Daily news - 30th January 2020

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Access to take-home naloxone increased through paramedic supply

The three-month trial, funded by Scotland’s Drug Deaths Taskforce, will see those treated by paramedics for a non-fatal overdose who decline to attend hospitial, and their friends and family, given a naloxone kit – which temporarily reverses the effect of an opioid overdose | SDF, UK

Addicts' families to be trained in anti-overdose drug

The families of heroin users who are at risk of fatal overdoses are to be trained to use life-saving Naloxone kits by ambulance crews in Glasgow | BBC, UK

Advice on Epidyolex

Letter to the Home Office regarding the appropriate Schedule for the cannabis-based product for medicinal use, Epidyolex, under the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 | ACMD, UK

Lungs 'magically' heal damage from smoking

Your lungs have an almost "magical" ability to repair the cancerous mutations caused by smoking - but only if you stop, say scientists | BBC, UK

Two UK deaths 'may be linked to vaping lung injury'

There have been two potential cases of e-cigarette or vaping-related lung injury in the UK in the past year in which both patients died | BBC, UK

Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation 2020

Collection of documents relating to the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) - a tool for identifying areas with relatively high levels of deprivation | Scottish Government, UK

New evidence supports advice not to drink alcohol in pregnancy

The Chief Medical Officers for the UK currently advise women not to drink any alcohol at any point during pregnancy, to keep risks to the baby to a minimum. A new review of studies found some evidence to suggest that drinking alcohol in pregnancy may affect babies' thinking abilities in later life, and possibly cause lower birthweight | NHS: Behind the headlines, UK

Health experts call for alcohol tax hike to help fund more nurses and police

The Alcohol Health Alliance, a coalition of more than 50 leading UK health organisations, has written to Chancellor Sajid Javid calling for a 2% rise in alcohol duty at the Budget in a bid to raise cash for public finances and cut deaths | ITV, UK

Rehab beds will give drug addicts sense of hope amid spiralling death count

Our columnist Darren McGarvey says rehab offers the chance of recovery but that the number of beds available has shrank as drug deaths have risen | Daily Record, UK

Drug 'safe space' rooms in Norwich take a step forward

Moves towards a radical new approach to tackling drug addiction have been agreed by councillors | Eastern Daily Press, UK

Leave no one behind: engaging and empowering people in hepatitis C care and treatment through peer support (PDF)

new report released today by The Hepatitis C Trust highlights the charity’s pioneering use of peer-to-peer support. People who have lived experience of hepatitis C deliver workshops and one-to-one support to increase awareness of hepatitis C, encourage people to access testing, and support engagement with treatment. This forms a key part of the drive to eliminate the virus as a public health concern by 2030 | Hepatitis C Trust, UK


To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to prevent such prisoners being released with a drug dependency being subject to immediate recall as a result of that drug dependency | They work for you, UK

Toxicology Services (University of Glasgow)

To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Government is taking to address the reported problems with toxicology services at the University of Glasgow | They work for you, UK

The Volteface Podcast #19 – Harm Reduction with Kira Weir

In this episode Volteface Director Paul North speaks to Kira Weir, Training and Communications Officer at the drugs charity Crew and volunteer at The Loop. Paul and Kira talk about what good harm reduction looks like and explore how we can keep people safe from the harms of drug use | Volte Face, UK

Free webinar: medical cannabis and drug policy in the UK - last chance to register’

Tue, Feb 4, 2020 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM GMT. Presenter: Professor David Nutt. Chair: Dr Steve Brinksman, Medical Director SMMGP. This webinar will cover policy regarding access to medical cannabis in the UK | SMMGP, UK

'I'm worried drinking will become like cigarettes' - video

Comedian Joanne McNally says she's sick of people "virtue signalling" with dry January | BBC, UK

UK ban on gambling with credit cards: Dr Steve Sharman talks to the SSA

Credit cards and gambling have been in the news, can you tell us what has happened? | SSA, UK

Belfast £1m cannabis seizure: Three men arrested

Officers stopped a car on the Ravenhill Road on Tuesday afternoon and arrested two occupants on suspicion of drugs offences | BBC, UK

Dundee drug trafficker resumed illegal trade after release from jail

A convicted Dundee drug trafficker who returned to the illegal trade after being released from prison has been jailed for 12 years | BBC, UK


International news

The true cost of smoking’: Grandmother’s comparison of food shop to cost of cigarettes goes viral

‘They should make this into an anti-smoking advertisement,’ comments Facebook user | Independent, UK

Magic mushroom compound provides anti-anxiety and antidepressant effects lasting years, study finds

Single dose of psilocybin leads to decreased demoralisation and improved spiritual wellbeing among cancer sufferers, long-term research indicates | Independent, UK

