Daily news - 11th February 2020

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UK news

Call for evidence: barriers to research with controlled drugs

Letter from the ACMD Barriers to Research working group to collect written evidence from researchers about barriers to legitimate research with controlled drugs | ACMD, UK

My Right to Healthcare

Groundswell and the LHHP have produced ‘My Right to Healthcare’ cards which explain to GP surgeries the rights of homeless people to register for primary care | PHE, UK

Smoking cessation 1: interventions to support attempts at quitting

This article, the first in a five-part series on the nurse’s role in smoking cessation, looks at the effectiveness of brief interventions and referral to stop smoking services | Nursing Times, UK

Vaping helped me give up cigarettes after decades of trying to stop smoking

Having tried nicotine gum, patches, an inhalator, hypnotherapy (twice) and simply cutting down a bit, Louisa Saunders tried e-cigarettes | i news, UK

DR MICHAEL MOSLEY: As scientists find that a powerful hallucinogenic can 'reboot' the brain... Could magic mushrooms be the new Prozac?

Many of our most effective and lifesaving drugs are based on unpleasant and even toxic substances | Mail Online, UK

Bristol: Take Drugs Seriously - video

In January 2020 Transform teamed up with the Universities of Bristol and the West of England to talk about drugs | Transform Drug Policy Foundation, UK

Open Doors at BDP

In one months time, we celebrate BDP's 34th Birthday with a special Open Doors series of talks and exhibitions | BDP, UK

Survey for families of former members of the UK Armed Forces with substance use problems

This survey is part of a research project by the University of York and Adfam which aims to find out about the experiences and needs of adult family members of former members of the UK Armed Forces with substance use problems in order to develop a new peer support intervention for this group of families. Responses are essential in enabling the University of York and Adfam to develop support for this group of families. Your time filling out this survey and sharing your experience and views will be of great value to us | University of York and Adfam, UK

Drowned Ipswich angler 'took drugs while night fishing'

Michael Holder, 27, was pulled from a pond in Chantry Park, Ipswich, by two friends who found him at about 08:35 BST on 15 September | BBC, UK


International news

Outdated EU cigarette tax rules blamed for slow drop in smoking

Cigarettes much cheaper in some countries, encouraging smokers and smugglers | Guardian, UK

Group suggests allowing nurses to prescribe methadone

A group representing nurses trained in Substance Misuse Treatment Services has said some people can’t access proper treatment quickly enough because their members have not been given the green light to prescribe drugs like methadone | Irish Examiner, Ireland

East Coast Regional Drug and Alcohol Task Force: Tender for Project Evaluations

In 2003, ten Regional Task Forces covering the entirety of Ireland were set up on foot of recommendations from the Government’s National Drugs Strategy (NDS). This was to facilitate a more effective response to the substance misuse problem across Ireland and involve those directly affected by the problem in the development of a region based strategic plan | Activelink, Ireland

Tackling the opioid crisis with a warmer touch

In the event of an opioid overdose, quick action from first responders can mean the difference between life and death. But oftentimes, survivors need much more than that first response to recover | Medical Xpress, USA

To increase disposal of leftover opioids, give parents a bag of coffee grounds?

To combat opioid misuse, doctors who prescribe the addictive painkillers for youngsters should give their parents a Ziploc bag loaded with coffee grounds | Medical Xpress, USA

Smoking cessation goody bag helps people quit smoking

While sitting in the dentist's office, Hollings Cancer Center researcher Matthew Carpenter, Ph.D., of the Medical University of South Carolina, had a bright idea | News Medical, USA

Why Suboxone Diversion Is Nothing to Fear

Subs. Who needs subs?” a woman called out quietly near the intersection of Kensington and Allegheny avenues on a recent afternoon. She had to be careful | Filter Magazine, USA

‘Get Well or Die’: A State Senator Reveals His Addiction Battle

Peter Harckham’s struggles with substance abuse have shaped his views on opioid addiction and the legalization of marijuana | NYTimes, USA

Is it hemp or marijuana? New scanner gives instant answer

A handheld spectrometer quickly determines the level of THC in cannabis plants | EurekAlert, USA

Emotions and brain function are altered up to one month after a single high dose of psilocybin

Psilocybin is a classic psychedelic compound that may have efficacy for the treatment of mood and substance use disorders. Acute psilocybin effects include reduced negative mood, increased positive mood, and reduced amygdala response to negative affective stimuli | Nature, USA

A Vending Machine in Canada Is Dispensing a Drug Twice as Strong as Heroin

Hydromorphone, aka "Dilly," is now available to people who aren't ready or able to quit opioids | VICE, USA

A look inside Saskatchewan's first-ever supervised injection site

AIDS Saskatoon is transitioning into a new space while preparing to open the drug injection site | CBC News, Canada

‘It’s normal’: Older women and drinking at risky levels

Research has found Australian women aged 50–70 are more likely than younger women to consume alcohol at levels exceeding low-risk guidelines | RACGP, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Chief Exec's Blog - Surely it’s time for the final whistle… please!

Phoenix Chief Exec Karen Biggs follows up her recent series of blogs ‘My Outrage’ by calling for the final whistle on politicising and stigmatising people who die from their drug use | Phoenix Futures blog, UK

Three reasons the Conservative government might legalise cannabis

The Conservative government abruptly and unexpectedly lifted restrictions on medicinal cannabis in 2018. This is viewed by some as a necessary prelude to a more liberal approach to recreational drug use. Certainly, recent opinion polls suggest the British public support legalisation - even if they are unsure of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s views on this | Conversation, UK

Top ten low- and no-alcohol beers for Dry January and beyond

In this blog, we’ve put together our top ten reviewed low- and no-alcohol beers, to be enjoyed during Dry January and beyond | Alcohol Change UK blog, UK

Potential gene therapy to combat cocaine addiction

Have you ever slipped when trying to avoid sugar, quit smoking, or break another habit or addiction? Usually that one piece of cake or one cigarette won’t ruin your whole plan, but for people struggling with cocaine addiction, one slip can undo months of hard work | Conversation, USA

Will Vape Bans Drive Kids To Smoking?

For over six months US health agencies have warned of the dangers of vaping e-cigarettes. According to one leading expert, the CDC (and to a lesser extent the FDA) has misled the public into thinking vaping e-cigarettes was leading to deaths from lung disease when the real cause was cannabis vaping | The National Interest blog, USA

Michael Pollan Explains Caffeine Cravings (And Why You Don't Have To Quit)

After wrapping up his book about the potential therapeutic benefits of psychedelic drugs, author Michael Pollan turned his attention to a drug that's hidden "in plain sight" in many people's lives: caffeine | npr shots, USA