Daily news - 19th November 2019

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UK news

Smokers who switch to vaping could soon 'have healthier hearts'

The number of people using e-cigarettes, or vaping, has grown rapidly over the past decade and they have helped many people to give up smoking cigarettes. However, as e-cigarettes have only been available for a relatively short time, we're still building evidence on their health effects – both positive and negative | NHS: Behind the Headlines, UK

Ayahuasca compound changes brainwaves to vivid ‘waking-dream’ state

Scientists have peered inside the brain to show how taking DMT affects human consciousness by significantly altering the brain’s electrical activity | Imperial College London, UK

Medical cannabis: Secret Somerset site conducting research

Sativa and King's College London are investigating how it can help treat inflammation and respiratory diseases | BBC, UK

Mulled wine banned from council's Christmas event over fears it could encourage street drinkers

Glenn Davison applied for a temporary licence to serve the seasonal drink from his pop-up stall at the event in Castleford, on Tuesday. But Wakefield Council blocked the bid over concerns about street drinkers taking advantage of the sale | Telegraph, UK

Forward delivers the Adult Education Budget contract in London

The adult education budget supports eligible learners aged 19 and over, giving them the skills and knowledge need for a career, including jobs, apprenticeships and further training. It is devolved in order to best fit the needs of London’s communities | Forward Trust, UK

The MEAM Approach: Expression of Interest

Since 2017, our work with the MEAM Approach network has been supported by the National Lottery Community Fund as part of a five-year programme. We are now holding the final Expression of Interest (EOI) round of this programme, seeking partnerships to join the MEAM Approach network for the period 2020-2022 | MEAM, UK

Dad pushes for drugs to be legalised after sons on MDMA die side-by-side

After Jacques and Ray Lakeman died having taking large doses of MDMA their dad Ray began researching drug usage - he now argues that they should be legalised to avoid more deaths | Mirror, UK

Merseyrail bans smoking at every one of its stations including vaping and e-cigarettes

Fines could be handed out to those who break the rules | Business Live, UK

Jodie Chesney's killer jailed for life as judge laments criminals 'carving up areas' of London

Two drug dealing teenagers have been jailed for life for the "callous and casual" murder of girl scout Jodie Chesney, who was stabbed to death in an east London park | Telegraph, UK

Shot Derry drug dealer given community service

A man who was shot at his Londonderry home days after pleading guilty to drugs offences has been given 100 hours community service | BBC, UK

Drug dealers sentenced after residents took action

Drug dealers who were exposed when disgruntled residents put up fake street signs have been jailed | BBC, UK


International news

Vaping deaths: Why e-cigarettes may not be as bad as the headlines say

Vaping has had a bad press recently with e-cigarettes linked to incidents of lung disease and death. But for smokers desperate to quit, the benefits far outweigh the risks, says Caitlin Notley | Independent, UK

Emmanuel Macron says 'non' to replica of UK's Dry January campaign

Experts in France's champagne and wine industry are concerned about the national health agency launching a Dry January campaign | Sky News, UK

Pernod Ricard accused of putting 'constant pressure' on staff to drink on the job

French drinks giant Pernod Ricard is facing court action for piling “constant pressure” on staff to consume alcohol on the job | Telegraph, UK

Spanish police find vast cannabis plantations hidden deep in forests

Six people arrested and 16,000 marijuana plants seized during operation in Aragón region | Guardian, UK

'Meth. We're on it' – South Dakota's new public health ads raise eyebrows

State launches series of ads to help tackle methamphetamine addiction – but tagline causes amusement on social media | Guardian, UK

NSW police commissioner 'misleading' for linking strip-searches to knife crime

Mick Fuller warns reducing strip-searches could increase knife crime, despite less than 1% of searches being for that reason | Guardian, UK

Two chemistry professors charged with ‘Breaking Bad-esque’ meth production

Arrests were made after ‘reports of an underdetermined chemical odour' | Independent, UK

Global Drug Survey 2020 launches in Ireland

Take part now and help us find out the truth about the country's recreational drug taking | Hot Press, UK

Drug users are not damaging the environment, the War on Drugs is

It is not our search for pleasure that is so damaging to the environment, but corporal greed, social injustice, and inequality | Drug Reporter, Hungary

Sweeping Marijuana Reform Bill Scheduled for Mark-Up Wednesday, Nov. 20

Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) announced the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act (MORE Act) would be scheduled for mark up this Wednesday, November 20 | DPA, USA

Money spent on beer ads linked to underage drinking

Advertising budgets and strategies used by beer companies appear to influence underage drinking, according to new research. The findings show that the amount of money spent on advertising strongly predicted the percentage of teens who had heard of, preferred and tried different beer brands | Science Daily, USA

Craigslist linked to 15% increase in drug abuse facilities, 6% increase in overdose deaths

New research in the INFORMS journal Management Science looks at the influence online platforms have on the rising illegal drug epidemic. This study shows drug abuse treatment admissions and overdose deaths have increased since the founding of Craigslist | Medical Xpress, USA

Millions who never smoked cigarettes are using other tobacco products

Adults who have never smoked traditional cigarettes are being lured into tobacco use by a host of other products, including e-cigarettes, new research shows | Medical Xpress, USA

California sues e-cigarette maker Juul for selling nicotine products to youth

The state of California on Monday sued e-cigarette maker Juul Labs Inc, alleging the San Francisco company engaged in a “systematic” and “wildly successful” campaign to attract teenagers to its nicotine devices | Reuters, USA

'Meth. I'm on it.': Social media erupts over South Dakota anti-drug campaign

Social media users expressed confusion following the release of a $449,000 South Dakota ad campaign aimed at methamphetamine users | Washington Examiner, USA

Cannabis found not to be a substitute for opioids

There has been interest in cannabis being used as a replacement drug for people with opioid use disorder, but research at McMaster University has found it doesn't work | EurekAlert, Canada

'They need to have respect': NSW Police chief defends strip searches

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller has defended his force's use of strip searches, including on those younger than 18 | SBS, Australia

Kiwi vaping company Vapo sets its sights on premium market in UK

One of the biggest names in New Zealand vaping is making a play for the UK market | NZ Herald, New Zealand



Blogs, comment and opinion

UK Drug Treatment - Lessons from History for the Future

On 7th November 2019, Public Health England released their adult substance misuse treatment statistics report. During the reporting year, a total of 268,251 adults were in contact with drug and alcohol treatment services, between April 2018 and March 2019 | CDPRG blog, UK

Delivering services in rural areas, views from the front line

Irregular buses, tight-knit communities and occasionally being stranded on an island — the challenges and rewards of providing recovery services in rural areas | Addaction blog, UK

My Personal Journey Into Alcohol Harm Reduction

I first realized I had a problem with drinking when I was a year out of college. I was 21 and basically drank every day. It got to the point where I realized I was using drinking to numb myself and disconnect from other people | Filter Magazine, USA