Daily news - 15th March 2019

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DrugScope library resurrected

The Wellcome Collection now holds the old DrugScope library archive and is open to researchers. This library holds many rare and seminal materials on drugs dating back to the 1920s | Wellcome Institute, UK

Adult drug and alcohol misuse treatment business definitions

Updated 'Adult drug and alcohol misuse treatment business definitions: core dataset O' | PHE, UK

Awareness of alcohol marketing, ownership of alcohol branded merchandise, and the association with alcohol consumption, higher-risk drinking, and drinking susceptibility in adolescents and young adults: a cross-sectional survey in the UK

To explore awareness of alcohol marketing and ownership of alcohol branded merchandise in adolescents and young adults in the UK, what factors are associated with awareness and ownership, and what association awareness and ownership have with alcohol consumption, higher-risk drinking and susceptibility| BMJ Open, UK

Alcohol marketing linked to ‘higher-risk’ teenage drinking

Almost one in five (17%) of young people aged 11 to 19 own branded alcohol merchandise, which is also linked with increased and more unhealthy drinking habits, according to a new study | ITV, UK

'The price you pay could be rape’: Police campaign accused of ‘victim blaming’

A campaign by West Yorkshire Police warning young people against accepting free drinks and drugs at house parties has been accused of “victim blaming” on Twitter | Independent, UK

Bristol BAME community drug support volunteers sought

Volunteer "community champions" are being recruited in Bristol to help Muslims and other faith groups who are affected by drugs and alcohol | BBC, UK

Lancashire human trafficking victim 'smuggled at gunpoint'

A boy who was threatened with a gun by human traffickers bringing him from Vietnam to the UK said he was scared he would be shot if he ran away | BBC, UK

'County Lines' criminals used pay-as-you-go phones and hire cars to flood town with drugs

The county lines drug dealers showed a 'disregard for the law' and are now behind bars | Wales Online, UK

Drug death teenager Shakira Pellow's memorial attacked

A memorial stone was placed in a Devon park after 15-year-old Shakira Pellow's death but her mother Rita Hole, 48, says it has been vandalised every week | BBC, UK


International news

Bristol named cocaine capital of Europe following sewage study

Southwest city has higher concentration of cocaine by-product in wastewater than Amsterdam or Barcelona, research finds. [See EMCDDA report below] | Independent, UK

The ‘Vienna consensus’ stifles progress on UN drug policy: Statement by the International Drug Policy Consortium

The International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC), a global network of more than 180 NGOs that come together to promote drug policies that are based on human rights, human security, social inclusion and public health, express our disappointment with, and concerns about, the Ministerial Declaration ‘Strengthening our actions at the national, regional and international levels to accelerate the implementation of our joint commitments to address and counter the world drug problem’, adopted today in Vienna by the United Nations | IDPC, UK

Highland aristocrat's son cleared of Kenya drug trafficking

The son of a Highland aristocrat has been acquitted of trafficking nearly 100kg (220lbs) of cocaine into Kenya | BBC, UK

Medicinal cannabis cultivation legalised

Jersey is to start issuing licences to grow medicinal cannabis in a move which could generate hundreds of millions of pounds a year for the economy | Jersey Evening Post, UK

Convicted drink drivers in France can avoid ban if they install breathalyser 'alcolock'

Drink drivers in France will be able to avoid a ban if they install breathalyser 'alcolocks' that prevent their vehicles from starting if they are over the alcohol limit | Telegraph, UK

A new drug based on ketamine could help treat depression

It has been over 30 years since a genuinely new type of drug for treating depression, or indeed any psychiatric illness, has come to market | Economist, UK

“You Haven’t Died Yet?”: President Duterte Lists Politicians Allegedly Involved in Drugs, Ahead of Elections

Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte has named 45 politicians who he claims to be involved with the illegal drug trade, ahead of the country’s general election | Talking Drugs, UK

From casinos to cannabis: the Native Americans embracing the pot revolution

Gambling transformed reservations 40 years ago, but often only enriched a few. Could the legal marijuana business prove more broadly beneficial? | Guardian, UK

