Weekly news - 8th March 2019

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Change Grow Live and Sova complete merger

Sova, formerly a wholly-owned subsidiary of Change Grow Live that supports individuals with multiple and complex needs, has fully merged with its parent charity as of Friday 1 March 2019 | Change Grow Live, UK

Police back ‘shooting galleries’ for drug users

[Free registraton required] Senior police officers are backing plans to create a national network of drug consumption rooms, known as “shooting galleries”, where addicts are provided with drugs such as heroin, paid for by the state | The Times, UK

MPs call for legal smoking age to be raised to 21

Cross-party group also wants government to impose a levy on tobacco firms to fund moves to encourage people to quit | Guardian, UK

Children as young as 14 are becoming addicted to e-cigarettes, head of Britain’s biggest addiction clinic says

John Dicey, chief executive of Allen Carr’s Easyway which has 35 centres around the UK, said there has been a steep rise in  the past year of young people seeking help on how to quit vaping | Telegraph, UK

Drinking in pregnancy could affect children’s mental health

New research led by the University of Bristol has found children whose mothers drink during pregnancy could be at greater risk of mental health problems, particularly anxiety, depression and conduct disorder | University of Bristol, UK

Public health 'improving under councils despite cuts'

Councils in England say there has been a marked improvement in public health since they took over responsibility for delivering services nearly six years ago, despite budget cuts | BBC, UK

Vaping and the Number of Cigarettes Not Now Smoked: An Additional Means of Assessing the Public Health Impact of E-cigarettes (PDF)

[Open access] There are multiple ways in which the public health impact of e-cigarettes is being assessed including determining the extent to which these devices are being used by current smokers, former smokers, and never smokers and identifying whether and to what extent e-cigarette use is associated with an increase or decrease in the rate of smoking and smoking cessation |Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine, UK

Home Office backed scheme will allow people test their drugs ‘to save thousands of lives’

People over the age of 18 can take in a drug sample to find out what's in it | I news, UK

Dating apps and Netflix responsible for fall in 24-hour alcohol licences, new research suggests

Dating apps are partly responsible for a significant decrease in 24-hour alcohol licences, new research has suggested | Telegraph, UK


Statistics relating to drug related deaths and deaths due to drug misuse |
Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency, UK

Male drug-related deaths up 98% in Northern Ireland

Drug-related deaths among males in Northern Ireland have almost doubled in the last 10 years, according to new government figures | BBC, UK

Naloxone: Mother says mental health teams need to 'wake up'

A mother whose son is addicted to heroin and prescription drugs has said she fears he will die if he is not given the help he needs | BBC, UK

Young people warned over buying drugs via apps

Social media apps are increasingly likely to be used by young people to buy illegal drugs, research suggests | BBC, UK

Young people at risk of addiction show differences in key brain region

The study adds further evidence to support the idea that an individual’s biological makeup plays a significant role in whether or not they develop an addictive disorder | University of Cambridge, UK

Knife crime: 'Tsar' needed to stop stabbings, says ex-Met chief

A knife crime tsar must be appointed by government in order to "get a grip" on the rise in youth violence, a former Metropolitan Police commissioner says | BBC, UK

Labour supports trials of consumption rooms to cut drug deaths

Party considers helping users get off streets to safer spaces with access to treatment | Guardian, UK

Labour Campaign for Drug Policy Reform Announces Ambassadors and Expert Working Group

The LCDPR, founded by MPs Jeff Smith & Thangam Debbonaire, have today announced new details of the campaign, including members of their Expert Working Group and voluntary Ambassadors | Volte Face, UK

Code of Practice on the Naming, Packaging and Promotion of Alcoholic Drinks (PDF)

The Portman Group’s Code of Practice was first introduced in April 1996. This is the sixth edition. It applies to the naming, packaging and promotion of alcoholic drinks and provides a procedural framework for influencing, regulating and controlling industry practice | Portman Group, UK

Smokers given free 'vape' kits to help kick the habit in new trial

Pharmacies will be giving out e-cigarette starter kits to anyone who signs up to the latest smoking cessation trial | Manchester Evening News, UK

Finding a Needle in a Haystack: Take-Home Naloxone in England 2017/18

This report updates Release’s previous reporting on ‘Take-home Naloxone in England: 2016/17’ and presents novel findings on take-home naloxone provision in custodial settings, such as in prisons, across England for the period 2017/18 | Release, UK

Estimating the Prevalence of Problem Drug Use in Scotland, 2015-16 Estimates (PDF)

The number of individuals with problem drug use in Scotland was estimated to be in the range 55,800 to 58,900 during 2015/16. This represents an estimated prevalence rate of approximately 1.62% | ISD Scotland, UK

