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Electronic Cigarettes: Health Hazards

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made about the potential negative health effects of smoking disposable e-cigarettes | They work for you, UK

Prof. David Nutt – The Human Brain, Addiction, and Telling the Truth About Drugs - podcast

In this episode, recorded in-person at the recent From Research to Reality summit, David interviews one of the more well-known figures in the psychedelic space | Psychedelics Today, UK

BDP Creative Communities Summer Concert at Bristol Beacon

Tuesday July 19th. Bristol Beacon. Join us for a showcase of performances from Bristol Recovery Orchestra and Rising Voices Recovery Choir, joined by musicians from Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and very special special guest, local trumpet legend, Pete Judge | BDP, UK

Gangster: the story of Curtis Warren - audio

Curtis Warren was one of Britain’s biggest and wealthiest drug barons. Gangster follows his remarkable journey from small time dealer on the rough and tough streets of Toxteth in Liverpool to the summit of the international cocaine trade. Warren was the first gangster to be featured in the Sunday Times Rich List when he was earning a reported £15m a week and became Interpol's ‘Target One' – one of the world’s most wanted criminals | BBC, UK

HMP Erlestoke: Report finds 'insufficient progress' with drugs

A review into a prison deemed "less safe" during Covid restrictions has found insufficient progress has been made with alcohol and drugs problems | BBC, UK

Aberdeen drug trafficker jailed and told to change career

A repeat drug trafficker has been jailed for four years by a judge who told him he should consider a career change | BBC, UK

Heckmondwike: Police arrest two in drug-trafficking investigation

The pair were detained on Tuesday at a property on Lyndale Crescent in Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire, by National Crime Agency (NCA) officers. They are believed to be part of a group linked to a number of substantial seizures of heroin at Heathrow Airport | BBC, UK



International news

Why Do Some People Think There's a 'Scromiting' Epidemic in the US?

A British tabloid newspaper claims there’s been a dramatic increase in people in America simultaneously screaming and vomiting because of cannabis use. What’s the truth? | VICE, UK

FDA temporarily lifts ban on Juul e-cigarettes while company appeals decision

The Food and Drug Administration issued an administrative stay Tuesday on the order it issued last month for vaping company Juul to pull its electronic cigarettes from the market. The agency said on Twitter that the stay temporarily suspends the marketing denial order while it conducts further review, but does not rescind it | CBS News, USA

US court rules distributors not responsible for opioid crisis

The three largest drug distributors in the United States have won a major court victory, with a judge ruling that they were not responsible for record opioid addiction in one part of West Virginia state | Medical Xpress, USA

People who have had weight-loss surgery can be at high risk for opioid overdose

A third of people who underwent weight-loss surgery at University of Michigan Health from 2018 to 2020 were at high risk of overdosing from prescription drugs, as measured by an algorithm from the state's prescription monitoring program, new research found | Medical Xpress, USA


Blogs, comment and opinion

Scotland’s National Lived Experience Collaborative

We entirely agreed with the Corra Foundation’s position in relation to a human rights-based approach.  That is why we are perplexed at the Scottish Government’s apparent position of viewing “Lived Experience” as subservient to the experience of professionals | FAVOR UK, UK

Opportunities and constraints of the emerging CBD market

Despite its medicinal and economic potential, regulatory constraints and outdated political views are hindering the impact of CBD. In this blog, Jake Shepherd, SMF Researcher, discusses the emerging CBD market and what the current regulatory landscape means for hemp farmers, consumers, and the industry as a whole | SMF, UK

Has the debate about drug decriminalisation moved on at all in recent years?

[Possible paywall] The Netherlands has had a long-standing policy towards the use of cannabis, but the picture is far more complex than it seems | Independent Premium, UK

Inside Duterte’s Drug War

It was the early hours before dawn in Navotas, in the northwest of the urban sprawl that is Manila, when the Garganta family were awoken by armed men barging through the front door | Volteface, UK

Will the Next Elections Bring Change to Brazilian Drug Policy?

The 2022 General Elections in Brazil will take place on the 2nd of October. Despite the traditional myriad of presidential hopefuls, among them the former Minister Ciro Gomes, voters will realistically decide between left-wing Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (Workers Party), who served as President from 2003 to 2010, and far-right Jair Messias Bolsonaro (Liberal Party), the current president since 2019 | Talking Drugs, UK

Support. Don't Punish Activities Across Nigeria! Part 1

Students for Sensible Drug Policy Nigeria ran activities across the country for the Support. Don't Punish Global Day of Action. This is the first part of a series of blogs on the event! | SSDP, UK