Weekly news - 16th July 2021


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Improving drug treatment services in England: Models for commissioning and accountability (PDF)

This report was commissioned to inform Dame Carol Black’s independent review of drugs. It reviews models of commissioning, funding and accountability in order to provide insight for Dame Carol’s recommendations on the future of substance misuse services in England | University of York, UK

Warning as man dies amid spate of drug overdoses in Swansea

Health board in south Wales calls for users to take extreme care after 12 overdose cases in four days | Guardian, UK

Drink warning from family of vodka death student Mikey Cunniffe

Mikey Cunniffe fell asleep after finishing the bottle watching videos with his housemates and never woke up | BBC, UK

Professional education to reduce provider stigma toward harm reduction and pharmacotherapy

[Open access] A novel professional training was developed to reduce stigma toward harm reduction and pharmacotherapy for substance use disorders |  Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, UK

Moral disengagement and the harms of cocaine use

[Open access] There has been recent UK media attention on the global impact of the cocaine trade and the morality of personal use of cocaine powder. In this study we investigated whether people who use cocaine engage in moral disengagement (MD) strategies to reduce anticipated guilt associated with use |  Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, UK

Public Health England priorities in 2021: Letter from Jo Churchill to Michael Brodie, PHE chief executive

PHE should continue to provide evidence and advice on addressing significant harms to health and take particular action through: !)supporting delivery of relevant actions from Dame Carol Black’s independent review of drugs by supporting delivery and monitoring the impact of 4 cross-government drug and/or alcohol treatment grants; 2) contributing to DHSC’s development of the government’s addiction strategy; 3) supporting DHSC’s development of a new tobacco control plan to deliver the government’s smoke-free 2030 ambition including smoking cessation behaviour campaigns | PHE, UK

Dame Carol Black's independent review of drugs: EDM (Early Day Motion)308: tabled on 12 July 2021

That this House thanks Professor Dame Carol Black for her comprehensive Independent Review of Drugs, Part 2 which outlines a clear way forward on drug treatment and recovery to bring hope and real change to the many individuals, families and communities... | UK Parliament, UK

Let's talk e-cigarettes Podcast

n the June episode Jamie Hartmann-Boyce talks with Professor Thomas Brandon from the University of Southern Florida and the Moffitt Cancer Center on his team's new study published in Lancet Public Health | Cochrane, UK

Cannabis medication for epileptic girl costs £1k a month

The parents of an epileptic two-year-old are paying £1k a month for medical cannabis they cannot get on the NHS | BBC, UK

Global burden of cancer in 2020 attributable to alcohol consumption: a population-based study

Alcohol use is causally linked to multiple cancers. We present global, regional, and national estimates of alcohol-attributable cancer burden in 2020 to inform alcohol policy and cancer control across different settings globally | Lancet, UK

The Dame Carol Black review is a major opportunity to revitalise how we support people who use drugs

Part two of the review provides ambitious recommendations for a treatment system in need of a boost, says Jon Murray, executive director of services England at With You | DDN, UK

Provisional Drug Overdose Death Counts

This data visualization presents provisional counts for drug overdose deaths based on a current flow of mortality data in the National Vital Statistics System. Counts for the most recent final annual data are provided for comparison | CDC, USA

Alcoholic liver deaths increased by 21% during year of the pandemic

Increased alcohol consumption during the pandemic, particularly amongst heavy drinkers, is likely driving an unprecedented acceleration in alcoholic liver disease deaths | PHE, UK

Alcohol consumption and harm during the COVID-19 pandemic

A report collating data on alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harm in England during the COVID-19 pandemic and comparing it to data from previous years | PHE, UK

Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia annual report

In 2019–20, around 139,300 clients aged 10 and over received AOD treatment. The four most common drugs that led clients to seek treatment were alcohol (34%), amphetamines (28%), cannabis (18%) and heroin (5.1%). The median age of clients was 35 years | AIHW, Australia

Reducing liver death: a call to action

Our report on alcohol consumption and harm during the COVID-19 pandemic shows an unprecedented increase in alcoholic liver disease deaths. In 2020, 5,608 alcoholic liver deaths were recorded in England, a rise of almost 21% compared to 2019. This is substantially above pre-COVID trends - between 2018 and 2019 the increase was under 3% | PHE blog, UK