Daily news - 11th March 2020

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UK news

DDN Conference 2020 postponed

In the interests of keeping everyone safe and well we’ve made the only logical decision – to postpone the DDN Conference until June | DDN, UK

What role do taxes and regulation play in promoting better health?

The use of regulatory and fiscal policy tools in improving public health has long generated heated debate, and is rising up the agenda once more. This briefing aims to contribute to the debate, looking at how a range of policy levers might be used effectively to reduce consumption of tobacco and alcohol, and unhealthy consumption of food and drink, and ultimately improve people’s health | Kings Fund, UK

NDTMS: secure setting alcohol and drug treatment business definitions

Updated. Business definitions for secure setting drug and alcohol treatment providers to input data onto the national drug treatment monitoring system (NDTMS). | PHE, UK

In alcohol screening and brief intervention, are there ‘good’ reasons for ‘bad’ implementation?

On-line course asks whether offering a high quality service centred on the clients may actually mean rejecting routine alcohol screening and brief intervention. Forms one section of the Alcohol Treatment Matrix cell on the service organisation’s influence on screening/brief intervention for risky drinking | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Young vapers are almost five times more likely to try real cigarettes

The study suggests that e-cigarettes could contribute to a new generation of real smokers | i news, UK

Young drinkers' thirst for no and low-alcohol beer sets new trend

‘Nolo’ drinks have toppled craft beer as the UK’s top tipple, with help from 18-24-year-olds | Guardian, UK

Society publishes updated guidelines: Recommendations and Guidance on Medical Cannabis under Prescription 2020

Our guidelines set out the facts about medical cannabis treatments – history, evidence and prescribing information | MCCS, UK

New Poll Finds Overwhelming Public Support For FSA CBD Regulation

A new YouGov poll commissioned by The Association for the Cannabinoid Industry (The ACI) demonstrates overwhelming support for recent FSA guidance concerning CBD | ACI, UK

FREE WEBINAR: Reducing drug-related deaths in criminal justice settings

Last chance to register. Thu, Mar 12, 2020 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM. This webinar will cover issues in the criminal justice system regarding drug-related deaths, and measures that can be taken to reduce them. It will include provision of naloxone and approaches that can be taken in both secure environments and the community | SMMGP, UK

Coronavirus: general hygiene tips

Worried about #Coronavirus? Viruses and bacteria can be spread when people take drugs with unclean or shared equipment. To help prevent the spread, good hygiene practices are essential | Crew, UK

Record number of drug and alcohol users successfully completing Forward Leeds treatment

A record number of drug and alcohol users are successfully completing treatment after support from a Leeds charity | Yorkshire Evening Post, UK

Buckinghamshire County Council roll out innovative way to tackle drug and alcohol abuse

The Buckinghamshire Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) is an alternative and supportive form of care proceedings in children’s social care which is based on a problem solving approach, where specially trained Judges work directly with parents to help them resolve the problems that have brought them to the point of care proceedings | Bucks Herald, UK


International news

44 people die from alcohol poisoning after trying to ward off coronavirus with bootleg booze in Iran

The death toll from alcohol poisoning in Iran has risen to 44 after locals tried to ward of deadly coronavirus with bootleg booze. The killer bug has infected more than 8,000 and killed 291 in Iran, making it one of the deadliest outbreaks outside of China. Many took to 'bootleg alcohol' over the misguided belief that it would cure the rapidly spreading disease | Mail Online, UK

12 rugby fans have cocaine convictions overturned

A total of 12 people labelled by a judge as supporters of the “murderous” drug trade have had their convictions for unlawful possession during last year’s Kinsale 7s rugby event overturned on appeal | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Research finds high rates of trauma exposure, PTSD symptoms for those in drug court

Nearly 94% of defendants in Cuyahoga County drug court have been exposed to trauma and many suffer from symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a new Case Western Reserve University study | Medical Xpress, USA

Linda Bauld Talks Public Health England 2020 Evidence Update | RegWatch (Live) - video

It’s astonishing how wide the gap is between the public health position on vaping in England and that of the United States and Canada. One side values evidence and the other, emotion and hysteria | Regulator Watch USA

COVID-19 and Tobacco Harm Reduction: What’s the Relationship?

At publication time, over 113,000 people worldwide were known to be infected by the novel coronavirus, and the number of deaths had exceeded 4,000. As of March 5, the World Health Organization (WHO) placed the mortality rate from COVID-19 at 3.4 percent | Filter Magazine, USA

This Legal Supplement Made Me Feel Like I'd Taken MDMA

Kanna has been used for centuries in South Africa but is just gaining traction in the US | VICE, USA

The Legacy of Northeast Philly’s “Redlining” Against Methadone Clinics

Protesting residents of the mostly white, working-class neighborhoods of Holmesburg and Mayfair in Northeast Philadelphia accepted back in 2013 that methadone clinics were needed to help people with opioid use disorders | Filter Magazine, USA

Drink-driving 'not under control': Move to zero alcohol endorsed

Australia should cut the existing blood-alcohol limit of 0.05 to zero for drivers and motorcyclists aged under 22 within five to 10 years, while increasing random breath-testing 50 per cent | SMH, Australia

Despite industry objections, alcohol and pregnancy warnings will be mandatory in Australia and New Zealand

The food regulator, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has finalised the form of the alcohol and pregnancy warning label that will be mandatory on packaged alcohol sold in both countries | Drink tank, Australia



Blogs, comment and opinion

How a drug-death activist plans to test the law in Scotland – Daniel Pryor

A controversial plan to set up a safe consumption room for drugs like heroin in Glasgow could save lives if it is allowed by the authorities, writes Daniel Pryor of the Adam Smith Institute | The Scotsman, UK

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Outbreak

The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak presents specific risks to the homelessness sector.  The people that our members support are in the high risk group, with long term conditions that mean, should the virus affect a member of staff, or someone experiencing homelessness including individuals who are sleeping rough, there could be severe consequences for services | Homeless Link, UK

Smoking, vaping and the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic: rumors vs. evidence

One of the main issues that many people, especially vapers, are discussing concerning the coronavirus epidemic is about the effects of e-cigarette use (and smoking) on the vulnerability to, and severity of coronavirus infection. Recently, New York City (NYC) Mayor Bill de Blasio mentioned in a news briefing that smokers of vapers are at increased risk | E-cigarette research blog, USA

Flavored Tobacco Ban Is a Pandora’s Box

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a landmark flavored tobacco ban. Despite the Trump administration wisely announcing its opposition to the bill, the “Protecting American Lungs and Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act of 2020” is a legislative proposal that will drastically harm an entire industry and its consumer | Inside Sources, USA

Opioid marketing to Canadian doctors hyped benefits, downplayed harms

Between January 2016 and June 2019 there were over 13,900 deaths from opioid overdoses in Canada, 4,500 of which occurred in 2018. Based on information to date, 2019 is likely to have a similar mortality rate. Most deaths these days are from street drugs laced with fentanyl, carfentanil and other similar products | Conversation, Canada