Daily news - 5th January 2021

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UK news

Cannabis oil: 'I've spent £34,000 to keep my epileptic daughter alive'

Six-year-old Indie-Rose, from Clare in Suffolk, has severe epilepsy and can have up to 50 seizures a month without medical cannabis oil | BBC, UK

Top lawyer calls for drug use to be decriminalised to solve deaths crisis

Iain Smith believes that taking the criminal element out of drug use will help to take away the stigma and labelling of users and help them to be seen as “people who are in pain and in need of help” | Herald, UK

Extra support for rough sleepers in Leeds

Funding of over £560,000 has been secured by Leeds City Council for Forward Leeds to support rough sleepers tackle their drug and alcohol issues | Humankind, UK

Pubs offer themselves up as vaccine hubs

A number of hospitality operators have put their venues forward as Covid vaccination hubs after it was revealed almost one in four people in England live somewhere with no vaccination centre | Morning Advertiser, UK

Current List - January 2021

Addiction publishes new book lists five times per year, both in print and on this website. Items are alphabetised by author within each list | Addiction, UK

Double Impact: Virtual Run, Ramble or Roll for Recovery!

Get fit for February and Run, Ramble or Roll a distance of your choice to support people recovering from addiction! Take part wherever & whenever you choose as long as you finish by 28th Feb and share your achievements through JustGiving & Strava | Double Impact, UK


International news

Amphetamine’ app bizarrely accused of promoting illegal drugs by Apple

Apple told a Mac developer that their software violated the company’s App Store Guidelines due to a drug reference in its name - despite having been on the store for six years and actively promoted by Apple itself | Independent, UK

Four in five Irish smokers intend to quit in 2021

Four in five Irish smokers intent to quit in 2021 according to new HSE research. It also found that people who stay off cigarettes for 28 days are five times more likely to quite smoking for good | Breaking News, Ireland

Smoking traditional cigarettes along with e-cigarettes causes harmful health effects

Smoking traditional cigarettes in addition to using e-cigarettes results in harmful health effects similar to smoking cigarettes exclusively, according to new research published today in the American Heart Association's flagship journal Circulation | News medical, USA

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link: Using a “cascade of care” approach to evaluate gaps in the opioid use disorder treatment pipeline

There are persistent gaps in the addiction “science-to-practice” pipeline that lead to marked differences in treatment availability and quality. A cascade of care is one way of assessing where gaps in the provision of empirically supported addiction care exist | Recovery Research Institute, USA

Medications for opioid use disorder: Do they predict success in treatment settings?

Individuals with an opioid use disorder (OUD) typically benefit from empirically supported agonist medicines (such as buprenorphine or methadone) and antagonist medicines (such as depot naltrexone). And yet, many individuals do not receive or persist in these treatments for a variety of reasons | Recovery Research Institute, USA

Mother of art student who died after taking ketamine warns: ‘War on drugs’ has been lost

Safe consumption facilities idea is raised as Camden drug deaths rise | Camden New Journal, USA

Marijuana Is Replacing Alcohol For Nearly Half Of Cannabis Consumers During The Pandemic

Almost half of cannabis consumers age 21 and up have replaced or reduced their alcohol consumption with marijuana since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the results of a Harris Poll released this month.  The poll also found that one-third of those who use cannabis recreationally prefer cannabis to drinking alcohol | Forbes, USA

DC Decriminalized Drug Paraphernalia. Here’s What That Means on the Ground

On December 22, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) signed the Opioid Overdose Treatment and Prevention Omnibus Amendment Act of 2020. Among other things, the Act decriminalizes the possession of certain drug paraphernalia, including crack stems, meth bulbs, drug-checking kits, syringes and safer snorting kits | Filter magazine, USA



Blogs, comment and opinion

Vaping is safer than smoking but needs to be regulated

This year will be remembered by most Australians for the summer bushfires and the pandemic. For the 500,000 nicotine vapers in this country, it will mark the year Australians rallied to make their voices heard to save their new lifesaving, harm-reduction tool | The Age opinion, Australia