Weekly news - 19th March 2021


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First ketamine-assisted psychotherapy Bristol clinic opens

The Bristol clinic says it may offer improvements to treatment-resistant patients suffering with addiction and mental health conditions. Awakn Clinic will charge people £6,000 for a course of low-dose treatments alongside talking therapy | BBC, UK

Psychedelic therapy could 'reset' depressed brain

A powerful hallucinogenic drug known for its part in shamanic rituals is being trialled as a potential cure for depression for the first time. Participants will be given the drug DMT, followed by talking therapy | BBC, UK

European Commission proposes to control two harmful new psychoactive substances

Today, the European Commission has proposed to control two harmful new psychoactive substances (NPS) across the European Union | EMCDDA, Portugal

Risk assessment report on a new psychoactive substance: methyl 2-{[1-(4-fluorobutyl)-1H-indole-3-carbonyl]amino}-3,3-dime- thylbutanoate (4F-MDMB-BICA) in accordance with Article 5c of Regulation (EC) No 1920/2006 (as amended)

This risk assessment report presents the summary findings and the conclusion of the risk assessment carried out by the Scientific Committee of the EMCDDA on 4F-MDMB-BICA. The report is intended for policymakers and decision-makers in the institutions of the EU | EMCDDA, Portugal

Risk Assessment Report on a new psychoactive substance: methyl 3,3-dimethyl-2-{[1-(pent-4-en-1-yl)-1H-indazole-3-car- bonyl]amino}butanoate (MDMB-4en-PINACA) in accordance with Article 5c of Regulation (EC) No 1920/2006 (as amended)

This risk assessment report presents the summary findings and the conclusion of the risk assessment carried out by the Scientific Committee of the EMCDDA on MDMB-4en- PINACA. The report is intended for policymakers and decision-makers in the institutions of the EU | EMCDDA, Portugal

New Minister For Drugs Policy reveals plans for Implementation Group

For the first time, Minister for Drugs Policy, Angela Constance, has publicly confirmed her plan to convene an implementation group “in which I and other Scottish Government ministers will work alongside chief officer or director representatives from health and social care partnerships, integration authorities and other organisations, such as the royal colleges, to ensure that we align our strategies and to support better delivery.” | SDF, UK

Lives put at risk by drug rehab funding rule

The lives of vulnerable people with addictions to drugs and alcohol are being put at risk because they are forced to choose between attending potentially life-saving residential rehab and keeping their homes, it has emerged | The Ferret, UK

Evaluating the impact of minimum unit pricing (MUP) on off‐trade alcohol sales in Scotland: a controlled interrupted time series study

On 1 May 2018, Scotland became the first country in the world to introduce minimum unit pricing (MUP), a strength‐based floor price below which alcohol cannot be sold, across all alcoholic beverages | Addiction, UK

Updated estimates of population alcohol consumption

Public Health Scotland today published updated estimates of sales-based population level alcohol consumption | Public Health Scotland, UK

Festivals risk panic attacks and drug deaths as 'people haven't been partying for a year', MPs warned

[Limited number of free articles per week] Tolerance to both drugs and crowds will be lower for UK festival goers, according to experts | Telegraph, UK

Scottish naloxone pilot saving lives

Community pharmacists in Glasgow have used a medicine that can reverse the effects of opioid overdoses more than 20 times since a programme to allow pharmacies to store kits to administer in an emergency began last year | Health and Care Scotland, UK

Overdose kit handout to reduce drug deaths

A team of people with experience of drug addiction will be patrolling the streets of Middlesbrough distributing potentially life-saving kits | BBC, UK

Preventing and reducing drug-related harm

Information and resources to support commissioners, service providers and others to reduce harm and prevent deaths related to substance misuse | PHE, UK

Alcohol and drugs evidence reviews and inquiries

Reports and reviews relating to substance misuse | PHE, UK

Alcohol and drug misuse prevention and treatment guidance

Updated: Added some new groups and publications: "COVID-19: guidance for commissioners and providers of services for people who use drugs or alcohol", "ASSIST-Lite screening tool: how to use", and links to NHS alcohol brief advice tool and cannabis health check-up tool in "Drug and alcohol screening and treatment tools" section | PHE, UK

E-cigarette marketing in the UK: Evidence form adult and youth surveys and policy compliance studies (PDF)

This report brings together two complementary studies to provide a description of e-cigarette advertising spend, advertising content, compliance with advertising regulations, and reported noticing and appeal of e-cigarette marketing | Cancer Research UK, UK

Festivals: 'Grave concerns' over drug safety this summer

The government has "grave concerns" about the potential for deaths from illegal drugs at festivals this summer | BBC, UK

Met may change stop and search tactics on cannabis possession

Reforms are part of London mayor’s plans amid concerns police powers damaging race relations | Guardian, UK

Effectiveness of psychosocial interventions for reducing parental substance misuse

Parental substance use is a substantial public health and safeguarding concern. There have been a number of trials of interventions relating to substance‐using parents that have sought to address this risk factor, with potential outcomes for parent and child | Cochrane Library, UK

Alcohol dependence prevalence in England

Estimates of the number of alcohol dependent adults in each local authority in England. Updated with alcohol dependence estimates for the period 2018 to 2019 | PHE, UK