Daily news - 27th September 2019

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UK news

More than my past

[New campaign launched]. People can be more than their past. Let's tackle stigma towards ex-offenders and people in recovery from addiction | Forward Trust, UK

The costs of smoking to the social care system and related costs for older people in England: 2019 revision (PDF)

This report looks at the costs of smoking to the social care system in England and also at the burdens which smoking imposes in the form of additional needs for informal care – which is mainly undertaken by the families of carers - and additional unmet need for social care | ASH, UK

The Drug Science podcast

In this podcast, Professor David Nutt explores the actual harms and potential benefits of various drugs, challenging myths surrounding classification and legislation, and exploring the societal impact of poorly informed drug policy. Using evidence in public policy should not be controversial | Drug Science, UK

Addicted - BBC Radio 4

Evan Davis gets to the heart of drug use in Britain today in a special extended discussion programme. Along with a panel of experts, he hears both the facts and the personal stories of users, dealers and others, assessing the extent and impact of the use of both legal and illegal drugs | BBC, UK

Adrian Chiles joins panel for Scottish drinking seminar

A four-part seminar series will examine how alcohol contributes to the Scottish male identity and to discuss how that affects the wider concept of masculinity, writes Sarah Devine | Scotsman, UK

William Carson: I took eight or nine lines of cocaine two days before riding

The jockey William Carson admitted taking “eight or nine lines” of cocaine in a pub on a Monday night, just two days before riding in races at Lingfield and Kempton, a disciplinary panel has heard | Guardian, UK



International news

Pensioner cruise drug smugglers sentenced to 8 years in Portuguese prison

An elderly couple were jailed for eight years on Thursday after being found guilty of trying to smuggle £1 million of cocaine into Europe on a luxury Caribbean cruise | Telegraph, UK

Grass roots: cannabis decriminalization campaign in Finland pushing towards public agenda

Finland, the happiest country in the world, and the new EU president, had national elections. Did cannabis have a place in the political debate? | Talking Drugs, UK

Backlash against vaping in US will hit profits, Imperial warns

Tobacco group cuts forecast of revenue growth to 2% as US states clamp down on vaping | Guardian, UK

Greg Hunt 'concerned' about legalisation of cannabis but no plans to override ACT law

Health minister says he will leave legal issues to attorney general as criticism from senior ministers grows | Guardian, UK

Dublin 100-bed addiction treatment facility gets go-ahead

Government funding of €30m has been agreed for a 100-bed addiction treatment facility for homeless people in Dublin city centre | rTe, Ireland

Outbreak of Lung Injury Associated with E-Cigarette Use, or Vaping

There have been 805* cases of lung injury reported from 46 states and 1 U.S. territory. Twelve deaths have been confirmed in 10 states | CDC, USA

FDA commissioner on vaping crisis: We 'should have acted sooner'

The federal government may be getting close to cracking down on e-cigarettes amid concerns about the risks of vaping | CNN, USA

Can CBD help lupus and other diseases?

A lupus diagnosis can be devastating. The disease causes the body's immune system to attack its own tissues and can affect internal organs—including the brain, heart, and lungs—which can start to deteriorate | Medical Xpress, USA


Blogs, comment and opinion

Recovery and the Arts Conference: ‘From the life of an addict, to the life of an artist’

It wasn’t just the ‘sex, drugs and rock and roll’ research that first attracted me to Liverpool John Moores University. Appealing as that was, it was when I heard about the not-so-conventional approaches to tackling some of society’s greatest problems that I was lured in | SSA, UK

People with criminal records can be more than their past and a hidden workforce for employers

This guest blog from Mike Trace, Chief Executive Officer of The Forward Trust introduces a new campaign which aims to reduce the stigma around employing people with criminal records by sharing the personal stories of people who have successfully turned their lives around. He’s calling on Clinks members to help spread the word, contribute to these conversations and get involved in the campaign | Clinks blog, UK

Editorial: Suicide and self‐harm: advancing from science to preventing deaths

Globally, suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth ages 15–29‐years, and self‐harm is one of the strongest known predictors of death by suicide. This editorial introduces the Special Issue on suicide and self‐harm, emphasizing the research and policy implications of the included articles | Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, UK

The Mysterious World of CBD: Part I

Americans are consumed by fads in food, drink, and wellness. We swing from one subject of fascination to another: antioxidants, açai, resveratrol, fat free, healthy fats, active cultures, spiked seltzers, organic, biodynamic, anything free range, you name it | Points blog, USA

Home grown cannabis to be legal in the ACT. Now what?

The Australian Capital Territory took the next step towards regulation of the illicit drug market yesterday with new legislation passing through parliament | Conversation, Australia