Daily news - 16th May 2019

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UK news

Dr Edward Day appointed as Drug Recovery Champion

Dr Edward Day has been appointed as the government’s Drug Recovery Champion to ensure the best treatment and support for those recovering from drug misuse | Home Office and The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, UK

Britons get drunk more often than 35 other nations, survey finds

Meanwhile, cocaine use among people in England tops the same global list | Guardian, UK

Doctors turn to alcohol, food and drugs to cope with work stress

BMJ findings reveal sleep problems, burnout and drink dependency due to heavy workloads | Guardian, UK

'People are dying and not getting the help they need’: Inside the alcohol and drug addiction clinic battling cuts

Natasha’s broad smile and infectious good humour lights up a stale therapy room as she prepares to speak publicly for the first time about her long and traumatic journey | ITV, UK

Hepatitis B: guidance, data and analysis

Updated with Hepatitis B virus (HBV) regional reports | PHE, UK

Nottingham Integrated Care System (ICS): Integrated Working To Reduce Alcohol Related Harm - webinar

This webinar will be led by Dr Jane Beathea (Consultant in Public Health at Nottingham Council) and Alison Challenger (Director of Public Health at Nottingham City Council) and will explore the beginnings of a system level approach to reducing the burden that alcohol represents and how the ICS is adopting “reducing alcohol harm” as its first prevention priority | NHS, UK

Cannabis oil: 'Why I break the law for my son'

Video.A mother says she is part of a "silent majority" who break the law for epileptic relatives | BBC, UK

Tony Adams: Alcohol gave me a good hiding

Video. For much of Tony Adam's football playing career he was battling with an addiction to alcohol | BBC, UK

The UK Recovery Walk in 2020

We are now open to notes of interest and applications for the hosting of The UK Recovery Walk in 2020. The deadline for notes of interest is set at June 14th 2019 | Favor UK, UK

Derbyshire school pupils get advice on drugs, alcohol and sex

The event was hosted by CGL 1625 Outreach, which is a free and confidential service, joint-funded by the commissioner and Derbyshire County Council. The service works with young people aged 16 to 25 to prevent drug and alcohol dependency and promote healthy lifestyle choices | Derbyshire Times, UK

Jess’ 880km charity trek for Sheffield charity that helped her beat drug addiction  

Jess Booth, aged 33, went on a Spanish pilgrimage to combine escapism with fundraising for Sheffield-based drug and alcohol charity ‘Addaction’, which helped her to beat her substance abuse problem | The Star, UK

Barrow-in-Furness drug deaths drop

Cumbria County Council figures show that 12 people died in Barrow-in-Furness between December 2017 and April 2018 - compared to 20 drug deaths and 28 "near misses" in the previous 16 months | BBC, UK

Lee Evans death: Two drug dealers jailed for stabbing

Two drug dealers have been jailed for fatally stabbing a dad to death | BBC, UK


International news

The Fascinating History of Mescaline, the OG Psychedelic

We spoke to writer Mike Jay about the drug's journey from prehistoric caves, through Aztecs, Mormons, Beat poets, John-Paul Sartre and a British MP | VICE, UK

Coca-Cola billionaire detained after police find 5,000 ‘cannabis plants’ on his private jet

‘We didn’t even bring in cannabis, we brought in a cousin of cannabis’ | Independent, UK

'The cocaine trade is booming': 54% of Irish people who use cocaine want to cut down

Over one quarter of cannabis users in Ireland reported almost daily use, which the report said was “suggestive of dependent use” | Journal, Ireland

Contemporary Asian Drug Policy

This report describes the illicit drug policy landscape for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) + 3 countries (China, Japan, and South Korea), which account for about 30 percent of the world's population. The authors also present three case studies on the shifting drug policy landscape in Asia | RAND Corporation, USA

Drug injection, syringe source, and self-stigma in New York City

People with substance use problems are widely stigmatized, a harmful societal notion reinforced by media depictions of drug use, misguided public policy, and punishments by criminal justice systems. Drug-related stigma is highly present for people who inject drugs (PWID), likely due in part to its association with HIV | BASIS, USA

Legal marijuana reduces chronic pain, but increases injuries and car accidents

Overall hospital stays remain steady after colorado legalized cannabis, UCSF study finds | EurekAlert, USA

Can CBD really do all that?

How one molecule from the cannabis plant came to be seen as a therapeutic cure-all | NYTimes, USA

Embattled New York Introduces New Marijuana Legalization Bill

After the failure to include legalized adult use cannabis in the New York State budget earlier this year, sponsors of the legislation say they are introducing a new bill that they hope stands a better chance at becoming law | Forbes, USA

The Year Is 2020, and the US Has Banned Vapes. What Happens Now?

President Donald Trump finished his overture at this year’s Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta  by asking the conference attendees to stand with him in fighting for a “drug-free America.” | Filter Magazine, USA

Federal judge orders FDA to start regulating e-cigarettes

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to speed up its reviews of thousands of electronic cigarettes currently on the market, siding with public health groups that sued the agency | The Hill, USA

Architect of Philippines Drug War Elected to Senate on Death Penalty Platform

Aslate of allies of far-right President Rodrigo Duterte were elected to the Philippines Senate in the country’s midterm elections on May 13 | Filter Magazine, USA

'Grow your brain before you expand it': study pushes cannabis health warnings

The annual Global Drug Survey (GDS) was released on Thursday, a week after New Zealand's Government announced details of its 2020 Cannabis Referendum | Stuff.co.nz, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

Understanding youth drinking in Scotland: Does Geography matter?

Understanding why young people living in some areas drink more than others is vital for public health policy, argues Gina Martin | IAS blog, UK

Rape myths like ‘stranger danger’ challenged by global drug survey

Many of the beliefs people hold about rape are downright wrong. For example, women are often told they can avoid sexual assault by monitoring how much alcohol they drink on a night out | Conversation, UK

Canada’s legalization of weed edibles is another global social experiment

This October, cannabis-infused edibles will be fully legal on the Canadian market | Conversation, Canada