Daily news - 15th November 2021

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Alcohol Awareness Week 15th -21st November

Alcohol Awareness Week is a week of awareness-raising, campaigning for change, and more. This year's Alcohol Awareness Week takes place from 15-21 November 2021 on the theme of Alcohol and relationships | Alcohol Change UK, UK

Alcohol and relationships - a conversation with Emma and Dave - video

It's Alcohol Awareness Week, on the theme of 'Alcohol and relationships'. We spoke to Emma and Dave about the impact Dave's drinking had on their relationship and family life, and how things changed when he went alcohol-free | Alcohol Change UK, UK

Warning of ‘wild west’ in depression treatment as UK clinics offer ketamine

Up to six private clinics are offering drug, with health experts warning of potential ‘wild west’ of providers | Guardian, UK

Deaths from ‘diseases of despair’ in Britain: comparing suicide, alcohol-related and drug-related mortality for birth cohorts in Scotland, England and Wales, and selected cities

[Open access] The overall similarities suggest common underlying influences across Britain; however, their effects have been greatest in Scotland, confirming greater vulnerability among that population. In addressing the socioeconomic drivers of deaths from these causes, the cohorts identified here as being at greatest risk require particular attention | BMJ, UK

Internet sourcing and UK end consumer trend interest in the controlled medicines (opioids, sedatives and GABA drugs) in pre and post COVID-19 timeframes

[Open access] Sourcing and self-medication of medicinal pharmaceuticals including those containing opioids obtained from non-regulated online suppliers is a serious public health issue. The main concerns include a lack of quality control, drug side effects, drug interactions, diversion and possible pathway to drug dependence | Drugs, Addictions and Health, UK

A Celebration of Life 2021

Sat, 27 November 2021, 15:30 – 17:00 GMT. BDP and Bereavement Through Addiction invite you to A Celebration of Life - an event for the families and friends of those lost to drugs and alcohol | BDP, UK

Concert for Bristol Drugs Project

On Thursday, November 25, Galvin is playing a solo piano concert in aid of the charity Bristol Drugs Project (BDP), which has for 35 years been working in numerous ways to support people suffering from alcohol and drug addiction | B24/7, UK

SUAB Webinar: Image and performance enhancing drug use in the UK

Wed, 17 November 2021, 13:00 – 14:30 GMT. This talk will present the the knowledge gaps regarding the use of image and performance enhancing drugs (IPEDs) in the UK | SUAB, UK

Vacancies & Volunteering

We are seeking to appoint 3 trustees - a Chairperson and 2 members to join the Board to help develop and deliver the organisation’s strategy and to provide support and guidance to the management team | Release, UK

Side Eyes

“We have had the below concerns raised to our department via another Police Officer regarding the labeling (sic) of the following drinks: [another producer’s product – redacted] Mikkeller – Side Eyes and American Dream both showing cartoon characters... | Portman Group, UK

Club Soda lines up alcohol-free off licence

Club Soda, the organisation behind the Mindful Drinking Festival, has announced plans to open an alcohol-free off licence in London this December | Drinks Retailing News, UK

Berwyn Prison: Drugs

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many illegal substances were found at HMP Berwyn in each month since January 2021 | They work for you, UK

Raid on illegal Bolton alcohol distillery finds 350,000 pints of beer

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) officers found 200,000 litres of beer as well as vodka, wine and 1,000 cannabis plants at an industrial estate in Bolton | BBC, UK

Channel Tunnel: Cocaine haul found in shipment of onion rings

Cocaine with a street value of £33m has been discovered in a lorry load of frozen onion rings bound for the UK | BBC, UK

Ballymena: Man charged after drugs seized in UDA investigation

Police investigating drugs crime linked to loyalist paramilitaries have charged a man and seized £10,000 of suspected cocaine | BBC, UK


