Weekly news - 17th February 2017

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Increase in reports of drug and alcohol use around children

The NSPCC’s helpline has seen a rise in the number of people reporting drug and alcohol use around children over the last three years. 1,176 people from the North West contacted the charity last year to describe potential substance misuse amongst adults when children and young people were in their care or nearby | ITV, UK

Drugs: Misuse

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of deaths from illegal drug use | They work for you, UK

Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government plans to produce a new alcohol strategy | They work for you, UK


To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of availability of naloxone to treat drug-related disorders in (a) England, (b) the North West and (c) Lancashire | They work for you, UK


To ask the First Minister what legislation is in place to deal with drug-driving | They work for you, UK

The 'rich tapestry' of alcohol consumption: insights into heavy drinking

Understanding alcohol consumption trends, especially among heavy drinking groups, is undoubtedly central to alcohol policy debates across the UK, but unveiling the complexity and nature of alcohol use across society is no mean feat | Alcohol Policy UK, UK

Alcoholic Drinks: Minimum Prices

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what response he plans to make to the Public Health England report which found minimum unit pricing to be a targeted intervention having the greatest effect on heavy drinkers while having a minimal effect on moderate drinkers | They work for you, UK

'Concern' of e-cigarette use among children in Wales

Children are nearly twice as likely to try e-cigarettes rather than tobacco, Cardiff University research has said | BBC, UK

Preventing drug misuse deaths (PDF)

Teleconference: Wednesday 1 March 2017, 2.15pm – 3.00pm
Please join our Chief Executive, Duncan Selbie, for the launch of this latest edition of Health Matters. He will be joined by Rosanna O’Connor, Director of Alcohol, Drugs & Tobacco at Public Health England | PHE, UK

Undercover Panorama report reveals prison chaos

Chaos in one of the biggest prisons in the country has been revealed in secret filming for the BBC | BBC, UK

Behind Bars: Prison Undercover - BBC iPlayer

An undercover investigation reveals the reality of life behind bars in Britain's crisis-hit prison system. Footage recorded by a reporter also working as an officer at a Category C adult prison shows how inmates are effectively running the prison, with many of them off their heads on drugs and drink. It also reveals how prison officers don't feel able to maintain control and how they are at risk themselves. In one incident a senior officer is seen on the ground, shaking and having a fit after accidentally inhaling the drug spice being smoked by prisoners | BBC, UK

Overdose deaths in the UK: crisis and response

With UK drug overdose deaths now exceeding traffic fatalities, few questions generate more heat than why the fall in deaths in 2009 to 2012 so decisively reversed in the following years. Was it a recovery-inspired but life-threatening turn away from harm reduction, or simply an ageing population of heroin users? | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Children of Alcoholics Week 12-18 February 2017

Raising awareness of children affected by parental alcohol problems. We want everyone to know they are not alone and help and support is available | COA Week, UK

MPs and peers launch manifesto in support of children of alcoholic parents

Group behind initiative reveal feelings of shame and fear of own childhoods and call on ministers to tackle UK’s ‘secret scandal’ | Guardian, UK

Substance misuse: July to September 2016

Data on clients seen at drug and alcohol treatment agencies | Welsh Government, UK

A Rational Approach to Alcohol Taxation

IEA calls for 9p flat rate of tax on alcohol to fix illogical system | IEA, UK

'Fix room' for Glasgow heroin addicts given further approval by council chiefs

At a meeting of Glasgow City Integration Joint Board, councillors approved the business case put forward for the centre | Glasgow Live, 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 suite | PHI, UK

UK spending less on alcohol and tobacco, more on eating out

Families in the UK are becoming more clean-living, with less money being spent on cigarettes and alcohol, but more being spent on going out to restaurants | BBC, UK

Scheme’s success at stopping mums-to-be smoking

Pregnant women are almost twice as likely to quit smoking if they are supported from their first midwife appointment – and then are more likely to have heavier, healthier babies | Newcastle University, UK