Daily news - 1st November 2021

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MHRA publishes clear guidance to support bringing e-cigarettes to market as licensed therapies

The MHRA is committed to responding to the Tobacco Control Plan and supports the UK Government’s vision for a smoke-free generation by encouraging safe, high-quality and effective e-cigarette products to be licensed as medicines | MHRA, UK

Smoking and tobacco: applying All Our Health

Updated: Added information about the All Our Health: Smoking and Tobacco e-learning module and updated links with the latest research |
Office for Health Improvement and Disparities, UK

Mental Health and Drugs Debate - video

The debate in the Scottish Parliament on a person-centred approach to mental health and substance abuse, from Tuesday 26 October | BBC, UK

The new alcohol duty system: Consultation

Alcohol duty is a long-standing system of taxes, with its origins in the 1643 Excise Ordinance levied by Parliament during the English Civil Wars. Today, it is composed of five individual taxes: beer duty, spirits duty, cider duty, wine duty and made-wine duty1. These duties collectively raise over £12 billion each year, providing important revenue to fund public services. At the same time, they also help address the harms caused to society and public health by excessive or irresponsible drinking | HM Treasury, UK

Alcohol monitor app slammed for wiping users’ drinks tally

Drinkaware under fire after deleting booze-consumption history of its 600,000 users following relaunch | Guardian, UK

Tipple tax - have women been paying more to drink? - audio

Sparkling wines are among the biggest sellers when it comes to alcoholic drinks, especially among women. Colletta Smith looks at the impact of the Chancellor's booze tax shake up | BBC, UK

Craft beer brewers say alcohol duty changes threaten their business

Small breweries and artisanal spirit makers say Sunak’s reforms will favour large corporations | Guardian, UK

Addiction and the Family International Network (AFINet) Webinar Series

The AFINet Webinars generally are monthly, and cover a range of topics related to Addiction and the Family. They faeture a wide range of spekers from Holland (23rd November), Scotland (14th December: Justina Murray, SFAD), & then in 2022 from Malaysia, Australia, Canada & England | AFINet, UK 

Probe into drug misuse by staff at children’s adventure holiday centres

[Limited number of free articles per week] Education watchdog Ofsted suspends registrations of four PGL sites for children aged seven to 17 | Telegraph, UK


International news

Today is International Day of People who Use Drugs. Follow the twitter tag - #InternationalDrugUsersDay for more information

GSTHR London 2021 | FCTC Past, present and future (Godfrey, Shapiro, Yach, Gleeson) - video

Video of the first session of the launch of the report: Fighting the Last War: The WHO and International Tobacco Control featuring report author Harry Shapiro, Will Godfrey, Dr Derek Yach, and Tom Gleeson | GSTHR, UK

GSTHR London 2021 | Challenges to making the FCTC an inclusive international framework convention - video

Video of the second session of the conference programme with Jeannie Cameron, Ethan Nadelmann and Gerry Stimson | GSTHR, UK

Recommendations on the Global Fund Strategy 2023-2028 to the 46th Global Fund Board Meeting

The following recommendations to the Global Fund Strategy 2023-2028 were submitted by INPUD and Harm Reduction International ahead of the 46th Global Fund Board Meeting taking place from 8 - 10 November 2021, where the strategy will be voted on | INPUD, UK

‘It’s mind-boggling’: the complex, and growing, use of medicinal cannabis in Australia

Tens of thousands of people are turning to the drug to treat a range of conditions – but the evidence is patchy and costs can be high | Guardian, UK

Fetty Wap: US rapper charged with drug trafficking

The 30-year-old artist, whose real name is Willie Junior Maxwell II, was arrested on Thursday at a stadium in New York City ahead of his concert | BBC, UK

Fighting the Last War: An Excoriation of the WHO and Tobacco Control

The image on the cover of the new report, Fighting The Last War: The Who and International Tobacco Control, is a distillation of that war. On one side is a mass of menacing, angry orange and yellow smoke; on the other, a cool-white cloud of fluorescent vapor. The unmistakable message: Smoke kills, vapor saves | Filter Magazine, USA

