Daily news - 4th November 2019

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Scottish Affairs Committee calls for decriminalisation and safe drug consumption rooms

Drug-related deaths in Scotland reached an all-time high of 1,187 last year. In what has been one of the most extensive inquiries ever conducted into problem drug use in Scotland the committee heard from agencies, health services, academics, Governments, those with lived experience as well families who have been affected by problem drug use, The committee also visited Portugal, Germany and Canada to examine the evidence from international examples. The report concludes that Government approach to drug use must be substantially reformed | Scottish Affairs Committee, UK

Scottish government urged to declare drug addiction emergency

'Substitution is not the same as treatment,’ says charity as death toll rises to record high | Guardian, UK

MP call for decriminalisation of personal use drug possession

The possession of illicit drugs for personal use should be decriminalised, a report by MPs has said | BBC, UK

Rights, respect and recovery: action plan

Actions, milestones and timeframes for implementing the 'Rights, respect and recovery' alcohol and drug treatment strategy | Scottish Government, UK

Drug reversing effects of opioid overdose to be handed out in England

Exclusive: naloxone will be distributed on the streets as part of pilot scheme in Redcar and Cleveland | Guardian, UK

Medical cannabis trial will target 20,000 UK patients

Up to 20,000 patients in the UK are to be given medical cannabis over a two-year period in an initiative that aims to create the largest body of evidence on the drug in Europe | Guardian, UK

Anger at cuts to drug rehab beds in Glasgow as funding to abstinence-based services slashed

Phoenix Futures say that residential, abstinence-based rehab is reducing at an alarming rate | Daily Record, UK

Liver cancer deaths climb by around 50% in the last decade

New mortality data shows that there were around 5,700 deaths from liver cancer in 2017 in the UK, which is the highest ever yearly number of deaths recorded. This has climbed from 3,200 deaths in 2007. Of all cancer types, liver cancer has had the largest increase in death rates over the last decade and the most rapid rise in deaths since UK records began | Cancer Research UK, UK

E-cigarettes — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair]

I beg to move, That this House has considered the Seventh Report of the Science and Technology Committee, Session 2017-19, E-cigarettes, HC 505, and the Government Response | They work for you, UK

Alcoholic Drinks: Labelling

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to ensure that they meet the deadline to remove the out-of-date Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines from alcohol product labels | They work for you, UK

Pregnancy: Alcoholic Drinks

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to research by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Pregnancy...which found that the information provided by alcohol industry-funded organisations is misleading, what steps they intend to take to ensure that pregnant women are given accurate information | They work for you, UK

Alcoholic Drinks: Excise Duties

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the University of Sheffield's October 2019 report entitled Modelling the impact of alcohol duty policies since 2012 in England & Scotland, what assessment his Department has made of the correlation between the (a) reduction in alcohol duty and (b) rise in alcohol-related deaths since 2012 | They work for you, UK

Medicinal cannabis still being denied to people with MS despite law change

The MS Society said change in the law last November had been a 'failure' as thousands of patients still missing out | i news, UK

'I'd get in my car and cry': the difficulty of breaking an opioid addiction

Katie Bedford was addicted to co-codamol for years before receiving help from the Bridge Project | Guardian, UK

Manchester: Take Drugs Seriously - events

Anyone’s Child: Families for Safer Drug Control will host a series of events across Manchester | Anyone's Child, UK

Sadiq Khan: Time for cannabis rethink to cut violent crime

Sadiq Khan today called for a rethink on cannabis laws and policing amid concern about the links between drugs and violent crime | Evening Standard, UK

Inside the legal cannabis oil laboratory in Stockport

One Greater Manchester business, which produces its own range of CBD oils, is on a mission to educate consumers - and is calling for more regulation in the saturated market | Manchester Evening News, UK

Gambling-related Harms

This House of Lords Library Briefing contains a selection of material relevant for the forthcoming question for short debate on gaming and gambling that takes place on 5 November 2019 | Parliament.uk, UK

