Prescription drugs pregabalin and gabapentin have been reclassified – but it won’t stop problem use

Gabapentin and pregabalin, two widely used prescription drugs, are now subject to increased controls in the UK, which means they are now reclassified as class C controlled substances | Conversation, UK

Crack cocaine and the need for regulation

Last week, Public Health England published the results of a new inquiry into the increase in crack cocaine use in England.  It makes for difficult reading for anyone who thinks current drug policies are effective | Transform blog, UK

Heroin and me: our political sketch writer on giving up drugs - podcast

The best decision the Guardian’s parliamentary sketch writer, John Crace, ever made was to give up heroin. Having lost his 20s to addiction, Crace swore he would not touch the drug again. After 32 clean years, he explains how quitting is a lifelong process | Guardian, UK

Feds are blowing smoke about pot supplies

Ontario’s first legal cannabis shops are finally here. One challenge they’ll face is Canada’s nationwide product shortage. That’s despite repeated federal government assurances of ample supplies | The Conversation, Canada