Daily news - 5th October 2021

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This issue we’re stepping inside the criminal justice system to ask ‘How are you coping?’ (p6), ‘Do you think this is working?’ (p8), ‘Should you be here at all?’ (p14). The voices speak clearly from every page. We offer valuable coping mechanisms for looking after mental health (p20) and a highly motivating demonstration of co- production (p18), as well as an extremely useful breakdown of the costs of rehab – which the author fed into Dame Carol Black’s review – to help us to assess its value (p16) | DDN, UK

'Think twice' campaign could reduce risk of UK opioid epidemic

A campaign that urged GPs to 'think-twice' before putting a patient on opioid medicines is effective in reducing opioid prescribing in primary care, according to the findings of a major study | Medical Xpress, UK

GPs needlessly prescribing addictive opioids at cost of almost £19m

[Limited number of free articles per week] As many as 400,000 people a year being given the drugs, as study shows big fall in prescriptions when doctors asked to think twice | Telegraph, UK

Drinkaware Monitor 2021

Every year Drinkaware commissions a survey to track and understand the nation’s drinking. In 2021, we looked at the nation's drinking more than one year into the coronavirus pandemic | Drinkaware, UK

British Army to extinguish smoking in 2022 

A quick ciggy behind the tank sheds will soon be a thing of the past as the British Army is set to go tobacco-free at all its sites in the UK by 31 December 2022 | The British Army, UK

Short jail terms fail to prevent reoffending, says former England and Wales magistrate

“I don’t see that short prison sentences actually achieve a great deal,” he said. “The bulk of these people, who commit multiple crimes, they’ve got an underlying problem, which is mental health or alcohol or drugs or a combination of any two or three of those" | Guardian, UK

Priti Patel: Middle-class drug users will be named and shamed

[Limited number of free articles per week] In an interview with The Telegraph, the Home Secretary says police will be told to drug test every arrested person to cut violent crime | Telegraph, UK

UK studies stricter alcohol limits for drone operation than driving

Backyard barbeque drone fliers in Britain may want to have a designated pilot standing by before long. UK authorities are now studying a proposal to set legal limits on alcohol for drone operation even tighter than the DUI thresholds for drivers | Drone DJ, UK

Why You Vom When You’re Coming Up On MDMA

Pop culture has historically done a bad job when it comes to realistic portrayals of MDMA | VICE, UK

Palliative and end-of-life care for people who use drugs: Post-event report

The Drugs Research Network Scotland (DRNS) with colleagues from NHS Lanarkshire, hosted a virtual knowledge exchange event exploring palliative and end-of-life care for people who use drugs. The session shared current practice and experiences...as well as sociological perspectives from colleagues at Manchester Metropolitan University. This report provides a summary of the presentations, access to slides, a recording of the event, as well as some key points highlighted during group discussion | DRNS, UK

Peer led Overdose Prevention, Intervention and Naloxone for People who use/used drugs

27-10-2021 1:45 pm. We are offering some free training in overdose response exclusively for people who use or have used drugs | SDF, UK

Working in Drug Science

Wed, 6 October 2021, 18:00 – 21:00 BST. A free and comprehensive virtual event where you'll learn everything you need to know about drug science and how to get involved | Drug Science, UK

The Use of Technology in Detecting and Responding to Overdose

Thu, 14 October 2021, 16:00 – 17:30 BST. Partipants must be providing services to people who use drugs and based in Scotland. Participants will be asked to share their experiences and views on digital technologies, and if they think these might be appropriate and practical. Discussions will help inform the development and testing of technologies that could help reduce deaths from drug-related overdoses in Scotland | University of Stirling, UK

Share your story

Sharing your personal experience of having hepatitis C can help us to raise much-needed awareness. Often journalists will ask us for a case study to accompany an article about new statistics or research because a personal testimony helps bring a news story to life | Heatitis C Trust, UK

Club Drug Clinic reaches out

CNWL’s Club Drug Clinic is launching a campaign to remind people who are experiencing problems with club drugs of the support it provides | NHS CNWL, UK

Drug gang member made £810, court hears

Eric Morrison, 37, was given a three-year jail term for being concerned in the supply of Etizolam, or "street valium" | BBC, UK


International news

Fighting the Last War: The WHO and International Tobacco Control

Join the online launch of the latest Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction (GSTHR) report - from 11.00 to 16.00 BST on Wednesday 27 October 2021, live streamed at events.gsthr.org | GSTHR, UK

