Weekly news - 29th January 2021


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GDS2020 key findings

Data from over 110,000 people from > 25 countries were used in the preparation of this report. 66% were male, 52% were aged under 25 years with 22% of the sample aged 35 years or older. 87% of the sample was white. 38% had at least an undergraduate degree as their highest level of educational attainment. 54% reported going clubbing 4 or more times per year | Global Drug Survey, UK

English and Scottish get drunk most often, 25-nation survey finds

Average of more than 33 times last year is more than twice the rate of several other nationalities | Guardian, UK

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Harm relaunches with new Chair

We’ve been supporting the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Alcohol Harm since its inception in 2006. The group provides a forum for Parliamentarians to discuss issues related to alcohol harm, learn about the latest evidence, and make recommendations to policy-makers | Alcohol Concern, UK

Substances detected in used syringes of injecting drug users across 7 cities in Europe in 2017 and 2018: The European Syringe Collection and Analysis Project Enterprise (ESCAPE)

[Open access] Gathering of robust analytical information on the actual composition of substances injected might provide better information about the drugs that are being used. Therefore, this study aimed to analyse the residual content of discarded syringes collected across 7 European cities, collectively called the European Syringe Collection and Analysis Project Enterprise (ESCAPE) | IJDP, UK

PACTS Drink Driving – Taking stock, moving forward Report [2.0]

The study includes 30 in-depth interviews with drink drivers, showing the complex mental health and alcohol problems that some of them suffer. As a result, current arrangements are not enough to help them or to deter them from drink driving again | PACTS, UK

UK government Drug Recovery Champion annual report

The first annual report from the UK Recovery Champion outlines the work he has undertaken since his appointment and sets out his future work programme | Home Office, UK

Advice on consumer CBD (cannabidiol) products

Letter from Kit Malthouse MP to Professor Owen Bowden-Jones, Chair of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) | ACMD, UK

Alfie Dingley: Six-month reprieve for EU cannabis medicine import

The mother of a boy with severe epilepsy has welcomed news that medical cannabis imports from the Netherlands can continue for a while longer | BBC, UK

Debts, Threats, Distress and Hope: Towards Understanding Drug-Related Intimidation in Dublin’s North East Inner City (PDF)

While trends in drug use have changed, the basic dynamic of drugs and associated crime persists. While there was a steady decrease in drug-related crime with a reduction in controlled drug offences between 2008 and 2013, drug-related crime has been on the increase again in the recent past with a 44.6% increase in controlled drug offences between 2013 and 2020 (15,325 to 22,166) | Ana Lifey Drug Project, Ireland

Shooting Up: infections among people who inject drugs in the UK

Updated: Added December 2020 update report, data tables and links to the slide set and infographic | PHE, UK

Drug offences sentencing guidelines revised as offending changes

A comprehensive package of revised sentencing guidelines for drugs offences that reflect a change in the nature of offending and additional offences in relation to psychoactive substances has been published today by the Sentencing Council following consultation | Sentencing Council, UK

Black and ethnic minority drug dealers more likely to be jailed than white counterparts

Black and ethnic minority offenders convicted of supplying drugs are about one and a half times more likely to be immediately jailed than their white counterparts, research has found | Independent, UK

Response to the ACMD's advice on 2,4-Dinitrophenol (DNP)

The government’s response to the ACMD advice on DNP | Home Office, The Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, and Baroness Williams of Trafford, UK

Durham Police first to offer life saving drug to people released from custody

Durham Police, who pioneered the use of Naloxone by its custody officers and have since extended its training to include officers on the beat, are now distributing the life saving drug to people being released from custody | ITV, UK

Stories that save lives

Something has been happening in Scotland over the last few years. A campaign, as significant and ultimately revitalising, as any social change campaign in recent years. For many people, the most significant. The campaign to stop the world-record rise in drug related deaths reached a key milestone on 20th January when Scotland’s First Minster Nicola Sturgeon announced an additional £250m in funding for drug treatment in Scotland over the next 5 years | Phoenix Futures blog, UK

Statistics on Drug Misuse, England 2020

This report presents newly published information on hospital admissions attributable to drug-related mental health and behavioural disorders and on hospital admissions attributable to poisoning by illicit drugs | NHS Digital, UK

Decline in hospital admissions for drug-related mental and behavioural disorders

Hospital admissions for drug-related mental and behavioural disorders in England dropped by 5% in a year, new figures published by NHS Digital show | NHS Digital, UK

Super-skunk cannabis sees record 100,000 NHS admissions for mental health treatment

[Limited number of free articles per week] Val Curran, professor of psychopharmacology at UCL in London, said the past year of the Covid-19 pandemic had seen the use of nightclub drugs like ecstasy decline, but cannabis and ketamine increase, both of which were more addictive | Telegraph, UK

Substance misuse treatment for young people: statistics 2019 to 2020

Alcohol and drug treatment data for under-18s from PHE’s National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS) | PHE, UK

Substance misuse treatment in secure settings: 2019 to 2020

Statistics for alcohol and drug misuse treatment in prisons and other secure settings from PHE’s National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS) | PHE, UK

2019-2020 Drug Trends Report

This report covers drug trends, explores the drivers behind drug related deaths and gives insight into the impact of the global pandemic and lockdown restrictions | CREW, UK

Additions to the Effectiveness Bank 28 January 2021

Is incrementally reducing the alcohol content of standard beer products more effective than introducing low-to-no alcohol products? Could ‘court-ordered sobriety’ break the link between alcohol and crime? Are injecting-related bacterial infections avoidable, and if so, where does the responsibility for preventing them lie? | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK