Weekly news - 12th October 2018


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Alcohol, drugs and tobacco: commissioning support pack

Updated with the 2019 to 2020 commissioning support pack principles and indicators for alcohol, drugs, tobacco and young people. Removed the previous year's documents | PHE, UK

Liver disease profiles: short statistical commentary, October 2018

New hospital admissions data for 2016 to 2017 has been added to the liver disease profiles | PHE, UK

Every Life Matters – Change Grow Live is campaigning to help reduce drug misuse deaths

Drug-related deaths are at record levels. This is a national public health crisis and urgent action is needed. Click here to tweet your support | Change Grow Live, UK

Cannabis-based products for medicinal use

In development [GID-NG10124] Expected publication date: 21 October 2019 | NICE, UK

Medical Cannabis To Be Available On Prescription ‘Within Weeks’

These changes come about following a long battle by campaigners | Huffington Post, UK

Precursor chemical import and export authorisation wallchart

This chart shows the regulation of precursor chemicals in the UK. Revised | PHE, UK

Decriminalise drugs, Plaid Cymru says

Party members called the war on drugs an "unmitigated failure" and said criminalising those with an addiction does "nothing to help them turn their lives around" | BBC, UK

Children Sold Vaping Products - BBC iPlayer radio

E-cigarettes and vaping liquids are being sold to children online and on the high street, 5 live Investigates has discovered. Trading Standards is investigating after researchers on the programme bought prohibited products online | BBC, UK

October issue of DDN Magazine out now

Personal stories are the essence of DDN. They speak volumes about good (and bad) practice and they also serve to inspire; and that’s vitally important in the land of diminishing resources | DDN, UK

Poisoning substances taken by young people: a population-based cohort study

This was an open cohort study of 1 736 527 young people, using linked Clinical Practice Research Datalink, Hospital Episode Statistics, and Office for National Statistics mortality data, from 1998 to 2014 | BJGP, UK

Hospital Data Shows How Britain's Drug Problem Is Getting Worse

Admissions for cocaine are spiralling, teens are taking sedatives in harmful doses, and more and more older people are being hospitalised after taking drugs | VICE, UK

Many doctors may be failing to warn patients about the risks of antidepressants, new APPG research suggests

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence publishes new research which indicates that many doctors and psychiatrists may be failing to warn patients about the potential risks of antidepressants, and subsequently fail to recognise withdrawal symptoms. Furthermore, sources of NHS support for patients, such as NHS 111, were found to be unhelpful | APPG, UK

Exeter prison condemned by inspectors for violence and drug use

Scathing report comes as Prison Governors Association accuses government underfunding of contributing to jail safety crisis | Guardian, UK

More student unions set to offer drug-testing kits at universities, NUS says

'There is a lot more interest in harm reduction now' | Independent, UK

English university to ask students to sign drug pledge

Buckingham University in bid to become Britain’s first ‘drug-free’ campus | Guardian, UK

Calls for radical action to curb record drug deaths in Scotland

Experts say government’s new drugs strategy not bold enough to tackle fatal overdose crisis | Guardian, UK

Investigating the growing trend of non-drinking among young people; analysis of repeated cross-sectional surveys in England 2005–2015

Non-drinking among young people has increased over the past decade in England, yet the underlying factor driving this change is unknown. Traditionally non-drinking has been found to be associated with lower socio-economic status and poorer health | BMC Public Health, UK

Under-25s turning their backs on alcohol, study suggests

Researchers looked at official health data from the last decade and found almost a third of 16 to 24-year-olds in 2015 said they didn't drink, compared with around one in five in 2005 | BBC, UK

Royal College to review opposition to legalising cannabis despite concerns over mental health risks

The Royal College of Psychiatrists is to review its opposition to the legalisation of cannabis despite its concerns over the risks the drug poses to users’ mental health | Telegraph, UK

NETWORK and CLINICAL UPDATES now available online

We are delighted to announce that historical editions of NETWORK are now available to be read in digital format on any device (or downloaded). CLINICAL UPDATES, curated and edited by Dr Euan Lawson from 2009 to 2016 have also been added to the online archive | SMMGP, UK

Smoking cessation in secondary care: mental health settings

Updated page information and provided a link to the self-assessment tool | PHE, UK

Parental alcohol misuse and the impact on children: A rapid evidence review of service presentations and interventions (PDF)

[From August] This report is based on independent research commissioned from the Children’s Policy Research Unit and funded by the National Institute for Health Research Policy Research Programme. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NHS, the National Institute for Health Research, the Department of Health and Social Care or its arm's length bodies, and other Government Departments | UCL, UK

E-cigarettes research shows clear benefits of switching from tobacco

Latest figures from the WHO show that smoking is still the number one preventable disease, killing seven million people globally each year | Medical Xpress, UK

E-cigarettes should be used more actively to help smokers quit, experts recommend

New research by the University of Exeter and University of Melbourne, funded by Cancer Research UK, suggests stop smoking services which are e-cigarette friendly should advertise this more openly, and says greater use of e-cigarettes has the potential to make considerable impact in helping people give up smoking | University of Exeter, UK

Government announces that medicinal cannabis is legal

For the first time in the UK, expert doctors have been given the option to legally issue prescriptions for cannabis-based medicines when they agree that their patients could benefit from this treatment | Home Office and The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, UK

Doctors allowed to prescribe cannabis-based medicine in UK

Sajid Javid announces change after publicity over treatment of young people with epilepsy | Guardian, UK

Open consultation. Tobacco Products and Nicotine Inhaling Products (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018

We seek feedback on the practical changes that will affect the tobacco and e-cigarette industries if the UK leaves the EU with no deal. We welcome feedback on any practical issues that you think should be considered as part of the implementation of changes | DHSC, UK

Sub-Intervention Review Report for 2017/18

The report will help local commissioners and services to review whether an appropriate range of treatment and recovery support interventions are being delivered locally. It can also help identify gaps in provision. The site contains restricted statistics and you will need a password to access the report. If you are a commissioner or service provider and you do not already have a password to access the site please contact the NDTMS | NDTMS, UK

'Out of control': prison watchdog warns of synthetic drug crisis

Rising substance abuse is causing preventable deaths behind bars, says report | Guardian, UK

Annual Report 2017 -18 - Media Release (PDF)

Prisoners are dying preventable deaths, particularly as a result of the alarming levels of drug abuse in jails, and some prisons and their health providers struggle to learn from investigations into deaths, according to Acting Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO) Elizabeth Moody | Prison and Probation Ombudsman, UK