Daily news - 19th February 2019

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UK news

Widening the availability of naloxone

Updated guidance to include use of nasal naloxone | Department of Health and Social Care, Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, and Public Health England, UK

Advice on 2,4-Dinitrophenol

Letter to the Home Office about the appropriate control mechanism for 2, 4-Dinitrophenol (DNP) | ACMD, UK

Tough cannabis policies do not deter young people – study

Analysis of more than 100,000 teenagers found no link between liberal policies and higher use | Guardian, UK

Cannabis-based products for medicinal use in humans: commission to the ACMD

The Home Secretary has formally commissioned the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) to conduct a longer-term review of cannabis-based products for medicinal use | Home Office, UK

Cannabis charges go up in smoke in Scotland as police revert to warnings

[Free subscription required] About 500 people caught in possession of cannabis in Scotland each month are being let off with a warning rather than being referred to prosecutors, despite evidence linking the drug to depression and death | Sunday Times, UK

Increase in UK sales of prescription psychiatric drugs via the darknet

Sales of prescription psychiatric drugs such as Xanax and diazepam via darknet online drug markets are on the increase in the UK, according to new research from the IoPPN and the University of Kent | KCL, UK

Glasgow's alcohol court to deal with domestic abuse

Scotland's first alcohol court is to be extended, a year on from its introduction in Glasgow | BBC, UK

Wales Christmas drink and drug campaign: 550 arrested

Nearly 550 motorists were arrested after failing drink or drugs tests over the Christmas period | BBC, UK

Drug-driving limits and roadside testing to be considered by MSPs

A new zero-tolerance limit for drug-driving and the introduction of roadside testing is to be considered by MSPs | ITV, UK

Drug driver Jason Ryan jailed for Lee Sullivan crash death

A driver has been jailed for five-and-a-half years for causing his friend's death when he crashed into a lorry at high speed after using cannabis | BBC, UK

Maidstone Prison: Inspection finds 'growing drugs problem'

A prison that holds nearly 600 foreign national inmates has been warned not to be complacent about "worrying signs" of an increasing drugs problem | BBC, UK

Bestival drugs death: Louella Fletcher-Michie 'could have survived'

A festivalgoer who died after taking drugs had a "very good chance" of surviving if she had received early medical care, a court heard | BBC, UK


International news

#MedicalCannabis – MEPs call for EU-wide rules and more research

While the World Health Organization has officially recommended that the cannabis compound cannabidiol (CBD) should not be classified as a controlled substance, there are no EU-wide rules at the moment for either the medical or recreational use of cannabis | EU Reporter, UK

Fundamental rule for therapists: know and be who you are

Message from an amalgamation of research findings for the American Psychological Association is that conveying genuineness and authenticity - at least during therapy, being and giving of yourself as an integrated character - is one way therapists underpin an effective therapeutic relationship. But what if a therapy’s mandates demand a less than genuine response? | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

'Air Cocaine' drug-trafficking trial begins in France

Two former military pilots, a customs officer and celebrity bodyguard among the accused | Guardian, UK

In jail for a joint: Inside Russia’s controversial war on drugs

Russia’s law enforcement, generally driven by less lofty aims, has used zero tolerance to push its own agenda and boost incomes | Independent, UK

In El Chapo's Mexico, Fentanyl is the New Boom Drug

Despite the drug lord's take down, the narco-trade in Sinaloa is thriving as producers shift from heroin to deadly opioids | VICE, UK

Marijuana dispensaries associated with rise, then decline in some neighborhood crime

Ten states and the District of Columbia now allow the sale, possession, and use of marijuana for recreational purposes, and 33 states and the District of Columbia allow medical marijuana. Critics argue that marijuana dispensaries are magnets for crime | EurekAlert, USA

Facial Shop Heyday Launches CBD Service

The phytocannabinoid CBD has become inescapable. In the last two years, the cannabis-derived molecule has hit consumer markets from food and beverage to health and skin care, available in a host of topical and ingestible forms | Forbes, USA

Philadelphia Mulls Supervised Injections to Cut Drug Deaths

For nearly two decades, Vancouver, the epicenter of Canada's increasingly deadly drug epidemic, has embraced an initiative that was once dismissed as a reckless experiment but has since won over some of its fiercest critics: a walk-in facility where addicts can inject heroin under the watch of medical professionals | VOA, USA

Andrew Barr gives second pill-testing trial the green light

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr has given the go-ahead for what he says will be a potentially life-saving pill-testing trial at this year's Groovin the Moo music festival | Age, Australia

'We went to Iraq on less evidence': Q&A panel clash over pill testing

Amid a contentious debate on Monday's Q&A, it fell to former Federal Police chief Mick Palmer to own the night in a few simple words | Age, Australia

Pill testing: Drug users tell us what they really think

Recreational drug users and experts take us to the heart of the pill testing debate about whether attitudes can change and lives can be saved | SBS News, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

I smoked pot but I don't want my children to

ome of the friends I used to get stoned with did end up depressed, paranoid or underachieving | Age, Australia