Daily news - 11th September 2020

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UK news

Statistics on Women's Smoking Status at Time of Delivery: England - Quarter 1, 2020-21

This report presents statistics on mother’s smoking status at time of delivery, at Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP), Region and national levels. This release includes provisional data for quarter 1 of 2020-21. Data tables here | NHS Digital, UK

Illegal tobacco ‘threatens London’s crucial Covid-19 stop smoking efforts’

London’s trading standards and public health experts are warning of the dangers of illegal tobacco, highlighting how its availability across the capital undermines stop smoking efforts | London Councils, UK

Billy Caldwell mum referred to Social Services safeguarding team over son's care

UUP MLA Doug Beattie said 'Charlotte Caldwell cannot be faulted for lobbying politicians, the medical world and the media, so being reported to social services is disgraceful. There has to be a way forward for Billy and his medication and I’ve asked Health Minister Robin Swann to intervene.' | Belfast Live, UK

Recovery Street Film Festival - videos

Watch the shortlisted videos for this year's festival | RSFF, UK

27. Pharmacology of Drugs with Dr David Nichols - podcast

Professor Nutt and Dr Nichols answer some burning questions of psychedelic science such as: What will come to market first, LSD, Psilocybin or MDMA? Could microdosing be dangerous? Is there such a thing as DMT tolerance? | Drug Science, UK

SUAB Webinar: Why don't they just stop using drugs then? with Andrew Bennet - event

Wed, 14 October 2020. 13:00 – 14:00 BST. Why don't they just stop using drugs then? Making the case for trauma and ACE informed substance use services | SUAB, UK

I Became a Drug Dealer During Lockdown to Support My Family

"My buyers spend about £100 each per month on average. So I made about £1,500 a month profit tax-free." | VICE, UK

Dundee doctor struck off medical register for Class A drug import scheme

Katy McAllister had her name erased from the medical register after a disciplinary panel heard she had racked up a number of criminal convictions | Courier, UK

Cardiff Coal Exchange neighbours oppose late alcohol licence

Eden Grove, which took over the premises in August, say a 03:00 alcohol licence is "crucial" to its reopening | BBC, UK

Merseyside raids: Drugs and £200k seized as five arrested

About 1kg (2.2lb) of suspected Class A drugs and £200,000 has been seized during police raids in Merseyside | BBC, UK


International news

The KAC Global Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR) Scholarship Programme 2021

Building on the successes of previous scholarship programmes, Knowledge Action Change (K-A-C) is pleased to announce the launch of the 4th K-A-C Global Tobacco Harm Reduction Scholarship Programme. Application system is now open. Proposals to build capacity within the field are encouraged from anyone, anywhere, working in, or hoping to enter THR. Applications must be submitted using an on-line submission form by 30th November 2020 | Tobacco Harm Reduction Scholarships, UK

Banning alcohol in an Indian state - audio

Punyavathi Sunkara recalls how she campaigned to stop the sale of alcohol in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh to protect women from domestic violence and safeguard family finances. Pressure from women like Punyavathi helped persuade the state's chief minister, NT Rama Rao, to pass the prohibition law in 1995 | BBC, UK

Relief as support meeting numbers not limited to 6

Last night, following weeks of uncertainty, there was clarification for people in recovery after it was confirmed that the most recent Government restrictions on gatherings do not apply to meetings such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous | RTe, Ireland

Teenage E-Cigarette Use Falls While Flavors Remain Popular

Teenagers’ e-cigarette use declined this year, according to an influential annual survey, marking a positive trend that health officials say still leaves the number of users too high | Bloomberg, USA

Regular cannabis use does not appear to increase pain sensitivity, study suggests

A recent study examining pain among cannabis users suggests that--unlike long-term opioid use--regular cannabis use does not appear to increase pain sensitivity | News Medical, USA

More are turning to pot when depressed, but does it help or harm?

Folks struggling with depression are much more likely to turn to marijuana to ease their symptoms these days, and that's not necessarily a good thing, researchers report | News Medical, USA

“The Drum Beat in My Head Gets Louder”—Meet DPA’s New Leader

Is it going to be Kassandra?” There’s a reason that question was asked over and over in harm reduction circles after the departure of Maria McFarland Sanchez-Moreno, the previous executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, was announced at the beginning of the year | Filter Magazine, USA

Rest in Power, Jesse Harvey

Networks of drug users and harm reductionists have been repeatedly devastated as overdose deaths surge amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that community is grieving the death, on September 7, of Jesse Harvey, a harm reduction leader in Maine | Filter Magazine, USA

Coronavirus: Boredom driving force behind alcohol and drug use during Covid-19 pandemic, but consumption didn't spike

A global study of drug and alcohol use through the Covid-19 pandemic presents a mixed picture of how people responded to lockdowns in New Zealand and around the world | Stuff.co.nz, New Zealand



Blogs, comment and opinion

Drug And Alcohol Use Through The Pandemic

The Global Drug Survey's COVID-19 survey finds that many people in the UK increased their use of cannabis and alcohol | Russell Webster, UK

After years of enjoying drinking, my body has just ... stopped

Once upon a time, when I caught up with friends they regaled me with stories of their big nights. Now all they do is moan about hangovers | Guardian, UK

Cannabis in the 1950s British Tabloids

It will likely surprise none of this blog’s readers that British tabloids have proved poor custodians of “drug” information. Evidence of their inflexible anti-drug stance was presented during the Leveson Inquiry in 2011 | Points blog, USA

Kassandra Frederique, DPA’s New Executive Director, Shares Her Message to the Movement

Today, I assume the role of Executive Director for the Drug Policy Alliance. It’s actually quite incredible to write those words. I never imagined when I started at DPA in 2009 that I would get to learn from incredible visionaries at DPA like Ethan, Deborah, asha, Roseanne, Jasmine, and gabriel. I’ve been honored to be at DPA for eleven years as we redefined policy, advocacy, and organizing... | DPA, USA

Patrick Gower: On Weed attempts to bring balance to cannabis debate

The Three investigative reporter is talking about his new documentary which looks at both sides of the issue and says, “If anyone out there is thinking that this documentary is going to make their (cannabis referendum) decision easier, it won’t | Stuff.co.nz, New Zealand