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Edinburgh Cabbies to Carry Naloxone

Central Taxis – in partnership with the Scottish Ambulance Service, Scottish Drugs Forum, Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs, and Edinburgh Alcohol and Drug Partnership – will now equip some of their drivers with naloxone | SDF, UK

Pregnancy: Alcoholic Drinks

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to increase research into the effect of alcohol on (a) pregnant women and (b) their unborn babies | They work for you, UK

Autism with Melanie Sykes - podcast

Melanie is an advocate for medical cannabis use for childhood epilepsy and other chronic conditions. In 2021 she became an Ambassador in Medcan Support – a non-profit community interest company who provide free resources and educational material on medical cannabis, the endocannabinoid system and the positive outcomes cannabis treatment has had on so many people throughout the UK | Drug Science, UK

Dr Rosalind Watts calls on the Government to reschedule Psilocybin for mental health treatment - video

Dr Rosalind Watts, Clinical Psychologist, Psychedelic Researcher, Clinical Director at Synthesis Institute explains why she is calling one the Government to reschedule psilocybin for mental health treatment | MyPOV Online, UK

Recruiting | Youth Group Volunteers

Young people whose parents use drugs and/or alcohol problematically may be affected in many different ways. Our Youth Groups launched in 2010 and combine support with fun activities. Children and young people get time out from their families to be children, enjoy themselves, and talk about things that may be troubling them at home or at school. If you have enthusiasm for getting involved in different activities, and be able to pass that enthusiasm on to young people, this is for you | BDP, UK

Arsonist petrol-bombed Cambridgeshire doctors surgery after being refused heroin 'medication'

Richard Naylor, 50, threw bottles of flammable liquid inside Fulbourn Health Centre in Cambridgeshire before fleeing as the flames took hold | ITV, UK

Gloucestershire trading standards operation uncovers tobacco haul

Police searching a house in Gloucester discovered the haul of cigarettes and tobacco pouches behind a secret hatch under the floorboards | BBC, UK



International news

Opioid crisis: West Virginia in tentative $161.5m settlement with drug makers

Pharma companies were accused of downplaying risks of addiction associated with opioid use while overstating the benefits | Guardian, UK

Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty by Patrick Radden Keefe. 6. The Case Against Purdue Pharma

Today, in Patrick Radden Keefe's award winning account of America's opioid epidemic federal prosecutors in Virginia investigate the Sackler's family run pharmaceutical business. Millions of pages of documents bring to light revelations about the company and its powerful pain killer, OxyContin | BBC, UK

NeWater: Turning urine into beer in Singapore

There's a new type of beer being sold at a brewery in Singapore with a very unique ingredient | BBC, UK

Budweiser brewing giant 'off track' in meeting non-alcohol sales goals

Goal to have 20% of beer volume low- and non-alcoholic by 2025 has fallen short of target, brewer said | Irish Examiner, Ireland

New explorer tool offers access to over 20 years of ESPAD data

Today, the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) is launching a new data explorer tool, allowing access to over 20 years of ESPAD data on substance use among 15-16-year-old students. ESPAD is the largest cross-national research project on adolescent substance use in the world, bringing together independent research teams in over 40 European countries. Developed by the National Research Council of Italy (CNR), the new tool holds data collected between 1995 and 2019 | EMCDDA, Portugal

Nearly 108,000 overdose deaths in 2021 bear out a prediction from five years ago forecasting the devastating toll

A grim prediction made half a decade ago by University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health epidemiologists and modelers has come true: More than 100,000 people are now dying from drug overdoses annually in the U.S. The milestone comes as the International Journal of Drug Policy publishes a special section of the June issue reflecting on the exponential growth in drug-related deaths the Pitt team uncovered in 2017 | Medical Xpress, USA

Use Patterns, Flavors, Brands, and Ingredients of Nonnicotine e-Cigarettes Among Adolescents, Young Adults, and Adults in the United States

This cross-sectional study of 6131 US residents aged 13 to 40 years found that 25.9% had ever used a nonnicotine e-cigarette, 16.7% had used one in the past 30 days, and 12.4% had used one in the past 7 days; 18.8% had ever co-used nonnicotine and nicotine e-cigarettes. The most-used flavors were sweet, dessert, or candy flavors; fruit flavors; and mint or menthol flavors; most common ingredients were tetrahydrocannabinol, cannabidiol, melatonin, caffeine, and essential oils | JAMA Network, USA

Using ketamine to find an undiscovered pathway in depression

For the 280 million people suffering from depression globally, relief cannot come fast enough. Monoaminergic antidepressants, including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) take weeks to months to take effect and do not work for more than one in three patients. For patients diagnosed with treatment-resistant depression, or in immediate crisis, access to safe, effective, rapid-acting antidepressants can improve lives and decrease suicide | Medical Xpress, USA

‘They’re not trying to die’: How drug checking aims to protect users in a messy market

Inside a tent buffeted by the wind, Tara Stamos-Buesig unpacked her testing kit, hoping the shifting hues of its chemicals could help her save a life | Los Angeles Times, USA

Judge Orders County to Offer OUD Meds to All Jailed Patients, in US First

ANew York district judge has ordered upstate Jefferson County to offer medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD) to all people who were taking such medicine at the time of their detention | Filter Magazine, USA

Delaware governor vetoes marijuana legalization

Delaware Gov. John Carney (D) on Tuesday vetoed legislation that would have legalized possession of small amounts of marijuana, setting up a potential showdown with legislators who might try to force the measure into law over his objections | The Hill, USA

Rise of new opioid highlights unpredictable drug supply: expert

A national substance use research organization is warning about a new type of opioid that is increasingly being found in Canada's unregulated drug supply | CTV News, Canada

Five drug-induced deaths per day among Australians in 2020, report finds

The latest Drug Trends report from UNSW’s National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre shows more than 1800 drug-induced deaths in Australia in 2020 | UNSW, Australia

World-first trial to compare vaporised nicotine products and varenicline for smoking cessation

National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Career Development Fellow, Dr Ryan Courtney from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) at UNSW Sydney has been awarded $2.7 million to compare the cost-effectiveness of vaporised nicotine products (VNPs) and varenicline, the most effective pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS)-listed single form pharmacotherapy for smoking cessation | NDARC, Australia



Blogs, comment and opinion

Ketamine for Alcohol Use Disorder

A review of the recent paper – ‘Adjunctive Ketamine With Relapse Prevention–Based Psychological Therapy in the Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder’ by Grabski et al., 2021 | Drug Science, UK

Booze lubricated Partygate – let’s confront that inconvenient truth

It is not just politicians who need to rethink the culture of alcohol and work. We all do | Independent voices, UK

There’s nothing wrong with drinking at work

[Possible paywall] They weren’t just parties in Downing Street, they were “boozy” – and that, to the new Puritans, is the greater sin | Telegraph, UK