Daily news - 28th August 2019

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UK news

Get Involved in Overdose Awareness Day 2019

With the number of drug-related deaths increasing year on year at the highest rate ever recorded, it is getting ever more important to raise awareness of the risks of overdose, and what can be done to reduce harm | NHS Substance Misuse Provider Alliance, UK

Adding behavioural support to drug treatment helps more people quit smoking

Among people using drug treatment to stop smoking, adding telephone or face-to-face behavioural support boosts their chances of success. Adding support increases the proportion of people quitting from around 17% on average to about 20%. This is a small but worthwhile increase given the health risks associated with smoking | NIHR, UK

Why red wine could be good for your gut - in moderation

Red wine could be good for the gut, increasing the number of different types of helpful bacteria that can live there, according to researchers | BBC, UK

Characteristics of deaths associated with kratom use

Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa Korth) use has increased in Western countries, with a rising number of associated deaths. There is growing debate about the involvement of kratom in these events | Journal of Psychopharmacology, UK

Vaping advert banned over Mo Farah confusion

A vaping advert has been banned for suggesting that Olympic champion Sir Mo Farah had endorsed the product | BBC, UK

Medical Cannabis: “I can get arrested, but I'll keep using it for my pain" - video

Carly Barton was in her early twenties when she suffered a stroke. It left her in continuous pain until she started consuming cannabis from the black market | BBC, UK

PSHE KS2: Living with alcoholism

Video. Toby looks up to his father and loves spending time with him, going on bike rides and visiting him at work in the park. Toby's father has a drinking problem which results in him losing his balance and falling off a ladder | BBC Teach, UK [There are many more new resources for young people from BBC Teach covering alcohol and other drugs]

Aspire supports International Overdose Awareness Day

In the run up to International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31, staff and volunteers from a Doncaster based drug and alcohol service are doing their bit to raise awareness of drug overdose | Aspire, UK

Recovery Games celebrates success

People from across Britain flocked to the annual Recovery Games in Doncaster and celebrated the achievements of those in recovery from a drug and alcohol problem | Aspire, UK

LCDPR Glasgow Public Meeting

Free event. The Labour Campaign for Drug Policy Reform is delighted to announce that we will be holding a Public Meeting in Glasgow, at the Unite building on September 5th, from 6pm | Labour Campaign for Drug Policy Reform, UK

Courtney Chamberlain suspected drug death at Leeds club

An 18-year-old woman has died of a suspected drug overdose in a Leeds nightclub. Courtney Chamberlain collapsed at The Warehouse nightclub in the early hours of Monday | BBC, UK

Young drug dealers in Bristol offered free driving lessons

Young dealers caught selling drugs are being offered career opportunities, fitness sessions and driving lessons as part of a police scheme in Bristol | BBC, UK

Metal detectorists taken ill eating 'cannabis cakes' in High Melton

A group of metal detectorists had to go to hospital after unknowingly eating cakes apparently spiked with cannabis in a village called High Melton | BBC, UK

Gang planned to 'flood' Inverness with drugs

Cocaine, heroin and Etizolam were obtained in Glasgow and members of the gang were caught by police in Glasgow, Inverness, Stirling and Drumnadrochit | BBC, UK

Wrong-way drug driver who killed biker is jailed for six years

A driver who killed a motorcyclist after taking cocaine and driving the wrong way on a dual carriageway has been jailed for six years | BBC, UK

Social media stress can lead to social media addiction

Social network users risk becoming more and more addicted to social media platforms even as they experience stress from their use. Research into the habits of 444 Facebook users revealed they would switch between activities such as chatting to friends, scanning news feeds and posting updates as each began to cause stress | Medical Xpress, UK


International news

Johnson & Johnson to pay $572m for fueling Oklahoma opioid crisis, judge rules

Oklahoma becomes first state to successfully sue an opioid manufacturer, a ruling that is sure to affect other drug companies | Guardian, UK

'A battle worth waging': family whose son died in opioids crisis celebrate Oklahoma settlement

Austin Box’s family find comfort knowing that his story played an important role in the long fight against crisis | Guardian, UK

How big pharma is targeting India's booming opioid market

As India loosens its stringent narcotics laws, US companies including Johnson & Johnson, Abbott Laboratories and a network affiliated with Purdue Pharma are rushing in | Guardian, UK