"A health-centred approach to drug dependence, a multi-factorial health disorder"

I would like to express my gratitude to WHO, INCB and UNAIDS for coming together today with UNODC around the essential topic of health-centred approaches to drug use and drug dependence in addressing the world drug problem | UNODC, Austria

Latest wastewater data reveal drug-taking habits in over 70 European cities and an increase in the detection of stimulants

The latest findings from the largest European project in the emerging science of wastewater analysis are presented today by the Europe-wide SCORE group, in association with the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA) | EMCDDA, Portugal

Frequently asked questions (FAQ): wastewater-based epidemiology and drugs

Wastewater analysis is a rapidly developing scientific discipline with potential for monitoring real-time data on geographical and temporal trends in illicit drug use. On this page you can find answers to some common questions about the method, including background information, use, application and interpretation of the findings | EMCDDA, Portugal

Promises to improve health outcomes for people who inject drugs remain unfulfilled as 99% do not have adequate access to HIV and harm reduction services

New report by UNAIDS highlights the urgent need to implement a human rights and evidence-informed approach to reach people who inject drugs with essential health services | UNAIDS, Switzerland

Keep e-cigs away from youth to win war against tobacco

Making sure electronic cigarettes don't get into the hands of youngsters is the key to beating tobacco use and nicotine addiction in the United States, a new American Heart Association policy statement says | Medical Xpress, USA

New Study Could Significantly Change The Course Of Vaping In This Country

Vaping regulations around the world vary quite dramatically. From places such as the UK, which have gotten fully behind e-cigarettes for their harm reduction and smoking cessation purposes, to those such as Australia and Thailand, which have instead taken a very strict stance and virtually banned them | Churn Magazine, USA

Using an anti-smoking drug to control neurons

The drug latches on to designer proteins, called ion channels, that control whether or not a neuron will send a message. By putting those proteins only in certain groups of neurons, scientists can target modulation of specific cells while leaving other neurons unaffected | Medical Xpress, USA

Wound Care and Stigma: Healthcare Must Do Better for People Who Inject

There is a common misconception that people who inject drugs (PWID) don’t care about their health. However, their widespread participation in syringe access (needle exchange) and other available health services suggests otherwise | Filter Magazine, USA

B.C. counsellor wants Health Canada to approve psilocybin to treat death anxiety

Victoria counsellor part of a team that wants to use the psychedelic drug psilocybin to treat people who suffer from acute death anxiety | Vancouver Sun, Canada


Blogs, comment and opinion

Call for public inquiry into Scottish drug deaths

Nicola Sturgeon was today asked to launch a statutory public inquiry into drug deaths in Scotland | Scotsman, UK

Baby boomers are increasingly more likely to risk drink-drivingthan millennials

“Baby boomers”, all now over the age of 50, have shown the fastest rise in rates of alcohol and drug misuse over the past 15 years – and this is playing out on Britain’s roads | Conversation, UK

Human Genome Project: new alcohol abuse study could help us finally unlock secrets to beating genetic diseases

Human Genome Project has not lived up to the hype on beating disease, but new alcohol abuse study could change that | Conversation, UK

Smoking costs society dear – so why isn’t Big Tobacco paying its way?

It is well known that some of the world’s biggest technical companies pay pitiful amounts of corporate tax. Now our new research has placed the tax returns of tobacco firms under the spotlight | Conversation, UK

Points Interview: Lucas Richert

Today’s Points Interview features Dr. Lucas Richert, George Urdang Chair in the History of Pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and author of the newly-released Strange Trips: Science, Culture, and the Regulation of Drugs (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2019). Richert is also a co-editor of the ADHS’s official journal, Social History of Alcohol and Drugs | Points blog, USA

Māori must be at forefront of the cannabis law reform debate

The Horizon poll released by TV3's The Hui earlier this month, which shows that 75 per cent of Māori plan to vote in favour of cannabis legalisation at the 2020 referendum should not come as a surprise | Stuff opinion, New Zealand