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Construction begins on Sittingbourne medicinal cannabis facility

Construction has begun on a medical cannabis manufacturing facility which will create more than 100 jobs | BBC, UK

Treatment target for people with problematic drug use

There are currently around 29,500 people using Opioid Substitution Therapy (OST). Under the new target, announced today by Drugs Policy Minister Angela Constance, the Scottish Government will aim to increase this to 32,000 by 1 April 2024. Almost 90% of all drug-related deaths in Scotland currently involve opiates | Scottish Government, UK

Approved Premises (Substance Testing) Bill - Second Reading

My Lords, it is a privilege to move the Second Reading of the Approved Premises (Substance Testing) Bill, which was introduced by my honourable friend Rob Butler MP in the other place. I am pleased that, to date, the Bill has had a successful passage and received support from all sides... | They work for you, UK

The Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016: post-implementation review

This report presents the evidence and findings of a post-implementation review (PIR) for The Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 | OHID, UK

Oral Tobacco: Health Hazards

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Kamall on 15 November (HL3287) which stated that “snus products contain significantly lower levels of harmful carcinogens than other smokeless tobacco product”,... | They work for you, UK

"I thought she would wake up": 'Loving' mum, 35, found dead at tower block had taken GHB to help her go to sleep... her partner rang a dealer before 999

After being unable to rouse her, her partner rang a drug dealer before calling for an ambulance a Coroner was told. John Ingram was initially arrested before detectives later concluded her death not to be suspicious | Manchester Evening News, UK

British Museum cuts ties with Sackler family after 30 years

[Limited number of free articles per week] Controversial drug firm owners alleged to have fuelled US ‘opioid epidemic’ will see their family name removed from rooms and galleries | Telegraph, UK

Being a Scottish Early Career Researcher in the drugs research field

Wed, 30 March 2022, 13:00 – 15:00 BST. Being a Scottish Early Career Researcher in the drugs research field: Creating the best conditions for an ECR to flourish | DRNS, UK

Behind The Scenes | Nursing at BDP

Wed, 30 March 2022, 10:00 – 11:00 BST. Online. Did you know that BDP employs nurses? This Behind The Scenes is an opportunity to learn more about the work of the nurses based at BDP | BDP, UK

Forward Enterprise Club - Women in Enterprise

Thu, 31 March 2022, 16:00 – 17:30 BST. Purpose of the Club: To provide a peer networking platform for those who are either trading or thinking to start up their own enterprise | Forward Trust, UK

Drugsland: Going Country - video

Rather than focusing on big city drug dealing, this film tells the story of how a gang from the city establish a ‘county line’ and muscle their way into the drug economy of rural Devon | BBC, UK

Failures led to Middlesbrough toddler's cocaine hospitalisation

A string of failures led to a toddler being taken to hospital with cocaine in his system, a review has found | BBC, UK

Nottingham dealers moved drugs disguised as road workers in lockdown

Two men who posed as key workers to move millions of pounds worth of cocaine in lockdown have been jailed | BBC, UK

Drugs worth £3.2m 'smuggled into UK in machinery'

The drugs, the hearing was told, were found in two devices linked to the West Midlands, with the operation uncovered by a National Crime Agency (NCA) probe | BBC, UK

Former South Yorkshire PC Nabeel Khan charged with supplying drugs

A former South Yorkshire police officer has been charged with supplying drugs to members of the public | BBC, UK


International news

‘A massive spiritual shift’: how the mindful movement of qigong can treat addiction

The gentle motion, breathing and meditation stop the mind ‘wandering to negative thoughts’, says a recovering Victorian addict | Guardian, UK

Taylor Hawkins: Drugs found in body of late Foo Fighters drummer

Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins had opioids, marijuana and other drugs in his system before he died, Colombian investigators say | BBC, UK

Autistic traits and alcohol use in adolescents within the general population

[Open access] It has been suggested that autistic traits are associated with less frequent alcohol use in adolescence. Our study seeks to examine the relationship between autistic traits and alcohol use in a large adolescent population | European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Germany

Association of Habitual Alcohol Intake With Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

In this cohort study of 371 463 individuals, genetic evidence supported a nonlinear, consistently risk-increasing association between all amounts of alcohol consumption and both hypertension and coronary artery disease, with modest increases in risk with light alcohol intake and exponentially greater risk increases at higher levels of consumption | JAMA Network Open, USA

