Daily news - 23rd July 2019

Weekly subscribe button

UK news

Pledge to end smoking in England by 2030

The government is pledging to end smoking in England by 2030 as part of a range of measures to tackle the causes of preventable ill health | BBC, UK

Open consultation: Post implementation review of tobacco legislation: consultation document

Over recent years a range of legislation has been introduced to discourage young people from taking up smoking, vaping and encourage existing smokers to quit and to protect others from the harmful effects of cigarette smoke. This has included a curb on advertising, establishing smoke-free places, introduction of prominent, graphic health warnings, a ban on proxy purchasing of cigarettes and e-cigarettes and a ban on smoking in cars with children as well as the introduction of standardised packaging | DHSC, UK

Open consultation: Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s – consultation document

Over the decades, traditional public health interventions have led to significant improvements in the nation’s health. Thanks to our concerted efforts on smoking, we now have one of the lowest smoking rates in Europe with fewer than 1 in 6 adults smoking. Yet, for the 14% of adults who still smoke, it’s the main risk to health. Smokers are disproportionately located in areas of high deprivation. In Blackpool, 1 in 4 pregnant women smoke. In Westminster, it’s 1 in 50 | DHSC, UK

Matt Hancock 'buries' health proposals likely to displease Boris Johnson

Green paper on smoking and sugar tax is released late in evening without alerting media | Guardian, UK

First safety study of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy in patients with alcohol use disorder

We present the preliminary data in the Bristol-Imperial MDMA-for-Alcoholism (BIMA) study, an ongoing open-label safety and tolerability proof of concept study exploring the potential role for 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)-assisted psychotherapy in treating patients with alcohol use disorder (AUD) | Drug Science, UK

SMMGP free webinar (recorded)  Long-acting injectable buprenorphine in Criminal Justice settings – Implications for services

Topics include : • A background to buprenorphine prescribing in criminal justice settings • Clinical experience from Australia regarding long-acting buprenorphine including its introduction in a prison setting and • Clinical experience from the UK including opportunities and challenges for services | SMMGP, UK

Drug trafficker threw heroin into car during police chase

A man was filmed throwing a package of heroin out of his van into another moving vehicle while being chased by police | BBC, UK


International news

Costa Rica: At least 19 dead after tainted alcohol spreads

The deaths were caused by "adulterated liquor" | Independent, UK

Two Australians paraded in shackles after Bali drug arrests

Charges yet to be laid against former Melbourne nightclub promoters William Cabantog and David Van Iersel | Guardian, UK

Australia drug runner crashes meth van into police car

A suspected drug carrier has been arrested after crashing a van packed with methamphetamines into a patrol car parked outside a police station in Sydney, Australia | BBC, UK

Drug possession system could cost up to €7m

A softer State response to personal drug use will cost €4m to €7m a year to operate, it is estimated | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Mark Kleiman, who changed the way we think about crime and drugs, has died at 68

RIP Mark Kleiman, one of our best criminal justice scholars and my friend | VOX, USA

People are more likely to try drugs for the first time during the summer

Led by researchers at NYU School of Medicine, the study found that over a third (34 percent) of recent LSD initiates first used the drug in the summer. In addition, 30 percent of marijuana, 30 percent of ecstasy (also known as MDMA or Molly), and 28 percent of cocaine use was found to begin in summer months | Medical Xpress, USA

To Taper a Pain Patient? It’s Never One-Size-Fits-All

Many years ago, I broke my ankle⁠—tibia and fibula⁠—in a fall from a horse. It was compound and comminuted, meaning one bone was sticking out of my leg and the bones were splintered. It was also displaced, cutting off the blood flow to my foot | Filter Magazine, USA

Rising Meth-Involved Deaths of Major Concern Amid Estimated 2018 Overdose Fall

For the first time since the 1990s, fatal drug overdoses decreased in 2018, according to preliminary Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data | Filter Magazine, USA

The newest mega-merger in cannabis marks one more step toward Big Weed

The US cannabis industry got a new green giant this week. Curaleaf Holdings, a Massachusetts-based operator of cultivation sites, processors, and dispensaries, announced a deal to acquire Grassroots Cannabis, a Chicago-based company that will give the company access to the newly legal and highly lucrative Illinois market—which by some estimates, could soon rival that of Colorado | Quartz, USA

It's Game of Thrones in Cartel Land Now That El Chapo's in Prison for Life

In Mexico, his sons could struggle to survive | VICE, USA

'Eye-opening' study shows more young women binge drinking, winding up in ER

'I think all of society needs to see this this data,' Ottawa researcher says | CBC News, Canada

Bulletin No 28. Australian music festival attendees: A national overview of demographics, drug use patterns, policing experiences and help seeking behaviour

This bulletin provides an overview of the demographic profiles, patterns of festival attendance and drug use, policing experiences and help-seeking behaviours of 5,155 Australian music festival attendees surveyed in late 2018 | NDARC, Australia

As debate rages over pill testing at music festivals, a mother pleads for more to be done to prevent deaths

"I'm sitting here because of what happened to Alex, but it's about everyone else's kids now," Jen Ross-King told 7.30 | abc,net.au, Australia

How new medical cannabis clinics opening across Australia are helping patients

Emerald Clinics has joined forces with a licensed provider to collect more evidence on the use of the products for a range of conditions | 9News, Australia

Vaping industry fears government plans to ban full-strength e-liquids

​Vapo co-founder Ben Pryor is begging the government not to take the puff out of the vaping industry | Stuff.co.nz, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

Michael Pollan worries we don't know enough to legalise psychedelic drugs

Speaking in Melbourne, the journalist who has become synonymous with the conversation on psychedelics explains why it’s complicated | Guardian, UK

Want to get access to public sector data and don’t know where to start?

I regularly see where statistics and data used in the public good can improve lives. The recently award winning project linking health and homelessness data has been used to help understand gaps in health services for people who are homeless and to help an approach that is testing whether there are approaches that can prevent homelessness | SPRE, UK

R.I.P. Mark Kleiman

Professor Mark Kleiman, the founder of RBC, and a giant in crime and drug policy analysis for decades, passed away this morning after a long illness that he himself had chronicled here | The Reality Based-Community, UK