Weekly news - 2nd October 2020

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Stoptober is back for 2020, with the primary aim of encouraging the nation’s smokers to make a quit attempt for the month of October and beyond.For materials that can be used all year around, please visit our smoking cessation page.You will also find useful 'How To' guides here to support you in developing and planning marketing campaigns using resources from the Campaign Resource Centre | PHE, UK

Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs – Membership

Details of the council's committees and latest meeting minutes | ACMD, UK

Smoking, employability, and earnings

This report sets out findings from a analysis conducted by Landman Economics for ASH looking at the impact of smoking on employment and earnings in terms of lost income across the UK | ASH, UK

A quarter of adopted UK children affected by drinking during pregnancy

Survey by Adoption UK finds 17% of adopted children are suspected of having foetal alcohol spectrum disorder | Guardian, UK

Alcohol and drug use disorders in patients with cancer and caregivers: effects on caregiver burden

The aim of this study, supported by Alcohol Change UK, was to establish the prevalence of alcohol and drug use disorders in a large cohort of advanced cancer patients and their caregivers. Secondary aims were to evaluate the relationship between these problems and patient physical and psychological symptoms and carer burden. An overarching purpose of the study is to establish a large accurate dataset to determine if screening would be required for certain cohorts | Alcohol Change UK, UK

How has COVID-19 changed the use of illegal drugs? An overview of the results so far

Since we published our original article in May 2020, several large-scale studies have started to shed light on COVID-19’s impact on drug use across the world. Crudely, use of ‘party drugs’, including MDMA, cocaine, amphetamine and ketamine, has fallen during COVID-19, whereas use of cannabis, a drug commonly consumed in the home, has increased | SSA, UK

Mental health and health behaviours before and during the initial phase of the COVID-19 lockdown: longitudinal analyses of the UK Household Longitudinal Study

There are concerns that COVID-19 mitigation measures, including the ‘lockdown’, may have unintended health consequences. We examined trends in mental health and health behaviours in the UK before and during the initial phase of the COVID-19 lockdown and differences across population subgroups | BMJ, UK

Dundee's drug problem remains 'a challenge'

The Accounts Commission found improvements had been made in some areas but the city still has Scotland's highest rate of drug deaths | BBC, UK

Wales to ban smoking on sidelines of children's football

Welsh FA to ask junior clubs to adopt no-smoking rules for parents and other spectators | Guardian, UK

Covid: Parliament stops alcohol sales after 10pm

The Houses of Parliament has said it will not serve alcohol on its premises after 10pm despite not being subject to England's Covid-19 hospitality curfew | BBC, UK

EMCDDA trendspotter briefing: Impact of COVID-19 on drug markets, drug use, drug-related harms and responses in east European Neighbourhood Policy countries

Since the beginning of 2020, the world has been experiencing an unprecedented public health emergency caused by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, which has led to the progressive introduction of social distancing and other control measures by national governments | EMCDDA, Portugal

European Drug Report 2020: Key Issues - video

High availability across all drug types, drug production within Europe and highly potent substances are among the concerns addressed today by the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA) in its European Drug Report 2020: Trends and Developments. In its latest annual review — marking 25 years of monitoring — the agency describes the drug situation at the end of 2019, along with recent changes brought by the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020 | EMCDDA, Portugal

Scottish Health Survey 2019 - volume 1: main report

The Scottish Health Survey 2019 main report presents statistics on general health, cardiovascular conditions, diabetes, smoking, physical activity, alcohol, mental wellbeing, diet, obesity, dental health and Adverse Childhood Experiences | Scottish Government, UK

Alcohol brief interventions

This release by Public Health Scotland (PHS) presents the number of Alcohol Brief Interventions (ABIs) delivered in Scotland in 2019/20. ABIs are short discussions which aim to help individuals reduce their drinking to within sensible guidelines | ISD Scotland, UK

National drug and alcohol treatment waiting times

Between April and June 2020, 95.3% of the 7,195 people who started their first drug or alcohol treatment waited 3 weeks or less, an increase from the same quarter in the previous year (93.4%), which may be in part attributable to a fall in the number of completed waits during the quarter (10,560 in April to June 2019) | ISD Scotland, UK

Press Release: Scottish National Party MP Leads Cross-Party Effort To Tackle Drug Crisis

[On the 29th September] the SNP’s Tommy Sheppard introduced a Bill in Parliament which seeks to declare problem drug use a public health emergency, and which ramps up pressure on the UK government to take urgent steps to address the crisis – including backing the SNP’s long-standing calls to allow for safe drug consumption facilities | Talking Drugs, UK

United Nations Toolkit on Synthetic Drugs

[ Site visitors are required to enter a small number of details, such as name, before gaining access] The UN Toolkit on Synthetic Drugs supports the international community to implement comprehensive responses to counter the synthetic drugs problem. The content of Toolkit is organised into modules on different topics such as forensics, postal security, access to medicines, legal approaches, treatment and prevention and precursor control. New modules, tools and resources are being added to the Toolkit on a continuous basis to keep it current, beneficial and relevant | UNODC, Austria

E-cigarettes 'gateway' to smoking for non-smokers

Using e-cigarettes triples the chance of a non-smoker taking up cigarettes and there is "insufficient" evidence that they help smokers quit, according to a new report submitted to the Government | ANU, Australia

Sober October

Have a Sober October or try a Sober(ish) October to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support | Macmillan Cancer Support, UK

How the Covid-19 pandemic is fast-tracking the move to digital platforms within addiction services

The Covid-19 pandemic is transforming the way that addiction treatment services are delivered. Social distancing measures mean that in-person support meetings have been scaled back across member services and digital technology is playing an increasingly vital role in the delivery of treatment | NHS APA, UK

Alcohol use increased during lockdown, but smoking declined

Smoking declined, but adverse alcohol use generally increased during the UK’s coronavirus ‘lockdown’, according to new research | University of Glasgow, UK

Looking back on 25 years of annual reporting on the drugs problem in Europe

In this brochure, the EMCDDA's Scientific Director takes us on a journey through 25 years of annual reporting on the drugs problem in Europe. The journey begins with the first report describing the drug situation in 1995 and leads us, over key milestones, to the latest European Drug Report 2020 | EMCDDA, Portugal

Young motorists face tougher night driving, alcohol and passenger restrictions

The UK Government has launched a consultation into whether new drivers should face tougher restrictions on how much alcohol they are allowed to drink before driving, as well as how many passengers they are allowed to carry | Sunday Times, UK

Pubs, bars and restaurants report Covid curfew sales dive

Sales at 7,000 chain outlets down 37% after 10pm limit imposed in England, Wales and Scotland | Guardian, UK