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11th July 2017

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Now, cannabis certainly is worth bothering with

Putting aside the controversial debate about it being a gateway to ‘harder’ drugs, cannabis itself is now the primary issue for half of first-time patients entering treatment – throwing up a range of issues for services. This hot topic looks at reports that stronger cannabis on the market is increasing harms to users, prospects of recovery from disorders and dependence, and the emerging response to synthetic forms of cannabis like ‘spice’ | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

The ‘explosion’ that never happened; crack and cocaine use in Britain

[Correct link] In 1989 a whirlwind of concern was stirred up by a US drug enforcement officer who predicted for Britain a US-style “explosion” of violence associated with the ‘almost instantly addictive’ crack version of cocaine. That did not happen - but what did, where do those claims stand
today, and what of cocaine powder, for decades seen as the champagne set’s favourite drug? | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Delivering information and brief advice on alcohol (IBA) in social work and social care settings: an exploratory study

Social workers and practitioners working in social care are potentially key players in the prevention of alcohol-related harm and harm reduction for people using services and their carers | DEPP, UK

Seizure Data Only Scratches The Surface Of Drug Use In Prisons

Prison officers confiscated 225kg of drugs in England and Wales in 2016, according to the Ministry of Justice. In the same year, 13,00o mobile phones and 7,000 sim cards were also seized from inside prisons | Volte Face, UK

Community groups call time on the demise of the British pub

A revolution in pub ownership is gathering pace as more and more groups club together to buy and run their local, slowing the alarming pace of closures | Guardian, UK

'Never drink in a flat-roofed pub': how the old joke became a reality

The rapid closure of Manchester’s postwar estate pubs – once seen as a vital part of the community – is leaving neighbourhoods without a social anchor | Guardian, UK

Introducing the Forward Trust

Leading addiction charity The Rehabilitation of Addicted Prisoners Trust
(RAPt) and social enterprise Blue Sky have today (Monday 10 July) completed their merger under the new name ‘The Forward Trust’ | Forward Trust, UK

Opioid substitution treatment

27.09.2017. The aims of the workshop are to improve and refresh knowledge of Opioid Substitution Treatment (OST) choices and how to improve outcomes for people who use drugs problematically, by reviewing the evidence base for OST, making delegates aware of the range of treatments and how to use them. Case studies | SMMGP, UK

How to make a short film

The Recovery Street Film Festival gives individuals who have a lived experience of recovering from drug or alcohol addiction a platform with which they can tell their own stories through short films | Recovery Street Film Festival, UK

'Nearly half the country believes drug-taking is rife in sport'

Almost half the country believes drug-taking is rife in sport, according to “alarming” new research commissioned by UK Anti-Doping | Telegraph, UK

Drug dealer Sarah Keegan has more than £120,000 seized

Prosecutors have seized more than £120,000 from a convicted drug dealer who has just given birth in custody | BBC, UK

Adam Watt murder trial: Men guilty of killing drug addict

A dealer has been convicted of murdering a man who ran off without paying the £10 he owed for drugs | BBC UK

Police leave light-hearted note after Oxford cannabis find

Police left a light-hearted note saying "sorry we missed you" after digging up a cannabis plantation | BBC, UK


International news

Why are so many people dying from opiate overdoses? It’s our broken society

Never mind the ‘war on drugs’ or laying all blame with pharmas, this epidemic exists because millions live in a world without hope, certainty and structure | Guardian, UK

Dutch bank bans loans to tobacco industry on health grounds

Decision by ABN Amro, which has six millions customers worldwide, is the first by a major bank in The Netherlands | Guardian, UK

Philip Morris: Tobacco giant ordered to compensate Australia

Tobacco giant Philip Morris has been ordered to pay the Australian government millions of dollars after unsuccessfully suing the nation over its world-first plain-packaging laws | BBC, UK

Oregon Defelonises Meth, Heroin, MDMA Possession

Penalties for the possession of drugs in the US state of Oregon are set to be significantly reduced, as legislators in the state approved two bills focused on criminal justice reform | Talking Drugs, UK

