Weekly news - 5th February 2021

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Letter from Baroness Williams to ACMD (accessible version)

Thank you for your advice of 18 February 2019 on 2,4-Dinitrophenol (DNP), in which you set out the ACMD’s view that DNP is not a drug but a poison and recommended that the government work together with poisons experts to find a solution to DNP poisonings | Home Office, UK

Taskforce to Receive 10,000 Free Naloxone Kits

Ethypharm, the speciality pharmaceutical company focused on CNS and critical care medicines, has confirmed its offer to supply 10,000 Naloxone kits across 2021 to The Drug Deaths Taskforce | Scottish Drug Deaths Taskforce, UK

New psychoactives within polydrug use trajectories—evidence from a mixed‐method longitudinal study

To provide public health‐related research evidence on types and usage patterns of new psychoactive substances (NPS), developmental pathways into NPS and decision‐making factors for, and associated harms of, NPS use | Addiction, UK

DDN February 2021

The Dry January campaign reports significant success this year, striking a loud chord in lockdown (p8). A characteristic of this success is its immediacy – website, Facebook page, app – as well as the capacity for global reach, and its direction as a healthy lifestyle initiative rather than a competition with an expiry date chimes with everyone’s interest in cultivating a stronger immune system | DDN, UK

Tobacco legislation coming into force between 2010 and 2015: post implementation review

Reviews of how the legislation has been implemented | Department of Health and Social Care, UK

Alcohol-specific deaths in the UK: registered in 2019

Deaths caused by diseases known to be a direct consequence of alcohol misuse by sex, age, region and deprivation | ONS, UK

Local Alcohol Profiles for England (LAPE): February 2021 update

Update of Indicators in the Local Alcohol Profiles for England (LAPE) interactive tool | PHE, UK

Alcohol deaths hit record high during Covid pandemic

Deaths caused by alcohol hit a new high during the first nine months of 2020, provisional figures for England and Wales show | BBC, UK

Alcohol-Specific Deaths 2009-2019

Alcohol-specific deaths in Northern Ireland, 2009-2019 | NISRA, UK

Open arms: the role of pubs in tackling loneliness

Pubs, and their publicans, are a key part of our community infrastructure alongside libraries, cafes, shops and community centres. Given their role we wanted to build our understanding of how pubs can use their place in our social life to tackle loneliness | Loughborough University, UK

UK Alcohol sales surged by 30% in January

Analysis conducted by market research company Kantar found that the closure of pubs and clubs during the nationwide lockdown has led to an increase in the number of people drinking at home, with the percentage increase in alcohol sales equivalent to £234m | Independent, UK

Police contact 2,000 numbers on drugs supply phone

More than 2,000 numbers found on a suspected drug dealer's phone have been messaged by police and asked to seek help for addiction | BBC, UK

Six month delay to government’s new health protection agency

England’s new health protection agency will not be ‘fully staffed and up and running’ until October, the executive chair of NHS Test and Trace revealed today, despite the government’s plan for it to be ‘established and fully operational by Spring 2021’ | HSJ, UK