Weekly news - 10th May 2019

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Guidance: Misuse of illicit drugs and medicines: applying All Our Health

Evidence and guidance to help health professionals identify, prevent or reduce drug-related harm | PHE, UK

Case study: Making substance misuse and mental health support more inclusive

How a service for young people in North Yorkshire works with other agencies to focus on all their emotional wellbeing, substance misuse and mental health needs | PHE, UK

Case study: Mental health and substance misuse: joined-up services

How joining up mental health, alcohol and drug misuse services in a Derby hospital provided better support for people with addiction and mental health problems | PHE, UK

Guidance: NDTMS: accreditation for software suppliers

Updated software supplier accreditation details | PHE, UK

Adverse childhood experiences and mental health are drivers of drug use, MPs told

Ahead of its first evidence session on drugs in Scotland, the Scottish Affairs Committee publishes written evidence from organisations such as NHS Health Scotland, Turning Point Scotland and the Glasgow City Alcohol and Drug Partnership, which highlights the drivers of problem drug use | Parliament.uk, UK

Mental illness and trauma blamed for rising drug deaths

High levels of drug misuse in Scotland have been linked to mental illness or childhood trauma, MPs investigating the problem have been told | BBC, UK

New Zealanders to make the decision in cannabis referendum

The Government has announced details of how New Zealanders will choose whether or not to legalise and regulate cannabis, said Justice Minister Andrew Little | Beehive.govt.nz, New Zealand

Devolve drugs powers to Holyrood to save lives, MPs urged

Devolving drugs legislation to Holyrood would allow Scotland to tackle a rapidly developing set of challenges which has led to the highest rate of substance-related deaths in western Europe, it has been claimed | Scotsman, UK

Prison officers who smuggle drugs targeted by new corruption unit

Counter-corruption teams set up to ‘stamp out criminality’ in prisons in England and Wales | Guardian, UK

Black people ‘40 times more likely’ to be stopped and searched in UK

Campaigners say controversial new powers are doing untold damage to communities’ trust | Guardian, UK

Health and Social Care Committee meeting on drugs policy - video

Three panels of experts look at what a new drug policy should look like | Parliament.tv, UK

National intelligence network on drug health harms briefing: May 2019

Briefings on the health harms associated with drug use based on presentations and discussions at the meeting of the national intelligence network | PHE, UK

Consensus Statement on Sustainable Funding for Public Health

We call on Government to increase investment in public health to prevent ill health, reduce health inequalities, and support a sustainable health and social care system | Various, UK

Mass media to communicate public health messages in six health topic areas: a systematic review and other reviews of the evidence

Mass media campaigns can be used to communicate public health messages at the population level. Although previous research has shown that they can influence health behaviours in some contexts, there have been few attempts to synthesise evidence across multiple health behaviours | NIHR, UK

My Client Told Me About Her Childhood Trauma – As Her Therapist She Showed Me The Best Of Humanity

Emma’s experience shines a light on the punitive way we often treat people who use substances to cope with emotional pain | Huffington Post, UK

'Smoking, drinking and drugs': why life expectancy in Hartlepool is so low

Hartlepudlians say the town feels left behind – in stark contrast to central London | Guardian, UK

NI alcohol deaths are 'tip of the iceberg'

Joe McCrisken was speaking at a joint inquest into the deaths of four people as a result of alcohol abuse | BBC, UK

Glasgow has 'most compelling case in Europe' for safe drug injecting room

A panel of academics from universities in Glasgow and Stirling said all the evidence points to a facility being able to reduce harm caused by problem drug use and public drug injecting | Glasgow Evening Times, UK

Get an up-to-date overview of new and emerging drug-related health harms

Read Public Health England’s summary of the latest intelligence and clinical messaging on new and emerging drug-related health harms. The information included in the ‘dashboard’ summary comes from a range of intelligence sources (including the Report Illicit Drug Reactions national pilot) and aims to support frontline practitioners, service providers and other stakeholders in responding to new and emerging drug-related health harms.  Practitioners can also report adverse reactions to illicit drugs via RIDR | PHE, UK

DDN May 2019

‘There is no one-size-fits all in addiction treatment… every person needs to find what gives their life a direction, fulfilment and purpose, and the practitioner’s role is to support this journey of discovery, not endorse a particular model of living.’ | DDN, UK

Smoke levels in Scottish jails fell by 80% after ban

Second-hand smoke levels fell by 80% inside Scotland's jails in the week after a smoking ban was introduced, research has found | BBC, UK

Drugs policy inquiry - publications

Written submissions to the Health and Social Care Committee’s Drugs policy inquiry have been published online, | Parliament.uk, UK

Local Alcohol Profiles for England (LAPE)

Updated. The profiles provide information to monitor the services and initiatives that have been put in place to prevent and reduce the harmful impact of alcohol | PHE, UK

Advisory body on drug misuse to provide framework on medical cannabis by end of 2019

The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) has been asked to provide an outline framework on medical cannabis by the end of 2019, with the aim of having an initial view by the end of 2020 | Pharmaceutical Journal, UK

One in five harmed by others drinking alcohol over past year, survey finds

Researchers surveyed 5,000 over-16s in England to uncover extent, type and frequency of harms | Guardian, UK

National Crime Agency: 100 county lines networks in Wales

round 100 "county lines" networks are supplying drugs into Welsh communities, according to the director general of the National Crime Agency (NCA) | BBC, UK

The Road to Recovery Refresh: Views from the Scottish Youth Parliament Justice Committee (PDF)

We asked the Justice Committee to read about the "Icelandic Model". This is an approach, to reduce substance use in young people, which has been implemented in Iceland for 20 years | CREW and SYP, UK

Berlin park creates 'pink zone' spaces for drug dealers to carry out transactions

‘This method has purely practical reasoning behind it,’ says park manager | Independent, UK

Cuban pilot freed after serving longest US marijuana sentence

Antonio Bascaro, now 84 years old, has been released after serving 39 years of a 60-year sentence for his part in a marijuana smuggling scheme in the late 1970's | Independent, UK