Daily news - 13th May 2021

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UK news

Police expand use of overdose life-saver drug Naloxone

The first UK police force to pilot its officers carrying a "life-saving" drug that can temporarily reverse overdose effects is widening the roll-out | BBC, UK

MDMA could help trauma survivors face painful memories

MDMA - most commonly known as a party drug - could be more effective than therapy alone at treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) | BBC, UK

Podcast #36 - Psychedelic Renaissance

This week’s episode features Amanda Feilding, Countess of Wemyss and March, and founder of the Beckley Foundation, which directs and supports research into psychoactive substances and their effect on the brain and cognitive function | Drug Science, UK

Pub is The Hub: New research highlights the social value publicans and pubs create by providing local services

The social value that pubs and publicans created by providing local services during the first Covid-19 lockdown has been unveiled in a new report from Pub is The Hub, the not-for-profit organisation that helps pubs to diversify and provide essential local services | Pub is the hub, UK

WDP to provide services to rough sleepers in Camden and Islington

We are delighted to announce that WDP has been successful in two bids to deliver substance misuse services to rough sleepers.  The new services will be delivered in the London Boroughs of Camden and Islington. Each service will operate an outreach model of psychosocial support and prescribing to help rough sleepers address their substance misuse issues and eventually enter structured treatment | WDP, UK

Heroic Hearts - video

I am a former combat veteran and CEO of Heroic Hearts UK, today I am talking about how psychedelic therapy and practising Tai Chi healed me of my trauma | MyPOV, UK

Alcohol Occasionals - Managed alcohol programmes (MAPs)

Tue, 1 June 2021, 12:30 – 14:00 BST. Managed alcohol programmes (MAPs) are a harm reduction approach for those experiencing alcohol use disorders (AUD) and homelessness. These programmes were developed in Canada and have had positive results; but very few exist in the UK and Ireland. Dr Hannah Carver and Dr Tessa Parkes will present the findings from two CSO-funded studies on the feasibility and acceptability of implementing MAPs in Scotland | SHAAP, UK

Scotland's first ever dark web convicted drug lords jailed following distribution of drugs internationally with a street value of around £1.3 million

Two men from Aberdeen, who used the postal system and dark web to distribute class A drugs across the world with a street value of around £1.3 million, have been sentenced to prison | Scotsman, UK

Fintona: Two Co Tyrone men in court over cocaine seizure

Two County Tyrone men have appeared in court on Thursday after police seized a quantity of cocaine. Corey Leonard, 25, from Arvalee Road and Ashley McClean, 35, from Deverney Park, both in Omagh, are jointly charged with a number of drug offences | BBC, UK


International news

The Failed Globalization of Psychedelic Drugs in the Early Modern World

This article reassesses what has been called ‘the puzzle of distribution’: why did some drugs rapidly emerge as global consumer goods in the era of the Columbian Exchange, whereas others remained restricted to regional centres of usage | The Historical Journal, UK

YiIM project final dissemination event – 26th April 2021

The final dissemination event for the Youth in Iceland Model project was held on 26 April 2021 via Zoom | SSA, UK

Stigmatization of people with alcohol use disorders: An updated systematic review of population studies

We summarize research on the public stigmatization of persons with alcohol use disorder (AUD) in comparison with other mental health conditions and embed the results into a conceptual framework of the stigma process | ACER, UK

Paris Has a Serious Crack Problem, and It’s Spiraling out of Control

Users dubbed the “walking dead” by locals who post voyeuristic videos online are seeking refuge in city parks as French authorities fail to get a grip | VICE, UK

US lifts sanctions against Mexican drug kingpin who testified against El Chapo

The United States has lifted financial sanctions on a top lieutenant of Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel, saying Jesús “El Rey” Zambada – who gave testimony against kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán – had shown behavioral change | Guardian, UK

School is forced to lock up student toilets during class time to stop kids vaping in the bathrooms - and there is a check-in procedure if you need to use the loo

Queensland schools have been forced to lock up toilets to crack down on students vaping in the bathroom during classes | Mail Online, UK

Two children taken to Temple Street after consuming cannabis jellies

Gardaí in Coolock in Dublin are investigating reports that two young children aged three and four consumed cannabis jellies | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Cocaine causing havoc in Cork city, warns judge 

A sentencing judge said the violent reaction of an intoxicated young man who repeatedly tried to attack gardaí “just shows to everyone here the havoc cocaine is causing in the city.” | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Malta’s Cannabis White Paper Consultation Just Ended: Here’s The Most Important Feedback

One of the most highly-anticipated consultation periods in Malta’s recent history ends today – and it seems practically everyone has sent their feedback | Lovin Malta, Malta

'Opioid treatment deserts' abound, study finds

Neighborhoods without opioid treatment providers likely serve as a widespread barrier to care for those who are ready to seek help, a new study has found | Medical Xpress, USA

Drug Overdose Deaths Before and After Shelter-in-Place Orders During the COVID-19 Pandemic in San Francisco

Fatal drug overdoses have been a growing public health crisis for years prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. In December 2020, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an advisory that overdose deaths had reached an all-time high | JAMA Network, USA

New peptide could allow cannabis to fight pain without side effects

Many people live with chronic pain, and in some cases, cannabis can provide relief. But the drug also can significantly impact memory and other cognitive functions | News Medical, USA

The Methadone Manifesto: A Powerful Blow Against the Clinic System

The Methadone Manifesto is a brilliant, badass, long-overdue gut punch to the antiquated US methadone clinic system. Written by members of the Urban Survivors Union’s methadone advocacy and reform team, composed of current and former methadone patients and allies, it centers the voices of methadone users | Filter Magazine, USA

Hollywood Has a New Way to Dramatize Addiction

Recent films delve into the profound grief experienced by families. What do they still get wrong? | NYTimes, USA

A quarter of youth smokers started with vaping, P.E.I. survey finds

A recent survey of P.E.I. youth who have used vaping products found that many of them moved on to smoking tobacco as well | CBC News, Canada

New Global Addiction Recovery and Overdose Prevention App

A new mobile app has been developed to connect people around the world who are seeking recovery from addiction with a support community that wants to help - potentially saving lives | Cision PR Newswire, Canada

UNSW researchers to begin trialling antidepressant for ice addiction

Australian researchers will trial a potential ‘game changer’ in tackling one of the world’s most devastating drug problems | news.com.au, Australia

Methamphetamine and heart health

New factsheet. Methamphetamine, or ice as it is generally known, is the second most commonly used illegal drug in Australia after cannabis | adf, Australia

Addiction workers back push for more Victorian safe injecting rooms in Melbourne suburbs

Drug rehabilitation services have backed a push from crossbench MP Fiona Patten for three more safe injecting rooms in Melbourne's suburbs | abc.net.au, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

The problem in dual diagnosis

As an alliance, we need to reconsider how to help patients who battle both mental illness and substance abuse problems | NHS APA, UK

Opinion: Drug policy inertia has been driving stigma and overdoses for decades

Stop me if this sounds familiar: about two-and-a-half decades Vancouver was in the midst of an overdose crisis. The number of people dying in the city at that time peaked at more than 200 people a year. Most of those were in the Downtown Eastside | Vancouver is Awesome, Canada