Daily news - 12th March 2019

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UK news

DDN March 2019 issue out now

Speakers at the DDN conference embraced the theme ‘Keep on Moving’. What came out very strongly was that we need to take others along with us as we move – not just peers and colleagues, but people who are not in treatment or connected to services | DDN, UK

Additions to the Effectiveness Bank 11 March 2019

Current needle exchange provision in the UK will cost-effectively save lives by reducing spread of hepatitis C but it will take scaled-up provision of these and other services to eliminate new infections. New evidence questions the mantra that referring heroin users to treatment prevents crime. How to overcome the weakness in screening and brief interventions for risky drinking - poor implementation | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Why we should look to pleasure rather than harm when researching drug use

By investing more into recreational drug research, we could understand more about the reasons people use them | Independent, UK

Drugs policy inquiry - closing soon

The Committee is seeking written submissions on the health consequences of illicit drugs policy. The closing date is Monday 18th March 2019 | Parliament.uk, UK

Drugs: North West

Drugs: North West is a newly-formed network of researchers from across North West England. The network was established to foster multi-disciplinary collaborations between researchers across the region and to provide a platform to showcase the innovative work of its members | Drugs North West, UK

Expert calls for methadone overhaul in bid to tackle Scottish drug death crisis

Professor Neil McKeganey's controversial opinions clash with other academics but he believes we need a new approach to the growing problem | Daily Record, UK

Michael Wilks obituary

My friend Michael Wilks, who has died of prostate cancer aged 69, was a forensic physician. His professional achievements were underpinned by his courage and honesty in confronting his problems with alcohol and he made an outstanding contribution to changing attitudes towards addiction | Guardian, UK

Addiction Vol 114, issue 4 - April 2019

Lots of open access articles in this volume | Addiction, UK

Just Say It! Free event

This unique event will provide a platform for young people to share their views on big questions such including, should drugs be legalised? Just Say It! will be held on 26th March from 5pm to 6.30pm, at the egg theatre and is open to any young person aged 14-21 | DHI, UK

Police call up sniffer dogs in crackdown on drugs at Cheltenham Festival

Sniffer dogs and an elite armed unit will be on hand at the Cheltenham Festival as police vow to issue a “very strong anti-drugs” message to racegoers | Telegraph, UK


International news

The UN Chief Executives Board unanimously endorses decriminalisation of people who use drugs

The Chief Executives Board of the UN, representing 31 UN agencies, has adopted a common position on drug policy that endorses decriminalisation of possession and use. This comes just days before a key meeting of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna, which will review, the UN’s 10-year Global Drug Strategy, and plan for the next one | Transform, UK

International operation leads to seizure of £100m cocaine

Following a tip-off from the NCA the drugs were discovered by US Customs and Border Protection officers in a container at the Port of New York/Newark on 28 February | NCA, UK

‘It's in the eye of the beholder’ – drinks giants defend ‘craft beer’ branding

Report shows many consumers unaware of buying from global firms instead of small brewers | Guardian, UK

Democratic 2020 candidates roll up to support marijuana legalisation

In a joint effort, Warren, Harris, Sanders and Gillibrand are co-sponsors of legislation authored by Booker | Guardian, UK

A Woman Faces Life in Prison for Sharing Drugs in Jail

A 22-year-old woman overdosed and died in jail. A 24-year-old faces first-degree murder charges. Did the system fail them both? | VICE, UK

RSA blames alcohol for failure to wear seatbelts

Garda National Roads Policing Bureau has pointed to an increase in failure to wear belts | Irish Times, Ireland

Trump proposes new user fee on e-cigarettes to combat youth usage

U.S. President Donald Trump is proposing adding a user fee to e-cigarettes to fund FDA oversight of new tobacco and nicotine products as part of an effort to reduce use of the products by teenagers, according to his budget proposal released on Monday morning | Reuters, USA

Binge drinking in adolescence may increase risk for anxiety later in life

Researchers have found that adolescent binge drinking, even if discontinued, increases the risk for anxiety later in life due to abnormal epigenetic programming | Science Daily, USA

Nicotine 101: The Truth About What It Is and What it Does

In July 2017, an announcement by the FDA declared that the agency “places nicotine, and the issue of addiction, at the center of the agency’s tobacco regulation efforts.” | Filter Magazine, USA

“Yellow Peril”—How Blaming China for Fentanyl Continues a Racist Legacy

As the overdose crisis roars on, various stakeholders seek to assign blame for these mostly preventable deaths | Filter Magazine, USA

Black lawmakers and activists are blocking a push to legalize recreational marijuana in New York, warning that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s proposal could perpetuate the racial inequality that it purports to fight | NYTimes, USA

Legalising Vaping in Australia (PDF)

In spite of a substantial fall in the smoking rate over several decades, nearly three million or 15.2% of Australian adults still smoke tobacco. 1 Smoking remains the leading preventable cause of death and illness in Australia. 2 Smoking is especially prevalent in disadvantaged populations such as Indigenous people, low-income groups and those with mental illness or substance use and is a major contributor to health and financial inequalities | The McKell Institute, Australia

'No safe level': what we're getting wrong with alcohol guidelines

Red wine is Pippa Williams’ favourite way to relax | SMH, Australia

‘The most rewarding thing I’ve ever done’: GP-led alcohol detox

Dr Chris Davis talks about his model of GP-led home detox for mild-to-moderate alcohol dependency, and his hopes for its wider adoption in Australia | RACGP, Australia

Tasmania Drug Trends 2019: Methamphetamine use, markets and harms

This bulletin provides an overview of key data sources that relate to methamphetamine use in Tasmania | NDARC, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

For women who use drugs, treatment can be a man’s world

Walking through the door of a drug service can be daunting. Can women-only spaces make a difference? | Addaction blog, UK

The Trip Report 11/03

Through the work of organisations such as WEDINOS, The Loop, and DanceSafe, we know a little more about the drugs in circulation. The report provided below is a summary of their findings over the last week | Cameron Scally, UK

‘My best friend reported me for drink driving with my children and it saved my life’

Mother-of-two Paula Loader struggled to cope after her divorce and bringing up her autistic son – here she shares her road to recovery | i news, UK

Opinion: No one should be prosecuted for personal possession of drugs

People using drugs should be dealt with exclusively via the health system, writes Tony Duffin. Let’s make the change in 2019 | Journal opinion, Ireland