Daily news - 15th July 2021

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The Dame Carol Black review is a major opportunity to revitalise how we support people who use drugs

Part two of the review provides ambitious recommendations for a treatment system in need of a boost, says Jon Murray, executive director of services England at With You | DDN, UK

Report highlights nurse workforce challenges in drug addiction services

Urgent action is needed to boost the number of nurses and other key health professionals working within substance misuse teams to ensure people with drug addiction can receive a higher quality service, a new report has warned | Nursing Times, UK

Invitation to Membership of the Recovery Connectors Group

CLERO welcome the recent report by Dame Carol Black and especially the references to co-production with people with lived experience of addiction, and the development of  local partnerships and how this enhances both recovery support and treatment outcomes for people. CLERO will be having a further big conversation on Friday 16th with its members & Dr Ed Day (National Recovery Champion)  to offer a formal response to the findings and the recommendations | CLERO, UK

Armed Forces: Drugs

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the rules are on dismissal of Service personnel for a single offence of drug abuse | They work for you, UK

Question: When he plans to publish an updated Tobacco Control Plan

The Government’s new Tobacco Control Plan will be published later this year. It will set out a comprehensive package of ambitious policy proposals and supporting regulatory changes, to meet our ambition to be smoke free by 2030 | They work for you, UK

House of Lords vote on smokefree pavement licences as councils hail local successes

On Wednesday 14th July Lord Faulkner of Worcester successfully won a vote regretting the Government’s failure to require COVID-19 related seating outside cafes, pubs and restaurants to be Smokefree. Lord Faulkner’s motion received strong cross-party support from peers across the House | ASH, UK

Why You Get 'Coke Drip' When You Snort Drugs

Pop culture loves to portray the sweaty, sniffy, slightly unhinged side of powder drugs. But what is probably the most regularly occurring side effect of them all hardly gets a mention: coke drip...“The drug is basically absorbed into the body, through that membrane and into the brain,” adds Harry Shapiro, the director of DrugWise | VICE, UK

Working with older people: slides for medical education

This is the fourth in a series of slides designed for medical education as well as for all people interested in addiction. This slide set covers the core and distinctive issues for working with older people with substance use disorders and has been designed in collaboration with Drug Science | SSA, UK

Inside Project Twenty21 – the study making medical cannabis more accessible

Despite medical cannabis being made legal in the UK in 2018, the number of NHS prescriptions remains painfully low. NICE take the firm stance that “more evidence is needed” to increase the number of conditions that can be managed with cannabis, often to a chorus of groans from patients and activists alike | Leafie, UK

CBD and rugby: Why are the sport's biggest names turning to cannabis products?

Finn Russell uses it to help him sleep. Jerome Kaino takes some to ease knee pain. While Jim Hamilton needs it to cope with the aches he still lives with five years after retiring | BBC, UK

Rhian E Jones and Eli Davies  present Handbags and Gladrags - podcast

Eli Davies and Rhian E Jones explore gender, culture, politics and how they intersect. Guests join them to discuss pubs, cities, music, fandom and much, much more | Repeater Radio, UK

ASH Webinar: NHS Long Term Plan tobacco commitments - video

This ASH webinar focuses on understanding more about the overarching objectives of the NHS Long Term Plan, the roles of different partners in the system; and how it’s being operationalised and supported regionally and nationally | ASH, UK

Kanabo starts shipping breakthrough medicinal cannabis vape cartridges to the UK

Kanabo Group PLC passed a significant commercial milestone with the shipment of its first medicinal cannabis cartridges to the UK, as set down in its IPO prospectus in January | Proactive, UK

Ex-officer who booby-trapped Penrith cannabis farm jailed

A former soldier and police officer who rigged weapons around his cannabis farm to protect it has been jailed | BBC, UK


International news

Cocaine disguised as charcoal seized by Gardaí at Rotterdam Port

Anomalies in a number of bags, which appeared to contain charcoal, were discovered through the use of Garda dogs and a mobile x-ray scanner | BBC, UK

US drug overdose deaths hit record number amid Covid pandemic

A record number of Americans died from drug overdoses last year in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, according to official data | BBC, UK

Democrats vow to decriminalise cannabis with new bill: We’ll ‘make this a priority’

Schumer, Booker, Wyden among Democrats supporting bill to deschedule marijuana | Independent. UK

Philip Morris takeover of Vectura: Marlboro Man’s ‘health hypocrisy’ sparks outrage

[Free one month trial available] Ministers have been urged to intervene in tobacco giant Philip Morris’s £1 billion takeover of the lung treatments specialist Vectura | The Times, UK

Haiti authorities seek three more people after killing of president

Latest suspects are a former senator, a fired government official and a convicted cocaine smuggler | Guardian, UK

Garda drug tests: 5% of force to be randomly selected each year

Random tests will look for traces of cocaine, heroin, cannabis and other drugs | Irish Times, Ireland

Porto to implement supervised drug-use site

This might be Portugal’s first non-mobile structure to offer such services | The Mayor, Belgium

Provisional Drug Overdose Death Counts

This data visualization presents provisional counts for drug overdose deaths based on a current flow of mortality data in the National Vital Statistics System. Counts for the most recent final annual data are provided for comparison | CDC, USA

U.S. Drug Overdose Deaths Spiked 30 Percent in 2020

[Limited number of free articles per week] As Covid raged, so did the country’s other epidemic. Drug overdose deaths rose nearly 30 percent in 2020 to a record 93,000 | NYTimes, USA

Methamphetamine use drove surge in heart failure hospitalizations, costs in California

Heart failure hospitalizations and costs related to methamphetamine use jumped sharply over a decade in California, according to new research published today in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, an American Heart Association journal | Medical Xpress, USA

Study shows Cannabis terpenes provide pain relief, contribute to 'entourage effect'

When it comes to the medicinal and therapeutic properties of Cannabis sativa, an unsolved mystery is whether there exists an "entourage effect," whereby the pain-relieving effects of the plant as a whole are greater than any of its individual parts | EurekAlert, USA

Hundreds of Vape Companies Plead With FedEx to Reverse Delivery Ban

On July 12, more than four hundred vape companies urged FedEx to reverse a policy that prohibits the company from shipping and receiving vaping products | Filter Magazine, USA

Cannabis Perceptions among Canadian Adolescent Boys and Girls [infographic]

Highlights key points from the Differences in Cannabis Perceptions among Canadian Adolescent Boys and Girls report, and outlines how adults can provide support. Anyone working with youth, including educators, counsellors and public health professionals, will find this helpful | CCSA, Canada

Awakn Life Sciences Initiates Research Program To Further Develop Ketamine-assisted Therapies For Treating Addiction

Program to focus on developing and delivering new treatments for substance and behavioral addictions | Awkn, Canada

The dark side of the Olympics: How doping has shaped the Games

Some of the most memorable and record-breaking moments in Olympic history have been shattered by doping scandals | abc.net.au, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

New Central Drugs Unit

In part 2 of her Review of Drugs, Dame Carol Black argues that the introduction of a new central Drugs Unit is essential to co-ordinate and monitor work on drugs | Russell Webster, UK

Expert reaction to study of alcohol and cancer

A study published in The Lancet Oncology looks at the global burden of cancer in 2020 attributable to alcohol consumption | Science Media Centre, UK

The first national clinical research priority setting study in the AoD sector in Australia

The first national clinical research priority setting study in the AOD sector in Australia was conducted to determine the focus of clinical research, seed funding, and training programs for The National Centre for Clinical Research on Emerging Drugs (NCCRED) | NDARC blog, Australia