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Drug Science Medical Cannabis Educational Seminar

This evening seminar, hosted by Drug Science, made possible through an unrestricted educational grant from Althea, will address the barriers that exist to prescribing medical cannabis. Including how to overcome the process of obtaining prescriptions. It will include information on its efficacy, and how to obtain certified supplies.


Delegates will learn:

-A history of cannabis as a medicine

-How the Endocannabinoid system works

-What we can learn from the Health Canada experience

-The current UK regulatory position

-The current levels of scientific evidence in a range of diagnoses

-Practical steps in relation to prescribing


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17th July 7-10pm



18th July 7-10pm


31st July 7-10pm



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Postgraduate programme in Contemporary Drug and Alcohol Studies now open for applications.

Distance Learning or Campus based at the University of the West of Scotland. Entry qualification is 2.1 in a relevant honours degree or accreditation of prior learning via work experience in the field. Certificate, Diploma, and MSc options available for full and part-time students. Contact: Dr Aileen O’Gorman, Programme Leader




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Chill Welfare has a range of volunteer roles available and are looking to recruit people with clinical experience such as nursing or people with drug & alcohol, mental health and sexual health experience to offer support and advice via a 24 hour festival welfare service. We will be working at Download, Nozstock, Boomtown and Creamfields. We provide event ticket, travel expenses and food in exchange for one shift each day of the festival.


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Cannabis Legalisation Poll (PDF)

Momentum is building behind cannabis legalisation but no poll has ever asked what messages would be most likely to sway public opinion. In May 2019, Volteface and the Evening Standard commissioned the polling agency Survation to find out which arguments would incentivise the British public to support the legalisation of cannabis and which would deter them | Volte Face, UK

Adult smoking habits in the UK: 2018

Cigarette smoking habits among adults in the UK, including the proportion of people who smoke, demographic breakdowns, changes over time, and use of e-cigarettes | ONS, UK

Local tobacco control profiles for England: July 2019 update

An overview of the extent of tobacco use, tobacco related harm and the measures being taken to reduce this harm at a local level in England | PHE, UK

Statistics on Women's Smoking Status at Time of Delivery: England - Quarter 4, 2018-19

Results and trends from the women's smoking status at time of delivery (SATOD) data collection in England. The results provide a measure of the prevalence of smoking among pregnant women at Commissioning Region, Region, Sustainability and Transformation Partnership and Clinical Commissioning Group level | NHS Digital, UK

Drugs policy: medicinal cannabis 

The plight of children affected by intractable epilepsy and the efforts of the families of Alfie Dingley and Billy Caldwell to access to medicinal cannabis led to a change in Government policy. In November 2018 medicinal cannabis was changed from Schedule 1 to Schedule 2 of the Misuse of Drugs Regulation 2001, allowing specialist doctors to prescribe it and for products to be available for further research to be conducted | House of Commons / Health and Social Care Committee, UK

Substance misuse issues in Dublin’s north east inner city. A Community-based needs analysis. Executive summary (PDF)

This report is a community-based analysis informed by the opinions of the people who are experiencing substance misuse issues (who may or may not be engaged in services), families who have (or have had in the past) a member with a substance misuse issue as well as community representatives and those tasked with service provision and overseeing change | North Inner City Drug and Alcohol Task Force, Ireland

Counting lives: Responding to children who are criminally exploited (PDF)

In this report, we find that 14 to 17 year olds are the most likely age group to be exploited by criminal gangs. We uncover alarming evidence of primary school children as young as seven or eight being targeted and exploited. But children of all ages are at risk, and the number of 10 to 17 year olds arrested for intent to supply drugs has gone up by almost 50% outside London | Children's Society, UK

We are victims too: A peer study into repeat victimisation among people who moved from the streets into supported accommodation in London (PDF)

RDA found people who moved from the streets into supported accommodation continue to be targeted because of their experiences with mental ill-health, substance abuse or simply appearing ‘vulnerable’ or ‘homeless’. Many felt ashamed, distressed and isolated in the aftermath of the crime | Revolving Doors, UK

Serbia — Early warning system profile

The profile presents the structure, objectives and working methods of the Serbian national early warning system. It describes functions of the institutions participating in the early warning system and mentions data collection tools. It was prepared within the EMCDDA-IPA6 project ‘Stepwise integration of the IPA beneficiaries in the activities of the EMCDDA and the Reitox Network’ funded by the European Commission | EMCDDA, Portugal

'They just kill’: Ongoing extrajudicial executions and other violations in the Philippines’ ‘war on drugs

This new report shows police operating with total impunity as they murder people from poor neighbourhoods whose names appear on manufactured “drug watch lists” established outside of any legal process | Amnesty International, UK

National income and expenditure 2018

This report includes preliminary estimates of the national accounts for the year 2018 together with revised estimates for the years 2013 to 2018. The tables relate to national income and expenditure, capital formation and savings together with details of transactions of the government sector classified in accordance with national accounting definitions. [Includes exenditure on tobacco and alcohol] | CSO, Ireland

U.S. Adults’ Attitudes Toward Lowering Nicotine Levels in Cigarettes

Most adults favor requiring cigarette makers to lower the nicotine levels in cigarettes, including 8 in 10 current cigarette smokers. These findings can help inform the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's recent proposal to pursue a nicotine reduction standard for cigarettes | AJPM, USA

Trends in Drug-Induced Deaths in Australia, 1997-2017

Each year, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) makes available to Drug Trends in-depth data on drug-induced deaths in Australia. This year, we have produced a suite of products to summarise trends in drug-induced deaths in Australia from 1997 to 2017 | NDARC, Australia

National Drug Treatment Reporting System 2011-2017 drug data

Latest figures from the Health Research Board show 63,303 cases* presented for treatment for problem drug use (excluding alcohol) between 2011 and 2017. The number of treated cases increased from 8,361 in 2011 to 9,892 in 2015, and then decreased to 8,922 in 2017 | HRB, Ireland

Drug-related Deaths in Scotland in 2018

As Scotland’s annual numbers of these deaths are, on average, in low double figures (Volatile Substance Abuse deaths) and in single figures (Helium deaths), they may be subject to large percentage year-to-year fluctuations | National Records of Scotland, UK

Volatile Substance Abuse and Helium Deaths

As Scotland’s annual numbers of these deaths are, on average, in low double figures (Volatile Substance Abuse deaths) and in single figures (Helium deaths), they may be subject to large percentage year-to-year fluctuations | National Records of Scotland, UK

Blueprints for the Treatment and Throughcare of Prisoners with Histories of Drug Dependence (PDF)

The report recommends a “planned pathway” away from drugs and alcohol addiction, with residential rehabilitation and supported housing at its core | EPRA, UK