Daily news - 18th October 2019

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UK news

Alcohol Charter - Early Day Motion

That this House reaffirms its support for the Alcohol Charter, which was launched on 16 October 2018 by the Drugs, Alcohol and Justice Cross-Party Parliamentary Group and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Harm; notes that the charter is now supported by 35 organisations... | Parliament.uk, UK

Crime in England and Wales: year ending June 2019

Includes data on drug offences. There were 159,615 drug offences recorded from July 2018 until June 2019 | ONS, UK

Alcohol Policy must catch up with the changing age profile of the UK

In recent weeks the Government has sparked fresh controversy about its commitment to tackling alcohol harm, by tweeting out a video promoting the return of duty free allowances for tobacco and alcohol | ILC, UK

False fears over vaping may stop smokers quitting

[Free subscription may be required] Public health chiefs claimed that it would be a tragedy if smokers were put off vaping after it was revealed that e-cigarettes had helped as many as 70,000 people a year to quit | The Times, UK

Tobacco (Joined-up Approach)

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the call by ASH Scotland for a joined-up approach to services relating to tobacco and other health-harming substances | They work for you, UK

Medical Cannabis Student Educational Slides

On the 1st of November 2018, medicinal cannabis products were removed from schedule 1 and placed in schedule 2 of the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001. This change in the law has left patients, medical professionals and law enforcement perplexed about who should and who should not have access to medicinal cannabis | Drug Scence, UK

Medicinal cannabis: Island could 'miss the boat' on economic benefits

The Isle of Man needs to bring in rules about cultivating medicinal cannabis quickly to reap its economic benefits, an MHK has said | BBC, UK

West Midlands Take Drugs Seriously: Activist Training

Free event. Birmingham. Nov 21st. Come and join our training workshop and become an active campaigner for safer drug laws | Anyone's Child, UK

Understanding the impact of parental alcohol use on children and others

FREE one day conferences for everyone working with children & families in Haringey. Various dates | Haringey Council, UK

'County lines': Aberdeenshire, Perthshire and Highlands targeted by drugs gangs

Rural communities in the Highlands, Aberdeenshire and Perthshire are being targeted by gangs using school children to sell class A drugs | BBC, UK

Could YOU be duped by fake booze? Femail puts Lidl's first ever 0% gin to the test to find out if unsuspecting drinkers will guess that it's alcohol-free?

With more people avoiding or cutting back on alcohol, supermarkets are catering launching alternatives to make up the perfect mocktail or alcohol-free tipple | Mail Online, UK


International news

Juul suspends US sales of some flavored e-cigarettes

The leading American maker of electronic cigarettes, Juul Labs, announced Thursday it is suspending sales of some flavored vaping products in the United States, as the US government prepares a nationwide ban | Mail Online, UK

Juul agrees to restrict youth advertising

New guidelines will set limits on how the embattled e-cigarette company can target young people with its product | Guardian, UK

New law would put alcohol detectors in cars to stop drunk driving in US

Safety advocates hope devices will become as standard as air bags | Independent, UK

Mexico set to legalise recreational use of cannabis in days

‘The end of the prohibitionist policy is good for the country,’ says senator | Independent, UK

El Chapo: Heavy fighting erupts in Culiacán over drug lord's son

There has been heavy fighting in northern Mexico between the security forces and members of the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel after one of the group's leaders was discovered | BBC, UK

Confessions of a cannabis farmer: The Vietnamese getting Brits high

Holed up alone in a suburban British house thousands of miles from home, cannabis farmer Cuong Nguyen spent months carefully nurturing his plants, one of thousands of Vietnamese migrants working in the UK's multi-billion dollar weed industry | Medical Xpress, UK

What happens when you try all the CBD products you can find?

