Weekly news - 9th October 2020


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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... | Alcohol Change UK, UK

CQC outlines plans to monitor infection prevention and control (IPC) over winter

We will continue to regulate care and hospital locations over the coming months to support organisations as they prepare for winter and provide assurances to the public that locations are safe and well prepared, including for people who are discharged from hospital with a Covid-positive status | CQC, UK

Pop-up drug room launched in Glasgow where addicts can inject safely

The £200 gazebo was manned by ex-MP Paul Sweeney and another volunteer trained in first aid. It was equipped with seats and tables, with sterile injecting equipment, a ­defibrillator and naloxone, which reverses the effects of heroin overdoses | Daily Record, UK

New studies identify risk factors associated with alcohol-related cirrhosis

A consortium, involving researchers from the University of Liverpool, has published two new studies that identify risk factors associated with alcohol-related cirrhosis | University of Liverpool, UK

Additions to the Effectiveness Bank 12 October 2020

Criminal justice outcomes five years after treatment generate discussion about the potential limitations of ‘time-limited’ treatment. Prevention of alcohol-related harm across the life course highlighted with examples of risk-reduction efforts before a child is born and during the teenage years. Emergency departments test intervention for distributing the ‘overdose antidote’ naloxone to patients at risk of future overdoses | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

UK shoppers spend £261m more on alcohol amid Covid pub curfew

Supermarkets and corner shops are busiest since wave of stockpiling in March | Guardian, UK

Youth Drug Diversion Scheme to be rolled out forcewide – Thames Valley

Thames Valley Police and partners are rolling out a drug diversion scheme for under 18’s forcewide as part of work being delivered by the Violence Reduction Unit. The scheme aims to reduce the harm caused by the use of drugs and drug related offences. It gives those young people found in possession of small quantities of illegal drugs the opportunity to take part in a tailored diversion to address their drug use as an alternative to facing prosecution | Thames Valley Police, UK

32. Drug Consumption Rooms with Peter Krykant - podcast

Peter Krykant previously used intravenous drugs whilst living homeless in Birmingham. His lived experience has shown him the benefits of drug consumption rooms; to prevent the spread of bloodborne diseases and protect people who use drugs from accidental overdose | Drug Science, UK

Benzos - What can be done? - SDF and the Scottish Drug Deaths Taskforce Webinar - video

Scottish Drugs Forum, with the Scottish Drug Deaths Taskforce, hosted two webinar events on the use of illicit benzodiazepines; the link with fatal drug overdoses and means to address the challenge of benzodiazepine use in Scotland | SDF, UK

Deaths related to drug poisoning in England and Wales: 2019 registrations

Deaths related to drug poisoning in England and Wales from 1993 to 2019, by cause of death, sex, age and substances involved in the death | ONS, UK

Drug deaths in England and Wales rise for eighth consecutive year

Coronavirus is a public health crisis for all of society, but for the past decade, people who use drugs – especially those dependent on opioids – have been facing their own epidemic | Conversation, UK

'Game-changer' drug to tackle addiction

For more than 20 years, Dougie's life was a vicious cycle of drugs, crime and the death of people close to him. But for the past nine months he has been taking a medication that blocks his craving for heroin and helps him break the cycle | BBC, UK

Use of e-cigarettes (vapes) among adults in Great Britain (PDF)

This factsheet provides a detailed analysis of how attitudes and behaviour with respect to e-cigarettes among adults aged 18 and over have changed over time. The data are taken from an annual survey, Smokefree GB, carried out for ASH by YouGov. The survey first started asking about e-cigarette use in 2010 and this update includes the results of the 2020 survey carried out in February and March 2020 | ASH, UK

Electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation

To evaluate the effect and safety of using electronic cigarettes (ECs) to help people who smoke achieve long‐term smoking abstinence | Cochrane Reviews, UK

Alcohol Deaths Reviews Practical Guidance for Alcohol and Drug Partnerships and Public Health Teams (PDF)

This guidance is intended for use by Alcohol and Drug Partnerships (ADPs) and NHS Public Health teams concerned with alcohol deaths prevention. It is intended to be used as a reference manual for teams at any stage of planning alcohol death reviews, from initial consideration through to publication | Alcohol Focus Scotland, UK

Addiction services not equipped to treat the 8 million people drinking at high risk during pandemic, warns RCPysch

Addiction services in England are not equipped to treat the soaring numbers of people drinking at high risk during the pandemic and must receive a multi-million-pound funding boost in the upcoming spending review, says the Royal College of Psychiatrists | SMMGP, UK

How rogue dealers flogging ‘bad batches’ & slipping cards under freshers’ doors have sparked fresh UK drugs crisis

[Our Director, Harry Shapiro quoted] Mr Shapiro told The Sun that lockdowns have increased the dangers for young drug takers. He said: “When you have a situation where few venues are open and young people are quarantined in a room then there's no doubt the risk goes up. "There’s no chance of an experienced first responder or drug worker like you have at festivals for example | The Sun, UK

Dramatic escalation in opioid use over a decade revealed

Prescriptions for the addictive drug codeine jumped by a factor of five between 2006 and 2017, a University of Manchester study of 2 million opioid users has shown | Medical Xpress, UK

Study: E-cigarettes may not be a safer alternative to smoking during pregnancy

Psychologists at Durham University, UK, found that babies of mothers who smoked e-cigarettes during pregnancy displayed similar abnormal reflexes to infants whose mothers smoked traditional cigarettes | News Medical, UK

Young drug users offered support over prosecution - video

Young people found with "small quantities of illegal drugs" will be given the opportunity to engage with support services to avoid prosecution | BBC, UK