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Professor Malcolm Lader OBE, 1936-2020

Professor Malcolm Lader OBE died on 7 August 2020 following a short illness. Professor Lader was a leader in addictions research with a focus on psychopharmacology. He became world renowned for his research on benzodiazepines when they were being promoted as a harm-free alternative to barbiturates. His work on dependence and withdrawal from benzodiazepine drugs
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COVID-19 links and updates

We have continued to collect resources on COVID-19 and addiction as they emerge and have now updated our pages on News & Opinion, Research, Briefings and Evidence, and Webinars Podcasts and Online Discussions. Our understanding of COVID-19 and its implications has developed substantially since the pandemic first appeared.  We aim to maintain a record of
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Hong Kong’s first cannabidiol (CBD) café

The first cannabidiol (CBD) café is due to open in Hong Kong in October 2020. The café will sell a range of CBD products including CBD-infused drinks and CBD oils. Customers are expected to include parents of children with epilepsy or cerebral palsy and people who have difficulty sleeping. Products containing THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) remain illegal
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World Health Organisation (WHO) funds smoking cessation initiative in Jordan

Jordan has become the first country to receive funding and assistance from the World Health Organisation (WHO) to help reduce smoking prevalence. Jordan has the world’s highest smoking prevalence, with more than 8 in 10 Jordanian men estimated to be daily smokers. The new smoking cessation scheme will provide smokers with access to Nicotine Replacement
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Reductions in smoking and drinking prevalence among Czech Republic adolescents

The European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) has reported that alcohol and tobacco use among adolescents in the Czech Republic has reduced in the past 5 years. Data from the survey indicate that the proportion of 15- to 16-year-olds who smoke dropped from 16.5% in 2015 to 10% in 2019. The
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Mobile drug consumption facility launched in Glasgow

A drug consumption van has started operating in Glasgow despite suggestions from the UK government that such facilities could be breaking the law. The facility enables people who inject drugs to do so in a safe environment, reducing the risk of overdose and blood-borne viruses. The initiative is in response to recent increases in HIV
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Report on the impact of heroin trafficking on eastern and southern Africa

A report by Enhancing Africa’s ability to Counter Transnational Crime (ENACT) has outlined the impact that international heroin trade routes have on local economies in Africa. The report outlines a range of locations in Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania and South Africa that have been affected by heroin as it is transported from Afghanistan to developed countries.
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UK city bans smoking outside pubs and restaurants during COVID-19

Manchester has implemented a ban on smoking outside pubs and restaurants. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, many food and drink retailers have been granted ‘pavement licences’ in order to continue serving food whilst reducing the risk of spreading the virus. Manchester council has banned smoking outside such establishments to protect diners from the health impact of
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Collective Voice launches UK addiction and recovery COVID-19 response fund

As part of the UK government’s funding to support voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Addiction and Recovery COVID-19 Response Fund has been launched. The fund was launched on 8 July; the deadline for applications is 22 July 2020. Registered charities, community interest companies with asset lock and social enterprise

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