Naama Issachar: Putin pardons US-Israeli woman jailed in Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin has pardoned a dual US-Israeli national who was arrested on charges of drug trafficking last year | BBC, UK

Astonishing drinking sessions and epic hangovers in the world's booziest nation

With thousands of Britons undoubtedly looking forward to the end of dry January, Chris Booth – a former Moscow resident and reformed alcoholic – considers Russia’s infamous relationship with booze | Telegraph, UK

Tunnel discovered on US-Mexico border is longest ever, authorities say

Sophisticated passageway includes an extensive rail-cart system, a drainage system and an elevator | Guardian, UK

Drug Possession Defendant Gets Second Charge After 'Lighting Up' In Court

A drug possession defendant did nothing to help his case when he appeared to light up a joint in front of the judge, before being arrested immediately | Lad Bible, UK

New Drive to Reduce Underage Exposure to Alcohol Advertising

As part of a series of newly released action points, Drinks Ireland has committed to reduce the online exposure of young people to alcohol by working with digital platforms to implement better safeguards | Food for Thought, Ireland

Anabolic androgenic steroid dependence is associated with executive dysfunction

[Open access] Anabolic androgenic steroid (AAS) dependence is associated with a high prevalence of intra- and interpersonal problems, hence it is central to identify cognitive factors related to the development and maintenance of dependence | Science Direct, Norway

Health-Records Company Pushed Opioids to Doctors in Secret Deal With Drugmaker

To doctors opening patients’ electronic records across the U.S., the alert would have looked innocuous enough | Bloomberg, USA

Siri, help me quit: What does your smart device say when you ask for help with addiction?

Can a smart device help you quit drinking, smoking, vaping or taking opioids? | Medical Xpress, USA

Butt emissions: study finds even extinguished cigarettes give off toxins

Cigarette butts pile up in parks, beaches, streets and bus stops, places where all types of littering are frowned upon. An estimated more than five trillion butts are generated by smokers worldwide each year, and concern about their environmental impact has prompted studies of how they affect water and wildlife habitats | Medical Xpress, USA

The New Federal Minimum Vaping Age Won’t Protect Young People

President Donald Trump signed legislation in December 2019 to amend the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act by raising the federal minimum age of sale for tobacco products from 18 to 21. “Tobacco products,” in this case, includes both smoked and smokeless tobacco, but also nicotine vaping products | Filter Magazine, USA

Santa Cruz, California Becomes Third US City to Decriminalize Psychedelics

On January 28, Santa Cruz, California became the third US city to decriminalize psychedelics. The Santa Cruz City Council unanimously passed a measure to decriminalize all psychedelic plants and fungi, including psilocybin mushrooms, ayahuasca, iboga and psychedelic cacti | Filter Magazine, USA

Identifying factors associated with reports of accidental opioid poisoning in dogs

Dogs that are smaller, younger, non-neutered, or live in U.S. counties with high opioid prescription rates are at higher risk of being the subjects of phone calls about accidental opioid poisoning to a poison control center | EurekAlert, USA

Cannabis in the ACT: what you need to know

On January 31, 2020, new legislation comes into effect in the Australian Capital Territory which changes some rules about the personal use of cannabis for people over 18 years | ADF, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Why We Are With You

In February, we are changing our name and brand from Addaction to We Are With You (or With You for short). This is a big moment for us and the culmination of 18 months of research, listening, conversation and debate with the people who use or might use our services, our staff and volunteers | Addaction, UK

An interview with Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive of Turning Point UK

Lord Victor Adebowale is a busy man so I was so pleased he managed to squeeze in a chat with me for the podcast. He talks with honesty and humour. Every time I have met him our conversations give me so much to think about | Fair Health, UK

What is GHB, the liquid ecstasy drug implicated in Reynhard Sinaga’s crimes?

The case of Reynhard Sinaga, an Indonesian man convicted by a court in Manchester, United Kingdom for 136 rapes, has shed light on an illegal drug he most likely used to paralyse his victims | Conversation, UK

Secret histories of drugs – legal and illegal – in southern Africa

If you want to score heroin in some of the historically black suburbs, or townships, of Johannesburg, South Africa, you need to find yourself a ‘Snyman’. A ‘Snyman’ is a drug dealer. The word is used in tsotsitaal, the creole, urban dialect that emerged during the colonial and apartheid eras of segregation | Conversation, South Africa

E-cig flavors may be more than alluring; they could cause damage themselves

Millions of Americans are vaping, and some are getting sick. Since June 2019, 2,711 have been hospitalized and 60 have died due to EVALI (e-cigarette-associated lung injury), the devastating lung disease linked to e-cigarettes | Conversation, USA