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18 September 2020

US cancels vote on MORE Act

The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act aimed to remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and eliminate criminal penalties for people who manufacture, distribute or possess marijuana. Comment from SAM and AALMS.

Ministerial meeting to discuss key drugs issues

Crime and policing minister Kit Malthouse and public health minister Jo Churchill today yesterday hosted a meeting to discuss key issues around illicit drugs. Here is a summary.

Childhood trauma and reducing stigma of addiction

Representation of adverse childhood experiences is associated with lower public stigma towards people who use drugs, Liverpool John Moores University, University of York and University of Liverpool confirm. Academics are catching up!

KCL links sun-seeking behaviour to genes involved in addiction

Sun-seeking behaviour is linked to genes involved in addiction, behavioural and personality traits and brain function, according to a study of 262,500 people led by TwinsUK researchers from King’s College London.

Can recovery lower risk of dementia?

There is no cure for dementia, giving a need to identify modifiable risk factors to prevent or delay it. University College London has now identified post-traumatic stress disorder as a risk factor – so treating it in addiction recovery can

Commission on Alcohol Harm (2020) report

Alcohol Policy UK comments on the recent Commission on Alcohol Harm (2020) report, calling for a new comprehensive alcohol strategy for England.

Networking UK recovery community organisations

Connecting the connectors: Creating space to develop evidence-based innovation in Lived Experience Recovery Organisations by Professor David Best et al has been updated and commented on in William White’s blog.

UNODC-WHO International standards on drug use prevention

As part of their launch, ISSUP Lebanon invites readers to a webinar this coming Monday 21 September discussing effective evidence-based prevention of drug use according to the UNODC-WHO 2nd Updated Edition of the International Standards.

Alcohol is everywhere – addiction treatment isn’t

Alcohol-related illnesses kill 88,000+ americans per year – and the alcohol industry is thriving in the pandemic. Worse, excessive drinking formed in pandemic isolation can be hard to shake, as seen after traumas like 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. Worse again,

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