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Most stakeholders support review of alcohol laws at UK football stadia but concerns persist, new study finds

Easing legal restrictions around the sale and consumption of alcohol at UK football stadia could deliver public safety and financial benefits, but is not without risks, according to key stakeholders interviewed as part of a new University of Stirling study | University of Stirling, UK

Rise of single-use vapes sending tonnes of lithium to landfill

A joint investigation by the Bureau, Sky News and the Daily Telegraph suggests that two disposable vapes are being thrown away every second in the UK. Over a year, this is enough lithium to make roughly 1200 electric car batteries | Bureau of Investigative Journalism, UK

Teenage vaping - a habit out of control? - audio

Rachel Burden investigates the impact of the illegal sale of vapes to under 18s. Trading standards say the market is being flooded by devices that don't comply with regulations | BBC, UK

Cannabis: Misuse

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the adequacy and effectiveness of delegated powers and resources of local authorities and police to tackle (a) the use of cannabis on private property and (b) its potential harms | They work for you, UK

Newcastle Dad Opens up on Drug Addiction After Becoming First Resident at City’s Recovery House

A dad-of-one has opened up about his battle with drug addiction after becoming the first resident to move into a ‘dry-house‘ in Newcastle | Tyne Housing, UK

Drugs: Organised Crime

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she is taking steps to introduce a national strategy to reduce the exploitation of children in county lines drug trafficking | They work for you, UK

County lines drugs raids leads to dozens of arrests

More than 120 people have been arrested in a four-day crackdown on county lines drug dealing across south-west England | BBC, UK



International news

David Bowie mugshot taken after drug arrest with Iggy Pop up for auction

A photo of David Bowie taken after the legendary singer was arrested over a drug charge with Iggy Pop in 1976 has been listed for auction | Independent, UK

World’s first ecstasy shop; set to trial in the Netherlands

Opening this week in Utrecht, the ‘demo store’ is set to run until September | Mix Mag, UK

Alcohol is never good for people under 40, global study finds

Largest project of its kind concludes young people should not drink at all but small amount may benefit older adults | Guardian, UK

Regular cannabis use now more accepted by Australians than smoking tobacco, study finds

Support grows for stricter penalties for supplying cigarettes to minors and a crackdown on e-cigarettes, National Drug Strategy Household Survey reveals | Guardian, UK

The Indigenous cafe using native cuisine to help its chefs fight addiction

Café Gozhóó in Arizona uses the kitchen to teach therapeutic skills to those recovering from substance abuse | Guardian, UK

Effect of comprehensive smoke-free legislation on neonatal mortality and infant mortality across 106 middle-income countries: a synthetic control study

There are few quantitative studies into the effect of comprehensive smoke-free legislation on neonatal and infant mortality in middle-income countries. We aimed to estimate the effects of implementing comprehensive smoke-free legislation on neonatal mortality and infant mortality across all middle-income countries | Lancet, The Netherlands

How alcohol makes the epigenetic clock tick faster and the clock reversing effect of abstinence

[Open access] This study investigated the recently reported association between alcohol dependence and accelerated ageing and the potential effects of abstinence and relapse on DNA methylation status using Levine's epigenetic clock to estimate DNA methylation age in two independent cohorts | Addiction Biology, Germany

The EU’s Bizarre Plan to Beat Cancer by Protecting Cigarette Sales

It was widely reported at the end of June that the European Commission, the European Union’s executive branch, is proposing to amend its existing Tobacco Products Directive to prohibit the sale of flavored heated tobacco products in all EU member states | Filter Magazine, USA

Our Pathways to the Legal Regulation of All Drugs

Currently, over 100,000 annual deaths are attributed to “overdose,” most involving more than one drug. That’s a 16-fold increase since I was born, in 1980, and the highest number in US history. Yet the people with the loudest voices promote the same ineffective responses | Filter Magazine, USA

There has been a big spike in homeless deaths in Toronto and other cities. The reasons go beyond a toxic drug supply

The cost of living, a housing crisis and COVID are factors. “People who have been invisible to society forever also died invisibly.” | Toronto Star, Canada

National Drug Strategy Household Survey 2019

This report presents key results from the 2019 National Drug Strategy Household Survey. It looks at people’s drug use throughout their lives and during the last 12 months, and examines how these patterns have changed over time. It also asks people for their opinions on a range of initiatives designed to reduce the harm caused by tobacco, alcohol and illicit drug use, and for the first time provides perspectives on emerging initiatives, such as the availability of pill and other drug testing for potential drug users | AIHW, Australia

'Disheartening but not surprising': 25% of suicides linked to alcohol

One in four New Zealanders who die by suicide do so with excess blood alcohol – with the figures even worse for Māori and Pasifika, new analysis of coronial data has found | Stuff.co.nz, New Zealand



Blogs, comment and opinion

Is minimum unit pricing working in Scotland?

Minimum unit pricing was introduced in Scotland in 2018. A thorough evaluation, led by Public Health Scotland, is underway to look at both the intended and unintended consequences of MUP.  It will publish its final report in 2022. In this blog, Dr Peter Rice, President of the European Alcohol Policy Alliance, examines the evidence so far | AHA blog, UK

Ann Shulgin, Forerunner of Today’s Psychedelic Re-Emergence, Dies at 91

Ann Shulgin, one of the foremost thinkers and authors to have guided the current resurgence of interest in psychedelics, died at home July 9, in the company of people who loved her, at the age of 91 | Transform Press, USA

The Recovery Alliance Initiative – Practical Perspectives

Earlier in this series I covered the origin and early evolution of the Recovery Alliance Initiative, provided a description of the expansion and clarification of our model and methods, and outlined a recipe we uncovered of general similarities among effective sectors. I also described a stretch-goal for our field: attempting from the very start with each person to achieve full remission five years after the last clinical touch. But how could these models and methods translate into something in real life? | Recovery Review blog, USA

Public Health’s Misinformation Against Vaping Is Eroding Its Credibility

For several years, respected voices in the public health community have warned of a breakdown in trust in their profession if the dishonest, damaging and often vicious campaign against safer alternatives to smoking by some of their colleagues continues to misinform the public | Inside Sources opinion, USA

ADHS Presidential Address: “Why are We in México? 5,000 Years of Pivotal Drug Histories in Las Américas”

This is an edited version of Paul Gootenberg’s Presidential Address at the Alcohol and Drugs History Society 2022 Conference, delivered at Universidad Nacional Autónima de México (UNAM) on 15 June 2022 | Points blog, USA