Daily news - 11th July 2019

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03: Changing Your Mind

Comedian Jacob Hawley continues his exploration of the UK drugs scene by discussing the potential powers and dangers of psychedelic drugs. Guests include comedian Carl Donnelly on the trip that changed his life, 'Acid Countess' Amanda Feilding from the Beckley Foundation, Drugwise's Harry Shapiro and psychedelic artist Joshua Levitas | BBC, UK

Patients with mental health conditions denied access to ‘best available’ stop smoking treatments

New research suggests that rethinking prescriptions for smokers with mental health conditions wishing to kick the habit could have a significant impact | University of Bath, UK

Use of child informants by Home Office 'lawful', High Court rules

Charity Just for Kids Law brought the case against the Home Office over the use of children by police and other bodies in England and Wales | BBC, UK

Cannabis: Medical Treatments

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will bring forward legislative proposals on a regulatory category medicinal cannabis | They work for you, UK

Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of training for NHS staff on diagnosing and treating alcohol abuse | They work for you, UK


To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the July 2017 tobacco control plan for England, when the Government plans to announce a date for achieving its smokefree generation target of smoking prevalence at 5 per cent or below | They work for you, UK

Alcohol screening and assessment measures for young people: A systematic review and meta-analysis of validation studies

[Open access] There is a strong rationale for clinicians to identify risky drinking among young people given the harms caused by alcohol. This systematic review evaluates the quality of evidence in the validation literature on alcohol screening and assessment measures for young people under 25 | Drug and Alcohol Dependence, UK

A consultation on how Official Statistics present information on recorded crime and related topics

The Scottish Crime Recording Board are asking how the official statistics on recorded crime and related topics should be presented. Each year Scottish Government statisticians report on crimes and offences reported by Police Scotland. As the number and types of crimes vary over time, the Scottish Crime Recording Board are consulting users on how these statistics can best be presented | DRNS, UK

New licence conditions for casino with money laundering and social responsibility failures

Personal management licence holders at Casino 36 must undertake extra training as part of a £300,000 penalty package for money laundering and social responsibility failures | Gambling Commission, UK

Birmingham drugs and guns trio posted crime videos on YouTube

Three friends who made YouTube videos boasting about drugs and firearms have been jailed for related offences | BBC, UK

Isle of Man drug dealing linked to rise in violent crime

Gary Roberts said "a significant proportion" of the rise in violence was "linked to drugs debt enforcement" | BBC, UK



International news

Music festival inquest: police officer allegedly threatened patron with ‘slow’ strip search

Knockout Circuz patron tells inquest she had no drugs and has been made to feel ‘like a criminal’ | Guardian, UK

Jay-Z joins cannabis company as chief brand strategist

The rapper is the latest celebrity to get into the marijuana business as its legalization for recreational use has spread to 11 US states | Guardian, UK

56% increase in amount of cannabis seized by Revenue this year

According to details released by Revenue under the Freedom of Information Act, €5m worth of cannabis herb and resin was seized in the first five months of 2019 | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Juul arms to fight sweeping e-cig ban on its home turf

Juul defiantly announced its purchase two weeks ago of a 28-story downtown office building in San Francisco | Politico, USA

Study asks high-risk opioid users if they'd take advantage of safe consumption sites

'Often the voices of people who use drugs are not included in policy debates or in the implementation of public health interventions,' researchers say | John Hopkins University, UK

How Can Harm Reduction Do Better for Transgender People?

In 2015 Tori Cooper decided to leave a successful nonprofit career to blaze a trail advocating for the rights of the transgender community | Filter Magazine, USA

Caught in the middle: Family physicians discuss their role in the opioid crisis

Family physicians prescribe the greatest volume of opioids (22.9%) and number of prescriptions (31.2%) to individuals with chronic noncancer pain, making them targets for quality improvements in safer prescribing practices | EurekAlert, Canada



Blogs, comment and opinion

Can Housing First help homeless people address their drug and alcohol use?

A new project in Dundee gives homeless people unconditional homes and support. What impact has it had on the ‘drug death capital of Europe’? | Addaction blog, UK

The Impact of Minimum Unit Pricing of Alcohol on Ambulance Call-outs in Scotland (IMPAACT)

Colin Angus is involved in a new project to help us better understand how alcohol impacts on ambulance services and how alcohol policy can change this | HEDS blog, UK

How The War On Drugs Criminalises The Poorest In Human Society

We need to recognise that people need to survive – they should not be treated as criminals for trying to do so, Christian Aid's Karol Balfe writes | Huffington Post, UK

I hate drugs, but teenagers are dying while we maintain a supposed moral veneer

Prohibition does not work and it is narcissism to continue with this policy | Guardian, UK