Weekly news - 13th August 2021


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Raising legal age for buying cigarettes to 21 being looked at by UK health officials

Plans to raise the legal age of buying tobacco to 21 and a ban flavoured E-cigarettes have been looked at by health officials, the Mirror has learned | Mirror, UK

A ‘Recipe for Disaster’: The UK Is Opening Up, and the Party Drug Deaths Have Begun

There are fresh warnings over drug safety as 18-year-olds head to clubs for the first time ever after COVID restrictions in England eased | VICE, UK

Hypocritical politicians prefer to let drug users die than admit policy is a failure

Condemning rather than caring for those struggling with addiction wastes public funds and leads to broken lives | Guardian opinion, UK

Drugs like fentanyl can be deadly – but so is misinformation about the real dangers

The absence of credible and accessible information about drugs plays a part in fuelling fake news about them | Independent Voices, UK

Scotland's National Care Service may cover drugs, alcohol, and children

Scotland's  new national care service could be expanded further than first anticipated and take control of drug and alcohol services, children and young people, and social work | National, UK

Collaborative Research Project Published – The LUCID-B report

Last summer, our outreach team at BDP worked with colleagues from the Universities of Bath and Bristol to find out if people who inject drugs were being disproportionately affected by the virus, the fallout of lockdowns and social distancing. We wanted to know if service delivery could be adjusted to meet people’s needs under challenging circumstances | BDP, UK

Scientists have revealed a new method of delivering hepatitis C testing and treatment to people who inject drugs which will help bring the world a step closer to eliminating the virus | NIHR, UK

Alcohol and drug misuse prevention and treatment guidance

Updated: Added new group: Opioid substitution treatment good practice resources | PHE, UK

The role of deprivation and alcohol availability in shaping trends in violent crime

[Open access] It is well known that both deprivation and alcohol availability are associated with violent crime. However, less is known about whether the former moderates the latter. Pioneering the linkage of novel alcohol availability measures derived from consumer data with police data and an index of deprivation, we examine inequalities in violent crime across small-level geography (LSOAs) for the whole of England | European Journal of Criminology, UK

Introduction of stricter drink drive limit has had ‘no effect’ in reducing accidents

A new study argues that lower drink drive limits need to be backed up with stricter enforcement to tackle persistent drink driving-related accidents | University of Bath, UK

Drugs campaign to target Leeds and Reading festivals

A major drug outreach campaign is to be launched ahead of the Leeds and Reading festivals later this month | BBC, UK

Campaign will target middle-class drug users

[Free one month trial available] Middle-class drug users need to “connect themselves with the violence” of the drugs trade, the policing minister has said | The Times, UK

UK inhaler firm Vectura backs £1bn bid by Marlboro-maker

Directors at UK inhaler company Vectura have recommended shareholders accept a £1bn bid from tobacco giant Philip Morris International (PMI) | BBC, UK