Weekly news - 16th August 2019


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PM to create 10,000 new prison places and boosts stop and search

The government will create room for 10,000 new prisoners and expand stop and search powers, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised | BBC, UK

Drug crime mapped: Gangs operating away from home cities

Recorded drug crime is increasing in many small towns and villages even as it falls significantly in city centres, the BBC has found | BBC, UK

'Chicken shop' drug gangs recruit children with food, inquiry finds

Criminal “chicken shop gangs” are recruiting children to deal drugs with the offer of free food, a parliamentary investigation has found | Guardian, UK

South Essex drugs-related deaths 'purity' link probed

Five deaths over three days could be connected to the strength of cocaine and heroin, police said | BBC, UK

Scottish Drugs Forum warns urgent rethink required after street valium deaths

Last month’s drug statistics showed benzodiazepines such as diazepam and etizolam were implicated in, or potentially contributed, to 792 deaths – 67% of the total number who died of overdoses in 2018 | The National, UK

Medicinal cannabis: the hype is strong, but the evidence is weak

Demand is booming for medicinal cannabis to treat a variety of conditions, but researchers and doctors remain cautious | Guardian, UK

Can we stop America's teen vaping epidemic arriving in Britain?

Despite being aimed at mature smokers, ‘Juuling’ among teenagers is on the rise as they are drawn to the sweet flavours and sleek design. By February, almost 5 million American high-schoolers were vaping. So how can we stop British teens from becoming addicted, too? | Guardian, UK

Alcohol interventions in secondary and further education

This guideline covers interventions in secondary and further education to prevent and reduce alcohol use among children and young people aged 11 up to and including 18. It also covers people aged 11 to 25 with special educational needs or disabilities in full-time education. It will also be relevant to children aged 11 in year 6 of primary school | NICE, UK

Embedding public health in Coventry’s licensing policy statement

A review of Coventry City Council's statement of licensing policy (SLP) benefits from considering public health and health equality issues | PHE, UK

Medicine: buprenorphine prolonged-release solution for injection (brand name: Buvidal®) for the treatment of opioid dependence (PDF)

Buprenorphine is a therapy for adults and adolescents (age 16 years and over) with a dependence on opioids such as heroin and morphine. Buprenorphine prolonged-release solution for injection is a long acting medicine which is used alongside medical, social and psychological support. It may enable patients to focus on recovery and return to normal routines without the need for daily visits to a pharmacy to receive oral treatment | SMC, UK

Middle-aged generation most likely to die by suicide and drug poisoning

Now in their 40s and 50s, the so-called Generation X are dying in greater numbers by suicide or drug poisoning than any other age group | ONS, UK

Deaths by suicide and drugs highest among Generation X

People born in the 1960s and 70s stand out as the generation most likely to die by suicide or drug poisoning, data for England and Wales shows | BBC, UK

2017-18 Drug Trend report

Today we launch our latest drug trend report covering 2017 to 2018. We have included information about the most commonly used drugs in Scotland, emerging trends and have provided context to the recently released drug-related death statistics | Crew, UK

Two-thirds of homeless ex-prisoners reoffend within a year

Prisons charity the Howard League says housing, jobs and support are essential | Guardian, UK

Scotland's Population 2018 - The Registrar General's Annual Review of Demographic Trends (PDF)

Includes data on alcohol related deaths | National Records of Scotland, UK

Scotland's drug death rate behind stalling of life expectancy figures

Scotland’s shocking drugs death rate is so high it has been linked to the country’s life expectancy figures, which have stalled after rising for three decades | Telegraph, UK

Enhancing a brief online intervention to reduce alcohol consumption

The way in which the content of a brief online alcohol intervention was presented to users impacted on levels of engagement with the intervention | Alcohol Change UK, UK

Scottish Medicines Consortium accepts Buvidal® for treatment of opioid dependence

The Scottish Medicines Consortium has accepted weekly and monthly Buvidal® for treatment of opioid dependence in NHS Scotland | Pharmafield, UK

Deaths related to drug poisoning in England and Wales: 2018 registrations

Deaths related to drug poisoning in England and Wales from 1993 onwards, by cause of death, sex, age and substances involved in the death | ONS, UK

UK drug deaths continue to rise – time for action

Every year since 2013, the UK’s Office for National Statistics has reported an increased level of drug-related deaths in England. Last year, we reported that drugs had overtaken traffic accidents as a leading cause of death | Conversation, UK

'Hundreds' seek private clinics for medical cannabis

Since its legalisation in November 2018, there have been very few, if any, prescriptions for medical cannabis containing THC on the NHS | BBC, UK