Weekly news - 7th February 2020

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ACMD public evidence gathering days: young people’s drug use and naloxone provision

Register your interest in attending or providing evidence to the ACMD | ACMD, UK

Notes from the National Intelligence Network on drug health harms

This briefing reflects presentations and discussion from the November 2019 meeting. The notes are for directors of public health, commissioners, drug treatment services and needle and syringe programmes. The network is convened by the alcohol, drugs, tobacco and justice division of PHE’s health improvement directorate. The network exchanges intelligence on blood-borne viruses, new and emerging trends in drug use, and drug-related deaths, and explores how to use this intelligence to improve practice. Information is then shared nationally to inform commissioning and practice| PHE, UK

Challenges for a world where drugs are legally regulated A consultation held by St George’s House and Transform Drug Policy Foundation (PDF)

This report summarises the discussions held over the two days of consultation and draws out consensus conclusions which we hope will be useful to advocates, policymakers, researchers and other parties interested in navigating a way forward | Transform, UK

‘Dignity first’: improving the lives of homeless people who drink and take drugs

Putting people with experiences of homelessness and substance use problems at the centre of social policy, this brand new resource from Drug and Alcohol Findings asks what solutions would look like if they prioritised saving lives and improving lives | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Monitoring and evaluating changes in cannabis policies: insights from the Americas

This report provides an overview of the changes in cannabis policies in the Americas and the evidence emerging from evaluations of their impact. Highlighting the challenges in monitoring and evaluating regulatory changes in the drugs field, it will be of particular interest to those involved in planning or evaluating any modifications to cannabis regulation | EMCDDA, Portugal

DDN February 2020

Each year the cross-party parliamentary group meets to review the ONS data on drug-related deaths, and each time frustrations surface at the lack of progress (page 11). We have the evidence, we know the contributing factors – why can’t we reverse this shameful trend? | DDN, UK

Bloodborne viruses: Eye of the needle

'Eye of the needle' is a report on healthcare workers' occupational exposures to bloodborne viruses such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV | PHE, UK

E-cigarette use or vaping: reporting suspected adverse reactions, including lung injury

Be vigilant for any suspected adverse reactions associated with use of e-cigarettes or vaping (including lung injury) and report them to the MHRA via the Yellow Card Scheme. In this article we provide UK case definitions of e-cigarette or vaping associated lung injury (EVALI) to facilitate identification | MHRA, UK

Health Behaviour in School Aged Children (PDF)

Incidence of regular smoking and drinking has decreased dramatically from 2002 to 2018, with only very few young people reporting that they had smoked (3%) or drank alcohol (7%) at least 3 times during the last 30 days. Around one quarter of 15 year olds said that they had been drunk twice or more during their life. One fifth (21%) of 15 year olds said that they had ever tried cannabis, which is a substantial decrease since 2002 (41%) | HBSC, UK

'Stand up and tell me your story' - Press release 03 Feb 2020 (PDF)

SHAAP’s recommendations for engaging people with alcohol and drugs lived and living experience | SHAAP, UK

Statistics on Alcohol, England 2020

This publication provides a range of information relating to alcohol use and misuse drawn from a variety of sources for England unless otherwise stated. Topics covered include: alcohol-related hospital admissions; alcohol-specific deaths; prescriptions for drugs used to treat alcohol dependence; drinking behaviours among adults and children; road casualties involving illegal alcohol levels and affordability of alcohol | NHS Digital, UK

Local Alcohol Profiles for England: February 2020 data update

Update of Indicators in the Local Alcohol Profiles for England (LAPE) interactive tool | PHE, UK

Baby boomers are the booziest generation – and are driving a 60 per cent rise in alcohol-related hospital admissions  

Experts describe the figures, which show a record 1.3 million hospital admissions linked to alcohol, as a ‘national health disaster’ | Telegraph, UK

Reduce UK drug deaths by funding treatment services, experts urge

Addiction specialists call for support for innovative work such as peer-to-peer naloxone project | Guardian, UK

2020 National Drug Control Strategy (PDF)

Today [3rd February], the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy is pleased to release the President’s National Drug Control Strategy and the accompanying National Treatment Plan | White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, USA

Chronic pain: prescribe mental health support as well as drugs, say experts

Calls for social interventions to be used along with opioids, which often have little effect | Guardian, UK

Roadmap to a Smokefree 2030 (PDF)

The UK Government has announced that its ambition is for England to be smokefree by 2030 | Smokefree Action, UK

Parents travel to Westminster to demand free cannabis prescriptions for their children

Parents from across the Midlands are travelling to Westminster today to lobby of MPs over medication for severely epileptic children | ITV, UK

Vaping: Companies feel burn from US lawmakers

US lawmakers called for tougher rules for e-cigarette companies at a hearing on Wednesday as they blamed executives for introducing a new generation to nicotine | BBC, UK

Dry January boosts low-alcohol sales for UK supermarkets

Food industry estimates 4.2 million Britons took up the challenge of cutting out booze | Guardian, UK

Experimental fingerprint test can distinguish between those who have taken or handled cocaine

An experimental fingerprint detection approach can identify traces of cocaine on human skin, even after someone has washed their hands | EurekAlert, UK