Daily news - 27th September 2021

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UK news

Ban on football fans drinking alcohol while watching in stadiums could be lifted

Football’s long-standing ban on fans drinking alcohol while watching matches could be lifted if the recommendations of the former sports minister Tracey Crouch’s fan-led review are accepted | Guardian, UK

Sir Keir Starmer backs Scotland over softer laws on Class A drug possession

Sir Keir Starmer has expressed support for a decision to relax drug laws for those found in possession of Class A substances in Scotland | Express, UK

It’s better to warn drug users than prosecute them, says Labour’s rising star

[Limited number of free articles per week] Nick Thomas-Symonds, the shadow home secretary, will champion a tougher line on child exploitation at the party conference | Telegraph, UK

Peter Krykant had 'tears in my eyes' as new Class A rules were announced

One of Scotland's leading drug campaigners has lauded a move to give people caught in possession of Class A drugs warnings instead of facing prosecution as the “biggest change to drug policy in a generation” | Glasgow Times, UK

The Clash: Is Scotland's drugs decriminalisation move right? - video

Debate with Baroness Molly Meacher, Ant Lehane from Volteface, Russell Findlay from the Scottish Conservatives and Professor Neil NcKeganey, Director Centre for Drug Misuse Research | GB News, UK

Hundreds prescribed medical cannabis in bid to persuade lawmakers to offer it on NHS

The Twenty21 project subsidises costly cannabis treatments for pain, with those behind it hoping that it will persuade health bosses to make it more readily available on the NHS | Mirror, UK

CBD trial to treat hallucinations in Parkinson’s disease - video

Researchers across the UK are trialling a range of cannabis extracts to treat conditions from pain and asthma to brain cancer. Charles Ogilvie-Forbes is taking part in a study at King's College Hospital, London, using CBD to treat the hallucinations he experiences due to his Parkinson’s disease | BBC, UK

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day

I thank everyone who supported my motion to recognise international fetal alcohol spectrum disorders awareness day on 9 September, allowing for it to be debated. Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, commonly known as FASD, deserve national attention and awareness | They work for you, UK

Data privacy and informed consent: A recap of the debate over draft NICE guidelines on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders

Health guidelines for England and Wales are expected to be finalised in the next year, providing much-needed direction on the diagnosis of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Yet, after two rounds of consultation, vociferous objections from women’s organisations, and a delay due to COVID-19, it is still far from clear what the final text will look like | SSA, UK

Why compliance matters for the vape industry

A few years ago the vape industry fought hard against a complete ban on e-cigarettes. We met with whatever politicians would talk to us | The Grocer, UK

Airports: Licensing Laws

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 6 April 2020 to Question 25059, on Licensing Laws: Aviation, when she plans to publish her Department's response to the consultation on airside alcohol licensing at international airports in England and Wales, which closed on 1 February 2019 | They work for you, UK

Man, 20, dies after falling ill at Warehouse Project - four people have been arrested

Three men and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of drugs offences | Manchester Evening News, UK

Nine charged with Nottingham-Derby county lines drug dealing

Nine people have been charged in connection with an alleged drug supply network between Nottingham and Derby | BBC, UK

Channel Tunnel cocaine smuggler jailed for nine years

A lorry driver who tried to smuggle 40kg (88lb) of cocaine into the UK through the Channel Tunnel has been jailed for nine years | BBC, UK

Report launch: 'Alcohol marketing during the 2020 Six Nations Championship'

Thu, 30 September 2021, 14:00 – 15:00 BST. Our webinar launches the findings and discusses implications of the University of Stirling's publication on Six Nations alcohol marketing | IAS et al, UK


International news

WHO costing millions of lives with e-cigarettes opposition - shock claim

A leading anti-tobacco campaigner has accused the World Health Organisation (WHO) of being "culpable" for the deaths of millions of people because it is trying to ban safer e-cigarette products | Express, UK

Actor Michael K Williams died of accidental drug overdose, coroner confirms

US actor Michael K Williams died after overdosing on a combination of heroin, cocaine, fentanyl and p-fluorofentanyl, the New York Chief Medical Examiner has confirmed | BBC, UK

'BMF' series explores climb of '80s drug kingpin 'Big Meech'

For years, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson kept hearing about two drug kingpin brothers who were embraced by hip-hop culture | Independent, UK