In-home cannabis smoking more prevalent than in-home tobacco smoking among 2019 global drug survey respondents

[Open access] Using crosssectional data from over 100,000 sentinel drug users from 17 countries, we compared cannabis and tobacco smoking in the homes of Global Drug Survey 2019 respondents who currently used cannabis only, tobacco only, both tobacco and cannabis, or neither | Addictive Behaviours, UK

Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood wins $6.1million lawsuit after suing CBD seller over cannabis ads

The 91-year-old director had taken legal action against Mediatonas UAB for using his name and likeness to promote their products without his permission in July 2020 | Metro, UK

‘I got my weed from California’: Justin Bieber launches joints named after song

Peaches cannabis products will be available in California, where recreational marijuana is legal for over-21s | Guardian, UK

Estimating need for alcohol treatment in Ireland using national treatment surveillance data

[Open access] International evidence indicates that about 10% of people with alcohol dependence will seek and commence treatment each year. Based upon Irish estimates of prevalence of dependence, a target of 690.0 treated cases per 100,000 population per annum is expected | Irish Journal of Medical Science, Ireland

Retired Garda Superintendent charged over €600,000 cannabis seizure

Officers attached to the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (GNBCI) recovered 30 kilos of cannabis herb during search operations on September 29 | Journal, Ireland

Health and social responses to drug problems: a European guide

Starting in October 2021, the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) will be launching a series of miniguides which, together, will make up the Health and social responses to drug problems: a European guide 2021. Subscribe to this mailing list to stay informed about updates and news around the guide and related resources and events | EMCDDA, Portugal

Governor Signs Law Backed by San Diego DA Requiring Narcan in Rehab Facilities

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law Monday a bill, supported by San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan, that will require licensed alcohol and drug residential treatment facilities to maintain, on premises, at least two doses of naloxone or a similar drug approved for the treatment of an opioid overdose | Times of San Diego, USA

Cities Across Ohio Prepare to Vote on Marijuana Decriminalization

Voters in more than a dozen Ohio municipalities will decide on ballot measures to decriminalize marijuana next month | Filter Magazine, USA

Is Denver’s Psilocybin Decriminalization Having An Impact?

In May 2019, by popular vote, Denver became the first US city to decriminalize psilocybin. A naturally occurring psychedelic found in certain mushrooms, psilocybin is currently a Schedule I narcotic under federal law | Filter Magazine, USA

Suicide and drug addiction in young people: Two interconnected phenomena

The idea that alcohol, cannabis, and other drug abuse and dependence disorders lead to suicidal tendencies in adolescents and young adults is being challenged by the results of a new study in PLOS ONE conducted at Université de Montréal and CHU Sainte-Justine children's hospital | Medical Xpress, Canada

Integrating AOD and mental health sectors: dreaming the impossible dream?

This webinar looked at the reasons why integration of AOD and mental health sectors has failed and outlines possible alternatives | NDARC, Australia

The rise of illegal drug sales on Snapchat and Instagram: 'As easy as Uber Eats'

Drug dealers are moving away from using the dark web and anonymous cryptocurrencies and onto social media apps in droves, targeting teens with slick marketing campaigns | abc.net.au, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Why are we so suspicious of non-drinkers in Britain?

Sober for October is a great cause, but let’s not be hypocrites – we need to stop blaming addicts for their illness and using alcohol as a marker of a good time | Independent voices, UK

Why the best job candidates can be refugees and people in addiction treatment

Businesses scrambling for workers in the pandemic labor shortage can look to the news for a solution —hiring marginalized employees like refugees and people in addiction treatment comes with undervalued benefits | Courier Journal opinion, USA

Drugs policy enables police abuse

The footage that went viral early last month showing local policemen at Muang Nakhon Sawan police station torturing Jirapong Thanaphiphat to death by covering his head with multiple layers of plastic bags was deeply shocking | Bangkok Post opinion, Thailand

OPINION: Tasmanian government must follow nicotine vaping science

Tasmanians are now required to get a prescription nicotine vaping and nicotine e-cigarette products from a doctor, and then fill their script at a pharmacy | Examiner, Australia

Will new vaping laws prevent smoking or push people back to cigarettes? - audio

Vaping has become a popular alternative to smoking cigarettes in Australia, with fruity flavours appealing to young people. New laws introduced mean people who want to vape with liquid nicotine will now need a prescription from a doctor, but many GPs are hesitant to do so | abc.net.au, Australia