Daily news - 1st July 2019

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Scotland in grip of drugs crisis as more than 1,000 die every year with deadly pills costing less than Mars bar

ITV News understands statistics set to be published next month will show drug deaths in the country have hit a record high | ITV, UK

Police and ex-addicts in Edinburgh team up for drugs fight

The prevention work with Aid and Abet preceded this week's enforcement action, and will continue after the police stop knocking down doors. Their work is based on information shared by other agencies. When someone has narrowly survived an overdose, the Scottish Ambulance Service passes their name to the police, who give it to the outreach team, who then try to speak to the person involved | BBC, UK

Police let users of class A drugs like heroin and cocaine escape prosecution 'to give people a second chance'

Police forces are allowing users of illegal class A drugs including heroin and cocaine to escape prosecution, The Daily Telegraph can reveal | Telegraph, UK

Introducing the Conservative Drug Policy Reform Group

CDPRG is a new professional organisation. We will provide a policy forum promoting evidence-based assessment and discussion of drugs policy.  Our overall aim is to facilitate authoritative and informed consideration of current prohibition policies and any reforms which could reduce the public harm caused by drugs. | CDPRG, UK

Crispin Blunt will get 'nothing' in return if UK legalises cannabis

Crispin Blunt has insisted he will get "absolutely nothing" in return if cannabis is legalised in the UK, despite chairing a drugs reform group backed by overseas cannabis corporations | Talk Radio, UK

Additions to the Effectiveness Bank 27 June 2019

Cumulative stress, deprivation, and exclusion are associated with poor
health outcomes and risky behaviours, and in these entries, factor into
the motivation for tailored and targeted substance use interventions.
‘Hot button’ issues include treatment for new psychoactive substances
(previously known as ‘legal highs’), support on leaving the military,
mitigating the (often disproportionate) impact of prison on women, and
marrying recovery with life on the streets | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

CBD in the UK: Towards a responsible, innovative and high-quality cannabidiol industry (PDF)

Market research commissioned by the CMC estimates that the CBD market is currently one of the fastest growing wellbeing product categories in the UK. At the current rate it will be worth almost £1B per annum by 2025, equivalent in size to the current entire UK herbal supplement market | CMC, UK

Millions misled over cannabis oil mania

[Free subscriprion may be required] Millions of people are being misled by companies exploiting the latest health craze sweeping the country, an investigation by The Times has found | The Times, UK

Announcement: Publication of report - Drugs policy: medicinal cannabis

The Health and Social Care Committee will publish its report on Drugs policy: medicinal cannabis (HC 1821) on Wednesday 3 July at 00.01 | Parliament.uk, UK

Do e-cigarettes help smokers quit?

They’ve been around for less than a decade, but e-cigarettes have already helped many Britons give up smoking and are increasingly taking over from patches and chewing gum. A recent study by University College London found that e-cigarettes are more effective than nicotine patches at helping smokers quit | YouGov, UK

Heated Tobacco

I beg to move, That this House  has considered Government policy on heated tobacco | They work for you, UK

Exclusive: Labour MP Reveals Journey Back From Mental 'Abyss' Over Father's Alcoholism

Ex-cabinet minister Liam Byrne says the 2016 murder of Jo Cox triggered “a very deep and dark slide into what I felt was quite a dangerous place” | Huffington Post, UK

Eurostar backtracks on train booze ban

Eurostar has updated its policy on how much alcohol passengers can carry, following a backlash on social media | BBC, UK

Richmond has cut nearly £4million from its drug and alcohol addiction services in 6 years

New information from a Freedom of Information (FoI) request reveals that Richmond council has cut its treatment services for drug and alcohol addiction by more than any other borough which responded | Sutton and Croydon Guardian, UK

Four men charged after £1.5m Glasgow drugs raid

Four men have been charged after drugs worth an estimated £1.5m were seized at an industrial estate in Glasgow | BBC, UK

Cigarette butt artist to open Blackpool gallery

Art made from cigarette butts is to be displayed in a new gallery to highlight the issue of plastic pollution and to encourage people to give up smoking | BBC, UK


International news

In which countries is vaping banned as San Francisco stops the sale of e-cigarettes?

There are several countries where e-cigarettes are legal to use but it is illegal to sell the devices or the liquid that is used | Metro, UK

Police seize cocaine ahead of Bolsonaro flight

Police have seized cocaine from a Brazilian air force officer who was due to accompany President Jair Bolsonaro home from the G20 summit in Japan | BBC, UK

Illegal drugs less harmful than alcohol and tobacco and should be reclassified, finds major report

‘The current distinction between legal and illegal substances is not unequivocally based on pharmacological research but in large part on historical and cultural precedents’ | Independent, UK

Dozens of teenagers across west Dublin storing drug packages on behalf of smuggler

On Tuesday morning, gardaí seized €600k worth of ecstasy tablets | Journal, Ireland

Italy's 'cannabis light' creates buzz even if the pot won't

It's been called the Italian "green gold rush." Mild, barely there marijuana dubbed "cannabis light" has put Italy on the international weed map, producing hundreds of stores that sell pot by the pouch and attention from investors banking the legalization of stronger stuff will follow | Medical Xpress, USA

Study examines association of naloxone coprescription laws on naloxone Rx dispensing

In a new study published in JAMA Network Open, University of Kentucky researchers, in collaboration with researchers from Ferris State University, examined whether legal mandates on naloxone coprescription in certain states increased naloxone dispensing | Medical Xpress, USA

New York doctor says states shouldn't legalize marijuana 'until we have a lot more data'

A New York doctor is warning that states shouldn’t take steps toward legalizing marijuana until more research is done on the potential dangers of cannabis use, particularly among young people | The Hill, USA

Banning e-cigarettes, not tobacco products, is 'ludicrous,' some public health experts say

San Francisco's ban on electronic cigarettes is an "insane public policy," some public health experts say, arguing that the city should ban all tobacco products instead | nbc news, USA

Denial of Nicotine Health Information Is a Breach of Human Rights

Access to accurate health information about nicotine and products that contain it is a human right. A tobacco harm reduction approach centers this principle, in the same way that the United Nations justifies harm reduction for “harder” drugs | Filter Magazine, USA



Blogs, comment and opinion

How to Safely Take Drugs - audio

Festival season is in full swing and as part of their harm reduction strategy, the HSE are rolling out a campaign to target young people to ensure safer drug use. Dr Eamon Keenan, the HSE’s National Clinical Lead for Addiction Services talks to Kathryn about it | RTe, Ireland

Finding a voice

Standing in the Jubilee Room at Westminster was anything but a silent experience. I was attending the Alcohol and Families Alliance Parliamentary Fair on behalf of the Institute of Alcohol Studies | AHA UK, UK

Canada’s new lacklustre law for cannabis amnesty

Parliament moved quickly last week to pass cannabis amnesty legislation before the federal government adjourned for the summer | Conversation, Canada