Daily news - 11th November 2021


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Current and past trends in tobacco and e-cigarette use and the impact of control measures: an analysis of survey data and other evidence

Current and past trends in tobacco and e-cigarette use and the impact of legislative and regulatory controls on smoking and e-cigarette use behaviours are outlined in this multi-method research | NatCen, UK

Britain's red phone boxes are vanishing - could one idea for their replacement help prevent suicide?

A man who hit rock bottom in his life following drug addiction has discovered how he could help others in a similar situation. Craig Harker from Margate is campaigning for an easier way for people with addiction and mental health problems to contact the Samaritans | ITV, UK

Road Traffic Offences and Penalties

In the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, we are increasing the maximum penalties for causing death by dangerous driving and by careless driving when under the influence of drink or drugs, and we are introducing a new offence of causing serious injury by careless driving | They work for you, UK

Drug Smuggling into Prisons

To ask - What steps he is taking to reduce incidents of drug smuggling into prisons | They work for you, UK

Drugs: Organised Crime

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to use diversion schemes and approaches to take people out of county lines involvement | They work for you, UK

#50 Labour Drug Policy with Dan Carden MP - podcast

In this week’s episode, Dan Carden and Professor David Nutt will be discussing how we can change the way we deal with problematic alcohol use for the better | Drug Science, UK

The Story Behind the 'First Ever Ecstasy Song'

Recorded a decade before the explosion of acid house and rooted in NYC's gay clubs, 'Memorabilia' is an early prelude to rave culture | VICE, UK

Street Drugs Discussions - Spice

Fri, 19 November 2021, 14:00 – 15:30 GMT. Everything you need to know about Spice, the street name for synthetic cannabinoids | Drug Science, UK

Build A BIGGER Table With ARCO

Fri, 19 November 2021, 10:30 – 12:30 GMT. If you are interested or curious about ARCO (Association of Recovery Community Organizations) please join us for this opportunity to connect, collaborate and discuss how we can better support your RCO | FAVOR, UK

A Morning with Scottish Families and Friends - Virtual AGM

Sat, 13 November 2021, 10:00 – 12:00 GMT. Join us for a morning with Scottish Families and Friends as we hold our Annual General Meeting and celebrate our work over the past year! | Scottish Families Affected By Alcohol & Drugs, UK

Rural Lives: understanding financial vulnerability and wellbeing

Thu, 2 December 2021, 13:00 – 14:00 GMT. Research findings on how people experience poverty and social exclusion in rural areas, with implications for policy and practice | Iriss, UK

Wetherspoon’s sales below pre-Covid levels as older customers stay away

Shares fall despite pub chain pointing out 2019 had been a record year and reporting signs of recovery | Guardian, UK

 

International news

Global Drug Survey 2022 - launch video

Take the survey now - safe, anonymous, and it only takes 20 minutes | Global Drug Survey, UK

Congress approves alcohol monitors in ALL new cars to stop drunk driving in Biden's new $1.2T in infrastructure package

Congress is requiring in its $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that automakers install monitoring systems in their cars to stop drivers from operating their vehicles while intoxicated | Mail Online, UK

QMJC October 2021: Reinterpreting ethnic patterns among White and African American men who inject heroin: a social science of medicine approach

The Qualitative Methods Journal Club discuss an article which sought to identify and explain assorted health disparities associated with ethnicity, age and gender within a community of homeless people who use drugs. ‘Remarkable’ and ‘ground-breaking’ findings included the observation of different survival strategies between African American and White men | SSA, UK

Addiction Treatment in India: Richard Velleman talks to the SSA

This is the first in a two-part interview with Professor Richard Velleman about his work in addiction treatment services and research in India. This part talks about how addiction, or de-addiction services are run | SSA, UK

Developing and Evaluating Brief Alcohol Interventions for Risky Drinking Parents

Thu, Nov 25, 2021 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM GMT. Promoting Alcohol Reduction in Non-Treatment Seeking parents (PAReNTS study) aims to develop and evaluate brief alcohol interventions for risky drinking parents in contact with children’s social care| ISSUP, UK

Will Smith: I took psychedelic ayahuasca 14 times and called in a shaman to fix my love life

[Limited number of free articles per week] 'In my 50 plus years on this planet, this is unparalleled greatest feeling I’ve ever had,' said Hollywood actor after taking hallucinogen | Telegraph, UK

Jon Hopkins: ‘I would have a ketamine session and return with notes’

