Weekly news - 1st April 2021


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Doctors warn against cuts to youth drug and alcohol treatment

Cuts to addiction services for young people with drug and alcohol problems in England mean many are missing out on specialist help, according to the Royal College of Psychiatrists | BBC, UK

Consumer cannabidiol (CBD) products: call for evidence

The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) has been commissioned to provide impartial and independent scientific advice on the acceptable levels of constituent cannabinoids in cannabidiol (CBD) products (in other words, other than CBD itself) marketed as consumer products | ACMD, UK

Cannabis-based medicinal products

Cannabis-based medicinal products: clarification of guidance - March 2021 | NICE, UK

Charlie Hughes: Parents of epileptic boy drop NICE high court challenge

The parents of a three-year-old boy with severe epilepsy have dropped a legal challenge after guidelines on prescribing cannabis were 'clarified' | BBC, UK

Homelessness, unstable housing, and risk of HIV and hepatitis C virus acquisition among people who inject drugs: a systematic review and meta-analysis

People who inject drugs (PWID) are at increased risk for HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and also have high levels of homelessness and unstable housing. We assessed whether homelessness or unstable housing is associated with an increased risk of HIV or HCV acquisition among PWID compared with PWID who are not homeless or are stably housed | The Lancet, UK

Warning after sharp rise in Aberdeen drug deaths

Aberdeen City Alcohol and Drug Partnership (ADP) is issuing an alert after a rise in drug related fatalities in March | Planet Radio, UK

Improving Lives: Helping Workless Families indicators 2021

'Improving Lives: Helping Workless Families' indicator data used to track progress in tackling disadvantages affecting families’ and children’s outcomes | DWP, UK

Risk-takers predisposed to smoking and e-cigarette use, new study suggests

Research by the University of Bristol has found that the association between smoking and e-cigarette use could be explained by a broader genetic susceptibility to risk-taking | University of Bristol, UK

Controlled drinking aim no less successful than aiming for abstinence

Even among dependent drinkers, controlled drinking as a treatment goal is no less successful than aiming for abstinence, concludes comprehensive review | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Doctors urge ministers to break sponsorship that links sport and alcohol

[Free one month trial available] Doctors have renewed calls for Scottish ministers to break links between alcohol and sport with a clampdown on lucrative sponsorship deals | The Times, UK

'Sobriety ankle tags' rolled out across England

A scheme to fit electronic tags on offenders to see if they are breaching court-ordered drinking bans is being rolled out across England | BBC, UK

Smoking prevalence in never worked, long-term unemployed and full-time students

Detailed ad-hoc analysis of smoking prevalence, calculated from the Annual Population Survey | PHE, UK

The ACMD’s report “An assessment of the harms of gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB), gamma-butyrolactone (GBL), and closely related compounds”. (PDF) [Letter]

Dear Professor Bowden-Jones, Thank you for your report of 20 November on GHB and related substances. The report is comprehensive and detailed, and I would like to thank the ACMD members for the care and expertise that they have once again demonstrated | Home Office, UK

Home Secretary tightens restrictions on GHB following horrific crimes

GHB and related substances will be moved from Class C to Class B, meaning they will be harder to access and result in tougher penalties for possession | Home Office and The Rt Hon Priti Patel MP, UK

'Tinkering' with GHB Laws Will Not Prevent Deaths or Serious Crimes

Drug experts say reclassifying the party and date rape drug will not reduce its potential to cause damage | VICE, UK

Reducing the harm caused by low level drug crime [Section in Independent report - Crime and policing ]

One of the themes from the Lammy Review which the Commission has aimed to build on includes the diversion of low-level drug offences outside of the criminal justice system | Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities, UK

Decriminalise Weed in London, UK Government-Backed Race Review Says

Downing Street's controversial race report wants to pilot schemes in four police force areas that reduce impact of biased stop and search | VICE, UK

Misuse of illicit drugs and medicines: applying All Our Health

Evidence and guidance to help health professionals identify, prevent or reduce drug-related harm. Updated by adding a link to Opioids Aware under 'Professional resources and tools' | PHE, UK

New York Legalizes Recreational Marijuana

New Yorkers will immediately be allowed to possess up to three ounces of cannabis for recreational purposes, as other facets of the law are phased in over several months | NYTimes, USA