Weekly news - 28th May 2021


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Drug addicts with Hepatitis C 'more likely' to die from overdoses

Rachel Halford, of The Hepatitis C Trust, said: “This study highlights people who have Hepatitis C are also at high risk of drug-related death and this is increasing | Daily Record, UK

Scots have 'head in the sand' attitude towards risks of alcohol consumption and bowel cancer, says charity

Scots must be more aware of the link between alcohol consumption and bowel cancer, a charity has warned | Scotsman, UK

Drug laws: The mother campaigning for decriminalisation - video

Pat Hudson’s son Kevin died in 2017 after injecting heroin. Now she’s campaigning for a reform in drug policy that would see the decriminalisation of possession of all drugs for personal use | BBC, UK

Policy Research Programme - Unmet need for substance misuse treatment

Closes: 13:00 on 15 June 2021. The NIHR Policy Research Programme (PRP) invites applications for a research project or projects to increase the understanding of three cohorts of substance users not in contact with treatment services: dependent alcohol users, crack users and opiate users | NIHR, UK

Psychoactive drugs bought at 'click of a button' online

Psychoactive drugs such as Spice are easier than ever to buy, despite a ban which came into force five years ago, drugs charities have warned | BBC, UK

Decriminalising personal drug use 'would be considered in independent Scotland'

The SNP said it is "not a predetermined list of policy decisions for an independent Scotland" but rather a "model for inclusive decision-making" and "offers a conversation starter" | Herald, UK

How photos used to illustrate articles about alcohol and other drugs may perpetuate stigma

Dr. Stephen Parkin writes about some of the inadvertent consequences of using photos about substance use, and makes five recommendations for authors and publishers based on his own research | SSA, UK

Misuse of Drugs Act turns 50 with reform calls

The UK's Misuse of Drugs Act came into force 50 years ago. The BBC spoke to some of those affected to see what impact it has had, including those who say it has been half a century of failure and want reform, and others who see any softening of the law as a slippery slope | BBC, UK

Press Release: On The 50th Anniversary Of The Misuse Of Drugs Act, Cross-Party MPs Demand Reform Of UK Drug Laws

27th May 2021 marks 50 years since the UK’s Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 received Royal Assent. This pivotal anniversary has spurred charities, senior scientists, ex-police, public health specialists, bereaved family members, and over 50 MPs and Peers from all parties to sign a statement calling for the Government to urgently review the Misuse of Drugs Act | Release blog, UK

Family Drug and Alcohol Courts (FDAC)

Drugs and alcohol misuse are a major factor in nearly two-thirds of the cases in which a local authority is taking parents to court due to suspected child abuse or neglect. This briefing outlines what is different about Family Drug and Alcohol Courts, which uses a problem solving approach to help parents become free from substance misuse, so they can be safely reunited with their children | Centre for Justice Innovation, UK

Number of smokers has reached all-time high of 1.1 billion, study finds

Governments told to focus on stopping young from taking up habit that killed 8 million people in 2019 | Guardian, UK