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Rise in children vaping across Britain ‘influenced by social media’

Over the last year, a new generation of disposable vapes known as ‘puff bars’ – which contain nicotine – have come on to the market | Independent, UK

Advice shared after patient refused entry to festival with medical cannabis

Medical cannabis patients are at risk of facing discrimination for using their medicine in public | Cannabis Health News, UK

Tommy Sheppard calls for reform on medicinal cannabis to create 97,000 jobs

Tommy Sheppard has called for reform of the laws surrounding medicinal cannabis, arguing that it has the potential to benefit two million people and create over 97,000 jobs | National, UK

Tobacco

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care...if he will (a) make it his policy to commission independent research into heated tobacco products as recommended in the Khan review: making smoking obsolete, published on 9 June 2022 and (b) introduce a new regulatory framework for those products | They work for you, UK

Search for plan to shrink city's alcohol availability after court ruling

Aldi and Home Bargains have been granted licences in two new stores in Dundee after a controversial council policy was binned | STV News, UK

Why People Don't Like Science? with Robin Ince - podcast

This week’s episode features Robin Ince, an English comedian, actor and writer who uses wit and humour to talk about challenging topics. Listen in to hear Robin’s valuable perspective on matters such as assisted death, private education and the difference between a debate and a conversation | Drug Science, UK

Recovery Street Film Festival 2022

This year we are inviting anyone who is directly or indirectly affected by drug and alcohol use (individuals, family members, friends, professionals) to make a film of between one to three minutes in length, themed around the question: “Who am I”? The submission window will close on Monday 15th August 2022 | Phoenix Futures, UK

Acorn House at SCT - Open day

Tuesday 19th July. Come along to our open day on Tuesday 19th of July. Our teams will show you around, tell you about our recovery programme and the referral process, and we’ll be here to answer any of your questions | SCT, UK

Tina Robson inquest: Childhood trauma led to drug use, mum says

A woman who died from a drugs overdose at a homeless hostel had "unmet needs" from childhood trauma, her mother has told a coroner | BBC, UK

 

 

International news

Democrats press Joe Biden to pardon Americans for nonviolent cannabis offences

Senators say White House has ignored letter on clemency for nearly a year | Independent, UK

Juul can keep selling vaping products as it appeals ban, FDA says

Regulators say ‘scientific issues’ warrant further review of its decision to bar products from sale in US | Guardian, UK

‘Set of failures’: are Peru’s gains in the drug war a loss for the Amazon?

In Vizcatán, the last redoubt of militarily active Maoist rebels Shining Path, the army is cracking down on cocaine traffickers | Guardian, UK

Using wastewater samples to estimate illicit drug use in Hanoi, Vietnam

Substance misuse can have negative health, economic, and social effects on communities. Law enforcement seizure data indicates that Vietnam is experiencing increased use of illicit drugs such as methamphetamine, heroin, ecstasy (MDMA), and ketamine | BASIS, USA

Why nicotine is part of the solution to end smoking, according to experts

In 1976, Professor Michael Russell, a pioneer in the study of tobacco dependence, famously said, "People smoke for nicotine but die from the tar." | CNN, USA

DEA to Hold Rare Public Hearing on Plan to Ban Five Psychedelics

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is taking the rare step of holding a hearing on its hotly contested proposal to place five psychedelic compounds in Schedule I—an action that scientists say would significantly hamper emerging research into their therapeutic potential | Filter Magazine, USA

Hundreds of thousands of Canadians could see their drug possession records disappear

It’s estimated that as many as 250,000 Canadians may have drug possession convictions stemming from cannabis possession alone, when it was still illegal. That may be about to change | Toronto Star, Canada

Cocaine use and related harms among a sample of people who regularly consume illicit stimulant drugs in Canberra, ACT

Australian population data and data from the EDRS suggest an increase in cocaine use. This bulletin aims to investigate past six-month cocaine consumption and associated behaviours (i.e., overdose, bingeing, driving under the influence of cocaine) amongst EDRS participants in Canberra, ACT, from 2003-2021 | NDARC, Australia

Drug checking among a sample of people who regularly use ecstasy and other illegal stimulants in Darwin, Northern Territory, 2019-2021

Drug checking, also known as ‘pill testing’, is a harm reduction method whereby the contents of an illicit substance are objectively assessed to inform behaviour at the point of consumption. The aim of this bulletin is to explore drug checking behaviours, and specifically use of colorimetric reagent tests, among people who use ecstasy and other illicit stimulants in Darwin, NT | NDARC, Australia

 

 

Blogs, comment and opinion

Myrkl: new anti-hangover pill said to break down up to 70% of alcohol in an hour – what you need to know

A new anti-hangover supplement has just gone on sale in the UK. It is marketed by Swedish firm Myrkl as “the pre-drinking pill that works” | Conversation, UK