Daily news - 23rd November 2021

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UK news

Party leaders make 'united effort' against drug deaths

The SNP and Tory leaders agreed to "put politics aside" for their visit to the Bluevale Community Club in Glasgow | BBC, UK

Share your story

Sharing your story is a powerful way to raise awareness of the harm alcohol can cause, and help make sure no one feels alone | Alcohol Change UK, UK

A Celebration of Life 2021

Sat, 27 November 2021, 15:30 – 17:00 GMT. A celebration of life - An event for the family and friends of those lost to drugs and alcohol | Bristol Drugs Project, UK

Frequency 528Hz

Thu, 25 November 2021, 19:00 – 21:30 GMT. An eclectic concert bringing together 4 unique musicians performing live in a magical and atmospheric 15th Century Bristol church | Bristol Drugs Project, UK

Filling the Void - Reconnecting through Bristol Recovery Orchestra

Tue, 23 November 2021, 19:00 – 21:30 GMT. Join us at the Bristol Beacon for the premiere of Filling the Void: Reconnecting through Bristol Recovery Orchestra, a film by Irene Carter | Bristol Drugs Project, UK

Cannabis Hackathon

Sat, November 27, 2021, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM GMT. Join us for our first London Hackathon, looking at the future of cannabis markets in London and how we can help ensure changes to drug policy promote social justice and racial equality | Transform and Blacksox, UK

World AIDS Day Event – An Update on the HIV Outbreak

Wednesday 1st December 2021, 13.00 – 15.00. Join SDF and partners for an update and discussion event this World AIDS Day to hear up to date information on the outbreak of HIV affecting people who inject drugs in Glasgow – focussing on the impacts the Covid pandemic has had, hearing about new innovations in prevention of HIV and how treatment services have adapted to meet the needs of this client group | SDF, UK

Scottish Drugs Forum recognised by Skills for Health’s learning quality assurance programme, becoming an endorsed training provider

Scottish Drugs Forum (SDF) has recently been endorsed by the quality assurance team at Skills for Health through the award of both the Quality Mark and Quality Mark Digital in recognition of its provision of, and commitment to, high quality learning and training | Skills for Health, UK


International news

Uber expands to cannabis delivery in Canada

Uber’s delivery and takeout unit has partnered with cannabis retailer Tokyo Smoke to allow online cannabis orders through Uber Eats in Ontario, Canada, a company spokesperson told Reuters | City AM, UK

Is the US set to Federally Decriminalise Cannabis?

There has been a remarkable turn of events in US drug legislation this week, as Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced legislation that would decriminalise cannabis at a federal level | Volteface, UK

How Diverting Opioids Can Be Harm Reduction

What cops and regulators consider to be the boogeyman of the Canadian overdose crisis is in fact a tactic that criminalized drug consumers and their advocates believe is a means of survival in the face of an ever-more potent, volatile illicit drug supply | Talking Drugs, UK

Record-breaking amounts of meth and fentanyl seized in San Diego

More than 17,500 lbs of meth and 389 lbs of fentanyl were seized from a tractor-trailer at the Otay Mesa Port last Thursday | Guardian, UK

EU Justice and Home Affairs agencies present key achievements in 2021

Today, the nine European Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) agencies came together to wrap up the activities of the network in 2021 and present its key achievements | EMCDDA, Portugal

Wearable device can detect and reverse opioid overdose

A research team at the University of Washington has developed a wearable device to detect and reverse an opioid overdose. The device, worn on the stomach like an insulin pump, senses when a person stops breathing and moving, and injects naloxone, a lifesaving antidote that can restore respiration | Medical Xpress, USA

Bans on flavored e-cigarettes could see some vapers return to smoking

Most adult vapers of non-tobacco flavoured e-cigarettes overwhelmingly oppose flavour restrictions, according to a recent study | EurekAlert, USA

Many psychiatric patients are getting risky drug gabapentin 'off-label'

Most prescriptions for the medication gabapentin are for unapproved uses—and many patients end up taking it along with drugs that create potentially dangerous interactions | Medical Xpress, USA

Youth with mental illness, substance-misuse histories at risk of opioid misuse

Penn State College of Medicine researchers found young people with certain mental health conditions and histories of substance misuse may have an increased risk of being diagnosed with an opioid use disorder (OUD) in a national study | Medical Xpress, USA

Responding to the 2022 Global Drug Survey Will Help Other Drug Users

The world’s largest drug survey wants to know how you get high and why. You can fill out the Global Drug Survey now online—all answers are anonymous and encrypted | Filter Magazine, USA

A Court Rejected the Disease Theory of Opioid Addiction. Will We Listen?

The idea that opioid painkillers are inevitably addictive was put on trial and refuted. But this modern disease theory seemingly can’t be extinguished as long as it is granted “scientific” credibility by prominent experts and unquestioned acceptance by the media | Filter Magazine, USA

How smaller doses of more powerful drugs allowed Mexican cartels to overwhelm Mexican police and flood the US

In late October, Mexican authorities seized a record-breaking quantity of fentanyl at a single laboratory in the northwestern state of Sinaloa, landing a major blow to the Sinaloa Cartel, officials said | Business Insider, USA

Poppy Seed Tea Gives Melbourne Man Opiate Addiction

High tea took on a new meaning in a recent case study from the Medical Journal of Australia, which describes the curious case of a man who developed a poppy seed tea habit | IFL Science, Australia

Blogs, comment and opinion

How the pandemic helped spread fentanyl across the US and drive opioid overdose deaths to a grim new high

For the past 20 years, I have been engaged in efforts to end the opioid epidemic, as a public health official, researcher and clinician. And for every one of those years I have looked on as the number of deaths from drug overdoses has set a new record high | Conversation, USA

Recovery as a Revolutionary Concept

In the opening decade of the 2000s, there were calls from multiple quarters to shift the organizing center of the alcohol and other drug (AOD) problems field from a focus on addiction-related pathology and the nuances of clinical intervention to a focus on  personal, family, and community recovery | William L White Papers, USA