Daily news - 1st November 2019

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Safe injection rooms save lives – yet the UK government continues to oppose them

MPs have urged for a number of important policy changes. These include the decriminalisation of drug possession for personal use and the the creation of supervised injecting facilities | Talking Drugs, UK

David Nutt slams UK drugs policy as Scottish deaths soar

UK drugs policy has "done nothing but go backwards" in the last decade, according to an ex-senior Westminster adviser | National, UK

Current List - November 2019

A quick summary of the main discovery for each research paper we have published | Addiction, UK

Smoking cessation in drug and alcohol services (PDF)

Event. Thursday 23rd January 2020, 10.30am to 3.30pm. PHE Offices, 5 St Phillips Place, Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 2PW. This national workshop is looking at how we can better promote smoking cessation support within drug and alcohol services | PHE, UK

Insightful Families

Insightful Families is a new service to support whole family approaches to understanding the impact of parental alcohol use on children and others | Haringey.gov, UK

Hawick, Galashiels, Eyemouth and Peebles considered for alcohol by-laws

Four towns in the Borders could see by-laws introduced to ban the consumption of alcohol in public places. Councillors voted to take forward consultation on the move in Hawick, Galashiels, Eyemouth and Peebles | BBC, UK

Man charged with importing controlled drugs

Suspected cannabis with an estimated value of £460,000 was found following searches in north Belfast and Larne | BBC, UK


International news

Dover cannabis haul hidden in cheese

Two men who tried to bring £5m-worth of cannabis into the UK hidden in cheese have been jailed | BBC, UK

Drugnet Europe

November issue of the European newsletter | EMCDDA, Portugal

CDC, States Update Number of Cases of Lung Injury Associated with use of E-cigarette, or Vaping, Products

As of October 29, 2019, 1,888 confirmed and probable lung injury cases associated with use of e-cigarette, or vaping, products were reported by 49 states | CDC, USA

Juul allegedly shipped 1 million contaminated vaping products

The company didn’t recall the products or warn consumers, a new lawsuit claims | Vox, USA

Mint and menthol flavors latest battleground for vaping industry

The industry has been involved in intense lobbying against the move for several weeks, causing disquiet among health professionals | Medical Xpress, USA

Some Academics Quietly Take Side Jobs Helping Tobacco Companies In Court

In 1998, major tobacco companies reached a historic legal settlementwith states that had sued them over the health care costs of smoking-related illnesses | npr, USA

Fentanyl Panic and Halloween Sadism Myths: A Ghoulish Combination

Frankenstein’s monster had nothing on this: A New Jersey beach town prosecutor’s office has been fusing together two damaging drug myths—fentanyl panic and Halloween sadism—just in time for the spooky holiday | Filter Magazine, USA

Public Drug Testing Sites Are Helping Dealers Prevent Overdoses

Street-level dealers in Vancouver are accessing free drug checking services at overdose prevention sites around the city. In doing so, they’re keeping folks in their community—their clients—safe | VICE, Canada


Blogs, comment and opinion

Minimum pricing at home and away: where next?

A bit like Brexit, implementation of the minimum unit pricing (MUP) policy in Scotland has had its share of twists, turns, legal challenges and divided public opinion | Public Health Topics blog, UK

Why we need to let young people who self-harm lead the way in their treatment

Youth mental health problems are increasing. It’s important they have access to support that works | Addaction blog, UK

Strengthening the evidence for medicinal cannabis and cannabinoids

In their article entitled “Strengthening the evidence for medicinal cannabis and cannabinoids”, Freeman et al.(1) highlight the potential value of alternate trial designs, and the use of patient registries, in the pursuit of strengthening the evidence for medical cannabis | BMJ editorial, UK

Long-term methadone maintenance treatment: Stigma and social isolation

Mirroring trends throughout Europe, there has been a distinct rise in the age of Ireland’s opiate users who are in treatment. In 2015, 42.5% of treated opiate users nationally were over the age of 35 years compared to 27% in 2009 | Merchants Quay Ireland, Ireland

Psychedelics for Healthy People

How psilocybin, LSD, and other psychedelic drugs could increase wellness in people without mental illness | Elemental, USA

Is Victoria Police behind the media push to close down Melbourne’s injecting room?

Serious questions are being raised about the role of Victoria Police and their relationship with the media after two employees at the North Richmond Community Health Centre (NRCH) were charged with drug offences | AOD MediaWatch, Australia




And finally...

Cannabis retrieved from man's nose 18 years after he tried to smuggle it into prison

A man who attempted to smuggle cannabis into prison by hiding it in a balloon up his nose has retrieved the drugs more than 18 years later, after mistakenly believing he had swallowed the package | Sky News, UK