Weekly news - 15th March 2019


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Britain's first medicinal cannabis clinic opens

The Beeches, in Greater Manchester, will charge £600-£700 for monthly prescriptions | Guardian, UK

Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) Guidance for 2019-2020

New #CQUIN scheme from @NHSEngland for 2019/20 includes confirmation that it includes alcohol and tobacco brief advice | NHS England, UK

Stop & Scrutinise: How to improve community scrutiny of stop and search (PDF)

The use of stop and search has declined significantly since 2011 but this trend appears to be slowing and, in some areas, reversing | CJA, UK

How Brit cocaine users have blood on their hands and are complicit in the UK’s knife crime epidemic

Harry Shapiro, DrugWise Director quoted | The Sun, UK

Mothers send sons to Somalia to avoid knife crime

North London community believes police cannot protect teenagers against county lines gangs | Guardian, UK

County lines drugs blamed for Kent's big rise in knife crime

Cuts to youth services and relocation of homeless families also thought to be factors | Guardian, UK

Britain's Teenage Drug Runners - BBC iPlayer

BBC Three film uncovering how gangs operating in cities have expanded their drug operations into the countryside and seaside towns | BBC, UK

Prejudice and Prohibition: Results of a study of smoking and vaping policies in NHS hospital trusts in England

The majority of NHS trusts in England are still banning vaping on hospital grounds despite a call by Public Health England in February 2018 to make e-cigarettes available for sale in hospital shops and to remove restrictions on their use | forest, UK

Rugby players growing increasingly addicted to prescription painkillers, Tony Adams warns

Rugby players are growing increasingly addicted to prescription painkillers like Tramadol, Tony Adams has claimed | Telegraph, UK

Chemsex Comedown: What's Behind The Rise In People Seeking Therapy For 'Sober Sex

James was enjoying the freedom – until he wasn't. Where do people go who want out of the scene? | Huffington Post, UK

Scottish Labour pledge to introduce new tax on alcohol sales

Fresh calls for a new tax on alcohol which could see up to 22p added to the cost of a bottle of wine will be outlined at Scottish Labour’s conference today | Herald, UK

DDN March 2019 issue out now

Speakers at the DDN conference embraced the theme ‘Keep on Moving’. What came out very strongly was that we need to take others along with us as we move – not just peers and colleagues, but people who are not in treatment or connected to services | DDN, UK

Additions to the Effectiveness Bank 11 March 2019

Current needle exchange provision in the UK will cost-effectively save lives by reducing spread of hepatitis C but it will take scaled-up provision of these and other services to eliminate new infections. New evidence questions the mantra that referring heroin users to treatment prevents crime. How to overcome the weakness in screening and brief interventions for risky drinking - poor implementation | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Why we should look to pleasure rather than harm when researching drug use

By investing more into recreational drug research, we could understand more about the reasons people use them | Independent, UK

Drugs policy inquiry - closing soon

The Committee is seeking written submissions on the health consequences of illicit drugs policy. The closing date is Monday 18th March 2019 | Parliament.uk, UK

Drugs: North West

Drugs: North West is a newly-formed network of researchers from across North West England. The network was established to foster multi-disciplinary collaborations between researchers across the region and to provide a platform to showcase the innovative work of its members | Drugs North West, UK

The UN Chief Executives Board unanimously endorses decriminalisation of people who use drugs

The Chief Executives Board of the UN, representing 31 UN agencies, has adopted a common position on drug policy that endorses decriminalisation of possession and use. This comes just days before a key meeting of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna, which will review, the UN’s 10-year Global Drug Strategy, and plan for the next one | Transform, UK

DDN Conference 2019

Read the full reports, and view videos and presentations | DDN, UK

End of Life Care – a guide

People with alcohol and other drug problems, and their families, deserve the same respect and dignity at the end of their lives as everybody else | DDN, UK

Tobacco and alcohol: commissioning for quality and innovation

Guidance for the Screening and brief advice for tobacco and alcohol use in inpatient settings commissioning for quality and innovation (CQUIN) scheme | PHE, UK

'Count 14' NHS Scotland campaign & debate on the future of alcohol guidelines

NHS Scotland has launched a new campaign to promote awareness of the recommended guidelines, whilst the journal Addiction has published a set of open access commentaries debating how drinking guidelines should be developed and communicated | Alcohol Policy UK, UK

Young people drug and alcohol treatment business definitions

Updated core dataset O document | PHE, UK

Secure setting drug and alcohol treatment business definitions

Updated core dataset O document | PHE, UK

Criminal justice interventions teams (CJIT) business definitions

Updated Criminal justice interventions teams business definitions: core dataset O document | PHE, UK

Technical definitions for national drug treatment monitoring system

Updated NDTMS technical definitions: dataset O document | PHE, UK

Cannabis: Medical Treatments

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients have been prescribed cannabis-based products for medicinal use; and how many were (a) private prescriptions and (b) prescriptions funded by NHS or NHS Scottish | They work for you, UK

Latest wastewater data reveal drug-taking habits in over 70 European cities and an increase in the detection of stimulants

The latest findings from the largest European project in the emerging science of wastewater analysis are presented today by the Europe-wide SCORE group, in association with the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA) | EMCDDA, Portugal

Frequently asked questions (FAQ): wastewater-based epidemiology and drugs

Wastewater analysis is a rapidly developing scientific discipline with potential for monitoring real-time data on geographical and temporal trends in illicit drug use. On this page you can find answers to some common questions about the method, including background information, use, application and interpretation of the findings | EMCDDA, Portugal

DrugScope library resurrected

The Wellcome Collection now holds the old DrugScope library archive and is open to researchers. This library holds many rare and seminal materials on drugs dating back to the 1920s | Wellcome Institute, UK

Adult drug and alcohol misuse treatment business definitions

Updated 'Adult drug and alcohol misuse treatment business definitions: core dataset O' | PHE, UK

Awareness of alcohol marketing, ownership of alcohol branded merchandise, and the association with alcohol consumption, higher-risk drinking, and drinking susceptibility in adolescents and young adults: a cross-sectional survey in the UK

To explore awareness of alcohol marketing and ownership of alcohol branded merchandise in adolescents and young adults in the UK, what factors are associated with awareness and ownership, and what association awareness and ownership have with alcohol consumption, higher-risk drinking and susceptibility| BMJ Open, UK

Call for public inquiry into Scottish drug deaths

Nicola Sturgeon was today asked to launch a statutory public inquiry into drug deaths in Scotland | Scotsman, UK