Use and Misuse of Drugs in Scotland inquiry

The deadline for written submissions is Friday 12 April 2019 | Parliament.uk, UK

Local tobacco control profiles for England: March 2019 update

An overview of the extent of tobacco use, tobacco related harm and the measures being taken to reduce this harm at a local level in England | PHE, UK

Smoking Cessation Local Delivery Plan standard quarterly reporting (PDF)

This release by Information Services Division (ISD) presents information on NHS smoking cessation services in Scotland and their progress towards their 2018/19 Local Delivery Plan (LDP) Standard. The LDP Standard for NHS Scotland in 2018/19 is to achieve at least 7,568 selfreported successful twelve-week quits (those people still not smoking after 12 weeks) through smoking cessation services in the most deprived areas | ISD Scotland, UK

Facial recognition technology to help in fight against prison drug trafficking

Biometric technology which can identify visitors who may be trafficking drugs into prisons has been successfully trialled, Justice Secretary David Gauke revealed today (6 March 2019) | MoJ, UK

Minutes and slides available of APPG meeting on 7 Feb 2019

The minutes and slides from the meeting of the APPG for PDD on 7 Feb can be found here | APPG, UK

Drink wise, age well; reducing alcohol related harm among people over 50: a study protocol

Evidence suggests that the use of alcohol among older adults (defined as those aged 50+) has increased in recent years, with people aged 55–64 now more likely to exceed the recommended weekly guidelines than any other age group | BMC Public Health, UK

2C-B Is the Drug Taking Over the UK's Clubs

For decades, only psychedelic connoisseurs knew about 2C-B, but in recent years knowledge has spread, leading more and more dealers to sell it on the darknet | VICE, UK

FREE WEBINAR: Compassionate Pragmatism: An integrative approach to treating problematic substance use

We are delighted to offer this recorded webinar by Andrew Tatarsky Ph.D., Founder and Director, Center for Optimal Living, NYC; a comprehensive psychotherapy and professional training center based on Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy | SMMGP, UK

These pills could kill you - BBC iPlayer

What’s behind Scotland’s rising toll of drugs deaths? Reporter Chris Clements pieces together heartbreaking stories from one rural community where lives have been devastated by the growing abuse of prescription pills. The investigation reveals an illicit online trade in pills driven by social media | BBC Panorama, UK

The Family Drug and Alcohol Court - audio

We visit a problem-solving court in Coventry. Joshua Rozenberg speaks to judges, social workers and a mother whose drug addiction put her at risk of losing her children | BBC, UK

Drug Safety Testing: A Brief Home Office Timeline

Last week, the UK’s first drug safety testing clinic to be licensed by the Home Office opened its doors in Weston-Super-Mare | Volte Face, UK

Drug consumption rooms 'should be considered' in NI

Consideration should be given to providing rooms where people can safely inject themselves with illegal drugs, NI's chief medical officer has said | BBC, UK

No quick solutions to drug problem, ex police chief says

Communities are being blighted by "misery and harm" caused by drug dealers despite a major sting in north Wales, says a former police chief | BBC, UK

Electronic Cigarettes: Children:Written question - 227132

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to address the findings of the Public Health England report entitled Vaping in England: evidence update summary February 2019 that the number of children who have tried e-cigarettes has doubled since 2014 | Parliament.uk, UK

Impact on hepatitis C means needle exchanges save lives and can reduce costs

What would happen to rates of infection with hepatitis C and resultant ill-health if we closed down all the needle exchanges? In three UK areas, the answers led researchers to judge these services among the best investments UK health systems can make | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Half of Yorkshire smokers and ex-smokers would NOT try vaping, new research shows

Commissioned by Yorkshire Cancer Research, the survey of 844 smokers and 1,156 ex-smokers across the UK also found that two thirds have attempted to kick the habit at one time or another – four times on average – but to date they haven’t managed to stop for good | Yorkshire Cancer Reaserch, UK

Statistics on Women's Smoking Status at Time of Delivery, England - Quarter 3, 2018-19

10.5% of pregnant women were known to be smokers at the time of delivery during quarter 3 of 2018/19 | NHS Digital, UK

No Justice in the Capital? (PDF)

This report estimates that the most vulnerable Londoners were unable to access any legal support for as many as 37,500 legal problems since the introduction of legal aid cuts. The estimate is based on a recent survey of people who come into repeat contact with the criminal justice system, as a result of multiple non-violent offences (such theft or minor drug offences) driven by vulnerabilities such as mental ill health, homelessness and domestic abuse | Revolving Doors Agency, UK