Daily news - 27th October 2020

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UK news

Isle of Man considers new market for cannabis products

The production and exportation of hemp and cannabis products could become legal on the Isle of Man under proposed changes to legislation | BBC, UK

Consultation on Regulatory Framework for Cannabis-derived Products for Export

This consultation paper sets out the details of the proposed Framework. Through consultation, the Department wishes to seek feedback from industry, inward investors and other interested stakeholders on the proposals | Isle of Man Government, UK

Regular users given a pass as police back heroin treatment centres

[Free one month trial available] Heroin, cocaine and cannabis users will be exempt from prosecution for repeated offences under a new police scheme that signals the creeping decriminalisation of drug use | The Times, UK

Medicinal cannabis: MPs back use for epileptic children

Cross-party MPs are backing families forced to spend thousands of pounds each month to give their epileptic children medical cannabis because they still cannot get it on the NHS | Express, UK

Calls for government to invest in vital services after record drug deaths in North East

Karen Tyrell, executive director of strategy, culture and external affairs for the charity Humankind, is urging the government to invest in drug and alcohol services to stop more "needless deaths" | Chronicle, UK

Bristol SU launches harm reduction campaign

All About Drugs will begin as a three day campaign running from 28-30 October, however activity will continue throughout the year to improve education on harm reduction | Bristol SU, UK

Qualitative Methods Journal Club - Meeting 1 (hosted by GCU)

Wed, 11 November 2020. 14:00 – 15:30 GMT. We will be discussing the following open access paper: Lyons AC, Goodwin I, Griffin C, McCreanor T, Moewaka Barnes H. Facebook and the Fun of Drinking Photos: Reproducing Gendered Regimes of Power. Journal of Marketing Education. October 2016:45 | SSA, UK

Leslie Iversen, pioneering neuroscientist who studied the effects of drugs on the brain – obituary

[Limited number of free articles per week] He explored the workings of antidepressant and antipsychotic medication and advised the Home Office on cannabis and legal highs | Telegraph, UK

Gary Seaman Award 2020

We are now accepting nominations for the Gary Seaman Award 2020: an annual award we present to an outstanding practitioner or volunteer who has made a real difference supporting family members affected by drugs, alcohol or gambling | Adfam, UK



International news

Report Launch: The Global State of Harm Reduction 2020 - webinar

Oct 28, 2020 01:00 PM in London. The Global State of Harm Reduction 2020 is the most comprehensive independent analysis on harm reduction policy and practice around the world. This year we found that harm reduction implementation has worsened, after having stalled since 2014. Join our online launch to hear more about what we learnt | HRI, UK

‘Monumental’: US election could be landmark moment for legal cannabis industry

‘We are moving toward a critical mass of states that ... will bring about the end of federal prohibition on cannabis’ | Independent, UK

Study examines the long-term health effects of vaping, e-cigarettes on children

Adolescent use of e-cigarettes and vaping products is at epidemic proportions, yet the adverse health effects are understudied, with almost no data on younger patients. The problem is sizable as children start vaping at a younger and younger age | News Medical, USA

Real-time opioid overdose tracking system helps show rise after COVID-19's arrival

COVID-19 may dominate the headlines. But another epidemic that was already raging before it arrived has flared up in recent months, too, according to new University of Michigan data | Medical Xpress, USA

Alberta Government Rejects Safe Supply, Bets Heavily on Abstinence

As an experienced harm reduction nurse in Alberta, Corey Ranger has been on the front lines of the overdose crisis. He’s worked in a few safe consumption sites (SCS) in the Canadian province, and has seen how they, and related measures, can curb overdose deaths | Filter Magazine, USA

A look back at four years of recreational marijuana in Massachusetts

As the four-year anniversary of the legalization of recreational marijuana in Massachusetts nears, the state has made monumental progress in moving an entire industry from the alleyways into the light | Mass Live, USA

Mental illness is on the rise due to COVID-19. Could psychedelic drugs be the ‘game changer’?

Thomas Hartle is a 52-year-old IT technician from Saskatoon who doesn’t smoke, rarely drinks and never dabbled in drugs before trying medicinal cannabis. As part of his profession, the soft-spoken, detail-oriented father of two typically spends much of his time planning and researching | Toronto Star, Canada

RCMP issue warning after highly toxic carfentanil found in North Island drug supply

Police say there is essentially no way to safely cut and dilute carfentanil into street drugs. Investigators also warn that normal overdose reversal methods, like Naloxone , can work on cases involving carfentanil, but warn that several doses may be needed | CTV News, Canada

Naloxone continues to save lives: Lambton EMS

Tyler McNaught was trained in using naloxone to reverse opioid overdose deaths as part of his job as a security guard, but says he never had to use that training until this month | Sarnia Observer, Canada

Problematic opioid behaviours associated with pre-existing risk factors rather than opioid dosage alone, says new report

Problematic opioid behaviours in people with chronic pain, including opioid dependence, are associated with patient risk factors like younger age, substance dependence and mental health histories rather than simply higher opioid doses says a new report | NDARC, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

SDF statement on reported police action at unofficial safer drug consumption facility in Glasgow

Today, Scottish Drugs Forum reacts to a reported incident in Glasgow, where a man was cautioned by police carrying out their enforcement duties under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 during a weekly demonstration of a safer drug consumption facility – that has been undertaken for nearly two months – in protest at the thwarting of plans for the legal provision of a facility planned by the local health board and council | SDF, UK

Trump v Biden. Their stances on Drug Policy: ‘How it started. How it’s going.’

With the election likely being decided on the merits of each candidate’s “character” an analysis of their positions on drug policy is a fascinating measure. With so many other high-profile issues competing for attention – COVID-19, the economy, Supreme Court nominations – drug policy will not be a deciding factor in the 2020 election. Indeed, it seldom is in any Presidential contest | GDPO, UK

The meanings of pub

There is no universal understanding of what ‘the pub’ means – no single image that materialises in the mind at the sound of the word | Boak and Bailey blog, UK