Daily news - 12th October 2020

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Alcohol Awareness Week

Alcohol Awareness Week 2020 will take place from 16-22 November 2020 on the theme of Alcohol and mental health. It's a week of awareness-raising, campaigning for change, and more... | Alcohol Change UK, UK

CQC outlines plans to monitor infection prevention and control (IPC) over winter

We will continue to regulate care and hospital locations over the coming months to support organisations as they prepare for winter and provide assurances to the public that locations are safe and well prepared, including for people who are discharged from hospital with a Covid-positive status | CQC, UK

Smoking Cessation Support in Manchester’s homeless hotels during COVID-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has not only re-highlighted the complex health needs of the homeless population in this country but it also highlighted a need to address the additional infection risks from smoking in a very vulnerable group | NHS APA, UK

Pop-up drug room launched in Glasgow where addicts can inject safely

The £200 gazebo was manned by ex-MP Paul Sweeney and another volunteer trained in first aid. It was equipped with seats and tables, with sterile injecting equipment, a ­defibrillator and naloxone, which reverses the effects of heroin overdoses | Daily Record, UK

Almost Half of People in the UK are Unaware that Medical Cannabis is Legal

Up to half of people in the UK are unaware that medical cannabis is legal in the UK, according to an ongoing poll by Canex. Out of 13,254 respondents, 46% revealed that they were unaware of the 2018 rescheduling which made medical cannabis legal in the UK | Canex, UK

Covid: How are pubs in Wales preparing for winter?

Pubs, restaurants and bars across Wales are preparing for an uncertain winter season, with further restrictions on hospitality an increasing possibility | BBC, UK

Even Wetherspoons may be drowning its sorrows this year

The ever-profitable pub chain has delayed its results to this week. If it’s bad news, what does that mean for the sector? | Guardian, UK

National Probation Service for England and Wales: Electronic Tagging

... the roll out of alcohol tags to monitor Alcohol Abstinence and Monitoring Requirements to help to break patterns of alcohol-induced offending will shortly begin in Wales | They work for you, UK

Casinos propose alcohol ban in order to avoid catastrophic impact of fresh lockdown

The venues – which employ 14,000 people and raised £1.3bn for the Treasury in the last three years - fear being forced to close their doors once again in the latest round of Covid restrictions being introduced by the Government | Politics Home, UK

Former Thai boxer Trevor Soko opens up about drug abuse - video

Before he retired from the ring he was regularly using cocaine and eventually got arrested for drug-driving | BBC, UK

'Sweets laced with drugs' seized by police arresting teens

A spokesperson for North Yorkshire Police said: "Among the items seized during the arrests were carefully-disguised sweets - which officers strongly believe are laced with controlled drugs | BBC, UK

Cookstown 'drugs factory' raid leads to three men charged

Three men have been charged after police seized cocaine with a street value of £600,000 in a raid targeting a crime gang in the Cookstown area | BBC, UK

Ex Gladiators star Warrior had Tesco bag full of steroids

Ahearne was arrested on suspicion of possessing the Class C drugs with intent to supply, but no charges were brought over the haul | Mirror, UK

Dorset drug users killed man in bank card theft bid

Two drugs users who attacked a 75-year-old man in his home in a bid to obtain his bank card have been jailed | BBC, UK

Abdul Deghayes death: Drug dealer convicted of murder

Abdul Deghayes, 22, was the third of his parents' four sons to be killed - two of his brothers died fighting in Syria | BBC, UK


International news

World Homeless Day 2020. An Effectiveness Bank bulletin

The inaugural World Homeless Day was on 10th October 2010, and has been marked around the world every year since, providing an opportunity to raise awareness and generate support for ideas and policies that can bring an end to homelessness. See the special bulletin from Drug and Alcohol Findings for World Homeless Day 2020 about homelessness and substance use | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Spain becomes cannabis hub as criminals fill tourism void

With high profit margins and low risk of long jail time, Catalonia is now the marijuana capital of Europe, police warn | Guardian, UK

Marijuana in Maine: Weed now legal to buy for recreational use

Mainers are getting their first opportunity to legally buy marijuana for adult recreational use, but the supply could be thin | Independent, UK

AFL suspends Adelaide Crows duo Brad Crouch, Tyson Stengle after drug bust

Adelaide’s Brad Crouch and Tyson Stengle have been suspended by the AFL for two and four games respectively for being caught with illicit drugs | Guardian, UK

The Drunkenness (Ireland) Bill 1905: ‘Needlessly offensive to every Irishman’

Drink, temperance and Sunday closing: Attempts to root out Ireland’s ‘degrading vice’ | Irish Times, Ireland

Launch of the Research Handbook on International Drug Policy - 20 October 2020

Analyzing arguably one of the most contested areas in public policy, this Research Handbook brings together contributions from a variety of researchers and practitioners to provide a global overview of the shifting dynamics of drug policy internationally | GSI, UK and France

