Daily news - 14th October 2021

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UK news

With government plans to ban laughing gas, Brits consider it less harmful than alcohol or tobacco

Among 12 substances asked about, laughing gas is considered the second least harmful, after marijuana | YouGov, UK

New YouGov polls tell us what we already know: It is time for reform

Data from a YouGov report on the perceived harm of drugs and strategies for their control was released today, offering compelling insights into Britons’ attitudes towards the impact of drug use and success of current policies | Volteface, UK

Drugs Wheels

Three new UK versions of the Drugs Wheel, with the following amendments made (post festival season) to adjust to shifting markets: Added Eutylone, 4-CMC, removed butylone, 4-MTA, 5-API, removed MXM, replaced MXiPr with MXPr. NPS Established (PDF), UK legislation (PDF), Club Drugs wheel (PDF) | Mark Adley, UK

Project Twenty21 - October Update

We're pleased to finally be able to announce that Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in adults has now been added to the list of indications covered by the study | Drug Science, UK

Inquiry considers 'safe' rooms for drug addicts to cut Blackpool death rate

Providing addicts with a ‘consumption room’ in Blackpool where they could take drugs more safely could help reduce the number of deaths in the resort, a new report has proposed | Blackpool Gazette, UK

Year 4 MEAM Approach evaluation

The five-year evaluation began in 2017 and assesses the impact of the MEAM Approach on people experiencing multiple disadvantage, local services and systems. A research group made up of experts by experience is working alongside Cordis Bright to deliver the evaluation | MEAM, UK

Mums of drug death teen and dealer become 'unlikely' friends

A mum whose daughter died after taking ecstasy has struck up an "unlikely" friendship with the mother of the teenager who supplied the fatal drug | BBC, UK

Award winning evening for BDP staff

We had a fantastic evening at the Golden Key Great Practice Awards 2021 and are very proud to say that BDP staff picked up multiple awards on the night! | BDP, UK

Police record 17 drugs crimes at Palace of Westminster in a year

Drug dealing, assaults and thefts from gift shop among more than 200 crimes recorded in year to March | Guardian, UK

Bristol: Kingsdown residents' lives 'ruined by drug users'

Residents at a block of flats say drug users and dealers have turned the building into "the wild west" | BBC, UK

Public Health England: Gambling-related harms review

The Government has estimated that there are 400,000 ‘problem gamblers’ in England, with a further 2 million people at risk of developing a problem. In its recent report, Public Health England has called for gambling-related harm to be considered as a public health issue. The Government is undertaking a review of the Gambling Act 2005 and has invested in services for those affected by this issue in the NHS Long Term Plan | House of Lords library, UK


International news

Awareness of alcohol marketing one year after initial implementation of Ireland’s Public Health (Alcohol) Act and during the COVID-19 pandemic

[Open access] The Republic of Ireland is introducing new controls on alcohol marketing, starting in November 2019 with restrictions on some outdoor and cinema advertising, and a ban on public transport advertising. We examined changes in marketing awareness one year after initial implementation and during the COVID-19 pandemic | Journal of Public Health, UK

Vaping: FDA approves e-cigarette in US for first time

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates medical products in the US, has approved an e-cigarette for sale for the first time | BBC, UK

Psychedelic Research in Australia with Dr Margaret Ross - podcast

Have a listen to this week’s episode in which Professor Nutt and Dr Ross talk about the land of Golden Wattle – a DMT-rich plant – fighting for its Drug policies being based on Science | Drug Science, UK

Football coach jailed for 25 years in Dubai over CBD vape oil

A British football coach has been jailed for 25 years in Dubai after four bottles of vape liquid containing cannabis oil were found in his car | BBC, UK

Comparing Cannabis Use Disorder in the General Population with Cannabis Treatment Seekers Using Multi-Source National Datasets: Who Receives Treatment?

