Daily news - 30th July 2021

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UK news

Drug Related Deaths in Scotland - released later today

This publication reports on the number of drug-related deaths, broken down by cause of death, selected drugs reported, age and sex. It should be available later this morning at the link above | National Records of Scotland, UK

Drug deaths in Scotland could rise to new record

Scotland's drug death total could hit record levels for the seventh year in a row, experts have predicted | BBC, UK

Tory Bill to give drug addicts a 'right to recovery' being backed by SNP MSPs

SNP MSPs are set to back Douglas Ross’s draft legislation that would enshrine in law a guarantee that everyone in Scotland who needs drug treatment can receive it | Scotsman, UK

Two thirds of ambulance staff able to give out naloxone

Scotland's drugs minister has welcomed the news that almost two-thirds of ambulance crews are able to distribute Naloxone to people likely to have or witness an overdose | Planet Radio, UK

‘I was drowning in the hell of addiction’: Families speak out on support lifeline ahead of new drug death figures

Families affected by addiction have shared their stories as they fight to keep their loved ones alive | Courier, UK

'Drinking more since Covid? Why I don't want you to experience the tornado of alcohol addiction'

Towards the end of 2020, research revealed 8.4 million people were drinking at a high-risk level - almost double the number who were prior to the Covid pandemic. But how much is too much, and how can we reduce the harm alcohol causes? | ITV, UK

Fears serious offenders could end up on street after charity project’s closure

A charity has warned that reoffending rates could rise as its project, which helped thousands of ex-prisoners escape a life of crime, is due to close its doors after a funding cut | Channel 4, UK

Blackburn with Darwen gets grant to tackle drug-related deaths

A borough has received more than £400,000 from the government to improve the treatment for drug addicts | Lancashire Telegraph, UK

Blackpool boxing champ's gym plagued by drug users

A former British champion boxer has said street drug dealing outside his gym has placed its future under threat | BBC, UK

Smoking ban and alcohol pricing being considered in Guernsey and Alderney

A ban on smoking in cars, minimum alcohol pricing and the extra regulation of e-cigarettes are all areas being considered in a new joint proposal to tackle substance use in Guernsey and Alderney | ITV, UK

Alcohol Alert - July 2021 - podcast

Commentary on this months alcohol related news | IAS, UK

How we all got hooked on caffeine - podcast

It’s the world’s most widely used psychoactive drug, it disrupts our sleep, it makes us grumpy when we miss it – and we give it to our children. What keeps us coming back? | Guardian, UK

Kevin Molloy

A ceremony to celebrate and commemorate the life of Kevin Molloy will take place on Monday 2nd August at 2pm UK time | Knowledge Action Change, UK

The effects of alcohol on the Body - interactive infographic

Alcohol affects the human body in a number of ways. Explore the options below to see the long and short term effects in this new infographic | Priory Group, UK

Drug treatment and recovery work with people on probation

Mon, 23 August 2021, 13:30 – 14:30 BST. HM Inspectorate of Probation will be hosting an online event about community-based drug treatment and recovery work for people on probation | HM Inspectorate of Probation, UK

Miodrag Ivankovic: Man jailed over cross-Channel cocaine seizures

The Home Office said 96kg of the drug with a potential street value of about £4.3m was found on a lorry that arrived from Calais on 6 September | BBC, UK


International news

Decolonising Drug Policy: The War on Drugs and Denial of Indigenous Rights

Aug 9, 2021 01:00 PM in London. This webinar, which will take place on the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples 2021, will shed light on the conflict between the drug control regime and Indigenous rights, and challenge prevailing narratives that these tensions are possible to reconcile while the UN retains the goal of a society free of drugs | IDPC, UK

Second-hand marijuana smoke exposure associated with respiratory infections in children

Children whose parents regularly smoke or vape marijuana may experience viral respiratory infections, such as the common cold, more frequently than those whose parents do not smoke, according to a new study | Science Daily, UK

The US Faces a Naloxone Shortage at the Worst Possible Time

Life expectancy in the United States plunged by a year and a half in 2020, the worst year-on-year change since World War II. Drug overdoses were the second-most influential factor, behind the obvious: COVID-19 | Filter Magazine, USA

Combining skills training with peer support and mentoring improves outcomes for people with co-occurring psychosis and substance use disorder

Formal peer recovery support interventions involve services, guidance, and mentorship by specially trained individuals with lived experience of substance use and/or mental illness | Recovery Research Review, USA

Wastewater analysis suggests that consumption of fentanyl, cannabis and methamphetamine increased in the early pandemic period

Results from Statistics Canada's Canadian Wastewater Survey (CWS), which is collected in five major Canadian cities, suggest that these cities have seen an increase in drug consumption since the start of the pandemic. The analysis also indicates that estimates for drug use vary significantly from city to city, suggesting that different cities have distinct drug use profiles | Statistics Canada, Canada

Psychedelic microdosing investigated for pharmacological effect on the brain

For years, Joey McGeorge struggled to cope with anxiety and depression. Hoping to relieve some of her symptoms, the 42-year-old began exploring the use of psychedelic substances | abc.net.au, Australia

Government's hepatitis C plan aims to eliminate virus by 2030

More free syringes for drug users and a registry is part of a $2.2 million plan to eliminate hepatitis C by 2030, the Government has announced | NZ Herald, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

ALEX BELL: Spare us the sentimentality over Dundee’s drug deaths and get rid of do-little politicians

Dundee kills. More die in this city than any other in Scotland, in Europe, from drug overdoses | Courier, UK

Taskforce Condemns Unacceptable Stigmatising Language and Derogatory Tone of News Reportage

In a joint statement, The Drug Deaths Taskforce responded to the Mail on Sunday coverage of Sunday 11th July, following its meeting on 28th July | Drug Deaths Taskforce, UK

Why does the majority of the British public support psilocybin patient access rights? Everything you need to know about psilocybin-assisted therapy

What is psilocybin-assisted therapy? And what happens during a psilocybin-assisted therapy session? | CDPRG blog, UK

Green and pleasant land? The future of cannabis use in the UK

Smoking as a social activity suffered a heavy blow around 15 years ago. Between 2006 and 2007, the four parts of the United Kingdom brought in new laws prohibiting smoking in public places, with Scotland being the first to take the leap | City AM, UK

Summer is upon us, the world is opening up – get me to the beer garden

These spaces are the crowning glory of the pub experience, and the British dedication to them is proud-making | Guardian, UK

Further Homage to Recovery Ancestors (Bill White, Chris Budnick, and Boyd Pickard)

Those seeking and in recovery owe a great debt of gratitude to earlier generations of people whose life discoveries opened and charted pathways to addiction recovery and built the recovery support organizations available to us today | Recovery Review blog, USA

What is the Drug Court Program in New South Wales?

Deputy Chief Magistrate Jane Mottley AM will be made a permanent judge of the District Court and will be sworn in as the Senior Judge of the New South Wales Drug Court in the coming weeks | Sydney Criminal Lawyers blog, Australia