Daily news - 10th March 2020

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UK news

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder

You can now comment on this draft quality standard. Closing date for comments: Friday 3 April 2020 at 5pm | NICE, UK

Belfast hospital treats at least 30 drugs-related cases a day

The Mater Hospital's emergency department deals with about 30 drugs-related cases every day, with children aged 14 being treated for cocaine use | BBC, UK

Glasgow activist risks arrest to set up drug consumption room in a van

Peter Krykant crowdfunding plans, despite it being illegal to facilitate drug use in UK | Guardian, UK

County lines: Hampshire schools pay private firms for sniffer dogs - video

Teachers have taken action against the potential risk to children being recruited by county lines drug gangs in Hampshire | BBC, UK

Criminals' community sentences will be toughened up thanks to £100m Budget boost

[Free registrtaion may be required] The cash injection will help fund extra hours on “community service” which is currently limited to a maximum of 300 hours and the nationwide roll-out of sobriety tags that alert police when released criminals with alcohol problems drink | Telegraph, UK

Explaining the CBD deadline: Dr Amir Englund talks to the SSA

The Food Standards Agency [FSA] has put something out on CBD, can you tell us what has happened? | SSA, UK

Priory mental healthcare chain set to be sold for £1bn

US owner Acadia confirms it has received several initial bids for UK group | Financial Times, UK

Electronic Cigarettes: Public Places

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of extending the ban on smoking in enclosed public spaces to include vaping | They work for you, UK


To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to (a) tackle addiction to and (b) promote the benefits of opioid medications | They work for you, UK

Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to reduce alcohol consumption among young people aged under 18 years old | They work for you, UK

NDTMS: reference data

Dataset updated. Document that defines the reference data (text to codal values) to use with the national drug treatment monitoring system (NDTMS) dataset | PHE, UK

Family of epilepsy sufferer says relaxation of cannabis medicine imports won't help them

Family of Fallon Levy says Government's decision gets them no closer to NHS prescription | The JC, UK

Wirral toddler nearly died after taking parent's methadone

A toddler came "very close to death" after swallowing drugs used to help addicts stay off heroin | BBC, UK

These Are the Dumbest Drug Moments of the Last 100 Years

From hippies attempting to levitate the Pentagon to the ‘10-Guy’ meme, here’s our list of the stupidest drug-related incidents of the last century | VICE, UK

Bristol explosion: Man 'blew up flats while making cannabis oil'

A man who was using butane to make cannabis oil caused an explosion that destroyed two flats, a court has heard | BBC, UK

‘Local pubs faring better than city sites’ during coronavirus outbreak

As the hospitality sector sees a drop in footfall and a wave of customers cancel bookings as a precaution against contracting coronavirus, trade body chief Kate Nicholls says customers are less likely to shun their local pub | Morning Advertiser, UK

Death due to Novel Psychoactive Substances - free event

Professor Shane Darke (University of New South Wales) will share learning from his research into NPS-related deaths.  21st July 2020.  1200-1400.  Organised by the University of Edinburgh and Drugs Research Network for Scotland to help inform the response to Scottish drug-related deaths | DRNS, UK


International news

Effectiveness Bank collection for International Women’s Day 2020

The International Women’s Day collection is a ‘mini-library’ showcasing studies in the Effectiveness Bank catalogue that further our understanding of how sex and gender can influence the course of addiction and treatment, with a particular focus on women. Entries added in the past year cover topics including substitute prescribing for pregnant women and continuous care pathways for women in the criminal justice system | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Coronavirus: False claim that cocaine kills Covid-19 slammed by French government

Health ministers took to Twitter to tell people the claim was the latest misinformation put out about Covid-19 | I news, UK

Japan’s leading rugby league suspended due to drugs scandal days before coronavirus ban was due to end

Top League has been postponed for the rest of the month after a Hino Red Dolphins player was arrested for alleged cocaine use | Independent, UK

How to Make a New EU Drugs Strategy?

The EU Drugs Strategy (2013-20) expires this year and there are huge gaps in its implementation. Policy documents that are not enforced damage the credibility of the EU. To avoid this, we should revise the paradigm and create a new framework for actions | Drug Reporter, Hungary

Are E-Cigarette Regulations Jeopardizing the Public Health? A Review of the Evidence and Policy Missteps (PDF)

E-cigarettes are far less harmful than combustible cigarettes and constitute one of the most common -- and effective -- smoking cessation aids. Overzealous or poorly designed restrictions on vaping, combined with misleading information about e-cigarettes’ true health risks, are deterring smokers from pursuing a potentially life-saving alternative. This report debunks common misunderstandings... | ACI, USA

Viewership soars for misleading tobacco videos on YouTube

Pro-vaping and other tobacco videos elude ad ban, score millions of views | EurekAlert, USA

Even in California, Nearly All Patients With Vaping-Related Lung Injuries Used Black-Market THC Products

A study in a state where marijuana is legal confirms the predominant role of cannabis products from illegal sources | Reason, USA

Alcohol marketing and underage drinking

A new study by a research team including scientists from the Prevention Research Center of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation provides a systematic review of research that examines relationships between exposure to alcohol marketing and alcohol use behaviors among adolescents and young adults | Medical Xpress, USA

Oregon Takes a Big Step Toward Decriminalizing All Drugs

Oregon drug policy reformers are ahead of schedule in making drug decriminalization and revamped treatment resources a reality. The organizers behind Initiative Proposal 44 (IP44) have already exceeded the hundreds of thousands of signatures required to qualify their measure for the November 2020 ballot | Filter Magazine, USA

Are More Clubbers Taking Ketamine Without Knowing It?

It’s safe to say Joseph Palamar goes to a lot of raves. Since 2016, he’s attended more than 125 parties in New York City, but he’s not there to get lit—as an academic, he wants to learn what kinds of drugs people are taking | Filter magazine, USA

High meth use at Alberta safe drug sites calls for more resources: advocates

The report said meth users are generally less at risk of dying of an overdose unless the substance has been adulteerated | National Post, Canada

Doctor suggests giving opioid users legal drugs

Andrea Sereda coming to New Brunswick to report on program that provides drugs to high-risk users | CBC news, Canada

National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program—Ninth report

The ninth report of that National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program provides longer-term insights into drug consumption as the program concludes its third year, and provides a comprehensive, national picture of drug consumption in Australia | AIHW, Australia

Heroin use on the rise in WA, but meth remains drug of choice for users

Heroin use in Western Australia is back on the rise according to the latest National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program report, but methylamphetamine remains the drug of choice | SMH, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

MUP – let’s not lose another decade to alcohol harm

Colin Shevills calls for action on cheap alcohol in England, arguing that the need MUP is 'becoming hard to ignore' | IAS blog, UK

Cannabis Legalization May Be Moving Too Fast

There’s plenty we still don’t know about risks and benefits—and lawmakers don’t always take into account what we do know | Scientific American opinion, USA