Daily news - 8th August 2019

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UK news

Substance misuse: January to March 2019

Quarterly data are published on StatsWales. These include data on quarterly activity, case closures by reason for closure and the time between referral and start of treatment | Welsh Government, UK

NHS smoking cessation services: January to March 2019

4,640 Welsh resident smokers were treated by smoking cessation services. 0.96% of the estimated smoking population of Wales made a quit attempt via smoking cessation services. 1,971 (42.48%) Welsh resident treated smokers were CO-validated as successfully quitting at 4 weeks post quit date | Welsh Government, UK

Local Alcohol Profiles for England: short statistical commentary, August 2019

New data has been added to the Local Alcohol Profiles for England (LAPE) tool on the Fingertips platform. The following indicators have been updated and are available at Local Authority level as well as for England, the regions, and various inequality groups: incidence rate of alcohol-related cancer and number of premises licensed to sell alcohol per square kilometre | PHE, UK

Boomtown Fair: Front of house drug tests delay 'ludicrous'

A mum whose teenage daughter died at a festival has called on the government to back "life-saving" drugs tests | BBC, UK

How the UK became the testing ground for Juul's US ambitions

Juul's new e-cigarette, the C1, is designed to make it harder for young people to get their hands on vapes. But in the US, the firm is facing a total ban on its products | WIRED, UK

This Is What Your Laughing Gas Habit Is Doing To The Environment

Birds are getting sick from swallowing balloons and beaches are littered with canisters | Huffington Post, UK

Diageo buys majority stake in non-alcoholic spirit Seedlip

The drinks company bought 20% of Seedlip in 2016 through its Distill Ventures division, which invests in small businesses it believes have the potential to make a splash in the industry | Guardian, UK

Wrong way cocaine driver captured on dash-cam

A man has admitted killing a motorcyclist after taking five lines of cocaine and driving the wrong way down a South Lanarkshire road | BBC, UK

Six arrested in Croxteth during cannabis farm raids

Merseyside Police carried out 12 searches in Croxteth and found two cannabis farms, four stolen bikes and a large amount of money | BBC, UK

Gambling and gaming addiction (RCPsych Congress 2019) - podcast

In this podcast, Dr Raj Persaud talks to Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones prior to her talk on gaming disorder at the 2019 RCPsych Congress. Here she shares her expertise in the behavioural disorders of gambling and gaming addiction, discussing the factors that make people more prone to developing these disorders and the most effective preventions and treatments available | RCPSYCH, UK


International news

Luxembourg to be first European country to legalise cannabis

Health minister confirms plans and calls on neighbouring countries to relax their laws | Guardian, UK

Cocaine haul worth £1.6 million found washed up on New Zealand beach

Cocaine worth millions of dollars has washed up on a New Zealand beach with police urging the public on Thursday to hand in any more packages that may turn up | Telegraph, UK

Two Gold Coast schoolboys, 15, taken to hospital after drug overdose scare

St Stephens College principal says incident unrelated to overdose at same school last year | Guardian, UK

Cork priest says beer and cigarettes 'inappropriate for funerals'

A priest has spoken out over "inappropriate" items such as tins of beer and cigarettes being used as offertory gifts during funeral Masses | BBC, UK

Drug abuse: Reality of addicts shooting up in public after injecting centre plan is rejected

Drug addicts are still injecting in Dublin's back lanes after plans for a medically supervised facility were rejected by the city council | Independent, Ireland

'City will get a supervised drug injection centre', vow ministers

Government ministers are pledging that the city will get a medically supervised drug injection facility, despite Dublin City Council denying planning permission for Merchants Quay | Herald, UK

Juul Shells Out $3 Million As San Francisco Vaping Ban Battle Intensifies

Juul Labs injected $3 million in July into a campaign to undo its hometown’s looming e-cigarette ban, tripling the size of the campaign’s warchest | Forbes, USA

“Go Slow”—Baltimore’s Peer-Led Fentanyl Harm Reduction Campaign

Public education campaigns about drugs often rely on ineffective and stigmatizing scare tactics. They spread fear and shame that make people who use drugs feel more isolated and more hesitant to connect with treatment and support services | Filter Magazine, USA

Fair(er) trade options for the global cannabis market - video

Policy changes over the past five years or so have dramatically reshaped the global cannabis market. Not only has there been an unprecedented boom in medical markets, but following policy shifts in several jurisdictions a growing number of countries are also preparing for legal regulation of non-medical use | TNI, USA

International Overdose Day

International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held on 31 August each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died or had a permanent injury as a result of drug overdose | Penington Institute, Australia

Krokodil hysteria - video

Has the opioid Krokodil reached Australia? The evidence is weak | abc news, Australia

Misuse of Drugs Amendment Bill proposing police 'discretion' over drugs passes third reading

The proposed law allowing police "discretion" over drugs and treating drug use as a health issue has passed its third reading in Parliament with 63 votes in favour | Newshub, New Zealand

The ‘most significant drug reform in 40 years’ is about to become law

A ‘health based’ approach to drug enforcement is one step closer to being written into law after the third reading of the Misuse of Drugs Act Amendment Bill. Don Rowe reports | The Spinoff, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

Five bold steps for the drug deaths task force

Our country has a serious drug death crisis; the worst in Europe, in fact. Every day at Addaction Scotland, we work with the people behind these numbers. Seeing individuals draw on strength they didn’t know they had and go on to make amazing recoveries from drugs and alcohol never ceases to amaze us. And on the flip side, the impact of a sudden death among our people never lessens | Herald opinion, UK

Blog: Poverty is the root of Scotland’s fatal drug overdose crisis

Dave Liddell, Chief Executive of Scottish Drugs Forum, discusses the links between poverty and drugs and what more we can do to stop the increase in fatal overdoses | Poverty Alliance blog, UK

A Social Equity Model for UK Cannabis Law Reform?

It’s not a matter of when cannabis laws will be reformed in the UK – but how. Will our policies support those most egregiously impacted by punitive laws, or just produce more violence? | Talking Drugs, UK

French cannabis legalization debate ignores race, religion and the mass incarceration of Muslims

Last summer in France, dozens of “CBD cafés” suddenly opened across the country | Conversation, UK

Opinion: The government's new drug policy will do nothing to end the stigmatisation of drug users

The government’s new drug possession policy is not likely to achieve its goals, writes Marcus Keane | Journal, Ireland