Weekly news - 13th November 2020


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Long Read: Dani Garavelli: On the road with Scotland's drug consumption van

Dani Garavelli investigates one man's attempts to prevent overdoses and the spread of HIV with his controversial safer drugs consumption van | The Scotsman, UK

Harm reduction in the time of COVID-19: Case study of homelessness and drug use in Dublin, Ireland

[Open access] Dublin appears to have performed very well as compared to various scenarios for COVID-19 mortality amongst homeless and drug using populations. The experience, if borne out by further research, provides important lessons for policy discussions on the pandemic, as well as broader lessons about pragmatic responses to these key client groups irrespective of COVID-19 | IJDP, UK

Middlesbrough heroin injection scheme hailed a success

A pilot scheme which gives supervised diamorphine injections to heroin addicts has been hailed as a success by those behind it, one year on | BBC, UK

Dumfries and Galloway cannabis farm gets agency funding

Work has begun on a medicinal cannabis farm in Dumfries and Galloway following a public development agency investment | BBC, UK

English drinkers can consume a week’s worth of alcohol for the same price as a high street cup of coffee, campaigners warn

Cider is the cheapest available product in England and is being sold for as little as 19p per unit of alcohol, meaning that consumers can reach the weekly low-risk drinking guideline of 14 units of alcohol for just £2.68 | AHA UK, UK

Exploring the factors that influence harmful alcohol use through the refugee journey: a qualitative study

Drawing on interviews with people with current experience of seeking asylum in the UK, the report sheds light on a little understood topic, and highlights how refugees and asylum seekers who do experience harmful alcohol use in the UK do not arrive with these issues, but rather develop them as a result of destitution, or being placed under a condition of 'No Recourse to Public Funds' (NRPF) | SHAAP, UK

Children living with 'toxic trio' issues more likely to be victims of crime

Children living in homes where with an adult experiencing one or more of the "toxic trio" of mental illness, domestic abuse or substance misuse, are more likely to be victims of crime, research has found | Children and Young People Now, UK

Saving a lost decade: How a new deal for public health can help build a healthier nation

In this report, we argue that the decision to remove health protection functions from Public Health England to a new National Institute for Health Protection presents an opportunity to reimagine and design a better public health system | Policy Exchange, UK

Effect of e-Cigarettes Plus Counseling vs Counseling Alone on Smoking Cessation

In this randomized clinical trial that was terminated early after enrolling 376 of a planned 486 participants, individuals randomized to nicotine e-cigarettes plus counseling, compared with counseling alone, had significantly greater 7-day point prevalence abstinence at 12 weeks (21.9% vs 9.1%, respectively), although the difference was no longer statistically significant at 24 weeks | JAMA Network | USA

Prevention and Treatment of HIV Among People Living with Substance Use and/or Mental Disorders

This guide reviews interventions for people living with substance use and mental disorders who are at risk for or living with HIV. Selected interventions are in alignment with goals of the federal “Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America” (EHE) initiative | SAMHSA, USA

Childhood vulnerability to victimisation in England and Wales: year ending March 2017 to year ending March 2019

Victimisation and negative behaviours of children aged 10 to 15 years living in a household with an adult who reported experiencing domestic abuse, substance misuse and mental ill-health (the so-called "toxic trio" factors) based on findings from the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) | ONS, UK

Alcohol Awareness Week 

Alcohol Awareness Week 2020 will take place from 16-22 November 2020 on the theme of Alcohol and mental health. It's a week of awareness-raising, campaigning for change, and more. Take part by signing up to our newsletter below to find out more and get your free resources | Alcohol Change UK, UK

Alcohol banned from trains and stations across Scotland

No alcohol from Monday on trains and in stations, ScotRail has ruled | STV, UK

Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services in England April 2019 to March 2020

51% of people successfully quit (self-reported). Of 221,678 people setting a quit date, 114,153 were successful. Of those successfully quitting, 62% had their results confirmed by Carbon Monoxide verification | NHS Digital, UK

Social renters 14 times more likely than homeowners to be victims of alcohol-related domestic violence

Minimum alcohol pricing would “disproportionately benefit” poorer households after analysis revealed social renters were more than 14 times more likely to be victims of alcohol related domestic violence than homeowners | University of Liverpool, UK

ESPAD Report 2019

The report is based on the findings of a 2019 survey of 15- to 16- year-old students in 35 European countries and provides a unique insight into substance use and other forms of risk behaviour. It includes comparable data on illicit drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, e-cigarettes and social media as well as gaming and gambling | ESPAD and EMCDDA, Portugal

Substance use among 15- to 16-year-old students (ESPAD 2019) - video

The latest European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) report, launched on 12 November 2020 | ESPAD and EMCDDA, Portugal