Weekly news - 3rd February 2017


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MPs debate tackling alcohol harm

On Thursday 2 February MPs will debate tackling alcohol harm in Westminster Hall. Fiona BruceBill Esterson and Liam Byrne will lead the debate | Parliament.ik, UK

Naloxone

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to train NHS staff on the use and availability of Naloxone | They work for you, UK

Alcoholic Drinks and Smoking

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of (a) smoking-related and (b) alcohol-related diseases in the most recent year for which figures are available | They work for you, UK

Local alcohol action areas will tackle alcohol related harms

Home Office announces the second phase of the local alcohol action areas (LAAA) programme which sees 33 new regions coming on board | Home Office, UK

8,000 high risk drinkers died without accessing treatment

Thousands of high risk drinkers died in Wales without accessing alcohol treatment services despite repeated hospital admission, a report has found | BBC, UK

30 Seconds to save a life - video

This short film demonstrates how simple brief interventions to change smoking behaviour can be | NCSCT, UK

E-Cigarettes: podcast

Dr Suzi Gage and Scroobius Pip chat about e-cigarettes - the scientific evidence around them, and why it might be that they've been so divisive in the academic community. For further reading listen via the Acast app where links will pop up at relevant moments! | Suzi Cage, UK

Drugs map of Britain -Alcohol: Britain's Most Harmful Drug - BBC iplayer

London’s intake of this country's most harmful drug is boosted in December when British people drink 41% more alcohol than other months of the year | BBC, UK

Novel psychoactive substances (NPS)

Infographics on NPS | BMJ, UK

Criminal Justice Project – Impact of targeted drug testing on drug using offenders coming into treatment in Liverpool

This report explores the impact of targeted drug testing on drug using offenders coming into treatment in Liverpool. It compares the numbers of drug tests, Required Assessments and criminal justice assessments prior to and following the implementation of targeted testing in Liverpool’s custody suites | PHI, UK

Conservative minister pledges new strategy to help children of alcoholics

Nicola Blackwood, public health minister, praises Labour frontbencher Jon Ashworth for his speech and says government will act | Guardian, UK

Residential rehabilitation: the high road to recovery?

Though close to the heart of the UK government’s abstinence-based
ambitions for recovery, their own research has cast doubt on whether
residential rehabilitation is a good deal for the public purse. We look
at the evidence for residential rehabilitation, and whether despite the
rhetoric, these services are under threat | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

This Is Why Gen Z Isn't Into Drink or Drugs

The amount of teenagers using illegal drugs has halved since 2001 | VICE, UK

Alcoholic Drinks and Drugs: Misuse

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent on treatment for drug and alcohol addiction in 2016 | They work for you, UK

Our policy position on alcohol taxation (PDF)

[Call for action and recommendations] Cheap alcohol carries a tremendous cost, damaging not only people’s health, but also the economy and wider society | Alcohol Health Alliance, UK

Increase in drink driving casualties, while still no progress reducing deaths

Statistics released by the Department for Transport today show an increase in casualties and incidents caused by drink driving, while there has been no improvement in drink driving related deaths since 2010 | IAS, UK

Welsh motorists 'finally getting' drink-drive message

Motorists in Wales are "finally getting the message" about drink-driving as the number of people who failed or refused breath tests fell to its lowest levels | BBC, UK

Welcome to FDAP members [Letter to FDAP members from SMMGP] (PDF)

SMMGP will take over the membership and accreditation function of FDAP from the 1st February. Our aim is for there to be as little disruption as possible for FDAP members during this period of transition. [MS Word version of letter] | SMMGP, UK