R.I. is first to legalize safe injection sites

Sites will be first in the country to test harm reduction rather than criminalization | Brown Daily Herald, USA

Attorneys general warn about pot products that look like Halloween treats

Just days before Halloween, attorneys general in several states have issued warnings about cannabis edibles that look like candy and snacks | Medical Xpress, USA

Car crash deaths involving cannabis increasing and more likely to involve alcohol

New research indicates that between 2000 and 2018, the percentage of car crash deaths in the United States involving cannabis have doubled, and the percentage of deaths involving both cannabis and alcohol, have more than doubled | EurekAlert, USA

SAMHSA releases 2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released findings from the 2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). The data suggest that the COVID-19 pandemic had a negative impact on the nation’s well-being. Americans responding to the NSDUH survey reported that the coronavirus outbreak adversely impacted their mental health, including by exacerbating use of alcohol or drugs among people who had used drugs in the past year | SAMHSA, USA

Japan Stays Tough on Cannabis as Other Nations Loosen Up

Some Japanese who have gone abroad and been exposed to the benefits of cannabis derivatives, particularly CBD, are hoping Japan will change course. But the government shows little inclination | NYTimes, USA

Considerations for Virtual Services and Supports for Substance Use and Concurrent Disorders [Policy Brief]

This policy brief highlights key findings from a national survey of people who use substances about their perceptions of and experiences with accessing virtual services through telemedicine, video conference and other apps | CCSA, Canada

Alarming Results From NZ’s Biggest Ever Youth Vaping Survey

The results of a major survey looking at the vaping habits of secondary school students have been released today (Monday 1 November). The survey found that 26% of students reported vaping and 15% reported smoking cigarettes in the past week |  Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

Expert reaction to Department of Health press release ‘e-cigarettes could be prescribed on the NHS in world first’

The press release from The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) states that e-cigarettes could be prescribed on the NHS in England to help people stop smoking tobacco products | Science Media Centre, UK

Collective Voice responds to the 2021 Spending Review

People experiencing drug or alcohol addiction have been badly let down by years of government disinterest and cuts to treatment and recovery budgets. The consequences are stark. Deaths from drug or alcohol-related causes are at record levels, and there are alarming rises in substance misuse by young people | Collective Voice, UK

Scottish Parliament Criminal Justice Committee roundtable 2021

On 27 October 2021, the Scottish Parliament Criminal Justice Committee held an evidence session on the misuse of drugs and the criminal justice system as part of a series of roundtables. Here is Transform Drug Policy Foundation's submission | Transform blog, UK

‘There is something for everybody’: readers on switching from cigarettes to vaping

Four people reveal how using e-cigarettes helped them stop smoking and how they can help others quit | Guardian, UK

Why drinking less alcohol can aid better recovery from surgery

Research suggests that getting fit, eating healthily and drinking less alcohol prior to surgery can aid better recovery. In this blog, Rasheda Begum, Publications and Business Coordinator at the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA), describes the benefits of drinking less alcohol both before and after surgery | AHA blog, UK

Treating Supervised Drug Consumption Sites like Cannabis

Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear arguments about the federal ban on Philadelphia's proposed supervised drug consumption site. For those wanting to pilot and research these programs, there may be other avenues for addressing federal barriers | RAND blog, USA

Moral Panic? Replace ‘moral’ and ‘panic’ with what?

Sam Quinones’ recent Atlantic article about methamphetamines came up recently in a conversation with a couple of friends recently | Recovery Review blog, USA

Smarter drug laws: Social justice ministry is right. But enlightened narcotics control needs even more reforms

The Union social justice ministry has proposed an important amendment to the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act – treat those apprehended with small quantities of drugs as victims rather than culprits | Times of India blog, India

Let’s be honest - most of us have used drugs, including me

[Free registration may be required] I have a shocking confession to make. In high school I was a mega dag – a vice-captain who loved debating and hit the books while her friends were hitting the pubs, smoking dope and having sex | SMH opinion, Australia