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Charter for change (PDF)

The Drugs, Alcohol & Justice Cross-Party Parliamentary Group provides an interface for professional providers of drug and alcohol treatment with parliamentarians of all parties who share an interest in these issues. We seek to focus attention on addiction issues and advocate evidence-based policies, enabling treatment services to save and transform more lives | Drugs, Alcohol & Justice Cross-Party Parliamentary Group, UK

Centre for Public Appointments

The Recovery Champion will be expected to commit to working a minimum of 25-30 days per year for an initial term of three years | Cabinet Office, UK

Drug Deaths

That this House is alarmed at the 3,744 drug-related deaths registered in England and Wales and the 867 registered in Scotland in 2016; notes with dismay that these rates are far higher than those across Europe; further notes that the majority of these deaths involved an opiate, mostly heroin or morphine... | Parliament.uk, UK

Multiple Needs: Time for political leadership

The government has stated its determination to tackle an escalating set of crises: homelessness, substance misuse, mental ill health and persistently high re-offending rates. Despite some progress, there is currently a fundamental flaw in the way we deal with these problems: we treat them as separate when they are connected. If this doesn’t change, things will only get worse – with appalling human and financial consequences | MEAM, UK

North Wales drug fix room pilot moves forward

A drug fix room could become a reality in north Wales, according to the region's police and crime commissioner | BBC, UK

Drugs map of Britian: Fentanyl deadlier than heroin - BBC iPlayer

Fentanyl is on the rise in the UK. In this episode of Drugs Map of Britain, BBC Three explores the effect this drug has in Hull | BBC, UK

Fentanyl influx 'an alarming prospect' for drugs groups

Drug agencies in Wales have admitted they are not ready for a potential influx of the painkiller fentanyl, which has led to a number of deaths | BBC, UK

Fentanyl can kill very quickly, drugs charity boss says - video

Drug agencies in Wales have admitted they are not ready for a potential influx of the painkiller fentanyl, which has led to a number of deaths | BBC, UK

Police accused of turning blind eye to ecstasy-related crime after drop in convictions

Police have been accused of turning a blind eye to ecstasy-related crime after figures from the country's biggest police force revealed the number of convictions is dropping | Telegraph, UK

Where are young people getting drug information from?

The drug education children are receiving in school is severely lacking. So, in the absence of high quality education about drugs, where are young people getting their information from? | Volte Face, UK

The Secret Lives of Functioning Heroin Users

"I use on a lunchtime at work, only a couple of lines or so, which I smoke in the disabled toilet." | VICE, UK

Prisons: Electronic Cigarettes and Tobacco

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) e-cigarettes and (b) tobacco products were sold in prison shops in each of the last 12 months | They work for you, UK

Bristol Takes Drugs... Seriously

This autumn, 29 September to 7 October, is the Week of Action on drug policy reform. Bristol-based Transform Drug Policy Foundation and Anyone’s Child Families for Safer Drug Control, have organised a series of events across Bristol | Transform, UK

Clarke Carlisle found safe and well in Liverpool after being reported missing by concerned family 

Clarke Carlisle, the former QPR, Leeds, Watford and Burnley defender, has been found safe and well in Liverpool, police confirmed | Telegraph, UK

In search of the Sixties: Was the decade really as good as we think it was?

When asked what the Sixties were all about, most people reply: peace, love, happiness. Andy Martin begs to differ, arguing that the decade represented a whole lot more than just sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll, and that no one has escaped its force and impact – even today | Independent, UK


International news

'His death still hurts': the Pfizer anti-smoking drug ruled to have contributed to suicide

An Australian coroner says Champix had a role in Timothy John’s death, which occurred after only eight days on the drug | Guardian, UK

UK: New Report Calls for Crackdown on Modern Slavery of Vietnamese Migrants

Britain’s anti-slavery commissioner called on Monday for stronger measures in combating modern slavery of Vietnamese migrants who are increasingly exploited in nail bars, cannabis farms or as sexual workers | OCCRP, UK

There's a bizarre yet legal drug that locals go crazy for during Oktoberfest

What's white, a powder, and snorted at Oktoberfest? | Business Insider, UK

Bottoms up: onslaught against prosecco falls flat among fans on its home turf

Some Italians fear the sparkling wine has become a victim of its own success | Guardian, UK

Trump Blackmailing Colombia under Guise of Drug War, Bolivian President Claims

President Trump has threatened to sanction Colombia for failing to prevent cocaine trafficking, but Bolivian leader Evo Morales claims it is a covert move to subvert the new Colombian peace agreement | Talking Drugs, UK

