Weekly news - 11th August 2017


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Hepatitis B: vaccine recommendations during supply constraints

Vaccine recommendations for adults and children during periods of vaccine supply constraints | PHE, UK

Smoking and tobacco: applying All Our Health

Evidence and guidance to inform healthcare professionals and maximise their contribution to reducing harm from smoking and tobacco | PHE, UK

Drugs 'fix rooms' backers study options for Wales

Campaigners who want "fix rooms" for heroin users in Wales to inject safely under supervision, have scoured the world to learn how they could be run | BBC, UK

Spice ban ‘puts prisoners and homeless at risk’ as street drug goes underground

Public health services ‘overwhelmed’ by callouts to victims of the drug as fears grow that more dangerous compounds are becoming available | Guardian, UK

Government accused of 'squandering' £1.6bn a year on anti-drug policy

According to the official audit, a lack of robust evidence is also available to assess whether capture and punishment serves as a deterrent for drug use | Independent, UK

Fired Up: Why Are Ecstasy-Related Deaths Rising In The UK?

Based on the annual reports of three UK government departments, the total number of deaths associated with use of ecstasy (MDMA) in the UK in 2015 was 76, the second highest number ever recorded – after 79 in 2002, and equalling the number in 2001. Statistically, this means that there was an ecstasy-related death about every four days in 2015 | Volte Face, UK

Scotland’s drug strategy to be refreshed

Scotland’s drug strategy is to be “refreshed” as Scotland continues to face significant challenges including rising numbers of drug-related deaths. Work is also being done to look at ways to encourage older people with a drug problem into addiction services | SDF, UK

Alcohol linked to an increased risk of skin cancer

"Drinking just one glass of beer or wine a day could give you skin cancer, scientists have warned," the Mail Online reports | NHS Choices: behind the headlines, UK

Same insurance costs for vapers as smokers ‘just not fair’, says health expert

Insurance companies are still hitting e-cigarette users with a “smoker’s surcharge” despite mounting reports which claim vaping is far less dangerous than using tobacco, it’s claimed | Sunday Post, UK

Think-tank says smokers’ taxes and early deaths profit UK by £15bn

The free market Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) calculated the cost of smoking at £4.6bn, including treating diseases, tidying up dropped cigarette butts and putting out house fires | Herald, UK

Fentanyls: UK and Ireland DrugWatch Information Sheet

Updated. When sharing please use this HTML link rather than the PDF to ensure you are always accessing the latest version of the document | DrugWatch, UK

Effectiveness Bank Alcohol Treatment Matrix 2017

Résumé of the 2017 refresh of the Alcohol Treatment Matrix. Released fortnightly, the 25 cells and ‘bite’ commentaries cumulated to a course reflecting on the most significant research underpinning practice in brief alcohol interventions and the treatment of problem drinking | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Additions to the Effectiveness Bank 8 August 2017

At the intersection of problem substance use and crime, a study evaluating 'stepped care' for drink/drug-driving offenders, and a review of relapse to drug use and crime after prison-based programmes. Then whether young people’s excessive drinking and cannabis use can be moderated from the doctor’s surgery? And finally, a search for effective psychosocial remedies for “highly addictive” cocaine and amphetamine use | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Women's Drug Deaths Soaring Across England and Wales as Their Needs Are Overlooked

Women’s deaths as a result of drug misuse have increased by a staggering 82 per cent in England and Wales over the last decade. Paradoxically fewer women are using drugs, yet record numbers are dying as a result of using them | Talking Drugs, UK

Preventing drug related deaths

Drug-related deaths are rising and are a major concern to councils and our health partners. Deaths have increased sharply over the past five years and are now at their highest levels since records began | LGA, UK

Expert reaction to study looking at marijuana use and various measures of heart disease

People who reported using marijuana once were classed as current marijuana users, so someone who tried marijuana once 15 years ago appeared in the data as someone who has used marijuana for the last 15 years | Science Media Centre, UK

Just say 'know' to drugs: can testing facilities make festivals safer?

Drug testing is increasingly becoming part of UK festivals and clubs. Could it be an effective way to change behaviour and reduce the harmful effects of drugs? | BBC, UK

Back to nudge? Behaviour change and the drinking environment

The University of Cambridge has announced it will be leading a new large scale research programme to investigate ways to ‘nudge’ people towards healthier behaviours including alcohol use | Alcohol Policy UK, UK

Lack of evidence over ketamine’s long-term safety

Acute side effects are common in studies of patients who have received ketamine for depression and more research is needed into long-term outcomes, researchers find | Pharmaceutical Journal, UK

Trump declares US opioid pain drugs national emergency

The crisis over the US addiction to painkillers - opioids - is a national emergency, says President Donald Trump | BBC, UK