Daily news - 19th April 2021

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UK news

Middlesbrough drugs overdose kit hailed as 'lifesaver'

Street wardens with drug overdose kits are believed to have helped save the lives of 12 people in Middlesbrough in the past year | BBC, UK

Scottish election 2021: Drugs activist Peter Krykant criticises Scottish Government for 'causing pain to thousands'

A Holyrood candidate standing on a platform to tackle Scotland’s drugs deaths crisis has said Scottish Government decisions to slash funding for rehabilitation and outreach work has "caused pain to thousands of families" | Falkirk Herald, UK

Women in England almost twice as likely as men to be prescribed opiate painkillers

Experts worried about high use of drugs such as codeine and tramadol after prescriptions rose during Covid pandemic | Guardian, UK

Prisons (Substance Testing) Bill - Second Reading

The misuse of drugs is one of the biggest challenges faced by our prisons and young offender institutions. A survey by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons in 2019-20 showed that 40% of female prisoners and 45% of male prisoners found it quite easy or very easy to get drugs in prisons | They work for you, UK

Introduction (1/14) Adfam@Home: Online Support Sessions - video

Peter Cartwright from Adfam has created a series of online support video sessions for families affected by a loved one's substance use | Adfam, UK

Sandy's Story #BeMoreLikeSandy - video

Sandy talks about her recovery from alcohol misuse | NHS rDaSH, UK

Title: Alcohol and rumination: Merve Mollaahmetoglu talks to the SSA

“We found that people who were given low doses of alcohol reported lower levels of rumination about an ongoing personally important problem” | SSA, UK

At What Cost? Minimum Unit Pricing

Thu, 22 April 2021, 09:45 – 13:00 BST. Restarting the conversation around Minimum Unit Pricing, exploring and reflecting on the evidence | NIADA, UK

Jordan Marples-Douglas: 'family man' killed over drug debt

A drug-debt enforcer who murdered "a soft, lovable family man" has been jailed for a minimum of 21 years | BBC, UK

South Belfast: 'Drugs worth £200k' and gold seized

Suspected class B drugs with an estimated street value of £200,000 have been seized by police in south Belfast as part of an ongoing operation into criminality linked to the East Belfast UVF | BBC, UK


International news

Tobacco Harm Reduction: A Burning Issue for Asia

Sixty per cent of the world’s smokers live in this region and almost half the global deaths from smoking occur here. Asia is also home to nine in every ten users of smokeless tobacco, leading to high rates of oral cancer. In a number of countries, public health is severely undermined where governments either control or have a significant stake in domestic tobacco companies. New solutions are needed to tackle the public health threat from smoking and tobacco use - but safer nicotine products are banned in many countries. Would tobacco harm reduction improve public health in Asia? And if so - what are the obstacles that stand in its way? | GSTHR, UK

Pathways to 'recovery' and social reintegration: The experiences of long-term clients of methadone maintenance treatment in an Irish drug treatment setting

This paper examines the experiences of long-term clients of methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) in one area of Dublin in the context of a recent emphasis on rehabilitation and recovery in Irish drug policy | Pub Med, UK

Switzerland to trial legal cannabis market

Switzerland is to launch a fully legalised adult-use cannabis market in the coming months, as part of a trial scheme to understand the impact of cannabis legalisation in the country | Leafie, UK

ECAN: Let’s Talk Cannabis Reform

With the government publishing a white paper proposing a decriminalised framework for responsible cannabis use on March 30, Malta is finally discussing an issue which has long been around | Volteface, UK

Council secures return of 19 homes subjected to 'hostile takeovers' by drug gangs 

Dublin City Council has secured the return of 19 properties that were subjected to “hostile takeovers” by drug gangs in Ballymun, north Dublin | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Alcohol addiction 'draining Ireland of human potential'

Ireland is being drained of human potential by an epidemic of alcohol consumption at home which is also damaging families, addiction experts warn | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Drug deaths: Can Scotland learn from Germany?

Drug consumption rooms allow addicts to use safely. In Germany, they’re common; but in Scotland — Europe’s drug death capital — progress is painfully slow | DW, Germany

Norway opposition torpedoes plan to decriminalise drug use

Norway's main opposition Labour Party on Friday rejected a government plan to decriminalise the personal use of drugs in small quantities, saying the measure could incite young people to experiment with narcotics | France 24, France

COVID-19 Impact Analysis on E-cigarette Market during Q1 of 2021| Expected to reach USD 14.39 Billion by 2025

The e-cigarette market is expected to grow by USD 14.39 billion, progressing at a CAGR of about 11% during the forecast period | CISION PR Newswire, USA

Report Details Failures to Scale Up Tobacco Harm Reduction in Asia

On April 16, the Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction (GSTHR) released its newest report—“Tobacco Harm Reduction: A Burning Issue for Asia”—detailing how countries in the region have largely failed to consider safer nicotine products (SNPs) to combat the smoking-related death toll | Filter Magazine, USA

There’s Too Little Research on Harm Reduction and Youth. Help Us Put That Right

There exists a lack of published academic research with and for young people who use drugs, including research focused on harm reduction. This is despite a majority of the global population of people who use illicit drugs being adolescents and young people | Filter Magazine, USA

Sask. government approved 13 overdose prevention sites in quarantine locations

Saskatchewan’s Minister of Mental Health and Addictions has directed the Saskatchewan Health Authority to create 13 sites where people can use illicit drugs under medical supervision, braving new waters for a province that has never publicly funded that type of program | The Star Phoenix, Canada

In Canada, psychedelics re-emerge in treatment of depression

To manage her stress and fears, Andrea Bird—who is suffering from terminal cancer—uses psychedelics, which are seeing a sudden re-emergence in Canada as a possible treatment for mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression | Medical Xpress, Canada

Singapore announces candidature for election to United Nation's main drug policymaking body

Singapore has announced its intention to run for membership in the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), said the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in a media release on Saturday | CNA, Singapore

South Australia implements real-time prescription monitoring system

ScriptCheckSA, a real-time prescription monitoring system, was introduced earlier this month in South Australia. The system provides doctors and pharmacists with information about a patient’s history and use of controlled medicines, aiding them in decision-making when it comes to prescribing or dispensing such medicines | Healthcare IT, Australia

Digital technology, gambling and gaming

This seminar provided an overview of the diagnosis, prevalence, and economic cost of gambling disorder in Australia. The evolution of gambling into ‘gaming’, the integration of these two products in digital platforms and the impact on Australian adolescents will be described | NDARC, Australia

Drug use among older adults a 'hidden epidemic'

Drug abuse among people over 65 year olds is a hidden and growing problem globally, international experts say, and worrying trends are emerging among New Zealand's older people too | Otago News, New Zealand



Blogs, comment and opinion

Attempting to Strengthen Recovery Capital Against a Tide of Disenfranchisement

My organization, PRO-A recently joined 36 other state and regional recovery community organizations across America and sent this letter to Congress to educate them on the woefully inadequate funding for grassroots recovery community organizations | Recovery Review blog, USA

Will The ACT Really Decriminalise All Drugs? We Ask the Experts

While the country has been subjected to shocking revelations from the capital of our nation for the past few months, another equally startling story has somewhat managed to slip under the radar | The Latch, Australia




And finally...

Paw Patrol: Feline drug smuggler caught on prison narcatics run

[Limited number of free articles per week] The prepawsterous attempt came to an abrupt end as authorities intervened | Telegraph, UK