Daily news - 14th August 2019

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Middle-aged generation most likely to die by suicide and drug poisoning

Now in their 40s and 50s, the so-called Generation X are dying in greater numbers by suicide or drug poisoning than any other age group | ONS, UK

Deaths by suicide and drugs highest among Generation X

People born in the 1960s and 70s stand out as the generation most likely to die by suicide or drug poisoning, data for England and Wales shows | BBC, UK

2017-18 Drug Trend report

Today we launch our latest drug trend report covering 2017 to 2018. We have included information about the most commonly used drugs in Scotland, emerging trends and have provided context to the recently released drug-related death statistics | Crew, UK

Two-thirds of homeless ex-prisoners reoffend within a year

Prisons charity the Howard League says housing, jobs and support are essential | Guardian, UK

London to Cornwall county lines drugs conspiracy 'run from prison'

A prisoner ran a county lines drugs operation from his cell, a court heard. Police found a phone in the cell of Jerome Douglas that he used to communicate with other gang members, Truro Crown Court was told | BBC, UK

Everybody in the Place: an Incomplete History of Britain 1984-1992 - BBC iPlayer

Acid house is often portrayed as a movement that came out of the blue, inspired by little more than a handful of London-based DJs discovering ecstasy on a 1987 holiday to Ibiza | BBC, UK

Digital innovation to address substance misuse and offending

A unique programme is being launched by Interserve’s Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) that uses modern technology to help service users tackle substance misuse | Breaking Free, UK

Jacob Hawley: On Drugs - audio

Comedian Jacob Hawley concludes his exploration of the UK drugs scene for now by talking to the police | BBC, UK

Heroin addict jailed for causing £5.6m fire at Nottingham station

Gemma Peat given two years for throwing smouldering debris in toilet block bin | Guardian, UK

Man jailed for 'storing' £4m drugs haul in Clydebank flat

Kevin Dallas admitted keeping the haul of cocaine, cannabis, heroin and etizolam pills at his flat in Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire | BBC, UK


International news

Sweden installs automatic 'alco-barriers' for drivers at ferry port

Selected drivers arriving from Denmark and Germany will be required to undergo breathalyser tests | Guardian, UK

Four Britons arrested as Australian police seize £50m of MDMA powder

Two held in Queensland and two in New Zealand along with two Australians as officers targets UK crime syndicate | Guardian, UK

Poll: Should drug-testing be available at festivals?

The HSE has entered into talks with organisations that could provide drug-testing at festivals | Journal, Ireland

Air pollution can accelerate lung disease as much as a pack a day of cigarettes

Air pollution—especially ozone air pollution which is increasing with climate change—accelerates the progression of emphysema of the lung, according to a new study led by the University of Washington, Columbia University and the University at Buffalo | Medical Xpress, USA

Marijuana may boost risky effects of drinking alcohol

Compared to people who only drank alcohol, those who used alcohol and marijuana simultaneously were more likely to drink heavier and more often, according to researchers. They were also more likely to experience alcohol-related problems -- like impulsive actions they later regretted | Science Daily, USA

The Cost and Consequences of the War on Drugs (PDF)

HRF launched an in-depth study to connect the dots between drug policy and human rights violations. We wanted to understand the mechanisms that link drug prohibition to the horrific violence, disappearances, health problems, and destabilization affecting states along the drug supply chain | HRF, USA

It's The Go-To Drug To Treat Opioid Addiction. Why Won't More Pharmacies Stock It?

Morano, 29, has done seven stints in rehab for opioid addiction in the past 15 years. So, he has come to a mobile medical clinic parked on a corner of Philadelphia's Kensington neighborhood, in the geographical heart of the city's overdose crisis. People call the mobile clinic the "bupe bus." | npr, USA

The World Health Organization Blithely Denies Vaping Science

In a recent report on global tobacco control policy, the World Health Organization (WHO) continues to deny a growing body of evidence that suggests that electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), like e-cigarettes, are safer than products that burn tobacco leaves | Filter Magazine, USA

Watch: #NonExistentWeExist—Inside Russian HIV Activism

In the face of a repressive government, Russian harm reduction and legal aid organizations are working to end HIV in one of the world’s few countries where new infections are actually increasing | Filter Magazine, USA

High fat foods can increase CBD absorption into the body

While oral cannabidiol (CBD) capsules were approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in patients with seizures in 2018, very little was known about the effect of food on CBD absorption | Medical Xpress, USA

People Are Hungry for Shroom Legalization, and the Money to Fund It Is Growing

A lobbying group called "SPORE." A "psychedelic caucus" in Congress that includes AOC. And lots of cash | VICE, USA

Red Deer supervised drug consumption site facing backlash, online harassment

The centre saw 4,500 site visits and 151 reversed overdoses last month | CBC, Canada

Major report into reducing alcohol harm ignored for almost a decade

Successive governments have been accused of turning a blind eye to a drug that sees thousands of Kiwis end up in jail cells, hospitals and early graves | Stuff.co.nz, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

Press Release: Government decision on cannabis-related medicinal products draws criticism from independent scientific body, Drug Science

Today (13th August 2019), the independent scientific body Drug Science has responded with disappointment to a decision by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), relating to cannabis-related medical products | Drug Science, UK

The 10 Commandments Of Safer Drug Use - video

This video presents an extract from the first section of The Drug Users Bible. It is intended to spell out some of the basics, which too often are overlooked, with tragic consequences. Harm reduction and safety awareness should be of primary concern to every drug user | The Drug Users Bible, UK

Addaction responds to BBC Panorama on gambling

“This documentary shines a spotlight on an industry that is putting profit far ahead of people’s health. Aggressive marketing has caused gambling company profits to soar yet only one in fifty problem gamblers receive treatment..." | Addaction, UK

China’s tobacco industry is building schools and no one is watching

Would you send your child to a school named after a cigarette brand? What if it was one of only two schools in your area and boasting far better infrastructure? What if the school also had an inspirational slogan such as “genius is from hard worktobacco helps you excel” on a sign or its walls, and a tobacco company’s logo on its building? Would you care if the school was built by a tobacco company? | Conversation, USA

Call for Proposals: Drug Policy Research Incubator Pleasure and Self-Regulating Drug Use

The Drug Policy Alliance’s Office of Academic Engagement is committed to improving drug policy research. Through a project called Unbounded Knowledge: Re-envisioning Drug Policy Research (UBK), we have worked with researchers over the past two years to identify gaps and opportunities in the field with the intention of fostering interdisciplinary research and improving the evidence base that informs drug policy in the U.S | Points blog, USA