Daily news - 26th August 2020

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UK news

Managing drug and alcohol misuse at work

This report provides an overview of current employer practice in preventing and managing drug and alcohol misuse at work. It examines why the argument for greater employer support and preventative action around drug and alcohol misuse is stronger than ever | CIPD, UK

Guidance for managing drug and alcohol misuse at work

Practical guidance for employers and line managers on how to manage and support employees, including advice on policy, training and links to further resources | CIPD, UK

Statistics on Smoking

This note provides a summary of statistics on smoking among adults in Great Britain and children in England and Scotland. Data on smoking-related hospital admissions and deaths in England and Scotland is also shown | House of Commons Library, UK

Call for law change to strengthen labelling of alcohol

Health experts and charities have called on the UK and Scottish government to act on "inadequate" labelling of alcohol products | BBC, UK

Gambling, alcohol and junk food brands breaking ad code by targeting children

The ASA has found that 159 age-restricted ads broke the advertising rules in its first of four monitoring exercises | Marketing Week, UK

Health visiting and smokefree homes

This page contains resources and information to enable Health Visitors and other healthcare professionals to support pregnant women and parents to quit smoking and keep their home smokefree | Smokefree Action, UK

The dual public health emergency and advocating for change - international perspectives - webinar

Fri, Aug 28, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM BST. The is the second of two webinars with international speakers Scottish Drugs Forum are hosting to mark International Overdose Awareness Day 2020. We will hear about how the dual public health emergency of drug-related deaths and Covid-19 has affected people who use drugs in Canada and Australia, the impact of this dual crisis on families and the changes now being advocated for | SDF, UK

More than my Past -Tony Adams MBE - podcast

Jason's guest on this episode is former Arsenal and England captain Tony Adams MBE. Tony battled alcoholism for much of his early football career, famously crashing his car while well over the drink-driving limit in 1990 and being sentenced to four months in Chelmsford Prison (of which he served two). After a long and public recovery process, Tony went on to set up the Sporting Chance Clinic which offers support to sportspeople dealing with addiction | More than my past, UK

The characteristic profile of those vulnerable to child exploitation in Shropshire - Rebecca Plimmer - video

xploitation Week - Estimates indicate there to be up to 30-50 implicated in a single county line, in urban and coastal areas. Based on these estimates and Shropshire's estimate of around ten operating county lines in the region, this equates to potentially 300-500 children being at risk of child criminal exploitation | MyPOV, UK

Psychedelics for Addiction with Professor Matt Johnson - podcast

Tobacco and alcohol are the largest sources of preventable death in the world. Our current treatments are only 15% effective at best. However, psilocybin-assisted therapy has achieved an astonishing 80% success rate in clinical trials | Drug Science, UK

Google searches for local beer delivery shot up by 500% during lockdown

Beer retailers and small breweries now say they are struggling without support as sales have dwindled after restaurants and pubs reopened | Independent, UK

Stop-and-search use in London rose 40% in lockdown, figures show

Tactic was used 1,100 times a day between April and June, and lower proportion led to arrests | Guardian, UK

NCA launches investigation after Gatwick cocaine seizures

National Crime Agency officers have begun investigations after three separate seizures of cocaine were made in freight at Gatwick Airport | NCA, USA


International news

Prescribing take-home naloxone to people who recently had an overdose

Emergency department physicians regularly treat people who have had an opioid overdose, but they may not be making the most of the opportunity to provide take-home naloxone for future potential overdose events. Can a prompt in the patients’ electronic health records boost prescribing of this lifesaving ‘overdose antidote’? | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Alcopops, grown up: a wave of hard seltzers has hit Australian shores

Flavoured, alcoholic fizzy water has become the fastest growing drink in the US – now Australian companies hope to capitalise on its success | Guardian, UK

Ana Liffey Drug Project runs harm-reduction tent at Electric Picnic

People planning to use illegal drugs at this year’s Electric Picnic festival are being advised to take a ‘tester dose’ first and not to mix substances | Breaking News, Ireland

Higher rates of e‐cigarette and cannabis use not linked to vaping‐related lung injuries

Higher rates of e-cigarette and marijuana use in U.S. states did not result in more e-cigarette or vaping-related lung injuries (known as EVALI), a new study from the Yale School of Public Health finds | News Medical, USA

Quit smoking to reduce stroke risk if you have irregular heartbeat

Scientists today urged people with atrial fibrillation—the most common heart rhythm disorder—to kick the habit and cut their stroke risk. The research is presented today at ESC Congress 2020 | Medical Xpress, USA

'The War On Drugs Show' – How Ketamine Took Over the World

Charting the drug's journey from the medical tents of the Vietnam War, through the nostrils of ravers at nightclubs and after-parties, and back to the world of medicine | VICE, USA

Talks needed on decriminalizing hard drugs to address opioid crisis, Tam says

The delicate politics of drug policy were on full display this week, as Canada's chief health officer suggested decriminalizing hard drugs should be discussed to address a spike in opioid overdose deaths, while Health Minister Patty Hajdu insisted decriminalization was not a "silver bullet" solution | CTV News, USA

Cannabis stores tend to target California's minority populations

California neighborhoods where cannabis retailers are located tend to have higher proportions of Hispanic and Black residents, and lower proportions of whites, while also being poorer than those areas without such retailers | Medical Xpress, USA

'Sad and chaotic time' for drug users as COVID disrupts illicit supplies

A lot of people have close calls with overdoses that don't get reported' | CBC News, Canada

No evidence that parents supplying alcohol to adolescents has a protective effect, new report finds

A new report by researchers at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), UNSW Sydney found no evidence that parental supply of alcohol to adolescents has a protective effect to avoid later alcohol harms | NDARC, Australia

Calls for drug diversion and rehabilitation to replace criminal punishment in Queensland

At 24 years old, Blake* has been in and out of jail five times for crimes ranging from robbery to assault, starting out as part of a gang in Brisbane's north | abc.net.au, Australia

Banned drinkers register to be trialled in Pilbara

A trial to curb alcohol-fuelled violence in Western Australia's north will officially start in December | abc.net.au, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Vaping increases risk of coronavirus – here’s the science

By now, we are all familiar with guidance on how to reduce your risk of contracting coronavirus: wash your hands, wear a mask, social distance. But here’s another important piece of advice: don’t vape | Conversation, UK

The Points Interview: Danielle Giffort

Today we feature a Points Interview with Danielle M. Giffort, assistant professor of sociology in the Department of Liberal Arts at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. She’s the author of the new book Acid Revival: The Psychedelic Renaissance and the Quest for Medical Legitimacy | Points blog, USA