Daily news - 4th June 2019

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DDN Magazine June 2019

Twenty years ago substance misuse treatment was a government priority, with a 400 per cent increase in investment. A decade ago the government- funded Drug Interventions Programme was diverting many people away from the criminal justice system and into education and treatment programmes. Since then disinvestment has become the norm. So where does that leave us? [Includes an interview with Ed Day the new recovery champion] | DDN, UK

Problem drug use in Scotland

Debate broadcast live on Tuesday 4 June 2019. Meeting starts at 2.15pm | Parliament.tv, UK

Dark net drug sales on the rise in England

The number of drug takers in England obtaining drugs on the dark net has more than doubled in the past five years, according to The Global Drugs Survey | BBC, UK

Blurred Lines: Why is the UK now Europe's Cocaine Capital?

We now use more cocaine than any other nation in Europe, so we met with users, dealers and researchers to find out why | Men's Health, UK

Low-level drug offenders to go on speed awareness-type courses to avoid conviction

Region's crime commissioner says suspects will have to sign contracts promising to stay on straight and narrow or face prosecution | North Wales Live, UK

Why parents are addicted to Calpol

It is the one medicine we reach for whenever our babies are feverish or in pain. What’s the secret of its success? | Guardian, UK

Women in Addiction

Free event. Mon, 17 June 2019. 15:00 – 17:00 BST. The Society for Study of Addiction (SSA) is pleased to present the launch of a series of short films celebrating 'Women in Addiction' | SSA, UK

London Drug Policy Activist Training

7th June 11am – 4pm. Common House, London E2 9QG. Activist training with Anyone's Child, Health Poverty Action and Support. Don’t Punish to become an effective drug policy campaigner. Equip yourself for the lobby of parliament to end the drug war | Health Poverty Action et al, UK

Walk a Mile in Our Shoes

20th – 25th June. View the route here. A week long fundraising walk along the Thames Path all the way to Parliament. The Anyone’s Child families will be leading this walk to raise awareness of the harms caused by prohibition - come and join us! | Anyone's Child, UK

Shakira Pellow: Two men charged after girl's drug death

Joshua Ward, 18, of Redruth, and 18-year-old Oakley Willoughby, of Camborne, have been charged with possession with intent to supply a class A drug | BBC, UK

Smoking in the House of Commons – archive, 1919

4 June 1919 Smoking in the chamber itself is not permitted, although the bringing of cigars by members from the smoking-rooms into the division lobbies has been tolerated | Guardian, UK


International news

He spent his career putting gangs in jail. A radical idea changed everything

Despite years of tough policing, Oakland couldn’t get a handle on gun crime. Was the solution a community-based approach? | Guardian, UK

Ministers considering alternative approaches to dealing with drug possession for personal use

A working group was set up last year to consider issues such as the possession of drugs for personal use, and to review other jurisdictions’ drug laws | Journal, Ireland

France to launch medical cannabis experiment in coming weeks

As a nearly unanimous French Senate gave medical marijuana the green light on May 28, France will start experimenting the use of medical marijuana for “about two years”, pending the approval of the health ministry | France 24, France

For many, friends and family, not doctors, serve as a gateway to opioid misuse

In a common narrative of the path to opioid misuse, people become addicted to painkillers after a doctor prescribed them pills to treat an injury and then, later, switch to harder drugs, such as heroin. However, nonmedical opioid users were more likely to say they began abusing opioids after friends and family members offered them the drugs, according to researchers | EurekAlert, USA

Significant barriers to care for patients seeking medication for opioid use

Buprenorphine-naloxone (buprenorphine), a highly effective, evidence-based treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD), is difficult to access in states with high rates of death associated with OUD, according to new research | EurekAlert, USA

HealingNYC Launches New Campaign with Hopes of Preventing Fentanyl Overdose Deaths

Amid a national health crisis, several health departments are fighting to curb deaths due to  drug overdose. New York City has just launched its HealingNYC campaign in an effort to prevent fatal opioid overdoses by offering a free reporting and care system for New Yorkers addicted to opioids | Daily News, USA

Early contact with needle-exchange program reduces hepatitis C infection

People who inject drugs and who are female, homeless or amphetamine users often share needles and syringes, and consequently run a higher risk of hepatitis C virus infection that affects the liver | Medical Xpress, USA

FDA to hold first public meeting on CBD

A public meeting on cannabidiol (CBD) products will be held Friday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, with the goal of gathering information on products that contain CBD | Medical Xpress, USA

How One City Invests Cannabis Tax Dollars Into Black-Owned Businesses

Small cannabis business-owners of color in Portland, Oregon are getting a serious leg-up in the legal industry at a time when many of their peers around the country are struggling | Filter Magazine, USA

John A. Boehner, the former speaker of the House, once stood second in line for the presidency and staunchly against legalized marijuana | NYTimes, USA

Tapentadol use among people who regularly inject drugs in Australia

Tapentadol is a centrally acting opioid analgesic registered for use in Australia to treat moderate to severe pain. A recent review has suggested a lack of data regarding ‘abuse, dependence, diversion, or recreational use’ of tapentadol. This paper addresses this research gap by examining patterns of tapentadol use among a sentinel sample of people who regularly inject drugs in Australia | NDARC, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Millions use cannabis, but figures for how many become dependent aren’t reliable

Cannabis has an image of being a relatively harmless drug. But all drugs carry a degree of risk, and cannabis is no exception. One of those risks is dependence, which many people assume is only something that happens to those who use “hard drugs”, such as crack or heroin | Conversation, UK

Alcohol-free at the pub

Even after seven years alcohol-free, Club Soda founder Laura Willoughby is still surprised that not only does she have a great social life, but lots of that social life takes place in the pub | Alcohol Change UK blog, UK

How to make anti-smoking campaigns more persuasive

The damaging effects of smoking on our health are well known, and governments are curbing tobacco advertising to reduce the number of smokers. But, in Indonesia, the number of teens and adults who smoke continue to grow at a rate higher than any other country | Conversation, Indonesia