Given the increased prevalence of cannabis use in Ireland and increase in cannabis potency, this study aimed to estimate the size of the potential population in Ireland that may be in need of cannabis treatment and the percentage of people with cannabis use disorder (CUD) who actually access treatment | European Addiction Research, Ireland

German police warn against legalizing weed, as parties hash out coalition deal

In blunt remarks, police unions in Germany spoke out Tuesday against plans to legalize the possession and consumption of cannabis in the country | Politico, Belgium

Germany sees rise in cannabis and cocaine use

While cannabis use has continued its upward trend among young people, cocaine use and related crime have risen "significantly," according to Germany's latest drugs report | DW, Germany

With Islamists' Support, Israeli Parliament Advances Cannabis Reform Bill

Islamist leader, whose party thwarted the bill in 2019, threw support behind it because of its medical aspects | HAAERTZ, Israel

Trend Report: Q3 2021 - Synthetic Cannabinoids in the United States

This report provides up-to-date information regarding the status of synthetic cannabinoid prevalence and positivity within the United States | CFSRE, USA

Trend Report: Q3 2021 - NPS Stimulants & Hallucinogens in the United States

This report provides up-to-date information regarding NPS stimulant & NPS hallucinogen prevalence and positivity within the United States | CFSRE, USA

Trend Report: Q3 2021 - NPS Opioids in the United States

This report provides up-to-date information regarding the status of NPS opioid prevalence and positivity within the United States | CFSRE, USA

Trend Report: Q3 2021 - NPS Benzodiazepines in the United States

This report provides up-to-date information regarding the status of NPS benzodiazepine prevalence and positivity within the United States | CFSRE, USA

America Needs Drug Counselors, But Some People Are Banned From The Occupation For Life

Every day, hundreds of Americans die because they have a crippling addiction. Yet right now it can be hard for people struggling to overcome an addiction to get counseling that could save their lives. Mental health professionals are in high demand | Forbes, USA

Clinical trial for medical device may prove worthy alternative to medication for opioid abstinence

Wayne State University will host a clinical trial to rigorously test for one year the efficacy of a non-pharmacological medical device for Opioid Use Disorder, or OUD, that could become the first treatment of its kind for the disease | Wayne State University, USA

In Win for CA Syringe Programs, Bad-Faith Environmental Lawsuits Banned

On October 5, California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) signed Assembly Bill 1344. The bill will prevent opponents of syringe service programs (SSP) from suing them under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). It comes in response to a series of lawsuits that have—successfully—used bad-faith claims that SSP are harmful to the environment in order to shut them down | Filter Magazine, USA

How My Drug Use Has Become More Sustainable Over Time

When I first began using opioids, in 2017 when I was 18, I knew nothing of harm reduction | Filter Magazine, USA

Ottawa drug treatment program showing promising results

A unique program that supplies opioid users with a safe supply of pharmaceutical-grade narcotics and a place to live is showing promising results, along with some additional benefits | CBC News, Canada

Routine pill testing for kinder, safer Canberra

The ACT Greens have welcomed $260,000 in the 2021/22 ACT Budget to pilot a permanent pill testing site in Canberra’s CBD, saying it will reduce harm and stigma | Mirage, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Vaping harm perceptions and an SSA fellowship: the SSA talks to Katie East

Dr Katie East started an SSA fellowship in October 2021. The SSA’s Rob Calder caught up with Dr East to find out more about her research and her tips for getting a post-doctoral fellowship | SSA, UK

How does smoking marijuana affect academic performance? Two researchers explain how it can alter more than just moods

Research has consistently shown that people report using marijuana in order to feel the high, experience enhanced feelings, increase social connections or cope with certain feelings and moods | Conversation, USA

The Way Back Machine—Jim Baumohl, Advocate for Research about Drugs, Alcohol, Poverty, and Homelessness, Part II

This is the fourth installment in “The Way Back Machine,” a series of interviews with key theorists and practitioners of alcohol and drugs research, treatment, and recovery among women and communities of color during the 1970s, ‘80s, and ‘90s | Points blog, USA

Opinion: When it comes to community-led compassion clubs in Vancouver, safer supply is the new Insite

Vancouver led the way with the first supervised injection site in North America. Now the city can once again lead the way with the creation of community-led compassion clubs | Vancouver is Awesome, Canada