Weekly news - 26th July 2019


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Drink Free Days 2018: campaign evaluation

Full evaluation report for the Drink Free Days 2018 campaign | PHE, UK

UK home secretary urged to introduce drug rooms to save lives

MPs and police commissioners call for introduction of DCR overdose prevention centres | Guardian, UK

'Engagement and connection': the key to reaching Scotland's addicts

A number of pioneering projects suggest Scotland doesn’t need radical legal reform to stop addicts dying | Guardian, UK

Crown Office stalemate over contract puts vital drug-testing service at risk

Serious concerns have been raised that more lives could be put at risk because a “crucial” toxicology service providing information about drug deaths is to be terminated after providers failed to reach a contractual agreement with the Crown Office | The National, UK

Remembrance Day Statement 2019

[21st July] was the International Day to remember our loved ones who have died as a result of the so-called war on drugs. They have died as a result of their unnecessary criminalisation; they have died as a result of prohibition. It is criminalisation and prohibition that make drugs so dangerous. It is the society in which we live that shows such callous indifference to the deaths of so many | INPUD, UK

Pledge to end smoking in England by 2030

The government is pledging to end smoking in England by 2030 as part of a range of measures to tackle the causes of preventable ill health | BBC, UK

Open consultation: Post implementation review of tobacco legislation: consultation document

Over recent years a range of legislation has been introduced to discourage young people from taking up smoking, vaping and encourage existing smokers to quit and to protect others from the harmful effects of cigarette smoke. This has included a curb on advertising, establishing smoke-free places, introduction of prominent, graphic health warnings, a ban on proxy purchasing of cigarettes and e-cigarettes and a ban on smoking in cars with children as well as the introduction of standardised packaging | DHSC, UK

Open consultation: Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s – consultation document

Over the decades, traditional public health interventions have led to significant improvements in the nation’s health. Thanks to our concerted efforts on smoking, we now have one of the lowest smoking rates in Europe with fewer than 1 in 6 adults smoking. Yet, for the 14% of adults who still smoke, it’s the main risk to health. Smokers are disproportionately located in areas of high deprivation. In Blackpool, 1 in 4 pregnant women smoke. In Westminster, it’s 1 in 50 | DHSC, UK

Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s (PDF)

The NHS is aiming to do more on prevention. The Long Term Plan contained a whole chapter on prevention, and set out a package of new measures, including all smokers who are admitted to hospital being offered support to stop smoking and establishing alcohol care teams in more areas | HM Government, UK

Who are the smokers that haven't quit?

In 1974, almost half of all adults in the UK smoked. For many, spending time in smoke-filled homes, pubs and workplaces was simply a part of daily life | BBC, UK

Learning from tragedies: an analysis of alcohol-related Safeguarding Adult Reviews published in 2017

In 2017, 5,507 deaths in England were directly attributable to alcohol, an increase of 11% since 2006, while hospital admissions caused primarily by alcohol were 17% higher over the same period | Alcohol Change UK, UK

People experiencing homelessness set to benefit from new jobcentre support

Dedicated training on homelessness is being delivered to hundreds of jobcentre managers in a crucial move to improve support for vulnerable benefit claimants | DWP, UK

Hepatitis C: patient re-engagement exercise

Information for GPs about the NHS England and Public Health England initiative to support finding and treating diagnosed patients | PHE, UK

Charity asks Scots to defy Home Office on fix rooms

[Free registration maybe required] Scottish citizens will have to risk prosecution to help addicts inject in illegal fix rooms to convince the Home Office that they can save lives, drug charities have said | The Times, UK

Half of young drinkers are unaware of health messages on alcohol packaging

Just half of 11-19 year old drinkers recall seeing health messages or warnings on alcohol packaging – despite being an important target market for this information, according to new research | University of Stirling, UK

Are diversionary schemes a justified policy focus?

Diverting people away from the criminal justice system and into treatment has been a prominent ‘solution’ to drug-related crime in the UK. Do such schemes have the desired effect of reducing drug use and future offending, and do they do so in a cost-effective way? | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Incentives for smoking cessation

Financial incentives, monetary or vouchers, are widely used in an attempt to precipitate, reinforce and sustain behaviour change, including smoking cessation. They have been used in workplaces, in clinics and hospitals, and within community programmes | Cochrane Library, UK

Birmingham police to carry heroin overdose antidote

Police officers are to be issued an emergency antidote to allow them to treat drug users who have overdosed on heroin | BBC, UK

Official Statistics: Drug related deaths and suicides in prison custody

Analysis of drug-related deaths and suicides in England and Wales, 2008 to 2016 | ONS, UK

Open consultation: NDTMS annual reports and methodology: proposed changes

Consultation about changes to the national drug treatment monitoring system (NDTMS) annual reports format and the methodology for the young people's report. This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 25 August 2019 | PHE, UK

Throughcare support scheme suspended by prison service

The Scottish Prison Service (SPS) has suspended a scheme offering inmates extra support when leaving jail | BBC, UK

Tobacco control: How do you know that your council is doing all it can to reduce smoking-related harm? (PDF)

As the biggest preventable cause of cancer, reducing smoking is the best way to help reduce cancer risk among the local population and across England. Therefore, a comprehensive and strategic approach to tobacco control should be a priority for all local authorities. This must-know guide, developed in conjunction with Cancer Research UK, outlines the actions councils can take to implement such an approach | LGA, UK

Hepatitis C Strategy

The Turning Point hepatitis C strategy outlines how our organisation is working in partnership with other stakeholders with the aim of eliminating hepatitis C | Turning Point, UK

Australian NSP Survey National Data Report 2014 – 2018

The Australian Needle and Syringe Program Survey (ANSPS) provides serial point prevalence estimates of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) (antibody and RNA) and sexual and injecting risk behaviour among people who inject drugs (PWID) in Australia. This report presents national and state/territory data for the period 2014 to 2018 | Kirby Institute, Australia