Weekly news - 2nd July 2021


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Right to Recovery (Scotland) Bill Proposal (PDF)

The Bill would seek to provide a statutory right to addiction and recovery treatment services. The general principles of the Bill are: a) Any individual seeking addiction and/or substance misuse treatment is able to quickly access their preferred treatment option, unless a medical professional deems it would be harmful to the individual. b) No individual shall be denied access to their preferred addiction and/or substance misuse treatment option, unless a medical professional deems it would be harmful to the individual... | Scottish Conservatives, UK

Summary of Residential Rehabilitation in Scotland

Concern regarding the provision of residential rehabilitation in the addictions field is not new. Concerns surround the lack of accessible beds, how people access these and how they get the funding for it, if at all | FAVOR, UK

Quantifying prescribed high dose opioids in the community and risk of overdose

[Open access] This study described and quantified the prescribing of strong opioids, comorbidities and other overdose risk factors among those prescribed strong opioids, and factors associated with high/very high opioid dosage in a regional health authority in Scotland as part of a wider service improvement exercise | BMC Public Health, UK

Recruitment, risks, rewards and regrets: Senior researcher reflections on working with alcohol industry social aspects organisations

[Open access] A growing body of literature suggests alcohol industry corporate social responsibility activity, including the creation of ‘social aspects’ organisations (SAO), may harm rather than improve public health. We aimed to explore established researcher experiences of working with SAOs, and the factors informing their decisions to do so | Drug and Alcohol Review, UK

21/522 Evaluating the impact of optimised Alcohol Care Teams

The Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme is interested in receiving well-designed research studies, with strong theoretical grounding, to generate robust national and international learning to strengthen the evidence base on the effectiveness and impact of Alcohol Care Teams (ACTs) | NIHR, UK

Prison and drugs in Europe: current and future challenges

This publication provides an overview of current knowledge and the latest developments in the field of drug use and prison in Europe | EMCDDA, Portugal

Services now ‘on their knees’, says Carol Black

Funding cuts have left treatment and recovery services ‘on their knees’, commissioning has ‘become fragmented with little accountability for outcomes’ and partnerships between local authorities and health and criminal justice agencies have deteriorated across the country, Professor Dame Carol Black told the Westminster Social Policy Forum’s Tackling drug addiction and substance misuse – latest thinking on prevention, supporting recovery, policy and findings of the independent review event | DDN, UK

NICE and PHE publish comprehensive draft guideline to tackle the health burden of smoking

Healthcare staff should give clear and up-to-date information on e-cigarettes to people who are interested in using them to stop smoking, according to draft NICE guideline recommendations out for consultation. NICE worked with Public Health England to develop this guideline | NICE, UK

Homeless people offered free e-cigarettes in trial

Homeless people are being offered free e-cigarette starter packs in a trial aimed at helping them quit smoking | BBC, UK

Drugs: Review to recommend policy overhaul to health-based approach

An independent review into the UK's drug policies is likely to recommend a more health-based approach, the BBC understands | BBC, UK

PRIDDY toolkit

Alcohol is not an equal opportunities substance. Two people may score the same on the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) but their journeys with alcohol may follow different paths. The Predicting Risk in Drinkers: Drinking and You (PRIDDY) Toolkit is designed to help workers identify individual risk factors that may suggest a person is more likely to experience harm from alcohol. The PRIDDY Toolkit brings the evidence base together into one tool and will equip workers to deliver more personalised and meaningful advice | Humankind, UK

Use of e-cigarettes among adults in Great Britain, 2021

This fact sheet analyses how behaviour and attitudes 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 2021 survey carried out in February and March 2021 | ASH, UK

E-cigarettes more helpful than nicotine replacement treatments for dependent smokers

E-cigarettes are more effective than nicotine replacement treatments in achieving long term smoking reduction and cessation, according to the results of a clinical trial by Queen Mary University of London | Queen Mary, University of London, UK

Researchers call for mandatory health warnings on alcohol labels

A new world-wide study has found that large alcohol labelling using negative health warnings similar to that used on cigarette packets could help people change their drinking habits. Researchers are now calling for clear health warnings on all alcohol labels to be made mandatory instead of voluntary to help people make informed choices | Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

Invitation to Membership of the Recovery Connectors Group

Ahead of the Dame Carol Black Report pt2 being released, CLERO (College of Lived Experience Recovery Organisations) are making a call to join the network of recovery and harm reduction organisations where lived experience features at their core. This collective, with the support of Dr Ed Day (National recovery Champion), are hoping to offer a strategic voice to the report. To join compete this form. This is currently a UK wide collective of over 30 community organisations which are coming together to support what is hoped will be a sea change in the addiction and recovery landscape | CLERO, UK

The 2019–20 Irish National Drug and Alcohol Survey: main findings (PDF)

The National Drug and Alcohol Survey (NDAS) collects information on alcohol and tobacco consumption and drug use among the general population in Ireland. It also surveys people’s attitudes and perceptions relating to tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use and records the impact of drug use on people’s communities. The 2019–20 NDAS collected information from 5,762 people aged 15 years and older across Ireland | HRB, Ireland

Smoking, Drinking & Drug Use Among Young People - 2021 Consultation Questions

NHS Digital are consulting widely on the survey content, including content to keep, remove or change, plus any requirements for new content. The online consultation will be open until 16 July 2021. NHS Digital would really like to hear from you to help inform the future of the survey. You can find out more about the survey at Smoking, drinking and drug use among young people in England - NHS Digital | NHS Digital, UK

National survey reports a surge in alcohol and gambling problems during the pandemic

The Forward Trust has today published the results of a national poll conducted by YouGov that shows increasing levels of problem drinking, gambling and relapse a year into the pandemic | Forward Trust, UK

Deaths from novel psychoactive substances in England, Wales and Northern Ireland: Evaluating the impact of the UK psychoactive substances act 2016

Whilst many of these substances were controlled under the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act, novel compounds and new variants of controlled compounds were continuously being introduced to the recreational drug market. The Psychoactive Substances Act was therefore implemented in 2016 as a blanket ban on all novel psychoactive substances (NPS). This study evaluates the impact of the Act on deaths following NPS use in England, Wales and Northern Ireland | Journal of Psychopharmacology, UK

Drug Deaths Taskforce - Interim report

The Drug Deaths Taskforce has published its Interim Report detailing the work and further progress of the Taskforce following the One Year Report published in July 2020. Summarising its work in terms of innovation projects, research projects, and interventions through ADP direct funding under the categories of Emergency Response, Reducing Risk and Reducing Vulnerability, the Report offers an appraisal of how and when these will impact | Scottish Drug Deaths Taskforce, UK

Parents with drug and alcohol problems: how can we provide the best interventions? - video

Public Health England has recently published the new guidance ‘Parents with drug and alcohol problems: guidance for adult treatment and children and family services’. This webinar will explore how to implement the guidance and how services can improve to meet the needs of parents, children and families | Addiction Professionals and Adfam, UK

Autistic individuals may be more likely to use recreational drugs to self-medicate their mental health

While autistic individuals are less likely to use substances, those who do so are more likely to self-medicate for their mental health symptoms, according to new research | University of Cambriddge, UK

Understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) What Educators need to know (PDF)

This resource provides appropriate strategies and interventions for FASD and is also applicable for use with children and young people who are not yet diagnosed with FASD, but who share some of the same learning needs | NHSAAA, UK

Labour MP shares addiction struggles in Commons Pride debate

‘Be proud of who you are,’ Dan Carden urges young people as he recalls trauma of hiding his sexuality | Guardian, UK