Weekly news - 10th November 2017


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People who inject drugs: non-fatal overdose monitoring

Report on non-fatal overdose monitoring data collected from the unlinked anonymous monitoring (UAM) survey of HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C in people who inject drugs (PWID) | PHE, UK

BBC World at One

Impact of cuts to drug and alcohol treatment discussed. includes interviews with Paul Hayes and Annette Dale-Perera, as well as a live interview with Lord Victor Adebowale of Turning Point. [starts at 34:51 | BBC, UK

CLeaR local tobacco control assessment

Guidance for local authorities, public health bodies and the NHS on using ‘deep dive’ self-assessment tools to improve their tobacco control work | PHE, UK

Drug Strategy Implementation Events – Collective Voice & NHS SMPA

The Drug Strategy Implementation Events hosted by Collective Voice and NHS SMPA on behalf of the Home Office are almost fully booked. However, there are still a few spaces left, particularly in Birmingham on 17 November. Register via Eventbrite | Collective Voice, UK

E-health and m-health: using new technologies to respond to drug problems

This paper presents a definition of e-health and m-heath tools to address substance use problems, and a taxonomy to describe such tools systematically | EMCDDA, Portugal

Policy and practice briefings: Local communities

Local communities are important to drug responses in providing a way of promoting bottom-up civic engagement and action. In Europe, municipalities and local governments are often the main drivers of strategy development and delivery | EMCDDA, Portugal

Policy and practice briefings: Schools and colleges

Adolescence and young adulthood are periods of risk-taking and experimentation that often includes substance use. Schools and colleges are important settings in which to reach young people, although some vulnerable groups may not be well-represented within them | EMCDDA, Portugal

Policy and practice briefings: Responding to problems related to stimulant use

Overall cocaine is the most commonly used stimulant in Europe, though in some countries MDMA, amphetamine or methamphetamine may be the dominant stimulant | EMCDDA, Portugal

NIDA launches two adolescent substance use screening tools

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has launched two evidenced-based online screening tools that providers can use to assess substance use disorder risk among adolescents 12-17 years old. These tools can be self-administered or completed by clinicians in less than two minutes.  They are being offered through the NIDAMED Web Portal | NIDA, USA

C.D.C. Reports a Record Jump in Drug Overdose Deaths Last Year

The higher mortality rate was further evidence that the opioid crisis has accelerated in recent years | NYTimes, USA

November DDN magazine out now

Our cover story shows that the glue that holds together successful partnerships is missing in many areas. The pressure of having to do much more with much less can have a damning effect on the imagination and it’s unsurprising that staff are driven into feeling defensive and demotivated. Providers obviously play a central role in turning this around – but is this possible if they’re focused on survival? Caroline Cole suggests responding to the challenges by borrowing from the corporate world, while Robert Mee draws on his personal experience to share how he created his support network for the LGBT+ community | DDN, UK

40,000 healthcare professionals trained to help smokers quit

Public Health England event in Birmingham promotes government tobacco control plan and the drive to make the NHS smoke-free by 2019 | DoH, UK

Budget 2017: Pubs urge Hammond to cut beer duty

Beer duty should be cut by a penny in this month's Budget to help save pubs from closing, the British Beer and Pub Association (BPA) has said | BBC, UK

The government response to the report from the House of Lords Select Committee on the Licensing Act 2003

The government response to the report from the House of Lords Select Committee on the Licensing Act 2003: post-legislative scrutiny | Home Office, UK

GDS2018 the largest drugs survey in the world - video

Each year, GDS consults more than 100,000 people around the world on the way they use drugs. We do this to get to the heart of how, where, when, why and what drugs are being taken. By discussing the findings we aim to make drug use safer, regardless of the legal status of the drug | Global Drug Survey, UK

Policy and practice briefings: Addressing the misuse of medicines

Misuse of medicines refers to the use of a psychoactive medicine for self-medication, recreational or enhancement purposes, with or without a medical prescription and outside accepted medical guidelines. It may occur in the context of polydrug use | EMCDDA, Portugal

Policy and practice briefings: Reducing opioid-related deaths

Mortality directly or indirectly related to use of opioids is a major cause of avoidable premature deaths among European adults. Overall drug-related mortality rates are 1–2 % per year among high-risk opioid users in Europe and drug overdoses account for over 7 000 deaths per annum | EMCDDA, Portugal

Alcohol-specific deaths in the UK: registered in 2016

Deaths in the UK which are known to be direct consequences of alcohol misuse | ONS, UK

Local Alcohol Profiles for England: November 2017 update

The LAPE interactive tool presents a range of alcohol-related indicators and allows users to view and analyse data in a user-friendly format. The LAPEwebsite also provides links to further supporting and relevant information to aid understanding of alcohol-related harm in a local population | PHE, UK

Baby boomers warned over drinking as alcohol-linked deaths in over-50s soar

Last year there were 5,208 deaths of people aged 50-plus wholly attributable to alcohol, compared with 3,582 in 2001 | Guardian, UK

Nearly 100 teenagers made homeless each day due to alcoholic parents, finds study

Alcohol abuse among adults damaging lives of 700,000 teenagers in UK, says Children's Society | Independent, UK

National Naloxone Programme Scotland Monitoring Report 2016/17

This release from the Information Services Division presents information on the number of take-home naloxone kits issued by the National Naloxone Programme in Scotland. Data are presented separately for kits issued in the community, kits issued in prisons at the point of prisoner release and (for the first time) kits dispensed via community prescription | ISD Scotland, UK

HMP Erlestoke: Tobacco 'twice as much as Spice' report finds

Prisoners can buy the drug Spice at half the price of ­tobacco after a smoking ban in jail, a report says | BBC, UK

New developments in national drug strategies in Europe

This paper gives an overview of some recent developments in the tools most commonly used to manage national drug policies: strategies, coordination mechanisms and evaluations. It is based on an analysis of reports on national drug policies compiled by the EMCDDA’s Reitox focal points in the EMCDDA reporting countries (28 EU Member States, plus Turkey and Norway), consultation with experts and scientific literature | EMCDDA, Portugal

Policy and practice briefings: Responding to polydrug use

The term ‘polydrug use’ is used to describe the use of more than one drug or type of drug by an individual either at the same time or sequentially. It encompasses use of both illicit drugs and legal substances, such as alcohol and medicines | EMCDDA, Portugal

Substance misuse and treatment in adults: statistics 2016 to 2017

National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS) annual publication of alcohol and drug treatment activity statistics for adults in England | PHE, UK

Seizures of drugs in England and Wales, financial year ending 2017

This release presents figures for drug seizures made in April 2016 to March 2017 in England and Wales by the police (including the British Transport Police) and Border Force | Home Office, UK

Number of UK crack users seeking help to beat addiction is up 23%

Increased need for support and rise in seizure of the smokable form of cocaine come as overall numbers accessing drug treatment is down | Guardian, UK

Drug seizures plummet by 36% in five years as substance-related deaths reach record high

Campaigners urge police to do more as seizures fall to 13-year low and drug-related deaths soar to highest level on record | Independent, UK

Drugs: Casual users 'fuelling illicit profit'

About 90% of the income from illicit drugs comes from recreational use, the Police Service of NI has said | BBC, UK