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The Scottish Health Survey (PDF)

[Includes data on alcohol and smoking] | Scottish Government, UK

Are Scots becoming more or less healthy?

The latest Scottish Health Survey attempts to measure the wellbeing of people living in Scotland. So, what does it reveal about the nation's drinking, smoking and exercise habits? | BBC, UK

National Drug and Alcohol Treatment Waiting Times - Summary (PDF)

The quarterly trend for Scotland as a whole over the past three years shows little change in performance. Of the 10,325 people who started their first treatment in the most recent quarter, 93.2% waited three weeks or less | ISD Scotland, UK

Can Tele-healthcare Interventions Prevent Drug Related Deaths?

The level of drug related deaths (DRD) across the UK has reached crisis point.  With 1187 deaths in Scotland1and 4359 in England and Wales2(a rise of 27% and 16% respectively on the previous year), innovative solutions are being sought | SSA, UK

Consultation outcome: NDTMS annual reports and methodology: proposed changes

There was an overwhelmingly positive response to the proposals in the consultation, so we will aim to incorporate format changes for all 3 the 2018 to 2019 reports (adults, young people and secure settings) | PHE, UK

Going to pot: British university campuses face a drugs epidemic

[Free registration may be required] There is a drugs epidemic on Britain’s campuses, with two in five students now using them regularly during their studies. Nick Rodrigues discovers a seedier side to modern student life | The Times, UK

Exploring patterns of Housing First support: Resident Journeys (PDF)

This report outlines the findings from 16 timeline interviews carried out with Housing First residents across England. It explores how, and why, the nature, intensity and residents’ engagement with support changes over time, and provides insight into the role and importance of Housing First support in positively changing the lives of people who would otherwise be caught in long-term and repeat homelessness | Homeless Link, UK

Use of e-cigarettes (vaporisers) among adults in Great Britain (PDF)

This fact sheet provides a detailed analysis of adult attitudes and behaviour with respect to e-cigarettes and how they have changed over time. The data are taken from an annual survey, Smokefree GB, carried out for ASH by YouGov | ASH, UK

The homeless death of Jake Humm: 'It was my deepest, darkest fear'

Jake Humm 1995-2018: He was a talented rapper with a loving father and access to support. So why did Jake die alone in a hostel, where his body lay undiscovered for two days? | Guardian, UK

Recovery College 5

The final line up has now been confirmed – for free tickets please follow the link in the agenda, for more information about the Northern recovery College please contact stuart.green4@nhs.net | ASPIRE, UK

McQueen Gin TV ad showing climbers drinking on mountain is banned

A TV advert for McQueen Gin has been banned after it showed a group of climbers drinking at the top of a mountain | BBC, UK

How well do you know your alcohol tax?

Welcome to the Alcohol Health Alliance Party Conference Quiz! | AHA, UK

Dry crusader brings American prohibition campaign to the UK – archive, 1920

25 September 1920: Mr. W. E. (“Pussyfoot”) Johnson attempts to convert the British to the idea of an alcohol-free society | Guardian, UK


International news

The politician, the planner, and the pioneer: contrasting views on drug consumption rooms

Diverging from the well-trodden narrative that the evidence base provides almost unanimous support for safer injecting facilities, a new paper examines gaps in the evidence base and the adequacy of literature depending on who is reading it | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Revolving door between politics and lobbying undermines good policy – report

Study warns public health threatened by movement from government to gambling, alcohol and food industries | Guardian, UK

Cannabis expected to be legalised in Australian Capital Territory for personal use

The private member’s bill will allow Canberrans over 18 to possess 50 grams of cannabis and grow two plants | Guardian, UK

California issues stark warning: stop vaping now

State recommends people halt use of e-cigarettes amid investigations of hospitalizations and deaths | Guardian, UK

US state of Massachusetts bans all e-cigarettes

Massachusetts on Tuesday officially became the first US state to ban -- if temporarily -- the sale of all electronic cigarettes, going further than states that only prohibited flavored products | Daily Mail, UK

New EMCDDA manual and training courses for professionalising drug prevention

Advancing the professionalism of the drug prevention workforce in Europe is at the heart of a new European Prevention Curriculum (EUPC) handbook, launched by the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA). The manual is designed to train professionals who are involved in shaping prevention decisions, opinions and policies in Europe in the science-based prevention of substance use | EMCDDA, Portugal

