Daily news - 28th October 2021

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UK news

Sunak unveils overhaul of alcohol duty and tax cuts on some drinks

Taxes on drinks including beer, wine and cider will be slashed in a move announced by Rishi Sunak during the budget on Wednesday | Guardian, UK

Open consultation: The new alcohol duty system: consultation

This document responds to last year’s call for evidence on the Alcohol Duty Review and sets out how the government intends to reform the alcohol duty system. This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 30 January 2022 | HM Treasury, UK

Price of pack of cigarettes doubles in ten years to £13.60

The price of a pack of cigarettes has risen to as much as £13.60 after tobacco was hit by yet another tax hike | Metro, UK

‘Scotland should open consumption rooms without law change’

The campaigners were speaking before the Criminal Justice Committee at Holyrood | STV news, UK

Mental Health Needs and Substance Use

I very much welcome the opportunity to open the debate on ensuring a person-centred approach to supporting people who have both substance use and mental health needs. The link between poor mental health and drug problems is clear. Research demonstrates that more than 90 per cent of those who are most at risk of a drug-related death will experience anxiety and/or depression | They work for you, UK

Primary care-based drug treatment : case studies

We have been promoting the potential advantages of primary care-based drug treatment, including a reduction health inequalities and the stigma associated the use of drugs. Following a well-attended meeting in the summer to look at ways of promoting primary care-based treatment we will be publishing a series of case studies describing how primary care based drug treatment is working in different areas. The first case study describes how Gateshead is working with GP surgeries to provide drug treatment | Addiction Professionals, UK

Safeguarding vulnerable drinkers

In 2015, our predecessor charity, Alcohol Concern,  launched the Blue Light project manual: Working with Change Resistant Drinkers.  The Blue Light approach challenges the belief that only drinkers who show clear motivation to change can be helped, and sets out tools and techniques that can be used with this group | Addiction Professionals, UK

The Rise of Psychedelic Therapies | News on Drugs - video

The healing powers of psychedelics are transforming the world of mental health treatment. At the forefront of research is Professor David Nutt, whose team at Imperial College London is using magic mushrooms in clinical trials to treat depression – and getting incredible results | VICE, UK

Addiction Audio: JITAIs and using smartphones to prevent lapse, with Olga Perskie

Rob Calder talks to Dr Olga Perski about her recent research on just-in-time adaptive interventions (JITAIs) whereby smartphones are used to help prevent lapses among people who are trying to quit or reduce alcohol, tobacco or other drug use | SSA, UK

Women boycott UK bars and clubs to demand action on drink-spiking

Action planned in 45 cities amid calls for entry searches, training for bar staff and covers for drinks | Guardian, UK

Future of Guernsey Alcohol Advisory Service hangs in the balance

The future of Guernsey Alcohol Advisory Service (GAAS) hangs in the balance as the States have cut the funding for the project | ITV, UK

Somerset dad stubs out smoking habit for photography

A man who took up smoking at the age of 12 has kicked the habit and transformed himself into a clean-living amateur photographer | BBC, UK

My son’s in rehab – but Vodafone won’t suspend his account

He can’t use a phone for at least six months, and I fear for the mounting debt while he’s in residential care | Guardian, UK

How the pandemic made us more adventurous drinkers

Sam Cooper's drinks business is like medieval times meets the internet | BBC, UK


International news

WHO Urged to Embrace Tobacco Harm Reduction

The ninth Conference of the Parties (COP9) to the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) will operate under conditions of secrecy comparable to those of the U.N. Security Council, according to a new report by the Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction (GSTHR) titled, Fighting the Last War: The WHO and International Tobacco Control | Tobacco Reporter, UK

International operation targets dark web drugs marketplace

Twenty-four people have been arrested in the UK in one of the largest ever international operations targeting a criminal dark web marketplace | NCA, UK

Drug dealer accepts plea deal in Mac Miller death

One of the three men charged in connection with rapper Mac Miller's fatal overdose has agreed to plea guilty and accept a 17-year prison sentence | BBC, UK

NY Attorney General warns parents of candy and snacks in ‘deceptive’ packaging containing ‘dangerously high concentrations of THC’

Several social media users have criticised the ‘alert’ | Independent, UK

Otoniel: Dramatic capture of South America’s biggest drug lord little more than a photo op, say experts

Experts say capture of the cocaine kingpin will do little to end Colombia’s failed and seemingly perpetual war on drugs | i news, UK

The Biden team is scrambling to slow a crushing wave of drug overdose deaths

The Biden administration is rolling out a new coordinated strategy it hopes will slow the menacing rise in drug overdose deaths | npr, USA

Association of COVID-19 With New Waiting List Registrations and Liver Transplantation for Alcoholic Hepatitis in the United States

Alcohol consumption has substantially increased during the COVID-19 pandemic; however, the impact on the already increasing burden of alcohol-associated liver disease (ALD) is unknown. We examined national changes in waiting list registration and liver transplantation for ALD and the association with alcohol sales during the COVID-19 pandemic | JAMA Network open, USA

Gradual nicotine reduction key to helping e-cigarette users quit, shows study

Dr. Struik and Youjin Yang, a recent UBCO Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduate, analyzed 1,228 public posts from 318 users on a "quit vaping" Reddit forum. The information was categorized into quitting method, reasons for quitting, and barriers and facilitators to quitting | News Medical, USA

Survey: Young adults with chronic pain more likely to use cannabis or CBD oil to manage the condition

Young adults, ages 18-34, are more likely to report experiencing chronic pain compared to older adults (65% vs. 52% ages 35+), with a large majority of them (73%) saying they are in pain every day, according to a new survey conducted online by The Harris Poll on behalf of the Samueli Foundation | News Medical, USA

Compassion Clubs Advance Toward Authorization in Vancouver

The headlines suggested that sanctioned heroin clubs were coming imminently to Vancouver, British Columbia. The truth is a little different | Filter Magazine, USA


Blogs, comment and opinion

AHA responds to Autumn Budget 2021

“We welcome the announcement of the government’s plans to reform the alcohol duty structures and look forward to examining them in more detail. We have long campaigned for changes to the way alcohol is taxed to ensure that the strongest, most harmful drinks always cost the most as they cause the most damage to society... | AHA, UK

Multiple barriers to ‘brief interventions’ for alcohol in primary care

A lack of time, resources and low community awareness of alcohol harms influence uptake of brief interventions, according to new research | RACGP, Australia