Daily news - 20th August 2020

Weekly subscribe button

Thank you so much to Phoenix Futures for generously renewing their sponsorship to DrugWise Daily. It helps keep us running and is very much appreciated.


UK news

Proceeds of crime to fund treatment programme following early success

A pioneering heroin treatment and recovery programme in Middlesbrough has managed to continue throughout COVID and delivered promising early signs | Cleveland PCC, UK

Policing, Unlicensed Raves and Safer Partying in the UK

The UK has a long and seasoned history with unlicensed raving, which led to a second “Summer of Love” during the mid-90s when the rave scene was heavily associated with amphetamines and other drugs associated with partying. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic there has been a surge in the number of recorded illicit raves... | Talking Drugs, UK

Art Therapy and addiction: Michelle Guinness talks to the SSA

“When a client presents an image to the group, they offer a view of themselves, of their internal world which can be full of symbols and metaphors” | SSA, UK

The War on Drugs with Johann Hari - podcast

The ‘war on drugs’ is a resounding failure. It has perpetuated racially motivated incarceration whilst counter productively increasing drug related harms. So how is it still a politically solid mantra, 50 years after its inception? | Drug Science, UK

Relationship towards alcohol throughout the lifespan on the Isle of Arran 

Heather Still's presentation explored the motivations for drinking among different generation of people living within the community of Arran, and why issues with alcohol on Arran have become 'Your drink. Our problem' | SHAAP, UK


International news

Make medical care part of the treatment package?

Is alcohol treatment helped or hindered when medical care is part of the package? We found intriguing clues from a rare randomised trial conducted in the late ’90s. In retrospect its practice-informing findings make sense, but perhaps few would have predicted them in advance. A highlight from Effectiveness Bank Alcohol Treatment Matrix cell D3 | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Phones could detect drinking over legal driving limit

Phones were able to do this with about 90% accuracy when users walked just 10 steps in the study by the University of Pittsburgh | BBC, UK

Dubai loosens alcohol laws to ease economic slump worsened by coronavirus

Liquor sales have long served as major barometer of Dubai’s economy | Independent, UK

Episode One: What is alcohol doing for our health? - podcast

In this episode, Eunan McKinney discusses with Prof. Frank Murray, former President of the RCPI and chair, Alcohol Health Alliance Ireland, Dr. John Ryan, Consultant Hepatologist and Dr. Bobby Smyth, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, a number of issues relating to how damaging alcohol can be to our physical and mental health | Alcohol Action Ireland, Ireland

What is Recovery Month?

Each September, Recovery Month works to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the emergence of a strong and proud recovery community, and the dedication of service providers and community members who make recovery in all its forms possible. The theme for 2020 National Recovery Month is Join the Voices for Recovery: Celebrating Connections | Faces and Voices of Recovery, USA

New study calculates alarming lifetime risk of death from firearms and drug overdoses in the US

A new study appearing in The American Journal of Medicine calculates the lifetime risk of death from firearms and drug overdoses in the United States. The lifetime risk of death from drug overdoses is 1.5 percent, meaning that one out of every 70 children will die from an overdose | Medical Xpress, USA

Association of Depression With Past-Month Cannabis Use Among US Adults Aged 20 to 59 Years, 2005 to 2016

In this repeated cross-sectional study of 16 216 adults, those with depression increased their rates of cannabis use significantly faster than those without depression. In 2005 to 2006, individuals with depression had 46% higher odds of any cannabis use and 37% higher odds of near-daily cannabis use, while in 2015 to 2016, individuals with depression had 130% higher odds of any cannabis use and 216% higher odds of daily cannabis use | JAMA Network, USA

If COVID-19 isn’t driving a dramatic increase in homeless deaths in SF, then what is?

Andre Edwards just wanted somewhere inside to play chess — once, maybe twice, a week. But after years of living on San Francisco’s streets in a wheelchair, the 57-year-old had accepted that he’d likely never again live with a roof over his head | SF Chronicle, USA

Researchers to Study Real-World Use of Psilocybin Mushrooms

Unlimited Sciences, a not-for-profit research organization based in Denver, and the Johns Hopkins University Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research announced they are collaborating on a study of real-world uses and effects of psychedelic mushrooms (Psilocybin) | Psych Congress, USA

Anti-Vaping Forces Again Leverage COVID to Seek Prohibition

California’s tobacco research mob, obsessed with youth vaping and hell-bent on enacting total vaping bans, has a devious, three-step strategy. Hunt for a link between vaping and a disease, publish studies based on junk science to “prove” the association, then create a panic that ends in more restrictions or outright prohibition | Filter Magazine, USA

Drive to Free Black Woman With Marijuana Life Sentence Exposes “Habitual Criminal” Laws

"Give a mother the chance to hold her child again.” So reads a petition, launched on August 15, to free Tameka Drummer from prison in Mississippi. Drummer, a 46-year-old Black woman, is serving a life sentence after being caught in possession of marijuana | Filter Magazine, USA

Advocates Blast BC’s Overdose Crisis Response and Quit Consultations

‘I’m not going to stand at an open hole digging a grave with John Horgan,’ says Garth Mullins | The Tyee, Canada

International Overdose Awareness Day [31st August] - downloadable resources

View our 2020 campaign materials below and share the message with friends, family, colleagues and your community to help prevent overdose | Penington Institute, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Expert reaction to speech by Matt Hancock on ‘The Future of Public Health’ and the launch of the National Institute for Health Protection (NIHP)

In a speech this morning titled The Future of Public Health*, Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, announced the launch of the National Institute for Health Protection (NIHP)**, as had been widely expected after reports in the media on Sunday | Science Media Centre, UK

With Public Health England gone next month, coronavirus may not be the only infectious disease we need to worry about

Health isn’t just about pandemics. Without adequate funding of the services that will be cut, the implications for things like HIV, Hepatitis and drugs could be dangerous | Independent voices, UK