Louisiana university fraternity death 'possible hazing incident'

Police at Louisiana State University (LSU) are treating the death of an 18-year-old student as a "possible hazing incident", campus officials say | BBC, UK

These mothers saw the opioid epidemic before anyone else. No one listened

Opioids claim the lives of thousands of Americans each year – and yet people don’t want to talk about it. Now a band of bereaved parents are fighting back | Guardian, UK

'Gay or paedophile?' Philippines Duterte attacks rights chief over drug war criticism

Rodrigo Duterte also accuses Chito Gascon of being a spokesman for the opposition and criticised his scrutiny of police anti-drug activities | Guardian, UK

Pot shampoo to cannabis sommeliers: Inside one of America's biggest marijuana business conventions

As California gears up for the legalisation of recreational pot in 2018, many in the business are thinking big | Independent, UK

We’re Undercounting Opioid Overdoses by Thousands

Amid America’s deadliest drug epidemic, data on how many people use and die from drugs is a mess | Mother Jones, USA

Treating acute pain in opioid-dependent patients

As healthcare providers see more patients with opioid abuse and dependence, they face a difficult challenge: What's the best way to manage acute pain without contributing to the patient's opioid use disorder? | Science Daily, USA

What Percentage of Fentanyl-Related Deaths Involve Other Drugs?

A new study out of New Hampshire examined more than a year's worth of fentanyl overdose death data to identify if poly drug use was an issue | the Fix, USA

Immune system linked to alcohol drinking behavior

Researchers from the University of Adelaide have found a new link between the brain's immune system and the desire to drink alcohol in the evening | Science Daily, USA

Young binge drinkers show altered brain activity

Scientists have found distinctive changes in brain activity in binge-drinking college students, which may be an early marker of brain damage | Science Daily, USA

Medical students need training to prescribe medical marijuana

Although 29 states and the District of Columbia allow marijuana use for medical purposes, few medical students are being trained how to prescribe the drug | Medical Xpress, USA

Vaping doubles risk of smoking cigarettes for teens

The study -- from the University of Waterloo and the Wake Forest School of Medicine -- found that students in grades seven to 12 who had tried an e-cigarette are 2.16 times more likely to be susceptible to cigarette smoking | EurekAlert, USA

Bill to allow safe injection sites for drug users fails in California Senate

California will not legalize safe injection sites for drug users this year after a state bill failed to pass the Senate on the last day of the legislative session Friday | SF Examiner, USA

When addicts steal their pet’s painkillers, what’s a vet to do?

Some states are taking the war on opioids into veterinarians’ offices, aiming to prevent people who are addicted to opioids from using their pets to procure drugs for their own use | Washington Post, USA

A harrowing journey through Montreal's fentanyl crisis

In a decade of drug use, Josiane had never overdosed before. But this time was different | National Observer, Canada

Cop union won't oppose Vic injecting room

Tired of "picking up the pieces" after drug overdoses, Victoria's frontline police have told their union not to stand in the way of a proposed trial of a safe heroin-injecting room in Melbourne | & News, Australia

ACT to make decision on pill testing trial by November: health minister

ACT health minister Meegan Fitzharris says the government will make a decision on a pill testing trial by Spilt Milk in November, after 1000 people have signed a petition backing it | Canberra Times, Australia

New Zealand Defence Force to overhaul drug policy

Newshub can reveal the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is set to overhaul its approach to alcohol and substance abuse among personnel after a report commissioned by the force found a number of critical problems with its current policy | News Hub, New Zealand

Killer chemicals: part one

At least 20 people have died after smoking synthetic cannabis, but where is the community outrage and Government action plan? | Stuff, New Zealand

People Are Dying - Cannabis Reform Must Be High Priority

The Opportunities Party will make cannabis reform a high priority if elected to Parliament, and calls on all other Parties to do the same | Scoop, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

The (so called) “Skunk” Scare and What To Do About It

Uniquely in the world, it seems, the word “skunk” in the UK means dodgy street weed which is super high in THC and causes mass bouts of serious mental illness amongst the children who use it in the playground it’s sold in | UKCIA Blog, UK

The proposed welfare bill will push people further into poverty. We have to stand together against it

With discriminatory and demonising policy measures the government is again taking from those who have little and giving to those who have much | Guardian opinion, UK

The FDA has a golden opportunity to save smokers' lives

Back in July, the Food and Drug Administration committed itself to a new strategy to tackling smoking | Washington Examiner, USA