Daily news - 2nd September 2021

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September is Recovery Month - see events and more in DrugWise Daily throughout the coming month.


UK news

Anti - Stigma. End Discrimination

Stigma leads to judgments and behaviours that limit opportunities for people to get better and build a happy life.  Stigma leads to discrimination. We believe, as a society, we should no longer tolerate stigma, whoever we are and whatever our life experience we can all commit to ending stigma and discrimination. Over the next few years we’ll be doing our bit to end stigma through 5 Strategic approaches... | Phoenix Futures, UK

News in brief: Minister vows to do more to tackle substance abuse as game changing treatment helps reduce drug deaths 

Minister for Mental Health Lynne Neagle says more must be done to tackle substance abuse in Wales, despite the number of deaths due to the misuse of drugs falling to the lowest levels since 2014 | Nation Cymru, UK

Alcohol-related violence: a summary of research presented at the 2021 British Society of Criminology conference

In England and Wales, approximately two in five violent incidents are alcohol-related. Alcohol-related violent crime (ARV) costs the police and criminal justice system in England approximately £1.6 billion per year | IAS, UK

Recovery Coach Academy

The Recovery Coach Academy aims to be a hub of information, training, connections and coaching that supports MULTIPLE PATHWAYS for RECOVERY, while working with individuals, families and communities. See a list of events here | Recovery Coach Academy, 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

Palliative and end-of-life care for people who use drugs

Thu, 30 September 2021, 14:00 – 16:00 BST. DRNS is delivering a knowledge exchange event in collaboration with colleagues from NHS Lanarkshire on palliative and end-of-life care for people who use drugs | DRNS, UK

Free webinar: The increase in alcohol related deaths - how can we respond?

Monday 11.10.21 at 2pm - 3.30pm. This joint webinar between Addiction Professionals and DDN will look at the statistics behind the worrying increase in alcohol-related deaths and will consider the causes, and what we can do to prevent further increases | Addiction Professionals, UK

#44 - Ibogaine with Deborah Mash -podcast

This week on the Drug Science podcast, Professor Deborah Mash tells us about Ibogaine. A hallucinogenic compound derived from the roots of a West African shrub, sometimes used as a treatment for heroin or cocaine addiction | Drug Science, UK

Schools asked to support survey on Smoking Drinking and Drug Use among young people in England

NHS Digital is calling on selected secondary schools across England to take part in a statistical survey that will measure the use of alcohol, nicotine and drugs in young people | NHS Digtal, UK

QMJC August 2021: Rethinking assumptions associated with the ‘Trainspotting Generation’

The Qualitative Methods Journal Club (QMJC) entry for August provides a timely supplement to articles marking International Overdose Awareness Day and articles examining annual drug-related death stats in England, Wales and Scotland. The paper selected by the Journal Club challenges the ‘ageing cohort theory’, and highlights an academic writing style that shows empathy, humanity, and connection to participants in the study | SSA, UK

Addiction key findings - September

A quick summary of the main discovery for each research paper published in the ltest issue of the journal Addiction | SSA, UK

Runcorn drug dealers sent cannabis packages around UK

A man and woman who posted hundreds of packages of cannabis to people around the UK have been sentenced after Royal Mail raised the alarm | BBC, UK

Huddersfield drug-addicted teen 'used as a child prostitute'

A man got a teenage girl addicted to drugs so she would work for him as a prostitute in Huddersfield, a court has heard | BBC, UK

The drugs gang in our cul-de-sac - video

When a drugs gang moved in three doors down, Joy Jones says life became like a "horror movie" | BBC, UK


International news

Misinformation on Twitter adversely affects adults’ health decisions

UK and US adult smokers who were considering using e-cigarettes were deterred when exposed to tweets falsely implying the devices are more harmful than conventional cigarettes, finds new research | EurekAlert, UK

The tobacco companies that say they want to stop people smoking cigarettes

Philip Morris International is attempting the ultimate pivot: from causing cancer to promoting wellness | i news, UK

Amazon asks delivery partners NOT to screen potential drivers for marijuana in a bid to overcome labor shortages

The US is grappling with driver shortages across a number of industries, from commerce to transportation, and are promoting hiring incentives such as bonuses | Mail Online, UK

‘Swazi gold’: grandmothers in Eswatini growing cannabis to make ends meet

In the poverty-stricken kingdom, an older generation rely on growing marijuana to feed children orphaned by Aids epidemic | Guardian, UK

Drugs trade 'never waned', bucking Covid crime trends

The Garda Commissioner has said the illegal drug trade has “never waned” during the pandemic, bucking overall crime trends which show sustained downward or stabilised rates of offending | Irish Examiner, Ireland

A Proclamation on National Recovery Month, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken an enormous toll on the lives of the American people, especially those struggling with substance use disorder.  While many have continued on their path towards recovery, even while facing the additional physical, emotional, and economic hardships brought about by the pandemic, others have struggled | The White House, USA

Combined cigarette and alcohol cues intensify motivation to continue substance use

Researchers at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York have explored the motivational impact of cigarette and alcohol "cues", with important implications for understanding and treating addiction and relapse | Medical Xpress, USA

FDA’s Suspected Push for Global Kratom Ban Rattles Advocates

Despite Thailand’s recent legalization of kratom—swiftly following the country’s decriminalization earlier this year—international kratom advocacy’s momentum is facing stern resistance from the United States Food and Drug Administration | Filter Magazine, USA

More Evidence That Coerced Drug Treatment Is Harmful as Well as Wrong

A paper published by the International Journal of Drug Policy confirms what harm reductionists have been saying since the dawn of the movement: Coerced drug treatment causes more harm than good | Filter Magazine, USA

The FDA Denies 800 More Flavored Vaping Products. Is This a Pattern?

On August 31, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) denied the PMTA applications for about 800 vaping products from three e-liquid manufacturers. All of the products were flavored | Filter Magazine, USA

Drug Users Are Suing the Canadian Government Over the War on Drugs

The lawsuit says forcing people to buy drugs from a poisoned drug supply is unconstitutional. It is calling for decriminalization of using and dealing drugs | VICE, Canada

Creativity, care and ‘messy’ drug use: A collective history of the early days of peer-led needle exchange in Dunedin, New Zealand

[Open access] Established in 1988, the New Zealand Needle Exchange Program (NZNEP) was the first needle exchange programme in the world to operate nation-wide under legal sanction. As in other countries, the ground for legislative reform was laid by activist action among the affected communities and their allies | IJDP, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

The Trip Report 01/09

Through the work of organisations such as WEDINOS, The Loop, and SaferParty, we know a little more about the drugs in circulation. The report provided below is a summary of their findings over the last week | Cameron Scally, UK

Luke's story: For well over 15 years, drugs were a big part of my life

Prior to them taking over, there was about a five-year period when they were fun with not many consequences. My drug taking 'career' started with drinking and smoking weed at school, later progressing to cocaine | WDP blog, UK

Children under 12 are ‘sexting’ – we must confront this reality in order to protect them

Receiving and sending ‘sexts’ at an early age is associated with a range of other harms and problems | Independent voices, UK

Personalised gambling adverts: a troubling new trend

There’s a new type of gambling advert being used online and on social media to try and appeal to viewers, recent research has shown. Unlike on television, these online advertisements can be more personalised, interactive and may be harder to distinguish from other content | Conversation, UK

In Afghanistan, opium is as big a winner as Islamic extremism

After more than 20 years of conflict in Afghanistan, the withdrawal of United States-led forces is causing a humanitarian crisis as the Taliban takes control of the country | Conversation, USA