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UK news

Police Scotland officers to be issued with Naloxone overdose spray

All police officers in Scotland are to be issued with an emergency treatment for drug overdoses. The national roll-out of the Naloxone nasal spray follows pilots in Dundee, Falkirk, Glasgow, Stirling and Caithness | BBC, UK

Insights from experience: alcohol and suicide

Drinking alcohol can increase someone's risk of dying by suicide. This is connected to both the impact of long-term alcohol use and the immediate effects of drinking. With our partners in the Suicide Prevention Consortium, we have been exploring what the relationship between alcohol and suicide looks like for people living in England, in their own words | Samaritans, UK

New Initiative Aims To Improve The Medical Cannabis Industry By Putting Patients First

Volteface is launching a new initiative that aims to improve the medical cannabis industry by giving patients a voice, and the chance to shape their future care | Volteface, UK

Vaping ad ban ‘hinders smoke-free ambitions’ in Scotland

[Free one month trial available] Plans to ban the promotion of vaping products in Scotland’s shops risk hindering efforts to create a tobacco-free generation by 2034, the Scottish Grocers’ Federation has said | The Times, UK

Alcoholic Drinks: Labelling

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that alcohol labels include the Chief Medical Officers’ guidelines on low-risk consumption of alcohol | They work for you, UK

Alcoholic Drinks: Children

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce the appeal of alcohol to children | They work for you, UK

Gov alcohol tax proposals blasted by businesses

The Government’s proposed changes to alcohol duty have been criticised by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the drinks sector | Morning Advertiser, UK

How to design a drug consumption room

A recent study reviewed key features to consider when designing a drug consumption room. From chill-out rooms to existential crises, Rob Calder picks out the shiny parts | SSA, UK

Alcohol-free drinks - audio

Like alcohol, but don't want to drink? For the "sober-curious" consumer there's a range of alcohol alternatives on the market. But is the sector here to stay? Evan Davis finds out | BBC Radio 4, UK

Alcohol management in Deep End practices

Wed, 9 March 2022, 11:00 – 12:00 GMT. University of Stirling, University of Dundee and SHAAP report launch: Alcohol management in Deep End practices | SHAAP, UK



International news

Podcast 57. British vs US Drug Policy with Ethan Nadelmann

What’s the future of drug policies? Will tobacco become the next substance politicians will go to war against? Be sure to tune in to find out! | Drug Science, UK

Awakn Files Patent For A New Class Of Entactogen-Like Molecules

Awakn Life Sciences Corp ...a biotechnology company developing and delivering psychedelic therapeutics to treat addiction, strengthened its intellectual property portfolio and pipeline for the treatment of addictions with the filing of a patent application for a new chemical series of entactogen-like molecules | Awakn, UK and Canada

‘Historically tragic’: why are drug overdoses rising among Black and Indigenous Americans?

The staggering increase highlights the shifting dynamics and focus of the opioid crisis, long considered a white, rural issue | Guardian, UK

Risk of psychosis in illicit amphetamine users: a 10 year retrospective cohort study [Taiwan]

Illicit amphetamine use was associated with an increased incidence of psychosis. The risk was identified across all age groups, particularly in women and in those arrested multiple times, and was inversely correlated with rehabilitation treatments for amphetamine misuse | BMJ, UK

Lack of rehab centres fuels Zimbabwe's drug abuse crisis

[Limited number of free articles per week] Substance abuse has "skyrocketed" in the African nation but services are struggling to cope | Telegraph, UK

Recommended Scope for NPS Testing in the United States (PDF)

The objective of this report is to provide updated guidance in developing an appropriate analytical scope of testing for novel psychoactive substances (NPS) in the United States based on current trends and intelligence | CFSRE and NPS Discovery, USA

“Largest-Ever” Harm Reduction Ad Campaign Demands Services, Honors the Dead

You can now participate in an online memorial to honor the over 1 million US lives lost to overdose since 1999. Anyone can add a name, picture and obituary. Launched on February 14, it’s inspired in part by the AIDS Quilt—a massive project started in 1985 to commemorate the victims of the HIV/AIDS epidemic | Filter Magazine, USA

Altria Can Keep Its Stake in Juul, Judge Rules. What Are the Implications?

On February 15, an administrative law judge dismissed a complaint issued from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against Juul and Altria, which alleged the companies had violated antitrust laws. As a result, Altria, the maker of Marlboro cigarettes, can keep its 35 percent stake in the e-cigarette company. The decision is preliminary, however, and the FTC can appeal through a vote by its commissioners | Filter Magazine, USA

Study of LSD microdosing doesn't show a therapeutic effect

Proponents of LSD "microdosing"—taking small amounts of the drug at regular intervals—claim it can improve mood and cognitive function. But new research by the University of Chicago has not found evidence to support those claims | Medical Xpress, USA

D.C. Mayor Signs Bill To Let Older Patients Get Medical Marijuana Without Doctors And Create 4/20 Cannabis Tax Holiday

The mayor of Washington, D.C. has signed a bill into law that will expand access to the District’s medical marijuana program in a series of ways | Marijuana Moment, USA

'Extreme' levels of fentanyl and benzodiazepines found in drug samples in B.C. Interior

Health officer recommends getting drugs tested, starting with low amounts and not using alone | CBC News, Canada

Smoking is the number one consumption mode tied to B.C.'s overdose deaths. Here's why

The heavy demand for a small square piece of tin foil is evident as drug users pass through the gate of an open-air consumption site in the Downtown Eastside | Vancouver is Awesome, Canada

‘A lot of grief, loss and trauma’: Drug consumption sites grapple with record number of overdoses

The rising opioid death toll comes as front-line staff struggle with burnout while navigating the unpredictability of COVID-19 | Toronto Star, Canada

State of the Nation 2022

The latest edition of our annual report on how New Zealand is dealing with drugs and drug harm is out now. It pulls together the most recent data from a wide array of sources. We hope it will provide a useful baseline for the public, media, health sector and policy makers to debate and develop the solutions we need to see an Aotearoa free from drug harm | NZDF, New Zealand



Blogs, comment and opinion

Alcohol and gender: Thinking beyond the binary

Gender is a socially constructed and multifaceted identity concept existing along a spectrum. Transgender (trans) people are a small minority of the population who identify with genders other than those assigned to them at birth. Cisgender (cis) people identify with their birth-assigned gender | IAS blog, UK

Where’s the Justice in Arresting Michael K. Williams’ Drug Sellers?

The death of Michael K. Williams put another familiar and widely cherished face among the many that perished from drug overdoses in the US. Most known for his role in The Wire but also for his community activism and public comments on race, class and own drug struggles, Williams died of an accidental poly-drug overdose. Last week, four men were charged in his death with “narcotics conspiracy to distribute fentanyl-laced heroin” | Talking Drugs, UK

Indigenous people living with psychosis in Australia: a novel example of clinical research and implications for population health

In Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (TSI) people are the traditional custodians of the land. Like many Indigenous people in other parts of the world, Indigenous Australians suffer from a significant health inequality compared to non-Indigenous Australians (Vos. et al, 2009) | Mental Elf blog, UK

Methadone: An American Way of Thinking

In 1976, the East German government stole and repurposed for its own broadcasts a copy of Julia Reichert’s and James Klein’s documentary film, Methadone: An American Way of Dealing. The theft was clumsy, almost unabashedly so, in the way that GDR intrusions often could be | Points blog, USA