Weekly news - 8th November 2019


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Scottish Affairs Committee calls for decriminalisation and safe drug consumption rooms

Drug-related deaths in Scotland reached an all-time high of 1,187 last year. In what has been one of the most extensive inquiries ever conducted into problem drug use in Scotland the committee heard from agencies, health services, academics, Governments, those with lived experience as well families who have been affected by problem drug use, The committee also visited Portugal, Germany and Canada to examine the evidence from international examples. The report concludes that Government approach to drug use must be substantially reformed | Scottish Affairs Committee, UK

MP call for decriminalisation of personal use drug possession

The possession of illicit drugs for personal use should be decriminalised, a report by MPs has said | BBC, UK

Rights, respect and recovery: action plan

Actions, milestones and timeframes for implementing the 'Rights, respect and recovery' alcohol and drug treatment strategy | Scottish Government, UK

Drug reversing effects of opioid overdose to be handed out in England

Exclusive: naloxone will be distributed on the streets as part of pilot scheme in Redcar and Cleveland | Guardian, UK

Medical cannabis trial will target 20,000 UK patients

Up to 20,000 patients in the UK are to be given medical cannabis over a two-year period in an initiative that aims to create the largest body of evidence on the drug in Europe | Guardian, UK

Liver cancer deaths climb by around 50% in the last decade

New mortality data shows that there were around 5,700 deaths from liver cancer in 2017 in the UK, which is the highest ever yearly number of deaths recorded. This has climbed from 3,200 deaths in 2007. Of all cancer types, liver cancer has had the largest increase in death rates over the last decade and the most rapid rise in deaths since UK records began | Cancer Research UK, UK

National payment scheme not enough to promote alcohol screening by English GPs

In England the clearest impact of financial incentives to screen primary care patients for risky drinking was the plummeting screening rate after the incentives were withdrawn | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

UK parents' drinking negatively affects over a third of children – study

Significant link found between amount of alcohol consumed and adverse impact on children | Guardian, UK

North-East drinkers increasing their risks of an alcohol related cancer

Cases of cancer related to alcohol are on the rise in the region with an estimated 3,120 incidences recorded from 2015-17, it has been revealed | Northern Echo, UK

Poorest hit hardest by cuts to public health spending – research

Most deprived parts of England have lost six times as much funding as prosperous areas | Guardian, UK

Second British death is linked to e-cigarettes as worried vapers go back to tobacco despite medics’ warnings

It is the kind of news that could easily prompt a flurry of worrying headlines. The latest official safety data on electronic cigarettes – seen by The Mail on Sunday – suggests that the increasingly popular devices, which are backed by health chiefs as a safe way to quit smoking, are linked to another UK death | Mail Online, UK

Alcohol dependence prevalence in England

Updated with alcohol dependence estimates for the period 2017 to 2018 | PHE, UK

Local tobacco control profiles for England: November 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 may increase risk of mental health problems – study

Researchers find link between tobacco cigarettes and depression and schizophrenia | Guardian, UK

Sharp rise in knife and gun attacks outside London as austerity bites

New violence reduction unit seeks to tackle spiralling crisis in the West Midlands. But is it too little, too late? | Guardian, UK

Substance misuse: April to June 2019

Quarterly data are published on StatsWales. These include data on quarterly activity, case closures by reason for closure and the time between referral and start of treatment | Welsh Government, UK

Adult smoking and e-cigarette use (National Survey for Wales): April 2018 to March 2019

Statistics on adults smoking, stopping smoking, e-cigarette use, and exposure to tobacco smoke for April 2018 to March 2019 | Welsh Government, UK

Cannabis to be given to patients in first study of drug's clinical effect

Medical cannabis was legalised in the UK a year ago, but only a handful of patients have had access to the drug on the NHS | Sky News, UK

Pioneering scheme sees police carrying - and administering - an emergency antidote to heroin

Here at ITV News, we've already covered the first heroin assisted treatment room in Cleveland and now we look at the first use of the antidote - naloxone | ITV, UK

National Drug Treatment Reporting System 2012-2018 drug data

In the seven-year period, 65,216 cases treated for problem drug use were reported to the NDTRS. The number of treated cases recorded increased from 8,005 in 2012 to 10,274 in 2018 | HRB, Ireland

Substance misuse treatment for adults: statistics 2018 to 2019

The report and tables present statistical analysis of treatment data from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019. Treatment centres from across England submitted the data | PHE, UK

Boozy Britons are drinking 108 bottles of wine a year - far more than the rest of the western world

The average Briton is now drinking 108 bottles of wine a year - far more than in the rest of the Western world, a major report shows | Telegraph, UK

Juul halts sales of mint-flavored e-cigarette popular with teenagers

Leading e-cigarette company Juul has halted sales of its popular mint flavor tobacco products, the company announced on Thursday. Mint-flavored products reportedly account for 70% of Juul’s sales and are particularly popular with younger vapers | Guardian, UK