Daily news - 3rd January 2020

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UK news

New ACMD self-commissioned workstreams (PDF)

I am pleased to update you on new self-commissioned workstreams for the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) for 2020 | ACMD, UK

YouGov / Portman Group survey on Consumer Attitudes to Alcohol Packaging (PDF)

The surveys remind producers that their choice of container and its size has a real impact on consumer perceptions and how a product is consumed | Portman Group, UK

How to Break Your Casual Cocaine Habit

Adam Winstock, founder of the Global Drug Survey, has some advice for those who want to reduce their use | VICE, UK

Dry January: ‘I thought not drinking was just for alcoholics’

Can being sober find a mainstream audience outside trends like Dry January? | BBC, UK

Associations between vaping and relapse to smoking: preliminary findings from a longitudinal survey in the UK

Most smokers attempting to quit relapse. There is little evidence whether the use of e-cigarettes (‘vaping’) increases or decreases relapse. This study aimed to assess 1) whether vaping predicted relapse among exsmokers, and 2) among ex-smokers who vaped, whether vaping characteristics predicted relapse | Harm Reduction Journal, UK

Royal Navy adjusts rules to allow Rastafarians to keep their long hair and beards as head of new association calls for end of drug-taking stereotype

The Royal Navy has changed its rules to allow Rastafarians to keep their long hair and beards as the head of a new association has called for the end of the drug-taking stereotype | Telegraph, UK

80 Royal Regiment of Scotland soldiers test positive for drugs over two years

A total of 30 service personnel failed drug tests in the first 10 months of 2019 while 50 tested positive for drugs in 2018 | UK Defence Journal, UK

Levels of child criminal exploitation 'almost back to Victorian times'

Exclusive: police chief says problem is at a high for modern era amid lack of youth facilities | Guardian, UK

Online drugs sales: Coroner seeks answers after woman's death

Suffolk coroner Jacqueline Devonish has written to a regulator and two drug companies questioning whether tighter checks were needed for online sales | BBC, UK

Man arrested for drug-driving at 100mph on A11

A man has been arrested after he was stopped for driving at 100mph (160km/h) and tested positive for cocaine and cannabis | BBC, UK

BrewDog Opens An Alcohol Free Bar In Old Street

The bar has an impressive 15 taps of alcohol free drinks, made up of beers like the well known Nanny State, plus ciders and Kombucha | Londonist, UK

‘It keeps you coming back’: the rise of VIP gambling schemes

Much-criticised membership programmes reward those who often lose large sums of money | Guardian, UK


International news

Global Drug Survey 2020

Just hours left to join over 145,000 people who’ve taken in world’s largest drug survey | GDS, UK

US officials announce BAN on flavored e-cigarette cartridges in an effort to combat the youth vaping epidemic

The US government on Thursday announced it would soon ban most flavored e-cigarettes as it tries to curb a rising tide of youth vaping, but stopped short of the full ban promised in September by President Donald Trump | Mail Online, UK

Deal will let more companies make overdose antidote spray

More companies could begin making an easy-to-use version of an opioid overdose antidote under a deal announced Thursday by New York's attorney general | Medical Xpress, USA

Cutting out alcohol may reduce atrial fibrillation episodes

For people with atrial fibrillation, abstinence from alcohol may make the heart beat better | Reuters, USA

1,000 people sent me their addiction treatment stories. Here’s what I learned

Here are four reasons America’s addiction treatment system is broken | Vox, USA

Illinois Pot Vendors Score $3.2 Million On First Day Of Legal Weed Sales

State officials called Jan. 1 "a historic new day" as people spent millions on newly legalized recreational cannabis | Huffington Post, USA



Blogs, comment and opinion

Going local

Over the past couple of months Collective Voice has held four ‘roadshow’ type events around the country | Collective Voice, UK

Drugs boosting concentration and memory will be in offices by 2030 – but only for rich people

Employers will offer substances which enhance cognitive abilities, while the have-nots will be left open to more health risks than ever | Independent voices, UK

Despite Illnesses, Majority of Young Users Feel Safe Vaping

As a health data management firm, we were interested in discovering more about the habits, reasons and feelings toward vaping among millennials and young users. We recently surveyed 1,800 Americans between the ages of 18-38 who actively use vaping products to find out more about vaping and its popularity | Harmony Healthcare blog, USA

Heavy vape taxes will cause more people to die from lung cancer: New study

It’s common sense: When you tax a product, people buy less of it. So, when you heavily tax a potentially life-saving product such as e-cigarettes and vapes, fewer people use it, meaning, sadly, that more people continue to smoke cigarettes and die prematurely as a consequence | Washington Examiner opinion, USA

Self-Help Isn’t The Solution; It’s The Problem

The sober curious movement (or “new sobriety”—the branding comes in a variety of flavors) is less a coherent philosophy or sound medical advice and more of a marketing campaign, hawking self-help merchandise and thousand-dollar yoga retreats, along with run-of-the-mill solipsism | Points blog, USA

And finally...

Amazon driver refuses to deliver alcohol to 92-year-old grandmother of four without ID

Louise Wilkinson is a grandmother in her 90s. But an overzealous delivery worker refused to deliver her package because she couldn’t prove her advanced age | News.com.au, Australia