Daily news - 7th October 2020

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People who inject drugs: HIV and viral hepatitis monitoring

Data tables and commentary for the unlinked anonymous monitoring surveys of infections and risk among people who inject drugs (PWID). Updated with 2010 to 2019 data and Health Protection Report | PHE, UK

Making conversations count: The health and economic benefits of improving smoking cessation support in UK General Practice (PDF)

How can primary care professionals help with smoking prevention | Cancer Research UK, UK

Lack of nightclubs and 10pm curfew may have contributed to students’ suspected drugs deaths, expert says

Professor Fiona Measham says there is ‘safety net’ at clubs | Independent, UK

Lockdown and Drug Use - audio

Charities tell Newsbeat drug taking could be on the rise as local lockdowns mean people can't go out... we take a look as police in Northumbria investigate suspected drugs-related deaths | BBC, UK

31. The Philosophy of Psychedelics with Dr. Peter Hughes - podcast

After discovering that there was very little literature review regarding the impact of psychedelics on the philosophy of the mind, philosopher Peter Sjöstedt-Hughes started to research how these drugs have impacted western philosophy. On this episode of the podcast, Peter examines the cultural history of the philosophy of psychedelics and how they’ve shaped philosophers’ perceptions of consciousness and reality | Drug Science, UK

‘Misplaced’ Claims On Trial Data To Blame For Lack Of UK Medicinal Cannabis Scripts

A former Minister believes UK doctors will not prescribe cannabis medicine on the NHS until the data exists to prove its safe and effective, a Conservative Party fringe meeting heard | Business Cann, UK

Lucy Stafford - from wheelchair to walking thanks to cannabis - audio

Lucy Stafford is no ordinary 20 year old. She's dynamic, intelligent and passionate science student, but growing up, numbed by the increasingly heavy doses of opiates she had received since the age of 12, Lucy believed otherwise | Cannabis Voices, UK

The socioeconomic distribution of alcohol-related violence and anti-social behaviour in England and Wales

Inequalities in alcohol-related health harms have been repeatedly identified. However, the socioeconomic distribution of alcohol-related violence, including subtypes like alcohol-related domestic violence, and of alcohol-related anti-social behaviour (ASB) remain under-examined | ONS Research Excellence Awards, UK

End of Furlough Grant for the Drinks Industry

The furlough scheme comes to an end on the 31st of October and is replaced by the Job Support Scheme, but unfortunately, this will not be enough to save many jobs in our industry. For those who have lost their jobs in the last four months, or are facing redundancy, The Drinks Trust is here to help | The Drinks Trust, UK

Alcohol and Drugs Action - board member

ADA is an award-winning charity, delivering specialist services to reduce harms and promote recovery of individuals and families affected by alcohol & drugs in the North East of Scotland. If you share our passion for supporting and enabling recovery for people and families affected by substance use, why not join our board to help shape our strategic direction and make sure we focus on what matters | ADA, UK

North East drug deaths inquiry: Eleventh person arrested

An eleventh person has been arrested as part of an inquiry into the deaths of four young people in the North East in suspected drugs-related incidents | BBC, UK


International news

Irish Heart Foundation calls for higher taxes on vaping and cigarettes

The price of a packet of cigarettes should go up to €20 by 2025 to protect youngsters from becoming hooked on smoking, the Irish Heart Foundation said yesterday | Extra, Ireland

Depaul saved 63 people from dying of drug overdose

The Depaul charity has said it saved 63 lives last year through its work and that its staff witnessed 113 overdoses in services in the same period | Irish Examiner, Ireland

French MPs hit out against proposed legalisation of cannabis

A group of 80 MPs in France have hit out against recent political arguments for the legalisation of cannabis, saying that there is no such thing as a “soft drug” | Connexion, France

Young People in Drug Policy Advocacy – Part 2: Global Issues, Local Dynamics

The second part of our series reveals how young people advocating drug policy reform cope with the new challenges and opportunities brought by the COVID-crisis | Drug Reporter, Hungary

Trends in the Age of Cigarette Smoking Initiation Among Young Adults in the US From 2002 to 2018

In this repeated cross-sectional study including 71 756 young adults aged 22 to 23 years, the proportion of ever smokers who initiated cigarette smoking in early adulthood more than doubled between 2002 and 2018, and the proportion of daily cigarette smokers who transitioned to daily smoking in early adulthood also increased from 38.7% in 2002 to 55.9% in 2018 | JAMA Network, USA

Trajectories of Nicotine and Cannabis Vaping and Polyuse From Adolescence to Young Adulthood

 In this cohort study of 3322 youths, developmental trajectories of nicotine vaping and cannabis vaping were similar and characterized by frequency and developmental timing of use. Youths in trajectories reflecting more frequent nicotine vaping had a high probability of membership in a cannabis-use trajectory | JAMA Network, USA

Parents less aware when their kids vape than when they smoke

Most parents know or suspect when their child smokes, but they are much more likely to be in the dark if the child vapes or uses other tobacco products, according to a large national study by researchers at UC San Francisco | EurekAlert, USA

Study may explain why cannabis plant can reduce symptoms of various bowel conditions

Endocannabinoids, signaling molecules produced in the body that share features with chemicals found in marijuana, can shut down genes needed for some pathogenic intestinal bacteria to colonize, multiply, and cause disease, new research led by UT Southwestern scientists shows | News Medical, USA

4 in 10 teens, young adults have used CBD oil, study finds

Many teenagers and young adults may be using so-called CBD products, often in the belief that they will aid health conditions, a preliminary study suggests | Medical Xpress, USA

The real stigma of substance use disorders

Does it matter how we talk about people with substance use disorder? Research finds powerful experimental evidence that exposure to certain terms at random actually induces systematic cognitive biases that may affect clinical judgements and quality of care | Recovery Research Institute, USA

With overdose deaths on rise, police seek answers

Of the overdose deaths this year, only one has been related to a new drug appearing in Cortland County: brorphine, a cheap synthetic opiate used to cut heroin | Cortland Standard, USA

How a Canadian Decriminalization Model Could Improve on Portugal

Isolation, drug-supply disruptions and other effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have sent North America’s already-high overdose rates soaring. Here in Canada, the Liberal government has belatedly taken a significant step in response | Filter Magazine, USA

Prairie Harm Reduction - video

PHR has opened Saskatchewan's first Safe Consumption Site. This was due to an addictions crisis that has been fueling Nation leading HIV and Hepatitis C rates. Being proactive and innovative are essential in responding to these and partnerships are a key part of how we have, and continue to approach this crisis | PHR, Canada

Federal Budget: Failure to meet AOD treatment needs ominous for the future (PDF)

The Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA) is gravely concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on Victorians experiencing substance dependence and the lack of support offered in the Federal Budget | VAADA, Australia

Bendigo researchers find methamphetamine users fear of losing children if they seek help

New research out of Bendigo suggests that stigma around the highly addictive drug influences whether parents and their children get support | Bendigo Advertiser, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

If stop and search is the barometer for how the police force has changed, then we should all be worried

It is a crude and blunt intervention that is as inefficient as it is prejudiced | Independent voices, UK

The Medical Cannabis Landscape: A Critical and Honest Debate

On the 4th October we co-hosted a CMC event at the Conservative party Conference.  This event, the first of its kind, brought together prominent leaders in the medical cannabis landscape... | CMC, UK

New Evidence on Substance Use Disorders and COVID-19 Susceptibility

As I wrote in April when the COVID-19 pandemic was an emerging health threat in the U.S., there is reason to be concerned that people with substance use disorders (SUDs) may be particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 and its most adverse health outcomes | NIDA blog, USA