Weekly news - 9th August 2019


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Rapid evidence review: The role of alcohol in contributing to violence in intimate partner relationships

Research has evidenced the contribution of heavy alcohol use to a range of significant harms to people other than the drinker. Importantly, recent research highlights that alcohol-related harms to women from others largely stem from the behaviour of intimate male partners [See also blog below] | Alcohol Change UK, UK

Juul trials 'lockable' C1 e-cigarette for UK vapers

UK trials have begun of an e-cigarette that can be locked to prevent anyone but its owner puffing on it | BBC, UK

Women in Addiction

2018 was the centenary of (at least some) women’s suffrage, and the 20 years’ anniversary of an SSA annual conference where all the speakers were women. To mark these events, the Society commissioned a Women in Addiction project with the aim of celebrating the achievements of women in Addiction research | SSA UK

Drug overdose eclipses suicide as biggest killer of middle-aged men, ONS figures reveal

Suicide was previously the leading cause of death for males aged 35 to 49. However, figures published today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveal that men in this age group are now more likely to be killed by drug overdoses or accidental poisonings, amid concerns from public health experts of a looming opiate crisis | Telegraph, UK

Official Statistics: Local Alcohol Profiles for England: August 2019 data update

Update of Indicators in the Local Alcohol Profiles for England (LAPE) interactive tool | PHE, UK

Pain or insomnia main reasons for cannabis use in those without medical certificate

Research has shown that people using cannabis without a medical certificate report decreasing or stopping their use of prescription or over-the-counter analgesics and sleep aids | Pharmaceutical Journal, UK

Derry judge calls for drop-in drug test centres

A district judge in Londonderry has called for the set up of drop-in drug test centres to tackle addiction | BBC, UK

Barriers to accessing cannabis-based products for medicinal use on NHS prescription Findings and Recommendations (PDF)

This review was aimed at addressing the following question: Where they exist, what are the barriers to patients accessing cannabis-based products for medicinal use within the NHS where they are clinically appropriate for the patient, and how might these barriers be overcome? | NHS England and NHS Improvement, UK

Cannabis-based medicinal products

This guideline covers prescribing of cannabis-based medicinal products for people with intractable nausea and vomiting, chronic pain, spasticity and severe treatment-resistant epilepsy | NICE, UK

'Lack of evidence' holding back cannabis medicines

NHS patients are not getting cannabis-based medicines because of a lack of evidence they work, according to an official review | BBC, UK

As Scotland’s ‘Trainspotting’ Generation Ages, the Dead Pile Up

What happens as opioid abusers hit middle age? “What your body tolerates at 18 it doesn’t tolerate at 38 or 48 | NYTimes, USA