Weekly news - 14th June 2019


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In date order, Monday to Friday

In date order, Monday to Friday

Number of older opiate users in treatment has tripled

The number of older opiate users in treatment in England has tripled in just 12 years, a report by the ACMD reports today | ACMD, UK

ACMD report: ageing cohort of drug users

Report from the ACMD providing advice to the government on the changing age profile of people accessing drug treatment and the challenges faced by this cohort in the UK | ACMD, UK

Methadone overdose figures slammed by Scottish Conservatives

The Conservatives have called for alternative treatments for drug addicts as figures indicate hundreds of people were taken to hospital after overdosing on the heroin replacement methadone | ITV, UK

Drug addicts to be given free heroin as Home Office awards first licence

[Can be read with Day Pass costing £1] Heroin addicts are to be given free supplies of the illegal class A drug as the Home Office awards the UK’s first licences for “shooting galleries.” | Telegraph, UK

General Report of Activities 2018 – Key achievements and governance: a year in review

The General Report of Activities is an annual publication providing a detailed progress report of the EMCDDA’s activities over a 12-month period. It catalogues the Centre’s achievements in each area of its annual work programme. The report is a useful information source for all those seeking comprehensive information on the Centre and its work | EMCDDA, Portugal

Reality TV encourages children to drink and smoke, experts warn

Shows such as Love Island risk ‘renormalising’ habits for young people | Guardian, UK

Teens caught up in county lines gangs have seen things no child should see

My team works with young people who’ve been groomed, brainwashed and traumatised. We help them rebuild their lives | Guardian, UK

The 'brutal reality' for alcohol-damaged children

Judith Knox says her 12-year-old son has a range of behavioural problems as a result of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) | BBC, UK

British tourist barred from entering US for 10 years over cocaine text

A British tourist has been barred from entering the US for 10 years after a reference to taking cocaine was found on her mobile phone | Independent, UK

News Release: Labour Party announces plan for mandatory alcohol labelling

Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Jonathan Ashworth MP will announce today (Wednesday 19 June), at charity Alcohol Change UK’s national conference, that accurate alcohol labels, which include the UK’s drinking guidelines and nutritional information, will be mandatory under a Labour government | Alcohol Change UK, UK

Scottish alcohol sales drop as minimum price kicks in

Scots bought less alcohol in 2018 than any year since records began in the early 1990s, according to a new report | BBC, UK

Alcohol sales to street drinkers could be traced with forensic technology

Shopkeepers that sell "superstrength" alcohol to street drinkers could soon be identified and fined using forensic technology that can trace exactly where cans were purchased | Telegraph, UK

Women not aware enough of breast cancer link to alcohol

Only one in five women attending a breast cancer clinic knew it was a risk factor | BBC, UK

Committee hears about social care schemes for problem drug users

On Monday 17 June, the Scottish Affairs Committee visits the Scottish Drugs Forum in Glasgow to hear about how social care schemes can lift people out of problem drug use. On Tuesday 18 June the Committee takes evidence on the importance of healthcare, security and welfare for those affected by problem drug use | Parliament.uk, UK

Report into homelessness and drug misuse published

Safe housing key to tackling homeless drug misuse, says ACMD | ACMD, UK

ACMD report: drug-related harms in homeless populations

ACMD report providing advice to the government on the factors that make the homeless population vulnerable to substance misuse harms and how these can reduced | ACMD, UK

MESAS monitoring report 2019

The Monitoring and Evaluating Scotland's Alcohol Strategy (MESAS) monitoring report 2019 presents all the latest available data on key alcohol indicators in Scotland | NHS Scotland, UK

Four golden threads — what the voluntary sector brings to treatment and recovery

Since August last year I’ve visited many charities around the country hard at work supporting local (and in a few cases not so local) people struggling with their drug or alcohol use, and, in some cases, their nearest and dearest too | Collective Voice, UK

Drug Consumption Room: Glasgow

What discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on the potential merits of establishing a medically supervised drug consumption room in Glasgow | They work for you, UK

SURE: Substance Use Recovery Evaluator - updated

SURE is a psychometrically valid, quick and easy-to-complete outcome measure, developed with unprecedented input from people in recovery | KCL, UK

Local tobacco control and stop smoking services

This map presents a snapshot of the tobacco control work undertaken in 2018 by the local authorities in England that have responsibility for public health: metropolitan boroughs, London boroughs, unitary authorities and county councils. Data was updated in May 2019 to reflect recent changes to stop smoking services | Cancer Research UK, UK

Join the 2019 Global Day of Action!

Since the first Global Day of Action, in 2013, the Support. Don’t Punish campaign has seen local partners organise activities in hundreds of cities of over 100 countries around the world. There is a high chance there will be one taking place near you! While not all events are open to the public, have a browse below to navigate planned activities for the 2019 Global Day of Action so far | Support. Don't Punish, UK

Collective Voice responds to The Independent Review of Drugs

We publish below our response to the call for written evidence from the Independent Reviewer of Drugs, Dame Carol Black. The review has two parts, with the first focusing on the demographics of drug use and the features of drug markets. The call for written evidence is part of this first part | Collective Voice, UK

Ian Hamilton: The gaps in our understanding of cannabis dependence

Admitting where our knowledge of cannabis is limited is as important as acknowledging what strong research evidence can make us certain of, says Ian Hamilton | BMJ opinion, UK