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President Trump: SouthCom counternarcotics operations

In just 12 weeks, SouthCom’s surge operation with key regional partners resulted in more than 1,000 arrests and the interdiction of 120 metric tons of drugs. The White House released President Trump’s remarks on this.

Elon Musk: brain-computer Neuralink will cure addiction

Musk’s revolutionary new device bypasses the senses and directly communicates with the brain to “retrain”our synapses to cure depression and addictions“. Details will be available from Neuralink on 28 August about how the technology will work.

Lawyers seek to halt Purdue Pharma political contributions

Purdue entered bankruptcy protection last year in an effort to settle 1000s of lawsuits accusing it of helping spark an opioid addiction epidemic which contributed to over 400,000 deaths in the US. State attorneys general are among those negotiating a

Cannabis as a gateway drug for opioid use disorder

Cannabis use in some people can introduce de novo risk for opioid use and development of opioid use disorder. These risks are particularly high during adolescence when cannabis use can disrupt critical periods of neurodevelopment. Arthur Robin Williams of Columbia

Webinar: Marijuana-impaired driving

Presented by Dr Marilyn Huestis and Kevin Sabet, the webinar on 16 July will ensure that attendees will be able to describe the endogenous cannabinoid neurotransmitter system as well as the effects of cannabis on driving performance.

Why mexican cartels are shooting up drug rehabs

Since December, there have been 13 violent attacks on rehabs across Guanajuato, according to the head of an association that represents rehab centres. Rehabs are targeted by cartels because they are part of the drug zone gangs want to monopolise:

South Africa bans alcohol sales

South Africa has banned alcohol sales as part of its response to pandemic, as some government projections predict 50,000 deaths by the end of the year. The aim is to reduce trauma cases and free hospital beds for virus patients.

10 July 2020

Is there something wrong with drug research?

Does politicisation of medicine explain why preparation for Covid-19 was so derisory? Stanford University professor John Ionnidis has “increasing concern that most current published research findings are false” – of the 49 most-cited clinical research studies in 3 major medical

Webinar choices

CCAPP Consortium of Addiction Programs & Professionals will hold its 6th Annual Multicultural Conference on 16-17 July; it includes best practices and cultural competency for addiction-focused professionals. NAATP, the National Association for Addiction Treatment Programs, will also hold a webinar

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