MP Keith Vaz suspended from Commons after drug and sex inquiry

Labour MP Keith Vaz has been suspended from the Commons for six months after he was found to have "expressed willingness" to purchase cocaine for male prostitutes | BBC, UK

Peru Two: 'Stop judging me for my drug-smuggling past'

On social media Michaella McCollum seems confident, even comfortable, in the spotlight - but in real life it seems a different story | BBC, UK

Cordwainer House death: Five jailed for killing rival drug dealer

Five men have been jailed for killing a rival drug dealer who was "repeatedly stabbed and left for dead" in his home | BBC, UK


International news

Cocaine highway: On the front line of Europe's drug war

Why Cape Verde is the World Trade Center of cocaine, and the British man wanted for trying to smuggle 1.1 tonnes of the drug through its harbour | Telegraph, UK

Human rights in the tobacco fields of Malawi – in pictures

Photographer David Levene visited Malawi with Sarah Boseley, to document the impact of the tobacco industry on the wellbeing of the local farming communities whose livelihood depends on it. Human rights lawyers Leigh Day are working with Malawian translators and paralegals interviewing potential clients to join the watershed legal action against British American Tobacco | Guardian, UK

White House: the opioid epidemic cost $2.5 trillion over 4 years

The opioid epidemic is seriously hurting the US economy | Vox, USA

Report: RFK granddaughter died of drug overdose

Authorities have determined that Saoirse Kennedy Hill, the 22-year-old granddaughter of assassinated presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, died of a drug overdose | Associated Press, USA

House Panel Votes To Let Students With Drug Convictions Keep College Aid

A congressional committee approved a bill on Thursday that would repeal a federal law that punishes college students who are convicted of drug offenses by stripping them of their financial aid | Forbes, USA

A million Americans a year are arrested for drunken driving, and most stops begin the same way: flashing blue lights in the rearview mirror, then a battery of tests that might include standing on one foot or reciting the alphabet | NYTimes, USA

I’m a Mom, I Sell Huge Amounts of Weed, and I Don’t Give a Fuck

“A lot of people think selling cannabis is really easy. It takes a lot of focus when you're working with stoned people.” | VICE, USA

Why Canada Could Be Spared From an All-Out Vape Panic

Canada’s lower incidence of vape illness might be related to cannabis legalization | VICE, Canada


Blogs, comment and opinion

Medical cannabis: Why are doctors still not prescribing it?

Like most teenagers, Lucy Stafford has plans. Normal plans. The plans anyone makes as they progress into adulthood. She wants to complete her degree, spend time with friends and family, and explore her independence | Guardian, UK

How to stay alcohol-free at events

In this blog, Emily from Sober and Social discusses her top tips for attending an event when you've decided not to drink | Alcohol Change UK blog, UK

Alcohol education is essential

Knowledge is necessary to inspire, shape and sustain positive change, with its dissemination providing the conditions for this change to occur. Alcohol is no exception | Phil Cain blog, UK

My husband is kind – but his drinking is out of control

You need to draw a line that can’t be crossed, says Annalisa Barbieri. Either he seeks treatment or you leave | Guardian, UK

Alcohol consumption will soon follow smoking and meat-eating in becoming a social evil

The number of units people drink is declining and consuming less may soon become a badge of honour in the same way not smoking or not eating meat have become | Independent voices, UK

Vaping saves lives, so let us resist the temptation to panic over e-cigarettes

Over recent weeks, there have been many headlines about several deaths and respiratory illnesses in the US linked to e-cigarettes | City AM, UK

Opioid dependence treatment saves lives. So why don’t more people use it?

In Australia last year, 1,123 people died from opioids – illicit drugs such as heroin, and pain relievers such as codeine, oxycodone and morphine. If used regularly, physical and psychological dependence can develop | Conversation, Australia