Daily news - 21st June 2019

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UK news

Drug Consumption Room: Glasgow

What discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on the potential merits of establishing a medically supervised drug consumption room in Glasgow | They work for you, UK

SURE: Substance Use Recovery Evaluator - updated

SURE is a psychometrically valid, quick and easy-to-complete outcome measure, developed with unprecedented input from people in recovery | KCL, UK

A threadbare patchwork of support

Perhaps more than any area of healthcare, treatment for alcohol-related issues can involve myriad funders and providers. How is this network of provision working, and what are the lessons for other areas of health and social care? | The Psychologist, UK

‘Your number one problem substance is alcohol’

Dr Michael Kelleher is a consultant addictions psychiatrist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust. He is the Clinical Lead for the Lambeth Addictions consortium, an innovative and effective collaboration between the NHS, Addaction, Phoenix, Blenheim and the local authority. James Morris spoke to him | The Psychologist, UK

Local tobacco control and stop smoking services

This map presents a snapshot of the tobacco control work undertaken in 2018 by the local authorities in England that have responsibility for public health: metropolitan boroughs, London boroughs, unitary authorities and county councils. Data was updated in May 2019 to reflect recent changes to stop smoking services | Cancer Research UK, UK

Everything you need to know about medical cannabis

An update on how cannabis can be legally used for medical uses, eight months after doing so was made legal in the UK | Pharmaceutical Journal, UK

Home Office apologises for accusing man of being ‘foreign criminal’

Antonio Neville Heslop lost job and home after being falsely accused of being drug dealer | Guardian, UK

Closing the Employment Gaps - Round Table

Free event. Fri, 28 June 2019. 09:15 – 12:00 BST. The Forward Trust, in partnership with Brent Council, are running a Round Table event to mark UK Employability Day 2019 | The Forward Trust

Mass Lobby at Parliament

25th June 12 – 5pm. Parliament, London SW1A 0AA. Join our mass lobby by arranging a meeting at parliament with your MP to demand an end to the drug war | Anyone's Child, UK

Sniffer Dogs and The Dickhead Tax: The Secrets of Festival Drug Dealers

"I charge different amounts to different people. If you're a complete knob, I'll take the piss." | VICE, UK

Lancashire volunteer wins Red Rose Award

Marc Bardsley has won the Above and Beyond Award for his work with Young Addaction Lancashire supporting young people and families affected by drug or alcohol use. Marc was presented with the accolade at the Red Rose Thanks Giving Awards ceremony | Addaction, UK

Yousef Makki death: Pupil stabbed 'after botched drug robbery'

A grammar school pupil was stabbed in the heart by his teenage friend after a botched attempt to rob a drug dealer of £45-worth of cannabis, a court heard | BBC, UK


International news

Join the 2019 Global Day of Action!

Since the first Global Day of Action, in 2013, the Support. Don’t Punish campaign has seen local partners organise activities in hundreds of cities of over 100 countries around the world. There is a high chance there will be one taking place near you! While not all events are open to the public, have a browse below to navigate planned activities for the 2019 Global Day of Action so far | Support. Don't Punish, UK

France urged by government experts to legalise cannabis and 'take back control' of black market

Agovernment-tasked commission has advised France to legalise cannabis to “take back control” of the black market, calling prohibition an abject “failure” | Telegraph, UK

E-cigarette explodes in teenager’s mouth, shattering his teeth

‘It is clear that these batteries are not a safe source of energy for these devices’ | Independent, UK

‘You can make it out of hell’: Northlane's Marcus Bridge opens up about traumatic past

Aria-winning metal band’s fifth album tells how its frontman found his way out of a childhood racked by addiction and abuse | Guardian interview, UK

Alabama man denies feeding meth to ‘attack squirrel’

An Alabama man wanted on drug and weapons charges has posted a video denying he fed methamphetamine to a so-called "attack squirrel" which he considers a pet | ITV, UK

Help for cocaine use trebles at Cork centre

The number of people seeking help for cocaine addiction has trebled since 2016, new treatment centre figures show | Irish EXaminer, Ireland

'Legalise cannabis and make €2.8bn a year for the state'

An official commission has advised France to legalise cannabis to "take back control" of the black market | Independent, Ireland

Booker Proposes Clemency for Thousands of Nonviolent Drug Offenders

Mr. Booker’s proposal, announced a week before the first 2020 primary debate, would be the broadest clemency initiative since the Civil War | NYTimes, USA

Most Drug Arrests in the US Involve Less Than a Gram

A study of over 700,000 state and local drug arrests shows that two out of three cases involve a small amount of illegal drugs | FEE, USA

Why Congress Is Taking Action to Address Teen Smoking

In April, without much attention, the House and Senate took critical action to address the rise in teenage smoking | Observer, USA

Prevalence and correlates of self-harm among a sample of repeat DUI offenders

[Open access] Driving under the influence of alcohol or other substances (DUI) and suicide are both persistent but potentially preventable public health problems. DUI offenders, particularly those who have repeatedly offended, report elevated risk for many suicide risk factors. However, researchers have not systematically studied associations between repeat DUI and suicide | Addiction, Research and Theory, UK

Early-and-regular cannabis use by youth is associated with alteration in brain circuits that support cognitive control

A once understudied topic now shows a clear link between cannabis use and brain alterations, whereby chronic use may lead to poor conflict resolution skills | EurekAlert, USA

What Can We Learn From the Nation’s First 24/7 Methadone Clinic?

In October 2017, Community Medical Services (CMS), an Arizona-based addiction treatment provider, opened America’s first medication-assisted treatment (MAT) clinic that operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It’s a level of accessibility that will sound almost unimaginably helpful to anyone used to organizing their life around restricted clinic hours | Filter Magazine, USA

New research backs Australian regulatory decision on poppers

Young gay and bisexual men are frequent users of alkyl nitrites, or poppers, but few show signs of addiction, risky consumption habits or other psychosocial problems, a study shows | Medical Xpress, USA

Australian cannabis becomes first to advertise on London Underground

Australian cannabis company Elixinol Global Limited has launched an industry-first media campaign using digital signage and video boards across key London Underground railway stations | AdNews, Australia

Blogs, comment and opinion

Collective Voice responds to The Independent Review of Drugs

We publish below our response to the call for written evidence from the Independent Reviewer of Drugs, Dame Carol Black. The review has two parts, with the first focusing on the demographics of drug use and the features of drug markets. The call for written evidence is part of this first part | Collective Voice, UK

Ian Hamilton: The gaps in our understanding of cannabis dependence

Admitting where our knowledge of cannabis is limited is as important as acknowledging what strong research evidence can make us certain of, says Ian Hamilton | BMJ opinion, UK

Catastrophic failure of the war on drugs

This vast unethical trade is co-created by politicians, including President Duque of Colombia, who back a policy of global prohibition, writes Danny Kushlick | Guardian letters, UK

Marijuana History: A Bibliography

It’s been a big month for cannabis legalization news | Points blog, USA

‘You can make it out of hell’: Northlane's Marcus Bridge opens up about traumatic past

Aria-winning metal band’s fifth album tells how its frontman found his way out of a childhood racked by addiction and abuse | Guardian interview, UK