Did drinking among U.S. adults increase during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to increased levels of stress and isolation for most individuals. Research can help to understand the impact of these pandemic-related emotional consequences on substance use over time. In this study, researchers examined whether the number of drinking days reported by U.S. adults increased during the early stage of the COVID-19 pandemic and the nature of these changes for different groups of people | Recovery Research Institute, USA

Supervised consumption site participation associated with reduced emergency department visits and hospitalizations

Supervised consumption sites are thought to reduce overdose deaths, prevent the spread of infectious diseases, and facilitate access to substance use disorder treatment. Rigorous research on whether and how these harm reduction services improve health outcomes can inform policy and practice. In this innovative study, researchers tested the effects of participating in an unsanctioned U.S. site on overdose and healthcare utilization over time | Recovery Research Institute, USA

Non-Prescription CBD Product Labeling Largely Inaccurate, Study Finds

UW–Madison School of Pharmacy PharmD student-led analysis finds that just 15 percent of CBD-infused oil, beverages, and other products are labeled correctly | UW–Madison School of Pharmacy, USA

Tablet containing CBD shows promise in reducing post-operative pain

An orally absorbed tablet containing cannabidiol (CBD) effectively reduces pain after shoulder surgery with no safety concerns, a new study finds | Medical Xpress, USA

Confused About Cannabis And DUI Laws? A New Interactive Map Clarifies

A new, real-time database organizes the evolving cannabis and impaired driving laws across the United States through a simple, interactive map to help identify what drivers can safely do or avoid | Forbes, USA

Marijuana legalization bill nears House floor vote next week

The House Rules Committee announced Thursday that it will hold a hearing regarding the bill on Monday, which is the final step before consideration on the floor | The Hill, USA

The FDA authorizes more e-cigarette products, but there's still no ruling on menthol and other kid-friendly nicotine products

The US Food and Drug Administration gave the official green light Thursday to several tobacco-flavored e-cigarette products from Logic Technology Development LLC. The FDA said it is also "close" to additional decisions about products that make up a larger share of the market | CNN, USA

Vaporizers, E-Cigarettes, And Other Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) Global Market Report 2022

The global vaporizers, e-cigarettes, and other electronic nicotine delivery systems (ends) market is expected to grow from $19.92 billion in 2021 to $25.03 billion in 2022 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 25.6%.The growth is mainly due to the companies resuming their operations and adapting to the new normal while recovering from the COVID-19 impact | Report linker, USA

Highly potent opioid found in fake oxycodone tablets

A very potent opioid has been found in fake blue 30mg ‘M30’ oxycodone tablets being sold in the Wellington region | High Alert, New Zealand



Blogs, comment and opinion

The illusion of evidence based medicine

Evidence based medicine has been corrupted by corporate interests, failed regulation, and commercialisation of academia, argue these authors | BMJ Opinion, UK

Drugs that treat opioid use disorder are a good use for multibillion-dollar settlement funds

States, cities, counties and tribal governments across the nation will soon receive a windfall through several major opioid settlements. Drug distributors and manufacturers, including Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family members who own it, will relinquish a total of about US$32 billion for their role in the overdose crisis. Other litigation could yield more funds | Conversation, USA

Lawmakers: Strengthen Good Samaritan Laws to Address Overdose Deaths

Police officers are trained first responders who are prepared to save a life from overdose. But in our states, it can be risky and intimidating to call them for help. We regularly hear stories of police arriving to stop an overdose and intent on finding a felony | Maryland Matters, USA

Life, Death, and Recovery, Right Under Our Noses

We saw a huge surge in alcohol misuse from the very earliest days of the COVID 19 pandemic. Americas most socially acceptable drug of misuse helped sooth a lot of rattled nerves | Recovery Review blog, USA

Why vaping will be accepted as Australia’s response to tobacco

Vaping represents a historic opportunity to dramatically reduce Australia’s annual loss of 21,000 lives from smoking. But understandable intense hatred of tobacco companies and a strong preference to eliminate nicotine use has contributed to a hostility to vaping in Australia which is irrational and unsustainable | John Menadue, Australia

Who gets a conviction for drug possession, and who gets help?

Convictions for low-level offences are down in the two years since amended drug laws came into effect. But some big questions remain around who’s still getting prosecuted and what for, writes the NZ Drug Foundation’s Kali Mercier | Spinoff opinion, New Zealand