Daily news - 6th August 2019

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UK news

Juul trials 'lockable' C1 e-cigarette for UK vapers

UK trials have begun of an e-cigarette that can be locked to prevent anyone but its owner puffing on it | BBC, UK

Women in Addiction

2018 was the centenary of (at least some) women’s suffrage, and the 20 years’ anniversary of an SSA annual conference where all the speakers were women. To mark these events, the Society commissioned a Women in Addiction project with the aim of celebrating the achievements of women in Addiction research | SSA UK

Scientists develop 'artificial tongue' to detect fake whiskies

The technology can also be used to identify poisons as well as to monitor rivers | Guardian, UK

We Talk, They Die : A Call for Action

Free event. Tue, 8 October 2019. 08:30 – 17:00 BST. Jurys Inn Hotel, Fry St, Middlesbrough TS1 1JH. Foundations is delighted to present its 2nd FREE Harm Reduction focused event aimed at developing action to reduce drug related harms | Foundations, UK

Cheapest places to buy a pint of beer in the UK revealed

Price of a pint in the capital almost double the average cost of a pint around the world, research finds | Independent, UK

Devon cannabis factory found buried under barn

A businessman ran an underground cannabis factory which was made of five interlocking shipping containers buried under a barn, a court has heard | BBC, UK

Llanymynech vets break-in: '£80k' of horse drugs and kit stolen

Thieves who "targeted" a veterinary clinic for horses stole drugs and kit worth up to £80,000, staff say | BBC, UK

Cannabis plant waste found fly-tipped in Suffolk village

Dozens of cannabis plants that have been fly-tipped in a small village could pose a health risk to the public, a council said | BBC, UK


International news

Richard Peto. Discovery - The Life Scientific - audio

Epidemiologist Richard Peto talks about his work on the links between tobacco and disease | BBC, UK

Brazil gang leader dresses up as teenage daughter in jail-break attempt

Clauvino da Silva wore rubber mask and wig to walk out of Rio prison, apparently planning to leave his daughter inside | Guardian, UK

They call it acid: a graphic history of the first LSD trip – in pictures

Brian Blomerth’s graphic novel Bicycle Day tells the story of the psychedelic ride made in 1943 by Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann as he researched the drug LSD | Guardian, UK

Cigarettes with pro-environment marketing perceived as less harmful, study finds

Few people would consider a handgun with a sustainably harvested wood stock any less lethal than one with a steel stock. The same logic doesn't seem to apply to cigarettes—the leading preventable cause of death globally and in the United States | Medical Xpress, USA

Family influence key in spread of opioid use

Introducing an opioid painkiller into a home can double the chances someone else living in the home seeks out the addictive drugs on his or her own, according to a new paper from two UC Berkeley researchers | Medical Xpress, USA

Patterns of substance use and co-use by adolescents

Using in-depth interviews with 13 adolescents (16-19 years of age) who used alcohol and marijuana, this study examines the role that social and physical contexts play in adolescent decision-making about simultaneous use of alcohol and marijuana | Medical Xpress, USA

If you smoke pot, your anesthesiologist needs to know

When Colorado legalized marijuana, it became a pioneer in creating new policies to deal with the drug | Medical Xpress, USA

CBD risks and the chance to rein in supplements

With medical and recreational marijuana being legalized in states across the country, cannabis and related products are hitting an eager market, but often without scientific studies to back up product claims | Medical Xpress, USA

After pot legalized, Colorado's teens moved from smoking to edibles, 'dabbing'

Colorado legalized recreational marijuana use in 2014, and a new study shows that the state's teens have since started to move away from smoking pot to other forms of consumption | Medical Xpress, USA

Joe Biden Is Coming for Your Legal Weed

The former VP and 2020 candidate's plan for cannabis is the industry's worst nightmare: It could blow up the system across the country | VICE, USA

Many post on social media under the influence of drugs -- and regret it

Among people who use drugs, a third post on social media and half text or make calls while high | EurekAlert, USA

NYC Jailers Hinder Patients’ Access to Mental Health Services

People incarcerated in New York City jails are consistently obstructed from accessing mental health services | Filter Magazine, USA


Blogs, comment and opinion

Drinking in pregnancy: lasting effects of low-level alcohol use?

It’s generally well known that drinking large amounts of alcohol during pregnancy is linked to Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), and negative outcomes such as premature birth and an increase in the risk of miscarriage | Ieureka blog, UK

Self-hypnosis, amphetamines? I tried eight hacks in my quest to be more productive

Arwa Mahdawi spent a week trying weird and wonderful productivity hacks so you don’t have to | Guardian, UK