Rob Gronkowski: Former New England Patriots tight end calls on NFL to legalise use of cannabis oil

Former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has called on sports' governing bodies to allow the use of cannabis oil in injury recovery | BBC, UK

Colombia drugs: Police seize 300kg of cannabis in coffin - video

Colombian police made the unusual discovery of 300kg (660lb) of cannabis inside a coffin in the Santander area | BBC, UK

Planning permission refusal for Ireland's first injecting centre branded 'reprehensible'

Merchants Quay Ireland has appealed against the decision by Dublin City Council | Journal, Ireland

Irish alcohol consumption 80% above global average, says Alcohol Action Ireland

Alcohol Action Ireland (AAI) is calling on the Finance Minister to maintain the current excise duties on drink in its pre-budget submission today | Irish Examiner, Ireland

September is National Recovery Month

Recovery Month was created by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover | SMART Recovery, USA

Adolescent e-cigarette, cigarette and hookah use predicts future marijuana use

Adolescence is an important period in the development of addictive behaviors, as 90% of tobacco smokers and 87% of people with marijuana dependency in young adulthood began using those respective substances before age 18 | BASIS, USA

Pitt researchers create breathalyzer that can detect marijuana

As recreational marijuana legalization becomes more widespread throughout the U.S., so has concern about what that means for enforcing DUI laws | EurekAlert, USA

Latinx New Yorkers Now Hit Hardest by Overdose, Amid Overall NYC Decline

For the first time in seven years, fatal overdoses are declining in New York City—a trend also provisionally observed on the national level. Although the total numbers could suggest a turning tide, they also reveal disparities through which certain populations are far more vulnerable than others | Filter Magazine, USA

Drug Research Ignores Stable or Pleasurable Use—And That’s a Problem

In the United States and beyond, drug research ignores most people who use drugs. While the large majority of people who use drugs (PWUD) do not suffer from substance use disorders (anywhere from 80-90 percent), research in the field predominantly focuses on the minority experience of harmful use | Filter Magazine, USA

Advertising restrictions needed to curb vaping among youth, researchers say

Unregulated marketing contributing to rising popularity | CBC News, Canada

International Overdose Awareness 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

Self-report and serological HCV status amongst people who inject drugs

People who inject drugs (PWID) are at high risk of contracting and transmitting hepatitis C virus (HCV), with an estimated 20% of PWID in Australia having viraemic infection. This bulletin reports on the result of self-reported engagement with testing and treatment for HCV, as well as results of dried blood spot (DBS) testing in 2018 | NDARC, Australia

Real-time prescription monitoring - audio

Real-Time Prescription Monitoring enables prescribing doctors and dispensing pharmacists to access accurate information regarding a patient’s medication history with respect to specific high-risk drugs | adf, Australia

Tobacco giant Philip Morris tried to target poor through poverty group and Counties Manukau DHB

Tobacco giant Philip Morris has been trying to gain access to a major Auckland poverty group in a bid to get its new tobacco products marketed to poor people | NZHerald, New Zealand

Magic mushrooms: The psychedelic drug making a clinical comeback

As New Zealand’s winter draws to an end, so too does another dank, cold mushie season. Hidden beneath the canopy of native scrub stand the last darkening stems and withered caps of active mycelial growth, for this year at least | Newshub, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

Harry’s Blog 92: You are wrong at the top of your voice

Recently an employee of the University of California managed to squeeze thirteen erroneous claims into a 700 word commentary about vaping. In response, former UK ASH director Clive Bates tapped out a 30,000- word, 31-page riposte to the whole farrago of nonsense | NSP blog, UK

“It’s like two different people going through a battle you can’t see”

My brother’s experience overcoming drug issues highlights why it’s so important families and friends don’t give up on their loved ones | Addaction blog, UK

Liver disease: how new intelligent testing could save thousands of lives

Since the 1970s, liver disease in the UK has increased by more than 400%, particularly in people under 65 – in marked contrast to all other major causes of death which have been decreasing in younger age groups. This epidemic has been driven by alcohol, obesity and hepatitis C | Conversation, UK

Making alcohol treatment more autism-friendly

Prof Mark Brosnan discusses some of the reasons people with autism might drink, and what support they may need | Alcohol Change UK blog, UK