Daily news - 2nd December 2019

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UK news

Consider decriminalisation to tackle drug death ‘crisis’, say treatment providers in unprecedented plea

Frontline services demand end to ideology-driven policy to save ‘thousands of lives’ | Independent, UK

Conservatives to launch new plan to tackle addiction

A Conservative majority Government will launch a new initiative to drive down drug related deaths and tackle addiction head on, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced | Conservative Party, UK

How Edinburgh became the Aids capital of Europe

In the mid-1980s Edinburgh became known as the Aids capital of Europe. A new deadly disease, cheap heroin and the hardline attitudes of the authorities were the ingredients for a public health disaster | BBC, UK

Is vaping safe? - audio

In the UK, doctors say switching from smoking to e-cigarettes will save lives; in the US, there have been deaths linked to vaping, but the evidence is mixed. How risky is it? | BBC, UK

Crackdown looms for cannabis snacks

[Free registartion maybe required] Beer, sweets and chocolate containing cannabis extracts could be banned in Britain after health officials in America warned last week they may not be safe | The Times, UK

Forward Trust Impact report (PDF)

The report presents our latest data on the characteristics of our clients, showing the nature and extent of disadvantage and deprivation that they have faced and continue to face. So many of the people we work with have complex and entrenched histories of addiction and crime - on average, a typical service user will have received 22 previous convictions and 7 previous custodial sentences | Forward Trust, UK

Glasgow project 'Addaction' sowing seeds of recovery

Roots to Recovery in the east end helps people facing tough challenges in their lives as a result of drugs, alcohol and mental health issues | Evening Times, UK

Residential centre supporting drug and alcohol addicts opening in Kenilworth

Dalehouse Farm off Dalehouse Lane has stood empty after being sold to HS2. The line is set to pass close by the farm. But Christian charity Betel of Britain is leasing the grade II listed building to run as a residential training centre | Leamington Observer, UK

Police warning after CBD oil incorrectly packaged as vape liquid sold in Nottingham

Nottinghamshire Police have issued a warning after a shop in Nottingham received incorrectly packaged CBD oil which as sold as a vape liquid | Nottinghamshire Live, UK

States members approve inflation-busting price rises for alcohol

A bottle of spirits will cost 14%, or over £2, more in Jersey from January, after the States voted in favour of increase impot duties on alcohol. Everything from weak beer to strong wine is going up, to raise an extra £1 million a year for the Treasury. The government cites the health benefits of discouraging islanders from drinking | ITV, UK

PSNI raids: 'Significant' drugs seizures in Lisburn and Belfast

Drugs with an estimated street value of around £140,000 have been seized during police raids in Lisburn and Belfast | BBC, UK

'Clearly intoxicated' North Bristol nurse suspended

An operating theatre nurse who went to work while "clearly intoxicated" has been suspended for 12 months | BBC, UK


International news

US vaping backlash dents British American Tobacco revenues

The FTSE 100 company has sought to capitalise on boom in cigarette alternatives | Guardian, UK

More than a dozen US school districts sue Juul and other vape companies

Districts in states across the country sue to recoup money seek on fighting widespread use of e-cigarettes | Guardian, UK

Nicotine sickness: the latest vaping scare

The rampant use of e-cigarettes in the US is raising concerns about nicotine poisoning and mental health issues among young vapers | Guardian, UK

Shenzhen, vaping capital of the world, holds its breath as health concerns spiral

E-cigarette-related deaths in the US and a Beijing directive have China’s manufacturing sector on tenterhooks | Guardian, UK

Europe becomes cocaine exporter as countries overflow with drug

European countries have become so saturated with cocaine that the region has now become a hub for exporting the drug to markets such as Australia, Turkey and Russia, according to new data | Telegraph, UK

Cheers to that! Gut-friendly bacteria found in yoghurt is also in some beer, scientists say

Gut-friendly bacteria found in yoghurt is also in some beer, says scientists, in research worth raising a glass to | Telegraph, UK

French hunters should take breathalyser tests, campaigners say after string of deadly accidents

