Law

The Rapidly Changing Composition of the World's Drug Supply and Its Effects on High-Risk for COVID-19

Arizona, United States,
The second of two presentations by Thom Browne Jr. (MA Criminal Justice, CEO of Colombo Plan) on the emerging and rapidly-changing properties of illicit drugs and their cutting agents that put substance users worldwide at high-risk for near- and long-term chronic health problems, overdose (fatal & non-fatal), and increased vulnerability to both the acquisition of viruses like COVID-19 and more severe complications from the virus.

The Rapidly Changing Composition of the World's Drug Supply and Its Effects on High-Risk for COVID-19

Arizona, United States,
The first of two presentations by Thom Browne Jr. (MA Criminal Justice, CEO of Colombo Plan) on the emerging and rapidly-changing properties of illicit drugs and their cutting agents that put substance users worldwide at high-risk for near- and long-term chronic health problems, overdose (fatal & non-fatal), and increased vulnerability to both the acquisition of viruses like COVID-19 and more severe complications from the virus.

The Balearic Islands Introduce Laws to Reduce Binge-Drinking Holidays

The Balearic Islands- including Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera- are highly popular tourist destinations, which is renowned for its nightlife. Unfortunately, along with the partying, there has seen a rise in anti-social behaviour linked with heavy and harmful binge drinking. To try and tackle the issue, Spain's Balearic islands have passed a bill to deter certain behaviours and practices associated with heavy alcohol consumption. Under the new regulations, alcohol is prohibited from being sold in

Minimum Unit Pricing for Alcohol Introduced in Wales

From the 2nd of March, Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) for alcohol will come into effect in Wales. The policy, which has shown positive outcomes in Scotland, aims to tackle alcohol-related harm and death. MUP is designed to reduce the amount of low cost, high strength products. Although the law enabling the Welsh Government to set a minimum unit price was passed on 9 August 2018, there have been delays to the introduction of MUP due

New Zealand Government to Grant Police the Power to Conduct Roadside Drug Testing

Taking drugs influences your ability to drive safely putting yourself and those around you at risk. In a bid to prevent harm caused by drug driving, the New Zealand Government have introduced police random roadside drug testing. Drivers who are tested positive for drugs will be fined and suspended from driving. Ross Bell, NZ Drug Foundation Executive Director says: “The Government’s announcement sends a clear message to New Zealanders that drug driving is illegal and

Prioritising Action on Alcohol for Health and Development

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Rekve, D., Banatvala, N., Karpati, A., Tarlton, D., Westerman, L., Sperkova, K., ... & Monteiro, M. (2019). Prioritising action on alcohol for health and development. bmj, 367.
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Globally, alcohol consumption is estimated to cause more than 10% of the burden of noncommunicable diseases, including cirrhosis of the liver, respiratory disease, pancreatitis, cancers (oral and pharynx, larynx, oesophagus, liver, colorectal), strokes and hypertension.