‘Psychedelics renaissance’: new wave of research puts hallucinogenics forward to treat mental health

In what’s been described as a ‘paradigm shifter’ for psychiatry, Australian clinical trials are exploring the therapeutic benefits of illegal substances | Guardian, UK

Methamphetamine Deaths Soar, Hitting Black And Native Americans Especially Hard

When Winnie White Tail convened a new session of inpatient substance use treatment last month for members of the Arapaho and Cheyenne tribes, she found that roughly half her clients were struggling with methamphetamine addiction | npr, USA

Graphic warning labels on cigarettes could have prevented hundreds of thousands of deaths

If the U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires tobacco companies to include graphic warning labels on cigarette packages in October 2022, as it's expected to do, between 275,000 and 794,000 smoking-attributable deaths could be averted by 2100, and between 4 million to 11.6 million life-years could be gained during that period | Medical Xpress, USA

Smartphone sensor data has potential to detect cannabis intoxication

New report demonstrates how phone sensor data, such as GPS, can be used to detect cannabis intoxication in young adults | EurekAlert, USA

Medical cannabis for opioid use disorder: The association between state policies and dispensary marketing claims

Cannabis might have benefits for opioid use disorder treatment but it has yet to be FDA-approved for treatment in the United States due to a lack of rigorous research | Recovery Research Institute, USA

“We do recover”: More evidence that tens of millions of adults in the United States have recovered from a substance use problem

Substance use disorders are chronic medical conditions for some, requiring ongoing, comprehensive care. At the population level, though, they are characterized by varying levels of severity, from mild to severe distress and impairments in functioning | Recovery Research Institute, USA

Evaluating the impact of plain packaging among Canadian smokers: findings from the 2018 and 2020 ITC Smoking and Vaping Surveys

In February 2020, Canada implemented plain packaging without any changes to the size and content of health warning labels (HWLs), which were last updated in 2012 (pictorial HWLs on 75% of the pack front and back). This pre-post evaluation study assessed the impact of plain packaging in Canada on: (1) pack appeal; (2) HWL effectiveness; and (3) support for plain packaging | BMJ Tobacco Control, USA

Increasing trends in coke, ket, nangs and poppers among people who regularly use ecstasy and/or other illicit stimulants, Perth WA

In 2020, the Western Australian Ecstasy and related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS) report documented record highs in self-reported recent use of cocaine, ketamine, amyl nitrite (poppers) and nitrous oxide (nangs). While these substances are commonly perceived as relatively harmless ‘party drugs’, and are on the mid-lower end of harm ranking systems, use still carries risks | NDARC, Australia

Alcohol use in children, and how parents can make a difference

It's a familiar cause of angst for many parents — the concern that as their children grow up, they will encounter or face pressure to drink alcohol or try illicit drugs | abc.net.au, Australia

Drug Foundation worried about vaccination rates among users - audio

Earlier today, University of Otago epidemiologist Michael Baker said he was concerned Covid-19 was still being transmitted in parts of Auckland, and social workers and police should work with health officials to reach marginalised groups | RNZ, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

How Scotland’s new drug policy could lead the way for the UK as a whole

Yesterday, Scotland made enormous strides towards implementing a drugs policy that is rooted in health and not criminalisation, doing so off the back of soaring drug deaths that have risen year on year for the past 8 years. Just 24 hours later, Sir Keir Starmer said that was “probably the right thing to do.” | Politics.co.uk, UK

Care and treatment for people with alcohol-related brain damage: a matter of human rights

Alcohol-related brain damage (ARBD) is a condition caused by prolonged, chronic alcohol use. It can impact many, if not all, aspects of a person’s life. In this blog post, Julie Paterson and Dr Lisa Schölin discuss findings from a recent report by the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland | SHAAP blog, UK

Experiences of a plumber: "We need better systems in place to help those who are struggling"

In this blog, Master plumber Jimmy shares the impact alcohol consumption can have on people's health and safety on construction sites, and calls for change | Alcohol Change UK blog, UK

Dropping the Facade

Fearful of parental reprisals, school sanctions, and, of course, a life of crime and addiction—all lessons that had been reiterated ad nauseum during the “Just Say No!” era, I had sworn off all substances during high school. But, facing college and the culture of college drinking made me rethink that approach | Points blog, USA