Daily news - 26th November 2019

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UK news

Parties set out drug and alcohol manifesto pledges

[Updated] On Sunday the Conservative party manifesto was launched. Although short on detail the manifesto appeared to take a more criminal justice driven approach than the other main parties | DDN, UK

The British Pain Society position statement on the use of medical cannabis and cannabis-based products in the management of chronic pain (PDF)

The British Pain Society endorses NICE guidance NG 144, released on the 11th November 2019, which states that cannabis-based medicinal products should not be routinely prescribed for managing chronic pain | British Pain Society, UK

New unit for 'forgotten' patients with alcohol related brain damage

Patients with alcohol related brain damage (ARBD) have been referred to as a forgotten group - and Heather Magee is one of them | BBC, UK

Belfast: Seven suspected drugs deaths in 10 days

Aaron Connor, 21, was found unconscious in the toilets of a café in the city centre on 16 November. His family say he had taken a heroin overdose | BBC, UK

This Is How Austerity Is Exacerbating Dundee's Drugs Crisis

Scotland's 'best place to live' is also the drug death capital of Europe | Huffington Post, UK

Calls for action as drunken violence on the rails soars

Train operators have been accused of allowing alcohol-fuelled anti-social behaviour and violence to flourish, as crime on the nation's rail network continues to soar | Express, UK

Breaking Bad 1960s style: How police raided UK's first major acid lab in New North Road

The first trial for LSD manufacture was held 50 years ago, after a small pharmacy in New North Road was raided by the police. Christy Lawrance, the former editor of the Journal of the Islington Archaeology and History Society, follows the case | Hackney Gazette, UK


International news

Spanish police attempt to refloat captured 'narco-submarine'

Vessel that ran aground in Galicia is believed to be carrying 3,000kg of cocaine | Guardian, UK

Sydney woman Maria Exposto has drug conviction and death sentence overturned in Malaysia

Sydney grandmother Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto has won her appeal against a death sentence for drug trafficking in Malaysia and will be freed after nearly five years in jail and 18 months on death row | Guardian, UK

EU Drug Markets Report 2019

Published later this morning. Drug trafficking is a highly profitable commercial activity and remains a core business for organised crime groups across Europe today. Understanding the reality of the European drug market requires a holistic approach, following the supply chain from production and trafficking to distribution and sales | EMCDDA, Portugal

Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (12th-Grade Survey), 2018

This survey of 12th-grade students is part of a series that explores changes in important values, behaviors, and lifestyle orientations of contemporary American youth | ICPSR, USA

Cannabis reduces headache and migraine pain by nearly half

Inhaled cannabis reduces self-reported headache severity by 47.3% and migraine severity by 49.6%, according to a recent study led by Carrie Cuttler, a Washington State University assistant professor of psychology | EurekAlert, USA

Skid Row Project Highlights Toilets as Harm Reduction and a Human Right

In June 2017, Homeless Healthcare Los Angeles (HHCLA), a nonprofit community organization, found that only nine public toilets were available for over 1,700 people who were living homeless in the Skid Row district of Los Angeles | Filter Magazine, USA

California Bid to Decriminalize Psilocybin Mushrooms in 2020 Gets a Boost

Decriminalize California is a group operating an effort to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms throughout the Golden State by putting the question to voters on the November 2020 ballot | Filter Magazine, USA

Inside the Walmart of Weed: From rural Canada, Big Marijuana seeks to dominate global market

The skunky, floral smell of growing marijuana is everywhere, from the parking lot outside the cavernous warehouse, to the lobby, even inside the coffee nook where employees take a break | Boston Globe, USA

A ‘Rare Case Where Racial Biases’ Protected African-Americans

Fewer opioid prescriptions meant fewer deaths (possibly as many as 14,000), but the episode also reveals how prevalent and harmful stereotypes can be, even if implicit | NYTimes, USA

National Addictions Awareness Week

CCSA’s National Addictions Awareness Week (NAAW) highlights issues and solutions to help address alcohol- and other drug-related harm. It provides an opportunity for Canadians to learn more about prevention, to talk about treatment and recovery, and to bring forward solutions for change | CCSA, Canada

While companies are promoting e-cigarettes to young Canadians, researchers do not yet know how nicotine delivered by these vaping devices affects teenagers’ brains | Globe and Mail, Canada

Why cigarettes initially feel disgusting and how this could help smokers quit

f you have ever smoked, or know someone who has - they might tell you that smoking a cigarette probably felt disgusting at first | EurekAlert, Canada

PNP apprehends 243 for vaping in public

In compliance with the government crackdown on the use of e-cigarettes or vapes, the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday said it has arrested a total of 243 users of vapes and e-cigarettes in public places | Phillipines News Agency, Phillipines

At least a third of kids are vaping - principals

High-decile schools say at least a third of their students are trying vaping - and they want quick action to regulate it | NZ Herald, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

Violence traps scared kids in county lines gangs. They need help before it's too late

Young people are exploited for years before getting support. Social care, schools and police need to know the warning signs | Guardian opinion, UK

Opinion: Psilocybin the Vanguard

In the UK, drug policy is one of the least modified legislative agendas for 50 years. Today’s drug laws look almost exactly as they did in 1971, with the passing of the Misuse of Drugs Act | Volte Face, UK

Québec is wrong to raise its legal cannabis age to 21

The Québec government has dragged its feet on cannabis legalization from the moment Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a task force to study the subject three years ago | Conversation, Canada