Would the alleged magic of cannabidiol have an effect on me or is it all snake oils and placebos? | Guardian, UK

More than half of Wisconsin vaping samples tested by FDA contain marijuana ingredient

Vaping product samples from Wisconsin linked to a rash of serious lung injuries tested by U.S. health regulators showed that more than half contained THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, according to a summary of a preliminary report seen by Reuters | Reuters, UK

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

As of October 15, 2019, 1,479 confirmed and probable lung injury cases associated with use of e-cigarette, or vaping, products were reported by 49 states (all except Alaska), the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands | CDC, USA

Vaping propylene glycol and vegetable glycerine may lead to lung inflammation

Researchers have found that using e-cigarettes with the e-liquid refills containing propylene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerine (VG) may lead to inflammation of the lungs over a period of time | News Medical, USA

E-Cigarettes Went Unchecked in 10 Years of Federal Inaction

In 2009, not long after Dr. Margaret Hamburg became commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, a package arrived at her home. Inside was a clunky device called an e-cigarette | NYTimes, USA

Doctors Are 'Well-Intentioned but Under-Prepared' to Treat Patients Struggling With Opioid Use: Report

A survey of more than 500 physicians indicates that physicians are "well-intentioned but under-prepared" to treat patients struggling with opioid misuse | Newsweek, USA

Opioid crisis cost US $631 billion over four years

Unrealized lifetime earnings of people who died from the drugs accounted for the largest share of that total, followed by health care costs, the Associated Press reported | Medical Xpress, USA

Evidence of behavioral, biological similarities between compulsive overeating and addiction

Does yo-yo dieting drive compulsive eating? There may be a connection. According to researchers the chronic cyclic pattern of overeating followed by undereating, reduces the brain's ability to feel reward and may drive compulsive eating | Science Daily, USA

Lunch break lesson: how to reverse an opioid overdose

At a small shop selling handmade jewelry in South Philly, employees are skipping their lunch break for a good cause. They are getting training they all wanted—in how to save someone who has overdosed on opioids | Medical Xpress, USA

The Death Penalty for Drugs: What Public Opinion Surveys in Asia Teach Us

One year ago, the newly elected government of Malaysia officially announced its intention to abolish the death penalty. This was an historic moment not only for Malaysia  — where over 1200 people are currently on death row, overwhelmingly for drug-related offenses — but for the entire region | Filter Magazine, USA

Weed Edibles Are Legal in Canada Today, Baby!

But no one will be able to buy any until at least mid-December | VICE, Canada

How Canada's Black Market Survived One Year of Legal Weed

From botched retail sales to a proliferation of underground weed delivery services, a look at how legalization is faring one year later | VICE, Canada

Violent threats against coroner over pill testing recommendations

The leaking of the draft recommendations into music festival deaths followed by sustained attacks on the coroner "significantly undermine" and are disrespectful of the process, the state's barristers have warned | SMH, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

We’re not there just yet: A joint statement on harm reduction and the Global Fund Sixth Replenishment (PDF)

History was made last week in Lyon, when governments, philanthropic donors and the private sector pledged US$14 billion for the Sixth Global Fund Replenishment, more than any other global health institution has ever raised | HRI, INPUD, et al, UK

Flexible approaches to providing services for multiple disadvantage

Policy proposal: Ensure local areas have adequate service provision for those with complex needs, especially those with both alcohol and mental health conditions | Alcohol Change UK blog, UK

Long Read: The unknown unknowns of Afghanistan’s new wave of methamphetamine production

Recent years have seen a massive upswing in the production of ephedra and methamphetamine from the mountains and deserts of Afghanistan | LSE blog, UK

Drugstore Cowboy at 30: is this the best film ever made about addiction?

Gus Van Sant’s 1989 indie is filled with rich detail and insight into the life of a drug addict, brought to life by a career-defining Matt Dillon performance | Guardian, UK

Is using cannabis in front of children harmful or not?

Public health agencies are warning parents about using cannabis in the presence of their children. However, parents who use cannabis say that it makes them more empathetic, more patient and more caring towards their young ones | Conversation, Canada