Weekly news - 23rd February 2018


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Mapping of specialist primary health care services in England for people who are homeless (PDF)

This report presents the findings of a systematic mapping exercise across England of specialist primary health care services for single people who are homeless. The mapping exercise was part of a larger study that is in progress which is examining the integration, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of different models of delivering primary health care to people who are homeless | KCL, UK

10 Takeaways from the Latest Statistics on Drugs Misuse

Last week the government released the Statistics on Drug Misuse: England, 2018. The report outlines the latest statistics (gathered in 2016/17) about drug use in adults and children, drug-related hospital admissions, drug-related deaths and drug seizures by the police. Here are the 10 main takeaways from the report | Volte Face, UK

Drug Consumption Rooms - podcast

As drug consumption rooms get the go-ahead in the UK and Seattle, Rob, Elle and Lindsey find out What’s the Crack? Why are they only now being introduced in the UK? Will these rooms provide free heroin? How can they help people who use heroin? And what is the problem with just injecting heroin on the streets? | What's the crack?, UK

E-cigarettes and the burning issues around vaping - Science Weekly podcast

Ian Sample asks: how safe is vaping? Can it help people stop smoking? And should it be available via a doctor’s prescription? | Guardian, UK

A new approach to formulating and appraising drug policy: A multi-criterion decision analysis applied to alcohol and cannabis regulation

[Open access] Drug policy, whether for legal or illegal substances, is a controversial field that encompasses many complex issues. Policies can have effects on a myriad of outcomes and stakeholders differ in the outcomes they consider and value, while relevant knowledge on policy effects is dispersed across multiple research disciplines making integrated judgements difficult | IJDP, UK

“I Wouldn’t Be Friends with Someone If They Were Liking Too Much Rubbish”: A Qualitative Study of Alcohol Brands, Youth Identity and Social Media

[Open access] Levels of drinking among 15-year olds in the United Kingdom (UK) remain significantly higher than the European average | Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, UK

Student drug survey

Welcome to our survey on attitudes towards and use of drugs | NUS and Release, UK

Centre for Public Appointments

To complement its existing skills and knowledge, the ACMD is seeking 8 new members | Cabinet Office, UK

Scotland’s drug deaths crisis

We can reveal the major drugs plight of Dundee in Scotland, a city where the scale of drugs deaths is greater than anywhere in the UK, which in turn has by far the highest death rate in the European Union | Channel 4, UK

Chronic heavy drinking leads to serious risk of dementia, study warns

Heavy drinkers are putting themselves at risk of dementia, according to the largest study of its kind ever conducted | Guardian, UK

Contribution of alcohol use disorders to the burden of dementia in France 2008–13: a nationwide retrospective cohort study

Dementia is a prevalent condition, affecting 5–7% of people aged 60 years and older, and a leading cause of disability in people aged 60 years and older globally. We aimed to examine the association between alcohol use disorders and dementia risk, with an emphasis on early-onset dementia (<65 years) | Lancet, UK [Lancet editorial in comment section below]

Review finds no evidence for blanket supervised consumption of methadone or buprenorphine

Trials challenge the need for the making opioid-dependent patients take their methadone or other opioid substitutes at the clinic or pharmacy, but ‘no difference’ findings may be due to limitations of the research. Also analysed for this entry is the largest and most informative randomised trial of supervised consumption. Conducted in England, it offered no support for routine supervision for three months, then recommended practice | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Alfie Dingley: 'Break the law' call on medical cannabis

An MP has urged medical cannabis users to "break the law" to use the treatment | BBC, UK

Clearing up some myths around e-cigarettes

No doubt you will have seen some of the stories in the media recently following the publication of PHE’s latest update of the evidence on e-cigarettes .  E-cigarettes do seem to be a bit like Marmite, courting controversy among the public and media alike | PHE blog, UK

Minimum alcohol price help call for 'hazardous' drinkers

"Hazardous" drinkers must get the help they need - if minimum prices for buying booze are introduced, a charity has said | BBC, UK

Vaping at the wheel? You can be prosecuted for that, police warn

Senior police officers today warned drivers using e-cigarettes who obscure their vision with huge clouds of vapour that they face prosecution and losing their licence | Telegraph, UK

Alcohol and dementia: What's the truth?

There are lots of reasons why drinking too much alcohol on a regular basis is not a good idea | BBC, UK

EMCDDA releases report on European environmental prevention measures to limit unhealthy and risky substance use behaviours

There is a growing recognition of the important role environmental factors play in health-related behaviour. Traditional substance use prevention approaches in Europe have predominantly focused on warning or informing about the risks of use or on skills-based interventions | EMCDDA, Portugal

Model-based appraisal of the comparative impact of Minimum Unit Pricing and taxation policies in Wales: Final report (PDF)

This report was commissioned in June 2017 by the Welsh Government. It uses newly available datasets to update our previously published analyses of the potential impact on the population and population subgroups of different levels of minimum unit pricing (MUP) for alcohol in Wales | Gov.Wales, UK

Drugs: Misuse

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to convene an advisory panel to develop substance misuse guidance, focused specifically on older adults; and what lessons they have learned from the Welsh Government regarding the benefits of such a panel | They work for you, UK

Alcohol price rises 'didn't affect me at all'

A former alcoholic has said alcohol price rises did not have any affect on her drinking problem and she would cut back in other areas to afford drink | BBC, UK

Advice on alcohol in pregnancy ignored

[Requires free registration] More than half of women in Scotland were drinking alcohol at about the time they became pregnant, despite advice warning against consuming any when trying to conceive, a survey found | The Times, UK

Painkiller drug prescriptions in Wales jump up by 300%

A sharp rise in strong painkiller prescriptions is partly being driven by inconsistent pain services across Wales, a leading clinician has said | BBC, UK