Daily news - 8th June 2021

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Fifty years on, does anybody believe that the Misuse of Drugs Act is still fit for purpose? The verdict is not good (page 6). A dramatic failure, punitive (particularly to the most vulnerable in our society), neither fair nor evidence-based, a blunt policing tool that compounds damage… some of the words used in this issue | DDN, UK

MPs call for drug safety testing amid fears of rise in festival deaths

Bereaved mothers urge government to introduce service as committee warns of post-lockdown risk-taking | Guardian, UK

Recreational ketamine-related deaths notified to the National Programme on Substance Abuse Deaths, England, 1997–2019

Ketamine is a phencyclidine derivative with dissociative anaesthetic properties. Increasing numbers of individuals in England take ketamine recreationally. Information on deaths arising from such use in England is presented | Journal of Psychopharmacology, UK

Rapid literature review on the impact of health messaging and product information on alcohol labelling

[Open access] Alcohol labelling enables people to make informed decisions about the products they purchase and consume. This rapid review explores the impact of health messaging and product information on consumer attention, comprehension, recall, judgment and behavioural compliance in relation to alcohol use | DEPP, UK

Man and 15-year-old boy in hospital after eating cannabis sweets

Police warn ‘not to be tempted to try them as they are obviously causing substantial harm’ | Independent, UK

Children of alcohol dependent parents webinar

Tuesday 29 June 2021, 10:30am - 12:00pm. This webinar aims to explore the increase in drinking since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact this is having on vulnerable families, and signpost available resources and support | PHE, UK

Street Drugs Discussions: The Future of Festivals

Thu, 24 June 2021, 12:00 – 14:00 BST. A deep dive into the future of festivals, with a particular focus on drug use and harm reduction from renowned experts in this area | Drug Science, UK

SUAB Webinar: Is the Future Synthetic? The Dutch Connection with Mike Power

Tue, 15 June 2021, 13:00 – 14:30 BST. Every drug taken in the UK, is made, moved, or commercialised through Dutch OCGs. How did we get here, and how can we change it? | SUAB, UK

5 Things nobody told me about running a double-blind human stusdy

Ben Houghton writes about the randomised controlled trials and tribulations of running a double-blind study of oxytocin as part of his PhD | SSA, UK

Medicinal cannabis campaigners visit Jersey

Medicinal cannabis campaigners have met with Jersey's Deputy Chief Minister to call on him to make the drug more accessible | ITV, UK

Ramsey cannabis dealer caught posting £5k cash parcel

A man who was caught on CCTV posting almost £5,000 worth of illicit cash to an address in the UK has been jailed for a string of drugs offences | BBC, UK


International news

Alcohol: A Public Health Issue

[Open access] Our selection highlights some of the most cited alcohol-related research published in the Journal of Public Health in recent years | JPH, UK

Qantas 'disturbed' by claims of gang infiltration

Qantas said it was "disturbed" by claims that some staff may have been involved in organised crime following an Australian media report that gangs had "infiltrated" the airline | BBC, UK

Brazilian city shuts schools and transport as drug gangs avenge leader’s killing

Police station attacked and dozens of buses, public buildings, banks and personal vehicles damaged in Manaus after police shoot dead drug suspect | Guardian, UK

New Brunei Gallery exhibition - Opium, Silk and the Missionaries in China

SOAS’s Brunei Gallery is pleased to be able to present the exhibition and project Opium, Silk and the Missionaries in China exploring one of the largely forgotten histories between Britain and China in the 19th Century | SOAS, UK

A decade of DOVE: multidisciplinary experience from an obstetrics addiction clinic

The aim of this study was to review a decade of attendances at an addiction obstetrics clinic and compare with the general hospital population | IMO, Ireland

In three years, Kashmir witnesses 1500% increase in drug abuse

Thousands of people, mostly youth, from Kashmir are slipping into the dark alleys of drug addiction as the Valley has been flooded with huge quantities of heroin coming via Line of Control (LoC) from Pakistan in recent years | Deccan Herald, India

Characteristics of e-Cigarette Use Behaviors Among US Youth, 2020

This survey study of 14 531 students found that among the 19.6% of high school students and 4.7% of middle school students who currently used e-cigarettes in 2020, 38.9% of high school users and 20.0% of middle school users self-reported use on 20 to 30 days during the past 30 days, and most reported flavored e-cigarette use | JAMA Network, USA

CDC: Drug involvement reported in 0.64 percent of total infant deaths

Overall, 0.64 percent of total infant deaths have drug involvement, with drugs the underlying cause of death in 37 percent of these cases, according to the June 3 National Vital Statistics Reports, a publication from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | Medical Xpress, USA

San Francisco’s Vape Flavor Ban Saw More Teens Start Smoking

In the summer of 2018, San Francisco residents voted overwhelmingly to ban the sale of flavored nicotine vaping products (as well as flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes) | Filter Magazine, USA

Provincial data show a link between visits to supervised consumption services and decreased fentanyl-related overdose deaths

University of Alberta researchers have found a link between increased visits to supervised consumption sites in Alberta and decreased fentanyl-related overdose deaths | Mirage News, Australia

Tom's been using performance-enhancing drugs for eight years, and like many others, he feels trapped in a cycle

"The average person looking at a fitness model on social media wouldn't realise most of them are juiced up," the Queensland lawyer says | abc.net.au, Australia

Auckland black market tobacco: Dairies selling illegal smokes for organised crime groups

The booming trade in illicit cigarettes has infiltrated the Kiwi corner store. A Stuff investigation has revealed how easy it is to buy cheap, black market smokes from a typical Auckland dairy. Meanwhile, the head of investigations for New Zealand Customs says outlaw motorcycle gangs are involved in the burgeoning trade. George Block reports | Stuff.co.nz, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

Exploring long-term recovery through The Moving On In My Recovery programme

In this blog we look at the findings of an Alcohol Change UK-funded study of an alcohol treatment programme called Moving On In My Recovery (MOIMR) | Alcohol Change UK blog, UK

How much does your doctor really drink? The experts reveal all...

We asked a panel of medical professionals how they find a balance between staying healthy and drinking alcohol | Telegraph, UK

Expunging cannabis records: Addressing the legacy of criminalisation

In this edited extract of the upcoming third edition of Transform’s book How to Regulate Cannabis: A Practical Guide we explore key lessons in this rapidly evolving field of policy making | Transform blog, UK

The high and growing death toll from drug overdoses – Canada’s other public health crisis

Last week, the BC Coroners Service reported that illicit drug toxicity killed 176 people in April – pushing the number of dead in British Columbia this year to 680. At this rate, deaths in 2021 could hit a new record of more than 2,000, eclipsing last year’s 1,726 deaths – the previous high | Globe and Mail opinion, Canada