International news

Global Drug Policy Launch: A look at the best and worst ranked countries

The Harm Reduction Consortium on Monday launched the Global Drug Policy Index, a novel and insightful tool that scores and ranks 30 countries against 75 policy indicators within five key dimensions: absence of extreme responses, proportionality and criminal justice, harm reduction, access to medicines, and development | Volteface, UK

Children with problem drinking parents in Sweden: Prevalence and risk of adverse consequences in a national cohort born in 2001

[Open access] The risk of problems related to parental drinking goes beyond the most severe cases where parents have been in treatment for their alcohol problem. This is important knowledge since the majority of problem drinkers never seek treatment and the major part of parental problem drinking is found in population samples | Drug and Alcohol Review, UK

Australian governments urged to set a date to ban cigarette retail sales

Public health experts liken phasing out tobacco retailing to removing asbestos and lead paint from the market | Guardian, UK [See also blog section below]

Harm Reduction Unmuted

More than 400 professionals and community activists gathered in Prague to attend the 5th European Harm Reduction Conference. Watch and share Drugreporter’s video report | Drug Reporter, Hungary

Attitudes Toward Organ Donation for Persons Who Have a Substance Use Disorder Relative to Other Health Conditions

[Open access] Increases in opioid-related overdose and death have led to increases in the number of organs available for donation and transplant, however persons who have a substance use disorder (SUD) may be disadvantaged relative to other health conditions with regard to receiving an organ for transplant | Frontiers in Psychiatry, USA

Early innovations in opioid use disorder treatment and harm reduction during the COVID-19 pandemic: a scoping review

[Open access] The COVID-19 pandemic has exerted a significant toll on the lives of people who use opioids (PWUOs). At the same time, more flexible regulations around provision of opioid use disorder (OUD) services have led to new opportunities for facilitating access to services for PWUOs | Addiction Science & Clinical Practice, USA

Learning About and Destigmatizing Substance Use Disorders: a Video-Based Educational Module Using Simulated Patients

[Open access] The authors developed and tested video clips depicting three paradigmatic substance use disorder (SUD) clinical scenarios, each portrayed by a different simulated patient interacting with the same clinician | Academic Psychiatry, USA

Why lawyers in trouble shun treatment — at the risk of disbarment

new report by the New York State Bar Association on lawyer well-being dives into these questions and the feasibility of diversion programs for lawyers with substance abuse or mental health issues and who are facing disciplinary actions as a result | Reuters, USA

Webinar presentation: Nicotine vaping products, the UK smoking cessation experience

Adj Professor Skerritt, UK Martin Dockrell charied this event, joined by three eminent UK speakers with practical and clinical experience in the practice of smoking cessation treatments in the UK, particularly in the role nicotine vaping products can play in a person's journey to quit | Therapeutic Goods Administration, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Protection Not Punishment

People often say that you can never be prepared for the death of your child. I cannot imagine anything more shocking and distressing, but there are ways in which I had been preparing for it from the moment he was born | Anyone's Child blog UK

A sporting chance for alcohol control in Ireland?

On 12 November 2021, Ireland introduced some restrictions on alcohol and sports marketing. In this blog, Dr Sheila Gilheany, CEO of Alcohol Action Ireland, takes a closer look at what these changes mean and how a public health approach to alcohol policy makes a difference | AHA blog, UK

Tipsy at 30,000ft? It’s the British way

Whatever the sobriety or otherwise of the three MPs in the news last week, a tipple or two at high altitude is a national institution | Guardian, UK

Up in smoke: Will Biden let a patent fight eliminate an alternative to cigarettes?

Smoking generates tax revenue — lots of it. Part of the theory is that high taxes, restrictions on advertising, research on the deleterious health effects of smoking, and the cultural stigma surrounding smoking will wean Americans off tobacco, but too much success on that front also will dry up big tax revenue | The Hill opinion, USA

Should we start phasing out commercial tobacco sales?

IN 2021, both the Australian and New Zealand governments have flagged making tobacco products less available as a policy goal | MJA Insight, Australia