Daily news - 25th June 2019

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UK news

Financial headache: The cost of workplace hangovers and intoxication to the UK economy

As many as 89,000 people may be turning up to work hungover or under the influence of alcohol every day, costing the economy up to £1.4 billion a year, according to new research from the Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) | IAS, UK

Medical cannabis firms press UK to loosen prescription rules

Manufacturers say not allowing GPs to prescribe drug fails patients and forfeits gains | Guardian, UK

Capital depreciation: The lack of recovery capital and post-release support for prisoners leaving the Drug Recovery Wings in England and Wales

This article draws on the evaluation of the pilot Drug Recovery Wings (DRWs), which were introduced ten prisons in England and Wales, with the intention of delivering abstinence-focused drug recovery services. The DRW pilots can be seen as representing the extension of the recovery paradigm – so prevalent elsewhere in UK drug policy – to the prison system. This study aimed to provide a detailed account of DRW prisoners’ expectations and experiences in the transition from prison to the community and explore the potential for ‘doing recovery’ in prison and on release | IJDP, UK

Coffee can help you lose weight, study finds

'The potential implications of our results are pretty big, as obesity is a major health concern for society and we also have a growing diabetes epidemic'  | Independent, UK

Teen arrested over Liverpool cannabis farm find

A 15-year-old boy has been arrested after police discovered a cannabis farm with a potential annual yield of £250,000 in Liverpool | BBC, UK

Gambling addiction clinic to help addicts aged 13 to 25

The Gambling Commission, which regulates the industry, said it was essential people had easy access to support and treatment | BBC, UK

Consultation event - Families affected by problem gambling

Free event. Thu, 27 June 2019. 12:00 – 20:00 BST.CAN Mezzanine - Old Street, London. Adfam and Gamcare are working to improve support for families affected by problem gambling. We want to hear directly from those affected to understand their experiences, and what support they would value | Adfam, UK

Families affected by problem gambling

This survey is for families of problem gamblers.  We want to hear directly from families to find out what kind of support would be most useful and appropriate for them. If you are the family member of someone that's experiencing a gambling problem, please tell us more | Adfam, 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 | Support. Don't Punish, UK

SUPPORT DON’T PUNISH Global Day of Action: a focus on women who use drugs [26/6/19]

Summaries of some of the actions planned across the world for SDP 2019, with a focus on women who use drugs | Talking Drugs, UK

Eurostar defends alcohol limits on trains

Eurostar has defended limiting the amount of alcohol passengers can carry on its trains as necessary to "maintain a pleasant environment" | BBC, UK

'I've seen terrible, terrible violence': cocaine and meth fuel crime and chaos in Fiji

The Pacific island best known as a popular holiday destination is grappling with a growing drug problem | Guardian, UK

Bust in Budi Budi: the day a fisherman hauled in $50m worth of cocaine

How a remote atoll on Papua New Guinea’s eastern fringe was menaced by drug traffickers as illicit trade across the Pacific surges | Guardian, UK

'Cocaine king of Milan' escapes from prison in Uruguay through hole in roof

Rocco Morabito and three other prisoners let themselves down by rope to an adjacent farm, where they robbed the owner | Guardian, UK

Smoking gun: should you be able to use a firearm while stoned?

As legalization reaches the red states, the conflict between federal gun and marijuana laws becomes an issue | Guardian, UK

The battle to turn Arkansas's dry counties wet – with Walmart's help

Many Arkansas counties are forbidden from selling alcohol, but campaigners, including the Walton family, want that to change | Guardian, UK

Ireland will move quickly to implement minimum alcohol pricing - Varadkar

Ireland will move quickly to implement a minimum price below which alcoholic drink cannot be sold, the Taoiseach has said | Independent, Ireland

The Clondalkin Model: a Community of Practice (PDF)

The Clondalkin Drug and Alcohol Task Force (CDATF) have co-delivered a number of initiatives in recent times in partnership with local voluntary and statutory organisations that have produced significant positive outcomes for service users, families and the community | Clondalkin Drug and Alcohol Task Force, Ireland

The Drug Reporter video database

The database features hundreds of drug policy reform and harm reduction advocacy videos from all around the world. The videos produced by the Drugreporter – Rights Reporter Foundation team Péter Sárosi and István Gábor Takács (former HCLU Drug Policy Program) since 2008 are marked with blue | Drug Reporter, Hungary

International Day Against Drug Abuse  and Illicit Trafficking, 26 June 

By resolution 42/112 of 7 December 1987, the General Assembly decided to observe 26 June as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking as an expression of its determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse | UN, USA

'Secret shopper' study shows how easily teens can buy e-cigs

Despite federal and state age restrictions on the sale of tobacco and vaping products, a new "secret shopper" study found that IDs were checked only about half the time | Medical Xpress, USA

Cannabidiol is a powerful new antibiotic

New research has found that Cannnabidiol is active against Gram-positive bacteria, including those responsible for many serious infections (such as Staphyloccocus aureus and Streptococcus pneumoniae), with potency similar to that of established antibiotics such as vancomycin or daptomycin | Medical Xpress, USA

Public Cannabis Consumption Now Allowed In Colombia: Is Full Marijuana Legalization Next?

It’s been seven years since Colombia decriminalized the possession of small amounts of cannabis and other illicit drugs, and about three years since the South American country legalized medical cannabis – and while home cultivation for personal use is allowed, recreational cannabis remains illegal to date | Forbes, USA

Which Presidential Candidate Would Give David Barren His Freedom?

Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow, published in 2010, probably did more than any other document to make mass incarceration a general matter of public concern. By setting out the racist nature of drug-related criminalization and incarceration, the book inspired large numbers of non-impacted people to act upon their philosophical opposition to the War on Drugs | Filter Magazine, USA



Blogs, comment and opinion

GFN 2019 – a very civil society

I am just winding down from the whirlwind of activity that is the Global Forum on Nicotine (GFN) conference held in Warsaw earlier this month | NSP blog, UK

Exploring the links between alcohol dependency, parental conflict and child outcomes

Andrew Brown, senior programme manager at Public Health England (PHE), explains why this week's 'Children, parental conflict and public services' conferences include a workshop focusing on alcohol dependency and its impacts | EIF blog, UK

“It’s gin o’clock”: Why we need to talk with our children about drugs 

As the CEO of the UK’s leading youth drug prevention charity, it wasn’t lost on me when my 7-year old started calling out “it’s gin o’clock” at 5pm every evening on a recent holiday. Of course, we never let her drink any gin, but it was reminder of just how embedded our drinking culture is | Mentor blog, UK

Fake drugs that could kill are on the rise in Western countries – here’s why

Fake medicines – illegal and substandard pharmaceuticals – have until now largely been a problem in low and middle-income countries. Ranging from lifestyle products to lifesaving medicines, such products are now also on the rise in the Western world. The spread is concerning, as fake medicines can be completely ineffective or extremely toxic | Conversation, Sweden

The debate over e-cigarettes demands stronger evidence of their value

Whether the devices help people to quit, or increase health risks, will emerge only from better data | Nature editorial, USA