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Drugs Research: Priorities for the Future

Mon. 25th Nov, Glasgow


This 1-day event focusses on the knowledge, skills and issues relevant to the future of drugs research in Scotland and the rest of the UK.

Plenary speakers include Prof. Roy Robertson, Assoc. Prof. Magdalena Harris, Prof Adam Winstock, Prof. Fiona Measham.

Our research Theme Leads will deliver parallel sessions on work underway, emerging findings, and priorities for further work.

Workshops will focus on key methodological skills including realist evaluation, complex systems, and involving people with lived experience in research.  Posters and oral presentations will share findings from cutting-edge work underway and recently completed projects.



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Deaths of homeless people in England and Wales: 2018

Two in five deaths of homeless people were related to drug poisoning in 2018 (294 estimated deaths), and the number of deaths from this cause has increased by 55% since 2017 | ONS, UK

Alcohol policy impact case study: the effects of alcohol control measures on mortality and life expectancy in the Russian Federation (2019)

Alcohol consumption has long been recognized as one of the main driving factors of mortality in the Russian Federation, especially among men of working age. The introduction of various evidence-based alcohol control measures at the beginning of the 2000s resulted in a decrease in all-cause mortality, with the most pronounced relative changes occurring in causes of death that are causally linked to or closely associated with alcohol consumption | WHO, Denmark

New report shows increasing rate of opioid-related harm in Victoria

A growing number of Victorians are presenting to emergency departments due to pharmaceutical opioid-related harm, according to new data released by the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) | Monash University, Australia

Government response to ACMD report 'Ageing cohort of drug users'

The government welcomes the ACMD’s timely report the on the ageing cohort of drug users, which provides advice to the government on the changing age profile of people accessing drug treatment and the issues faced by this group in the UK | Department of Health & Social Care, UK

Smoking prevalence in young adults aged 18 to 34 years

[Updated] This document shows trends in smoking prevalence calculated from the Annual Population Survey for young adults age 18 to 34 years, by sex and region | PHE, UK

Stoptober 2018 campaign evaluation

Summary evaluation of Stoptober 2018 quit smoking health marketing campaign activity | PHE, UK

CMC Outlines Plans to Undertake a Comprehensive Review of Analytical Testing for the UK Cannabis Industry

Recent market research commissioned by CMC demonstrated that CBD and related cannabinoids are gaining rapid expansion in products aimed at wellness and medicinal markets. However, despite there being a growing body of analytical methods for the testing of cannabinoids and other compounds in these products, few have been validated using internationally accredited guidelines | CMC, UK

Flavored Tobacco Product Use Among Middle and High School Students — United States, 2014–2018

During 2014–2018, current use of flavored electronic cigarettes increased among high school students and during 2015–2018 among middle school students. During 2014–2018, current use of flavored hookah tobacco decreased among middle and high school students. Current use of other flavored tobacco products decreased among high school students but did not change among middle school students | CDC, USA

A Surge Strategy for Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 The role and regulation of vaping and other low-risk smokefree nicotine product s (PDF)

Today a report written by leading tobacco control experts outlines how the role and regulation of vaping and other low-risk smoke-free nicotine products can get Aoteoroa New Zealand to the 2025 target | ASH, New Zealand

HIV and people who inject drugs Monitoring implementation of the Dublin Declaration on partnership to fight HIV/AIDS in Europe and Central Asia: 2018 progress report (PDF)

This report presents the situation among people who inject drugs (PWID), a key group affected by HIV in the WHO European Region. As well as considering the picture for the overall European and Central Asian region, findings are presented by WHO sub-regions (West, Centre, and East) | ECDC, Switzerland

Afghanistan Protection of Civilians Special Report: Airstrikes on Alleged Drug-Processing Facilities (PDF)

This report examines the scope of civilian harm resulting from the United States Forces – Afghanistan 3 airstrikes on alleged drug facilities located in Bakwa district, Farah province, and parts of the bordering Delaram district, Nimroz province on 5 May 2019. The report sets out that drug facilities and associated workers may not be lawfully made the target of attack based on their possible economic or financial contribution to the war effort of a party to a conflict | United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), USA

Malaysia: Unfair trials, secretive hangings and petty drug convictions reveal ‘cruel injustice’ of the death penalty

Malaysia must start to fulfil its promise to abolish the death penalty in forthcoming legislation by ending its use for drug-related offences and eliminating the mandatory death sentence, Amnesty International said today, as it launches a new report to mark the World Day Against the Death Penalty | Amnesty International, UK

Alcohol duty cuts linked to 2,000 additional deaths in England

The report, Modelling the impact of alcohol duty policies since 2012 in England and Scotland, has found that recent reductions in alcohol duty have had a dramatic negative effect on public health | IAS, UK

Ombudsman disappointed at continued failure to implement agreed recommendations

Psychoactive substances (PS) continued to present a significant challenge to prisons. The report noted: “It is difficult to give an exact figure for the number of drug-related deaths…as the term covers such a range of circumstances | Prisons and Probation Ombudsman, UK