'If you're hiding something, we'll find it': This is how Revenue catch drug smugglers here

The scanners have helped seize over €2 million in drugs in the last 10 days | Journal, Ireland

Evaluating drug policy: a seven-step guide to support the commissioning and managing of evaluations

This short document aims to provide a summary of the main issues that people engaged in developing drug policy, or in commissioning evaluations of drug policy, strategies and interventions, need to consider | Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg

2017 call: supporting inititiaves in the field of drug policy

2017 call for proposals for action grants for drugs-related initiatives under the Justice Programme was published on 4 July 2017 on the Participant Portal | EURAD, Belgium

Annual accounts 2016

These are the EMCDDA's final annual accounts for the financial year 2016 | EMCDDA, Portugal

On-site ecstasy pill-testing services may reduce user risks at concerts and raves

At least some recreational users of illegal drugs may choose not to take them if tests show the pills are adulterated or fake, shows data collected over five years by volunteers who tested pills free of charge at music festivals and raves across the United States | Science Daily, USA

Buprenorphine: Being out of treatment increases risk of death nearly 30-fold

Buprenorphine reduces mortality for those with opioid use disorder, but periods off treatment are associated with much higher mortality rates | EurekAlert, USA

Medical Marijuana To Counter Opioid Epidemic In US, Say Studies

Amid an opioid epidemic raging in the United States, several suggestions have been floated to mitigate the crisis, including the stark suggestion of an Ohio city council member: "Let addicts die." | IBTimes, USA

Who should treat patients with opioid use disorder?

In a Point/Counterpoint, two doctors debate whether or not family physicians should provide medication-assisted treatment to their patients with opioid use disorder | EurekAlert, USA

Why comparing technology to drugs isn't simply a question of addiction

This debate is really about whether technologies are addictive. But the defining property of a psychoactive drug is not "addictiveness", but the ability to change a user's mental and emotional state | Medical Xpress, USA

Handwritten opioid prescriptions contain more mistakes than those that are electronically generated

In a small study of opioid prescriptions filled at a Johns Hopkins Medicine outpatient pharmacy, researchers found that handwritten orders for the drugs contribute to a disproportionate number of prescribing and processing errors compared to prescriptions created electronically | Medical Xpress, USA

Syringe exchange program makes adjustments

The syringe exchange program has made some changes following a vote by the Board of Health at the June meeting. The biggest change was immediate – the removal of the cooker, a small, metal bowl that is used for cooking drugs. The item was included in the harm reduction kit offered to program participants with the syringes they exchange | Herald Bulletin, USA

It's Time for the U.S. to Decriminalize Drug Use and Possession

By any measure and every metric, the U.S. war on drugs — a constellation of laws and policies that seeks to prevent the use of certain drugs, primarily through punishment and coercion — has been a catastrophic failure | DPA, USA

Canadian Festival-Goers Are Worried About Tainted Drugs: VICE Survey

Over 4,600 people responded to our questionnaire about substance use and harm reduction at concerts | VICE, Canada


Blogs, comment and opinion

Supporting the families of drug and alcohol users

In recent years a growing evidence base has developed around the range of harms experienced by families affected by a loved one’s substance use, and the benefits, value and cost-savings in providing support | Russell Webster, UK

Being anti-smoking damages your mental health

I lit a cigarette in an open-air car park a couple of years ago as I was walking to the exit. I noticed a Nissan Micra heading towards me from the far corner and thought at first it was going to run me over | Spectator, UK

Rodrigo Duterte’s first year: a human rights disaster the world prefers to ignore

Rodrigo Duterte’s first year as president of the Philippines should never be forgotten – for all the wrong reasons | Conversation, UK

A drug company tried to make opioids harder to abuse. It backfired

Amid broad efforts to help people avoid prescription-opioid addiction, some pharmaceutical companies are taking an intriguing approach: making prescription opioids that can’t be misused | Washington Post Blog, USA


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