Drinking alcohol after work has been banned for government workers in China

Drinking alcohol after work has been banned for government workers in China in a measure to help them with their concentration | Euroweekly, Belgium

Ban on menthol cigarettes sends sales to black market, convenience store owners say

Convenience store owners already suffering from slow sales amid the coronavirus pandemic say a ban on menthol cigarettes has set the stage for a thriving black market “on every corner of the city.” | Boston Globe, USA

Utilizing cannabis for MS management: a new webinar series from CMSC & NeurologyLive®

Three-part educational program for healthcare providers on the effects of cannabis on multiple sclerosis symptoms | EurekAlert, USA

Cannabis use appears to encourage, not replace, non-medical opioid use

Contrary to some claims, people in the US may not be substituting cannabis for opioids, New research examined the direction and strength of association between cannabis and opioid use among adults who used non-medical opioids. The findings showed that opioid use was at least as prevalent on days when cannabis was used as on days when it was not. The study is among the first to test opioid substitution directly | Science Daily, USA

Vermont legalizes marijuana sales

Vermont is the 11th state to allow recreational marijuana sales | Vox, USA

Wiener to reintroduce supervised injection bill

California Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) will reintroduce a bill allowing San Francisco, Oakland, and possibly other cities to open pilot supervised injection sites, he announced at an October 8 news conference in the Tenderloin | Ebar, USA

'Crackdown' podcast gives drug users a voice in confronting opioid crisis

Stories about the opioid crisis are often told through the lens of government announcements, record-breaking death tolls or another life lost too soon | CTV News, Canada

Scarborough residents get a trim and a lesson in stopping drug overdoses

They came to get a free haircut, but left with the knowledge to save the life of a person overdosing on drugs | Toronto.com, Canada

Alcohol consumption, drinking patterns and cancer incidence in an Australian cohort of 226,162 participants aged 45 years and over

[Open access]Alcohol consumption confers a significant risk of cancer, and drinking pattern may be independently related to breast cancer risk | BJC, Australia

Trends in the availability and type of drugs sold on the internet via cryptomarkets, May 2019 - May 2020

This bulletin series reports on trends in the availability and type of substances sold on the internet via cryptomarkets over the last 13 months | NDARC, Australia

There's going to be a new senate inquiry into vaping to sort out its legal status in Australia once and for all

A Select Committee on Tobacco Harm Reduction is set to be established to look into “tobacco reduction strategies”, particularly around nicotine vaping | Business Insider, Australia

What lies behind the recent revival of therapeutic research on psychedelic drugs?

Professor Wayne Hall presented at the 2020 NDARC Webinar Series on Thursday, 8 October 2020 | NDARC, Australia

Pandemic fuels new cocktail of drug use in South Australia as border closures disrupt ice supply

South Australian illicit drug users are believed to be turning to cocaine and party drugs as hard border closures disrupt the supply of crystal methamphetamine into the state | abc.net.au, Australia

Hobart brothers decide to rob their dealer after running out of money and ice

Jake Laurence Ford, 25, and his younger brother Angus James Ford, 23, were sentenced in the Supreme Court in Hobart on Wednesday to two years and six months in prison and 14 months, respectively, after they stole almost $2,000 in cash and a quantity of ice from "a man who had been selling ice to them" | abc.net.au, Australia

Election 2020 cannabis referendum: Result hinges on youth turnout, researcher says

The latest Research New Zealand poll set out to gauge how New Zealanders plan to vote in the upcoming cannabis referendum that could result in the legal sale of the drug with government controls | NZ Herald, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

On the strengths and limitations of 'NoLo' drinks

Lucy Holmes writes about the findings of Alcohol Change UK sponsored research into a growing drinks market | IAS blog, UK

RIP Gill Bradbury

We were devastated to learn yesterday that Gill Bradbury has died; a life dedicated to harm reduction and helping others has been sadly cut short | Transform blog, UK

Today [October 10th] is World Mental Health Day!

It goes without saying that 2020 has been a tough year for millions of people around the world. Today is about bringing awareness to the fact that for many people struggling with mental health issues is an everyday battle | BDP blog, UK

How the wider political agenda risks skewing New Zealand's cannabis referendum

Jacinda Ardern’s refusal to reveal her preference on marijuana use could mobilise conservative opinion and means Labour is effectively saying no | Guardian opinion, UK

America’s Weed Industry Still Has a Big Environmental Problem

It is admittedly difficult to begin any kind of essay in 2020, but writing about environmental issues this year is especially challenging, because there are so many ongoing calamities that I am loathe to add to the list | Points blog, USA

We are not voting on the pros and cons of cannabis — but the pros and cons of prohibition

It would be easy to imagine the cannabis referendum hinges on whether or not we think cannabis should be introduced to New Zealand, but this would be so misguided | Julian Buchanan, Australia