Daily news - 25th November 2021

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A report that identifies how to improve access to residential treatment

The report has been commissioned by Phoenix Futures and carried out by Mike Pattinson and Kevin Crowley, two experts with many years’ experience in the drug and alcohol treatment sector | Phoenix Futures, UK

Alcohol harm - research briefing

A debate on alcohol harm is due to take place in the Commons Chamber on 25 November 2021. A research briefing for the debate is now avaliable to download | UK Parliament, UK

World first trial of cannabis-based drug to treat aggressive brain cancer gets the go ahead at 15 NHS hospitals

Hundreds of cancer patients in the UK will be given a cannabis-based drug to treat their aggressive brain tumours as part of a world first trial, it was announced today. The Brain Tumour Charity raised £400,000 to back the three-year study, which will supplement glioblastoma patients' chemotherapy treatment with Sativex — an oral spray containing cannabinoids | Mail Online, UK

UK firm wins first licence to produce medical cannabis in Guernsey

UK firm 4C Labs has been given the first licence to cultivate medical cannabis in Guernsey. It follows a visit from the UK Home Office to the island to look at the company’s infrastructure and security | BBC, UK

Informing alcohol consumers: 2021 UK market review

A review of the labels of 400 alcohol products on the UK market, including the best-selling brands available across all major retailers, conducted by the Portman Group and their findings are reported here | Portman Group, UK

Statistics on Women's Smoking Status at Time of Delivery: England Quarter 1, 2021-22

9.1% of mothers were known to be smokers at the time of delivery. A 0.2 percentage point increase from quarter 4 of 2020-21 (8.9%), and above the national ambition of 6% or less | NHS Digital, UK

Alcoholic Drinks: Consumption

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the proposed reform of alcohol duty announced in the Autumn Budget Statement on alcohol consumption | They work for you, UK

Prisons: Drugs

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the Prisons Drug Strategy in (a) reducing the availability of drugs in prisons and (b) providing effective drug rehabilitation support to prisoners | They work for you, UK

SDF Webinar: Options and developments in residential rehabilitation and support - video

There has been a lot of discussion in recent years over the role of residential rehabilitation and care services for people with a substance use problem. With the recent investment provided by Scottish Government, this webinar explored the nature of the need for residential rehabilitation and care and how services may meet these needs | SDF, UK

Music and Psychedelics with Mendel Kaelen - podcast

In this week’s episode we'll meet Dr Mendel Kaelen, CEO of Wavepaths, a London-based company researching and developing methods for music-assisted psychotherapy | Drug Science, UK

Brunch with Sifted: Amanda Feilding and Cosmo Feilding-Mellen on the psychedelic renaissance

When Amanda Feilding was 10 years old, she remembers witnessing liquid tears fall down the painted face of Jesus Christ, on a picture hanging in her local church | Sifted, UK

APPG on Alcohol Harm: Alcohol Awareness Week 2021 - video

Meeting of the APPG on Alcohol Harm on 15 November 2021 for Alcohol Awareness Week on the theme of alcohol and relationships | Alcohol Change UK, UK

Impact of MEAM support

Cordis Bright has published a new report exploring the nature and impact of the support MEAM provides to local areas in the MEAM Approach network | MEAM, UK

WDP and SEND Coffee partner up to help rough sleepers

Leading drug and alcohol charity WDP has teamed up with SEND Coffee, a not-for-profit organisation that hires and helps people with special needs or disabilities into jobs in the coffee industry, to offer rough sleepers in Camden the opportunity to enjoy hot drinks in a friendly and welcoming local coffee shop | WDP, UK

Jim Black to step down as Humankind’s Chair of Trustees

After 37 years Jim Black, Humankind’s Chair of Trustees, will be stepping down at the end of March 2022 and will be succeeded by Caroline Gitsham, who has been on the Humankind board for the last three years | Hunamkind, UK

Warning of wine and spirits shortage at Christmas

In a letter to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) said rising costs and supply chain chaos have held up deliveries | BBC, UK

Alcohol Health Alliance Marketing Report Launch

Tue, 30 November 2021, 10:00 – 11:00 GMT. Join us for the launch of the Alcohol Health Alliance's marketing report - examining the evidence of how alcohol advertising affects us all | AHA, UK

The Forward Trust Reunion 2021: Connection and Positive Change

Sat, 4 December 2021, 09:00 – 15:00 GMT. The Forward Trusts national reunion will take place at Bloomsbury Baptist Church in London on 4th December | Forward Trust, UK

Alcohol and pricing: Beyond modelling to evaluation and duty reform

Tue, 7 December 2021, 13:00 – 14:00 GMT. Join us online for a monthly online masterclass by one of our health research experts based in The School of Health and Related Research | ScHAAR, UK

Entangled Life: How Fungi Change our Minds & Shape our Futures

Thu, 9 December 2021, 18:00 – 19:15 GMT. Fungi are extraordinary organisms. Join Merlin Shaldrake on his explorations on how fungi change the ways that we think, feel, and behave | Linnean Society of London, UK

‘Bad weed trip’ killer cleared of murder after admitting manslaughter

A cannabis user who stabbed, strangled and ran over his partner during a psychotic episode has been cleared of murder after admitting manslaughter | Evening Standard, UK


International news

Germany to legalise cannabis, country’s new coalition government announces

Germany is set to legalise the recreational use of cannabis, the country’s new coalition government announced on Wednesday | Evening Standard, UK

Call for THR Scholarship Applications

Knowledge Action Change (KAC) is looking for people to propose projects exploring their professional or personal interest in tobacco harm reduction (THR) for the next cohort of its Tobacco Harm Reduction Scholarship program | Tobacco Reporter, UK

Mike Tyson: Malawi asks former boxer to be cannabis ambassador

Agriculture Minister Lobin Low sent a letter to Tyson inviting him to take up the role, and said legalisation in Malawi had created new opportunities | BBC, UK

Vaping linked to dysregulation of mitochondrial genes and immune response genes

A team of researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of USC has demonstrated that - independent of the effects of prior smoking – using e-cigarettes is linked to adverse biological changes that can cause disease | News Medical, USA

Ohio jury finds pharmaceutical chains responsible in precedent-setting opioid suit

A jury in Ohio ruled Tuesday that three major pharmaceutical chains bore responsibility for the opioid epidemic in two Ohio counties | CNN, USA

Pill testing bill meets tough opposition in NSW parliament

A woman whose teen daughter died after taking drugs at a music festival has made an impassioned fresh plea to NSW politicians | News.com.au, Australia

Taliban Announces Deal To Grow Cannabis In Afghanistan, But Australian Company Denies Involvement

The Taliban regime in Afghanistan announced on Tuesday that it had contracted a company called Cpharm to grow and manufacture cannabis products—but an Australian firm of that name later denied it is involved with the project | Marijuana Moment, Australia

INHSU 2021 - conference presentations

Presentations from the conference on Epidemiology and public health in hepatitis C, other infectious diseases, and the broader health of people who use drugs are now available online | INHSU, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Engagement doesn’t have to mean formal

At Scottish Recovery Network collaboration and valuing lived experience are central to our work. We want Scotland to be a place where people with lived experience are meaningfully involved in the design and delivery of mental health strategies and support | TFN, UK