Daily news - 19th June 2019

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UK news

News Release: Labour Party announces plan for mandatory alcohol labelling

Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Jonathan Ashworth MP will announce today (Wednesday 19 June), at charity Alcohol Change UK’s national conference, that accurate alcohol labels, which include the UK’s drinking guidelines and nutritional information, will be mandatory under a Labour government | Alcohol Change UK, UK

Alcohol labelling ‘would be mandatory under Labour government’

Strict labelling on alcohol products would be mandatory under a Labour government, shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth has said. | ITV, UK

Scottish alcohol sales drop as minimum price kicks in

Scots bought less alcohol in 2018 than any year since records began in the early 1990s, according to a new report | BBC, UK

Alcohol sales to street drinkers could be traced with forensic technology

Shopkeepers that sell "superstrength" alcohol to street drinkers could soon be identified and fined using forensic technology that can trace exactly where cans were purchased | Telegraph, UK

Women not aware enough of breast cancer link to alcohol

Only one in five women attending a breast cancer clinic knew it was a risk factor | BBC, UK

Committee hears about social care schemes for problem drug users

On Monday 17 June, the Scottish Affairs Committee visits the Scottish Drugs Forum in Glasgow to hear about how social care schemes can lift people out of problem drug use. On Tuesday 18 June the Committee takes evidence on the importance of healthcare, security and welfare for those affected by problem drug use | Parliament.uk, UK

Drug deaths emergency, declares minister facing record casualties

[Free subscription maybe required] Scotland is in the grip of a drug death emergency, a minister has claimed, as a new report disclosed that an average of four people died in Dundee every month last year | The Times, UK

Cannabis-based products for medicinal use

Pre-consultation documents now released on economic plan, review questions and search strategies | NICE, UK

Challenges of adjusting to life on ‘civvy street’

Compared with being deployed, transitioning from the armed forces to civilian life may not immediately come to mind as a stressful period in a veteran’s life. However, it can be due to the significant changes this generates (eg, in housing, finances, family life, and support networks). What do US studies tell us about the utility of brief alcohol interventions for reducing the risk of military personnel developing drinking problems and using alcohol to cope during this time? | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Reality TV exposing young people to alcohol and smoking

What this study cannot tell us is whether media exposure to smoking or alcohol increases the risk of these behaviours among young people. The researchers highlighted some previous research showing a link between the two. But it may be very difficult to ever be sure of a direct link | NHS: Behind the Headlines, UK

Free clinical update: special edition

The purpose of this update is not to summarise the pharmacological properties of Buvidal®, nor to explain in detail how it works. Instead this update evaluates the evidence base for Buvidal®. Three studies are summarised with individual commentary on the results of each study. A wider discussion then follows about the clinical implications of this exciting new technology | SMMGP, UK

Fulfilling Lives: Supporting People with Complex Needs

The Fulfilling Lives programme is a £112 million investment over 8 years supporting people who are experiencing multiple and complex needs. The programme funds local partnerships in 12 areas across England to test new ways of ensuring individuals receive joined up and person centred services which work for them | Community Fund, UK

Can you #seethefullpicture?

We’re supporting the inaugural Multiple Disadvantage Day on Wednesday 3 July 2019! The day has been created by the 12 projects across England that form the National Lottery Community Fund’s Fulfilling Lives Programme and informed by people who have or are currently facing multiple disadvantage | MEAM, UK

First private clinic promises 'fast-access' medical cannabis to Londoners

Its backers say it will offer a “lifeline” to patients suffering chronic pain or neurological conditions who are unable to access cannabis-derived medicines on the NHS | Evening Standard, UK

Drugs laws must be changed to allow safe consumption rooms, says minister

Scotland’s public health minister has urged the UK Government to change drugs laws after visiting a medically supervised safer drug consumption facility in Paris | Evening Telegraph, UK

Isle of Man public back growing cannabis for medicinal use

Ninety-five per cent of respondents were in favour of cultivating and processing the plant for medicinal purposes, provided it was regulated | BBC, UK


International news

The International Narcotics Control Board on cannabis : A critique of the report for 2018

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the International Narcotics Control Board today finds itself operating within a UN-based international drug control system facing unprecedented challenges; challenges that stem not only from a growing and increasingly complex global drug market, but also a divergence of views among member states on how best to deal with it | IDPC and GDPO, UK

The mobile methadone van that helps drug addicts live normal life

Daily Record chief reporter Mark McGivern visited Lisbon to see if Portugal's enlightened approach to addiction could help tackle Scotland's drug crisis | Daily Record, UK

Trump encourages VA to invest in new ketamine-like anti-depressant

A new miracle drug for suicidal veterans? | MixMag, UK

Authorities seize $1bn worth of cocaine in one of the largest US drug busts

'This amount of cocaine could kill millions of people,' US Attorney's office warns | Independent, UK

Gene linked to cannabis abuse

New research shows that a specific gene is associated with an increased risk of cannabis abuse. The gene is the source of a so-called nicotine receptor in the brain, and people with low amounts of this receptor have an increased risk of cannabis abuse | Science Daily, Denmark

Cannabis use has increased and shifted from illicit market, research reveals

A new article published by researchers from University of Puget Sound and University of Washington reports that, based on analysis of public wastewater samples in at least one Western Washington population center, cannabis use both increased and substantially shifted from the illicit market since retail sales began in 2014 | News Medical, USA

San Francisco votes to ban e-cigarettes not approved by FDA

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously voted to ban the sale of e-cigarettes in city limits if they are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) | The Hill, USA

Arrested While “Panicking on Meth”—An Hour Later, He Was Dead

Alex Billmeyer was panicking when police swarmed a house in Dubuque, Iowa on May 26, yelling that people were shooting at him. The 29-year-old (pictured above) had entered the house illegally, after leaving a Qwikshop just across the street where he had previously been hiding | Filter Magazine, USA

From Fortnite to slots: Do problem video gaming behaviors predict future problem gambling behaviors?

Last year, 43% of U.S. adults reported that they play video games. While most people play video games within responsible limits, some people can play in excess and experience negative consequences | BASIS, USA


Blogs, comment and opinion

I run a support group for LGBT+ youth

The young people I meet still face daily challenges that others don’t | Addaction blog, UK

We are failing drug users released from prison

ACMD report on Custody-Community Transitions highlights increasing drug-related harms in prison and increased risk of death by overdose on release | Russell Webster, UK

The Cards You’re Dealt: Adverse Childhood Experiences, Resilience and Youth Policy in Scotland

The Scottish Government has stated its intention of making Scotland the first ‘ACE-aware’ nation. Preventing and reducing ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences), and the desire to build resilience, is now solidly secured in Scottish policy rhetoric and approaches to childhood and youth practice | Social Policy blog, UK

Climbing Mountains: The Global Forum on Nicotine 2019

Something about getting off a plane makes me wants to vape. There is a certain pleasure in taking a moment to settle after the hustle and bustle of the airport, but the more obvious reason is that I wanted some nicotine | Ashtray blog, UK

Introducing the Oxford Companion to Global Drug History

Today’s post comes from contributing editor Dr. Miriam Kingsberg Kadia, professor of history at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Today she reports on the ADHS conference held last week in Shanghai, China, and the upcoming publication of a potentially very useful new book for drug and alcohol scholars around the globe | Points blog, USA

Cannabis quality involves careful science and carefree highs

Canada’s legal cannabis industry continues to make progress. Product shortages are decreasing. Store numbers are increasing. And edible cannabis regulations have just been finalized | Conversation, Canada