Daily news - 1st September 2021

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UK news

SDF and Government launch national campaign to help save lives

A nationwide marketing campaign to raise public awareness of the signs of a drug overdose and the life-saving medication naloxone has been launched to mark International Overdose Awareness Day | SDF, UK

Naloxone Test of Change update on International Overdose Awareness Day

Police Scotland officers have already administered Naloxone nearly 40 times in the four months since a national pilot project began | Police Scotland, UK

UK Recovery Month toolkit

Now in its 32nd year, Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those in recovery, just as we celebrate improvements made by those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease | FAVOR, USA

Majority back tougher alcohol marketing curbs to protect children

A poll of more than 1000 Scottish adults, carried out by YouGov between February and March this year, found that 75 per cent favoured additional controls to limit the exposure of children and young people to alcohol advertising | Herald, UK

Patients could be dying from accidental overdose of prescription opioids in England

A study has revealed that 232 people could have died from taking an accidental overdose of prescription opioids in England between 2000 and 2015 | Medical Xpress, UK

Glasgow 'fix room' campaigner went back to drugs after 11 years

A drugs campaigner who ran a "fix room" in Glasgow has spoken of his relapse after 11 years | BBC, UK

Maudsley Hospital and King's College London's National Addiction Centre lights up purple to raise awareness for International Overdose Awareness Day

International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held on 31 August each year to raise awareness of overdoses, reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths and acknowledge the grief felt by families and friends | KCL, UK

CLERO Recovery College

Thu, 16 September 2021, 12:00 – 14:30 BST. Hosted by Cormac Russell and sponsored by Aspire, this Recovery College event will focus on levelling up the landscape for LEROs and the wider community | Cormac Russell, sponsored by Aspire, UK

Fly-tipping, vandalism and drug fears blight Leicester's Hospital Close

Residents are calling for urgent improvements to an estate they say has been left to rot | BBC, UK

Residents are calling for urgent improvements to an estate they say has been left to rot

The dealer allegedly tried to pitch his tent over the spot he had previously hidden the Class A substance, but was reportedly busted by security who burst in on his pop-up cocaine factory | Daily Record, UK


International news

Marseille drugs: Child victims of French city's vicious gang war

Two weeks ago a 14-year-old boy called Rayanne was shot dead by a young man on a scooter outside the Les Marronniers housing estate where he lived in northern Marseille. Two other boys - one of 14, the other aged eight - were wounded in the attack | BBC, UK

International Overdose Awareness Day: EMCDDA answers key questions on drug-related deaths

How many people die every year in Europe from a drug-related death? Are women and men affected equally? What substances are involved in these fatalities? | EMCDDA, Portugal

STASH, Vol. 17(9) - The price of competition: How legalizing cannabis affects the street price of drugs

Where do people who use cannabis recreationally buy it? At first blush, the answer seems simple: People who live in places where purchasing cannabis is legal buy it at dispensaries, and people who do not live in such jurisdictions buy it on the illegal market. However, the reality is more complicated | BASIS, USA

Lawmakers’ Pressure On FDA Review Of New Tobacco Products Blurs Line Between Oversight And Undue Influence

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) leadership and staff are accustomed to external criticism and pressure. After all, FDA-regulated products account for 20 cents of every dollar spent by American consumers, so criticism comes with the job. Over the past year, the volume of noise aimed at FDA over one particular duty—its review of applications for electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) and other “deemed” new tobacco products—has been dialed to 11 | Forbes, USA

Overdose risk more than tripled from 2014-2019 among New Jersey Medicaid users

A rise in heroin and fentanyl in New Jersey between 2014-2019 led to the tripling of medically treated opioid overdoses despite the state's strict limiting of prescription opioids for pain and substantial state initiatives to expand access to treatment for opioid use disorder, according to a Rutgers-led study | Medical Xpress, USA

Hip Hop and Harm Reduction on Tour

Hip hop, like other music genres, is no stranger to drug overdose. The list of dead rappers grows ever-longer: DMX, Juice WRLD, Lil Peep, and many, many more. But what sets the genre apart is the extent to which it talks openly about drug use and its impacts | Filter Magazine, USA

Alberta harm reduction advocates call on province to stop 'unjust assault' on supervised consumption sites

A coalition of Albertans promoting harm reduction is calling on the provincial government to stop the “unjust assault” on services that help prevent overdoses | Calgary Sun, Canada


Blogs, comment and opinion

Marking International Overdose Awareness Day 2021

[Yesterday marked] the 20th anniversary of the International Overdose Awareness Day campaign, started in 2001 by The Salvation Army in Melbourne, Australia. This day is an opportunity to remember loved ones lost to overdose, emphasising that the tragedy of an overdose death lies in its preventability | Talking Drugs, UK

Time To Act On Minimum Unit Pricing – Elinor Jayne

This summer we received grim news: after some progress in reducing deaths caused by alcohol in Scotland, we not only ground to a halt but we took a giant step backwards. 1,190 people died directly from alcohol in 2020 | Reform Scotland blog, UK

Legalising cannabis will create jobs – and save lives

[Limited number of free articles a week] As the party of entrepreneurship and sound public finances, it’s high time the Tories end the ‘war on drugs’ and decriminalise weed | Telegraph, UK

Overdose deaths remain stubbornly high: we need to do more to save lives

The focus on reducing harms of prescription opioids is good, but given growing heroin-related deaths, we also need to focus on reducing heroin-related harms by investing in strategies we know work | Croakey, Australia