3 Are Dead and 4 Hospitalized in Pittsburgh From Overdoses, Officials Say

All the victims were wearing orange wristbands and had been at the same event on Saturday night, but overdosed together at a private residence, the authorities said | NYTimes, USA

Doctors are not using tools to help youths quit smoking

95% of adolescents and young adults with nicotine use disorder get no counseling or medical treatment, amid explosion of e-cigarette use | EurekAlert, USA

US official expects 'hundreds more' cases of vaping illness

Dr. Anne Schuchat, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told a congressional subcommittee that she believes "hundreds more" lung illnesses have been reported to health authorities since last Thursday, when the CDC put the tally at 530 confirmed and probable cases | Medical Xpress, USA

Banning Menthol Cigarettes Criminalizes Black Communities, Say Advocates

Smoking might be out of vogue, but flavored cigarette bans—like those of flavored vapes—are trending. Several cities in the United States, most recently San Francisco, have prohibited or restricted the sale of menthol cigarettes. Other jurisdictions, such as Los Angeles and New York City, are considering bans | Filter Magazine, USA

China planning controls on e-cigarettes amid health concern

China plans to join governments that are imposing controls on tobacco liquid and additives for e-cigarettes amid rising concern about deaths and illnesses blamed on vaping, a state news agency said Tuesday | Medical Xpress, USA

First-of-its-kind guideline sets out best practices for delivering injectable opioid agonist treatment

The first-ever Canadian guidelines for prescribing injectable opioid agonist treatment (iOAT) were released today. The clinical guideline provides optimal strategies for delivering iOAT with prescription heroin and hydromorphone for people with severe opioid use disorder | BCCSU, Canada

Cannabis Use, Anxiety, and Perceptions of Risk among Canadian Undergraduates

Our study yields valuable information regarding how Canadian youthperceive the risks associated with cannabis use; critically, males are more likely to perceive minimal risk with use and are also more likely to use problematically. By contrast, cannabis use is more strongly related to anxiety among females | Canadian Journal of Addiction, Canada

Surprise surprise, self-regulation is unlikely to restrict alcohol marketing in esports

To many of us, the world of esports is a completely foreign one. Some will be shocked to learn that not only do millions of people watch esports events through online streaming platforms, but official tournaments sell out arenas. Thousands of fans turn up to watch professional video gamers battle it out on stage for the chance to win millions of dollars in prize money | DrinkTank, Australia

Drug user locked in hospital closet for 24 hours, ice inquiry told

Dr Mary Harrod, the chief executive of the NSW Users and AIDS Association (NUAA), called for the introduction of "chill spaces" so people using amphetamines had somewhere to go other than a hospital | SMH, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Not sure if this riff goes anywhere, but with the Amazon on fire, huge storms battering the Caribbean, a memorial service in Switzerland for melting glaciers, animal species lost forever as habitats vanish and thousands out on the streets protesting about climate destruction... | NSP blog, UK

As a straight man I never thought I’d end up running a chemsex service

Because of people like Joe it’s been the most rewarding experience of my career | Addaction blog, UK

Responding to complex needs of young people who access substance use services in the criminal justice system

In this blog, Dr Helen Gleeson offers interesting insights on the needs of young people with a have a history of substance use who come into contact with the criminal justice system in the UK | EUSPR blog, UK

France forgets own golden age of medical marijuana

This past summer the French food and drug office, the Agence Nationale de Sécurité du Médicament, greenlighted limited medical cannabis trials inside France, something that’s been illegal since 1953 | Conversation, USA

Responding to public health emergencies in an age of distrust: the current lung damage epidemic in the United States

In April 2019, the first case appeared of what soon became an epidemic of highly unusual lung damage cases in the United States, with the patients first presenting for medical treatment with a form of lipoid pneumonia | BMJ Blog, USA



And finally...

Bird seed can cause cannabis plants to grow in your garden, BBC Gardeners' World expert warns readers 

Bird seed can cause illegal cannabis plants to grow in your garden, a BBC Gardeners' World expert has warned readers of the programme's magazine | Telegraph, UK