The Grammy-nominated artist created his new album to complement psychedelic therapy. He tells Kevin E G Perry about making music in a remote Ecuadorian cave and listening to what plants have to tell us | Independent, UK

‘Long past due’: Seth Rogen and Sarah Silverman lead new push for federal cannabis legislation

It comes amid a Republican bid to introduce law on decriminalisation, and passage of a Democrat proposal in Congress | Independent, UK

Benedict Cumberbatch gave himself nicotine poisoning three times on The Power of the Dog

The actor learned to roll cigarettes one-handed and didn’t wash as part of his method for playing a 1920s Montana rancher | Guardian, UK

Medically Supervised Injection Centres – October 2021

The Cork Local Drug & Alcohol Task Force (CLDATF) is a mechanism which enables local communities, statutory and voluntary agencies work together to address substance misuse across the city. Developing and providing funding to services since 1998 to meet emerging needs and tackle the prevalence of various substances | CLDATF, Ireland

Launch of BLDATF older persons' research: "It's like we are the forgotten"

Fri, 12 November 2021, 12:00 – 13:30 GMT. This is the launch of the research project BLDATF undertook to explore the issues affecting older people in Ballyfermot. BLDATF is one of 12 LDATF around Dublin, which were set up in the late 1990s to address the drug crisis of the time | BLDATF, Ireland

Egypt orders implementation of smoking ban indoors

The Egyptian government yesterday issued directives to all ministers and governors to implement a law that prevents smoking in public buildings | Middle East Monitor, Egypt

Germany’s Next Coalition Nears Deal on Legalizing Cannabis

Germany’s likely next ruling coalition is closing in on a deal to legalize cannabis for recreational use, the strongest signal yet that long-awaited growth of Europe’s marijuana market is gaining traction | Bloomberg, USA

People who wake up, smoke and return to sleep may need mental health support to quit

Many cigarette smokers wake in the night, smoke, and then return to sleep. Prior research has linked this behavior to smoking a higher number of cigarettes each day and to a higher likelihood of failing when trying to quit smoking | Medical Xpress, USA

US court overturns historic opioid ruling against drugmaker Johnson & Johnson

The Oklahoma State Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned a historic decision to fine US pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson $465 million for its role in the opioid crisis | Medical Xpress, USA

Veterans Data Show Surge in Stimulant-Involved Deaths

United States military veterans are increasingly vulnerable to stimulant-involved deaths, according to new research. Many of the deaths were attributed to polysubstance use, underscoring the dangers facing people who are knowingly or unknowingly using drugs in combination | Filter Magazine, USA

We’ll Keep Denying Public Housing Over Marijuana Use, Insists Biden Administration

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) says it is required to continue denying federally assisted housing to people who use marijuana, even if they’re acting in compliance with state law | Filter Magazine, USA

Warren presses Biden on pardons for nonviolent cannabis convictions

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and two other Democratic senators sent a letter on Tuesday to President Biden pressing him to make good on campaign promises and pardon federal nonviolent cannabis convictions | The Hill, USA

In Canada, ban on menthol cigarettes had more smokers quitting

Researchers found that after menthol ban went into effect, sales of those cigarettes took an unsurprising plunge. But there was also a reduction in overall cigarette sales, of just under 5% | Medical Xpress, USA

Opioid treatment study ‘may impact’ future Australian guidelines

Results from a clinical trial of extended-release buprenorphine injections reveal high retention and treatment satisfaction | RACGP, Australia

 

Blogs, comment and opinion

Does a tipple topple the scales? The science on alcohol and body weight

Obesity is one of the most serious and burdensome public health challenges faced worldwide. In the UK, around 1 in 3 adults live with obesity. While the development of obesity is extremely complex, ultimately, it is caused by prolonged, excessive energy intake (calories) | IAS blog, UK

Joe Wicks has spoken about living with a mentally ill parent – we need more of these stories

Millions of children are in this situation, suffering shame and secrecy. Thankfully, that is changing | Guardian opinion, UK

Opinion: Decriminalizing drug users is only one part of the equation

Without also legalizing drugs, decriminalization will do little to stop overdoses | Vancouver is Awesome opinion, Canada

How will new vaping rules affect quit smoking efforts?

Nicotine vaping products can now be prescribed by doctors and advertised by pharmacists under recent regulatory changes. Smoking cessation experts are concerned that the potentially addictive chemical cocktails could have the unintended consequences of channelling people away from safe and effective pharmacotherapies to give up smoking | Croakey, Australia