French hunters are facing calls for compulsory breathalyser tests before bearing arms amid fears that a spike in the number of deaths this year could be drink-fuelled | Telegraph, UK

Man dies of suspected drug overdose at NSW festival as strip-search hearings set to resume

The 24-year-old allegedly consumed a cocktail of drugs at the Strawberry Fields music festival | Guardian, UK

21 people killed in gun battles between Mexican authorities and drugs gang

At least 21 people have been shot dead in gun battles between Mexican security forces and members of a suspected drug cartel near the Texas border | Telegraph, UK

New garda crackdown to target 'blatant drug dealing' at Dublin city centre hot-spots

The garda crackdowns are targeting areas of the quays as well as particular areas of the Liberties in the south inner city | Journal, Ireland

EU Drug Markets Report 2019 - survey

Feedback from our audiences is very valuable in the process of constantly improving our products and services. This is why we would like to invite you to answer our short survey on the EU Drug Markets Report 2019. Please spare a few minutes to help us better understand your needs | Europa, Belgium

Opioid overdose risk is high after medical treatment ends, study finds

People with opioid addiction face a high risk of overdose after ending treatment with the medication buprenorphine, even when treated for 18 months, a new study by researchers at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons has found | EurekAlert, USA

A Glimpse of Life After Magic Mushroom Legalization

A cottage industry of businesses is rapidly expanding in anticipation of the eventual legalization in America of psychedelics, from magic mushroom manufacturers to professional trip sitting services | Forbes, USA

National Alcohol Strategy 2019–2028

A framework to prevent and reduce alcohol-related harm. It highlights possible actions at the local, state or territory and national levels | Australian Government, Department of Health, Australia

Victorian man dies at music festival, another hospitalised after drug overdoses

A Victorian man has been confirmed dead and another remains in hospital after apparent drug overdoses at separate music festivals | Age, Australia

Renewed push for pill-testing in more Australian states following latest festival death

A year-long parliamentary inquiry in Western Australia has recommended that pill-testing be introduced in the state and sniffer dogs be dispensed with | Music Network, Australia

Good Weekend's Who Mattered 2019: Health

Joe Ibrahim: the geriatric medicine specialist exposing the "astonishing" truth behind some nursing-home deaths. Plus: David Caldicott and Wendy McCarthy | SMH, Australia

Advertising campaign launched to stop teens taking up vaping habit

Schools and health advocates are launching an advertising campaign to stop teens picking up vaping | RNZ, New Zealand

Lack of age checks for online e-cigarette sales, research finds

Only one in 10 websites selling e-cigarettes are asking for proof of age before sales | RNZ, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

Increasing engagement with FDAC: An open call to develop light-touch interventions for families

We are pleased to announce that we are looking for an organisation to help design ways to increase parental engagement in Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC), as part of a new strand of the Supporting Families: Investing in Practice programme | What works for children's social care blog, UK

How Do We Solve Scotland’s Drug Crisis? Start Listening To Addicts

A record number of people are dying, and working class people in Dundee aren't surprised, journalist Ewan Gurr writes | Huffington Post, UK

Could medicinal cannabis be the answer to homeless health concerns?

The equation of synthetic street drug spice with cannabis is dangerous, says surgeon Dr Frank D’Ambrosio. The latter could present a solution to the chronic pain problems suffered by so many homeless people | Big Issue, UK

The Root Of All Britain’s Drugs Problems Is In Marsham Street, London, SW1

Currently, the two issues of major concern are the rate of drug deaths and difficulty in accessing cannabis as medicine. The Home Office’s own research shows that laws, enforcement and penalties make absolutely no difference to drug use. There is no justification for keeping drugs policy in Marsham Street, particularly when we consider the way this focus on security and enforcement has made all our drugs problems so much worse." | Clear, UK

Little or no alcohol is a good move for our mental health

Consistently drinking little or no alcohol is a solid foundation for our mental health. So why don’t we say so? | Phil Cain blog, UK

May I have a word about… how to order a drink properly

Those who imbibe only during the festive season should observe taproom etiquette before they approach the bar | Guardian, UK