Daily news - 22nd October 2020

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UK news

Sobriety tags launched to tackle alcohol-fuelled crime

Criminals in Wales who commit alcohol-fuelled crimes can be banned from drinking and ordered to wear a ‘sobriety tag’ by judges from Wednesday 21 October and will be extended to England early next year | MoJ, UK

'Sobriety tags' aim to cut alcohol-fuelled crime

The ankle tags will monitor offenders' sweat every 30 minutes and alert probation staff if alcohol is consumed | BBC, UK

Alcoholism: Rehabilitation

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps Clinical Commissioning Groups has taken to challenge abstinence-only approaches to alcoholism by GPs | They work for you, UK

Ban on smoking in playgrounds from next March

Councils will have powers to issue fixed-penalty notices for breaches of the law, the Welsh Government said | BBC, UK

I went undercover on the ‘Wine Alley’ to tackle drug problem

Ex-undercover police officer Simon McLean has written about his experience tackling Glasgow's drug problem during the 80s | STV, UK

#MCAW2020: Building the evidence base with Drug Science

Tuesday 3rd November 12.30 - 1.15pm. Join the Drug Science team to discuss research to improve understanding of medical cannabis. Drug Science’s Project Twenty21 aims to monitor the health outcomes of 20,000 UK patients using cannabis based medicinal products | Plea Community, UK

Refugees' experiences of harmful alcohol use - Report Launch

We warmly invite you to join us online on Tuesday 10 November 2020 from 14:00-16:00 GMT for the launch of a new University of Edinburgh and SHAAP report: Exploring the factors that influence harmful alcohol use through the refugee journey: a qualitative study | SHAAP, UK

The Art of Mescaline – Mike Jay - video

This talk was given on 8th December 2019 in Tuke Hall, London, for the Psychedelic Press Writers on Drugs 2019 event | Psychedelic Press, UK

Border identification checks 'could cut' Isle of Man drug crime

Identification checks at the "porous" Manx border could help to tackle an rise in drug-related crime, Home Affairs Minister Graham Cregeen said | BBC, UK

Suffolk ex-police officer barred after disposing of drugs

The actions of a former police officer who disposed of drugs he seized amounted to gross misconduct, a police hearing found | BBC, UK


International news

Severe harm from others' drinking: A population‐based study on sex differences and the role of one's own drinking habits

Despite the fact that many studies have focused on harm from others' drinking, there is a lack of knowledge regarding severe forms of these harms. This study aimed to assess sex differences in the prevalence of severe harm from others' drinking and sex‐specific associations with one's own drinking | DAR, UK

The talker in talking therapies

Key studies on the impact of the practitioner in psychosocial therapies for alcohol dependence. Structured around Carl Rogers’ classic account of the prerequisites of effective therapy. Highlights the seminal study that validated empathy, understanding and warmth, and explores three key issues: Is listening really all that’s needed? Does being genuine contravene other Rogerian mandates? Why don’t more studies register therapist effects? | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

OxyContin maker Purdue reaches plea deal in opioid probe

Purdue Pharma LP agreed to plead guilty to criminal charges over the handling of its addictive prescription opioid OxyContin, in a deal with U.S. prosecutors that effectively sidestepped paying billions of dollars in penalties and stopped short of criminally charging its executives or wealthy Sackler family owners | Reuters, UK

Cocaine worth $500m found hidden in charcoal shipment

Police in Paraguay have found a record 2.3 tonnes of cocaine hidden among a charcoal shipment destined for Israel | BBC, UK

Courts overturn 11pm coronavirus curfew for restaurants and pubs in Berlin

[Limited number of free articles] Judge ruled the curfew would do nothing to slow infections but upheld a ban on alcohol sales | Telegraph, UK

Characteristics of Patients in Treatment for Alcohol and Drug Addiction Who Succeed in Changing Smoking, Weight, and Physical Activity: A Secondary Analysis of an RCT on Combined Lifestyle Interventions

Patients addicted to alcohol or drug often have additional unhealthy lifestyles, adding to the high mortality and morbidity in this patient group. Therefore, it is important to consider lifestyle interventions as part of the usual addiction treatment. The aim was to identify predictors of successful changes in lifestyle risk factors among patients in treatment for alcohol or drug addiction | European Addiction Research, Sweden

Opioid use disorder? Electronic health records help pinpoint probable patients

Opioid use disorder affects about 2 million Americans each year and is the number 1 cause of accidental death. Between 50 to 90 percent of individuals with this disorder were exposed to a prescription opioid first | Medical Xpress, USA

Cities Aim To Remove Police From Most Psychiatric, Substance Abuse Calls

Three cities, including San Francisco, are taking the police out of responding to most mental and behavioral crisis calls. Instead, mental health professionals and paramedics would respond first | npr, USA

If the Affordable Care Act Falls, People Battling Drug Addiction Will Be Hit Especially Hard, Experts Say

Loss of Medicaid expansion via ACA would lead to “massive numbers” of those with substance use disorder losing coverage | Morning Consult, USA

Opioid crisis: 127 people in B.C. died of illicit drug overdoses in September

One hundred and twenty-seven people died of illicit drug overdoses in B.C. in September, according to the latest figures from the coroner | Global News, Canada

More seeking mental health and addiction support during pandemic

Two organizations that assist people with mental health and addiction say they are seeing new clients reaching out for help with their struggles related to the COVID-19 pandemic | CTV News, Canada

Regina council to debate motion for city-wide addictions harm reduction strategy

Strategy could include needle drop-off locations, safe consumption sites | CBC News, Canada

Smokers in SA face new restrictions – including a ‘public cigarette ban’

If the government's new Tobacco Control Bill gets the go-ahead, a 'public cigarette ban' would seriously limit where smokers can light-up | South African, South Africa

Characteristics of people who used the Melbourne and Sydney medically supervised injecting facilities surveyed in the Illicit Drug Reporting System 2019

The Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) is a national drug monitoring systems intended to identify emerging trends of local and national concern in illicit drug markets, and form part of Drug Trends. In this bulletin, we summarise findings from the Sydney and Melbourne survey samples who report use of the supervised injecting facilities in their city | NDARC, Australia

Update on nicotine scheduling and proposed restriction on importation of nicotine for use in e-cigarettes

Pending the final outcome of the process required by law, it has been decided to defer the proposed restriction on importation of nicotine for use in e-cigarettes and, separately, e-cigarette devices (by an amendment to the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956) | Therapeutic Goods Administration, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Will hope triumph over experience in pharmacotherapy research on cocaine use disorder?

Optimism is necessary in scientific research, but the evidence on cocaine use disorder pharmacotherapy supports a more pessimistic conclusion than Brandt and colleagues draw | Addiction commentary, UK

Joe Biden and the kinder, gentler War on Drugs | Opinion

How can Joe Biden, who championed the foundational federal laws of the War on Drugs over the last 40 years, be so compassionate toward his son’s struggle with addiction? | Philadelphia Inquirer, USA