Weekly news - 22nd November 2019

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Drugs: 'Act now or the price is more young people's deaths'

Substance misuse expert Rowdy Yates believes residential rehab centres will reduce fatalities | STV, UK

Global Drug Survey 2020

Welcome to GDS2020. Thank you for taking part and adding your experience to the world’s largest drug survey. Global Drug Survey (GDS) is independent and free from the influence of government funding or commercial interests. Funds we generate go into running the survey and creating free harm reduction tools | GDS, UK

Britons who legally smoke cannabis in the US 'risk being deported'

Warning comes amid rise in expulsions under federal law – even in states where drug is legal | Guardian, UK

Smokers who switch to vaping could soon 'have healthier hearts'

The number of people using e-cigarettes, or vaping, has grown rapidly over the past decade and they have helped many people to give up smoking cigarettes. However, as e-cigarettes have only been available for a relatively short time, we're still building evidence on their health effects – both positive and negative | NHS: Behind the Headlines, UK

Ayahuasca compound changes brainwaves to vivid ‘waking-dream’ state

Scientists have peered inside the brain to show how taking DMT affects human consciousness by significantly altering the brain’s electrical activity | Imperial College London, UK

Medical cannabis: Secret Somerset site conducting research

Sativa and King's College London are investigating how it can help treat inflammation and respiratory diseases | BBC, UK

Alcohol Related Hospital Statistics (PDF)

In 2018/19 there were 38,370 alcohol-related hospital admissions (stays) in general acute and psychiatric hospitals in Scotland, similar to the previous year (38,199). The vast majority of patients (93%) admitted with alcohol-related conditions are treated in general acute hospitals (35,685) with a further 2,685 patients in psychiatric hospitals | ISD Scotland, UK

Hepatitis C: guidance, data and analysis

Hepatitis means swelling or inflammation of the liver. The most common causes of hepatitis are viral infections. Hepatitis C is a virus that can cause long lasting infection and is transmitted when blood from an infected person gets into the bloodstream of another | PHE, UK

Tramadol death: Teens 'naive' to risks of prescription opiates

Schools must do more to educate pupils about the risks of prescription drugs, a bereaved mother has said | BBC, UK

Alcohol care teams in district general hospitals: resources

A set of resources for alcohol care teams, co-produced with Public Health England | NHS and PHE, UK

Hepatitis C (England and Wales): 2019

Laboratory-confirmed cases of hepatitis C reported to Public Health England | PHE, UK

Parties set out drug and alcohol manifesto pledges

A Labour government would establish a Royal Commission to ‘develop a public health approach to substance misuse’, says its 2019 election manifesto, It’s time for real change. This would focus on harm reduction rather than criminalisation, the document states | DDN, UK

Cannabis-based medicinal products (PDF)

In September 2018, the Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) recommended a change in the scheduling of cannabis-based medicinal products (CBMPs) to allow them to be prescribed by clinicians. Following this, the College convened an Expert Reference Group to examine the evidence and consider its position on cannabis relating to medicinal use, as well as recreational use (discussed in a separate, forthcoming statement). This position statement examines the existing evidence on CBMPs and how they relate to mental health | RC PSYCH, UK

Drug-drivers face Christmas crackdown to tackle increase

Three in five mouth swabs used in a campaign last December showed the presence of cocaine and cannabis | BBC, UK