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Psychoactive Substances Act 2016

The UK legislature has just passed into law the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016, a bill that has been intensely debated over the past year.
A landmark Bill to end the trade in harmful psychoactive substances and protect young people in the UK from the risks posed by these drugs received Royal Assent today.
The Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 will prohibit the production, supply and importation of these potentially dangerous drugs.

Psychoactive Substances Act 2016

Download the text here.
More information from the UK Home Office here.

Award winners from last meeting

Congratulations to our two award winners from the LTG's Christmas lectures, that took place on Friday 11th December 2015. Lana Brockbals won the Brian Widdop prize for best oral presentation for her talk entitled 'Fast single-injection quantification of cocaine in street samples using multiple isotopically labelled internal standards'. She was presented her certificate on the day by our guest speaker Mike Power, and received £150 along with a copy of Mike's book.
Also congratulations to Vanessa Burnell and fellow writers, who won the John Jackson prize for best poster, entitled 'Advancing methodologies for the quantification of Tacrolimus: The use of low blood volumes and high-resolution mass spectrometry'. She received her prize of £100 and a copy of Mikes book also.

Congratulations and thank you to all those who presented oral and poster presentations. Merry Christmas and a peaceful new year to all

LTG Committee Elections 2015

There are several positions on the LTG committee which are up for election at the December meeting.
The positions up for election are secretary and three ordinary members. We would also like to invite interest in the positions of deputy chair and corporate liaison, as current officers will be coming to the end of their term soon. Being on the LTG committee is an excellent way to voice new opinions and meet new people in a relaxed and friendly manner. Have your say in how the LTG is run for 2016! It is important to keep new members coming into these positions, as you provide vital new ideas and enthusiasm, keeping the LTG alive and vibrant!
If you would like to know more about what these roles entail, or are interested in standing for election please complete and return the election form and/or e-mail: ltg.committee@gmail.com for further details. If more than 1 person stands for any position, then a balloted election will take place at the business meeting.

UK will be hosting TIAFT 2019

Dear Members, it gives me great pleasure to inform everyone that the UK bid for TIAFT 2019 I presented today in Florence was successful. As last year it was a challenging process and there were other great bids from Dubai, Cape Town and Turkey.

This is fantastic for UK toxicology and our chance to demonstrate our commitment to toxicology and TIAFT, especially with the history the UK shares with the organisation. I would like to thank everyone for their support, both the previous time at Buenos Aires and here in Florence, it really made a difference. Of course the real work starts now, only 4 years to go and as we know there's a lot to do. So everyone that notionally volunteered for things when I've previously presented the plans needs to get ready for some e-mails!

Thanks again. It's going to be good...

Simon Elliott

The UK's new Psychoactive Substance Bill

The UK’s Psychoactive Substances Bill is currently making its way through Parliament.  There will undoubtedly be further modifications made, but its sweeping recommendations are causing quite a flurry of media commentary.

Find links below to the current bill and to several online news stories.

Psychoactive Substances Bill: download the current Bill here.

Psychoactive substances ban will 'end brain research' in Britain, experts warn
Damien Gayle
The Guardian; May 29, 2015
Link to story here.

Psychoactive Substances Bill: What's banned and how are they checked?
BBC Newsbeat; May 29, 2015
Link to story here.

Queen's Speech 2015: 'Legal Highs' Banned Under New Bill Covering 'New Generation Of Psychoactive Drugs'
Louise Ridley
Huffington Post United Kingdom; May 27, 2015
Link to story here.

A temporary class drug order (TCDO) will be introduced on the Phenidate family

Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) reviews the evidence of use and harms associated with Methylphenidate-based New Psychoactive Substances.

The UK Home Office announced that a temporary class drug order (TCDO) will be introduced on the Phenidate family, this includes: Ethylphenidate, Isopropylphenidate, HDMP-28 and 3,4-CTMP.

THE BAN WILL START ON FRIDAY 10TH APRIL 2015.

Download full report (pdf).

UKIAFT Annual Meeting and Conference

The 2015 Annual UKIAFT Conference and AGM will be hosted at Bournemouth University.  Topics will include all areas of forensic toxicology e.g. Cases studies, Method development and Analytical techniques,  New Psychoactive Substances (Legal Highs),  Pharmacogenomics, Drugs in Oral Fluid, Driving Under the Influence of Drugs (DUID), Drug Associated Crime.

The meeting is open to all who are associated with forensic toxicology i.e. casework scientists,  researchers and students studying forensic toxicology so please inform work colleagues and put the date in their diaries now.

Registration, paper & poster submission and Hotel Booking information will be released shortly.  For further information please contact UKIAFT2015@gmail.com.

We look forward to meeting you in September for a great meeting,
David Osselton

Calling Time on Binge Drinking and Alcohol-Fuelled Violence: The Next Steps

Calling Time on Binge Drinking and Alcohol-Fuelled Violence: The Next Steps
Central London
Wednesday 25th March 2015

Please, be advised that the early registration deadline for the above symposium is now fast approaching. This special rate represents a reduction of 20% off the standard delegate rates and is valid until Thursday 15th January 2015.

Following the launch of its Alcohol Strategy in 2012, the Home Office published the 'Next steps following the consultation on delivering the Government’s alcohol strategy' in July 2013, focusing on three key areas:

  • Targeted national action
  • Joining up at the local level
  • Promoting growth and supporting responsible businesses

To underpin its policy objectives, another significant change has seen the transfer of responsibility of public health from the NHS to local authorities in April 2013, with local authorities working with a wide range of partners (including drug and alcohol action teams) and taking command of commissioning and coordinating services on the ground.

This special symposium provides an invaluable opportunity for local councils, licensing authorities, police service, health sector, industry and other key stakeholders to discuss the impact of the Government’s measures on alcohol. The symposium will explore how to clamp down on the binge drinking culture which pervades our society and analyse the new public health role of local authorities in tackling alcohol misuse.

We are pleased to advise you that we offer a 20% early registration discount off the standard delegate rates for all bookings received by 15th January 2015. For further details about the symposium, please refer to the internet addresses below. Do feel free to circulate this information to relevant colleagues within your organisation.

In the meantime, to ensure your organisation is represented, please book online or complete and return the attached registration form at your earliest convenience in order to secure your delegate place(s).

Kind regards,

The Conference Team
Public Policy Exchange
Tel: 0845 606 1535
Fax: 0845 606 1539

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