Daily news - 18th November 2021

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UK news

Press release: Offenders to be banned from drinking to cut alcohol-fuelled crime

Offenders released from prison face being banned from drinking from today (17 November 2021) under world-first plans to curb alcohol-fuelled crime | Ministry of Justice, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service, and The Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP, UK

Exercise increases the body’s own ‘cannabis’ which reduces chronic inflammation, says new study

Exercise increases the body’s own cannabis-like substances, which in turn helps reduce inflammation and could potentially help treat certain conditions such as arthritis, cancer and heart disease | University of Nottingham, UK

Calls for hard hitting alcohol campaigns to be rolled out nationally

An MP who won acclaim for sharing in Parliament his recovery journey from alcohol addiction has joined calls from the Alcohol Health Alliance for hard hitting tobacco style campaigns to be rolled out nationally for alcohol | Balance North East, UK

Tobacco Control Plan — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair]

I beg to move, That this House has considered the delivery of a new Tobacco Control Plan | They work for you, UK

Inside the UK’s campaign to reschedule psilocybin with MP Crispin Blunt

Member of Parliament Crispin Blunt has championed the campaign to reschedule psilocybin for scientific and research purposes in the UK. Last month the honourable Mr Blunt raised the issue directly with Boris Johnson at Prime Minister’s Questions, with Johnson declaring he would get back to Blunt at the earliest opportunity | Psych, UK

Awakn Life Sciences Signs MOU with NHS (Devon Partnership NHS Trust) and University of Exeter with a View of Increasing Access to Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy in the UK

Awakn Life Sciences Corp., a biotechnology company developing and delivering psychedelic therapeutics (medicines and therapies) to treat Addiction, announced today it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Devon Partnership NHS Trust and University of Exeter | Awakn, UK

Channel Islands ‘leading Europe’ on medical cannabis

The Channel Islands are ‘leading the way in Europe’ in medicinal cannabis treatment and the wider industry could one day be as big in Jersey as finance, experts have said | Jersey Evening Post, UK

Alcohol Awareness Week reading list

The SSA’s reading lists provide a starting point for people interested in a specific area. The following features, articles and research papers all come under the umbrella of ‘Alcohol and Relationships’, which is the theme for Alcohol Awareness Week 2021 | SSA, UK

Webinar: Lived experience and the substance misuse treatment system

Mon, 13 December 2021, 15:30 – 17:00 GMT. A panel of experts from across the treatment and recovery world will discuss how we can support lived experience to flourish in the system | Collective Voice, UK

Behind The Scenes | Children Affected by Substances

Thu, 9 December 2021, 12:30 – 13:30 GMT. This Behind The Scenes is an opportunity to learn more about Children Affected By Substances; those children and young people affected by parental and carer alcohol and other drug use | Bristol Drugs Project, UK

Domhnall Nugent: Antrim man on fighting back against drink and drug addiction

The image of the scene that greeted Domhnall Nugent as he woke up on his grandmother's porch remains vivid in his memory | BBC, UK

Man 'killed girlfriend after eating cannabis cake'

A man was recorded on a mobile phone as he stabbed, strangled, and ran over his girlfriend during a psychotic episode after eating a cannabis brownie, a court has heard | BBC, UK


International news

CONSTELLATIONS: An Online Festival on Drugs and Harm Reduction - November 16-24, 2021

Free festival passes available. Many exciting events including a Political Panel on Drug Policy Reform in the UK with four MPs (chaired by Alex Stephens) on Monday 22 November | HRI, UK

US saw 100,000 drug overdose deaths in one year amid pandemic, CDC says

Data reveals deaths caused by opioids rose 28.5% compared with the year before, with fentanyl involved in over 60% of the deaths | Guardian, UK

Drugs seized at Ireland's ports 'could be as low' as 5-10% of total trafficked into the country

A Customs chief has said the amount of drugs intercepted at ports “could be as low” as 5-10% of all drugs trafficked into Ireland – similar, he said, to other countries | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Drug-related intimidation 'normalised' way of resolving disputes, seminar hears

Drug-related intimidation is to some extent seen as a “normalised dispute resolution mechanism” in parts of Dublin city, an online policing conference has heard | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Citizens’ Assembly on drugs should take place next year, campaign group says

CityWide group calls for Taoiseach to intervene as it notes cocaine use has risen by 10,000% | Irish Times, Ireland

More restrictions needed on sale of vapes and e-cigarettes, Oireachtas committee told

Products marketed towards teenagers, Irish Cancer Society and Irish Heart Foundation say | Irish Times, Ireland

Scholarships for 2022 European Drugs Winter School

Professionals, academics and experts from the Western Balkan region and European Neighbourhood Policy countries will have an opportunity to participate in the 2022 European Drugs Winter School, thanks to scholarships offered through two EMCDDA projects... | EMCDDA, Portugal

Advisory: Prescription Stimulant Misuse Among Youth and Young Adults

This Advisory reviews the evidence on prescription stimulant misuse among youth and young adults. It establishes prescription stimulant misuse as a public health problem, identifies associated risk and protective factors, and provides programs and action steps for stakeholders to prevent misuse | SAMHSA, USA


ADB-FUBIATA is classified as a synthetic cannabinoid. Synthetic cannabinoids have been reported to cause psychoactive effects similar to delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) | NPS Discovery, USA

Overdose Deaths Reached Record High as the Pandemic Spread

More than 100,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in the yearlong period ending in April, government researchers said | NYTimes, USA

Could Crack Cocaine Vapes Be Harm Reduction Tools of the Future?

There is a glut of research surrounding safer alternatives for people who use opioids. Less well researched are safer alternatives for crack cocaine use—though some argue that chewing coca leaf (a precursor to cocaine and, thus, crack) has potential | Filter Magazine, USA

New streamlined process for medicinal cannabis applications (Fed)

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is making changes to the access framework and application processes for “unapproved” medicinal cannabis products from 22 November 2021 | Lexology, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Harry’s blog 112. Tobacco control and the wrath of God

In a previous blog, I described a particularly absurd situation regarding tobacco control paranoia about the industry. An anti-smoking NGO operating in Southeast Asia announced an anti-smoking poster competition for young people. Buried in the terms and conditions of entry was the stipulation that entrants could not have any connection with the industry to the ‘fourth level of consanguinity’. In other words, teenagers were barred if their great-great grandfathers had any industry connections | NSP blog, UK

The Concepts of Psychological Dependence and Physical Dependence Are Being Lost

I have been thinking about “psychological dependence” and “physical dependence” a lot lately. It seems to me our field is losing these concepts | Recovery Review blog, USA