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Drink and Drugs News - April edition out now

Time and again we hear of people failing to cope with the transition from prison to the community and heading back through the revolving door. Why? Because they haven’t been equipped, physically or mentally, for their onward journey. The Departure Lounge (p6) is a coordinated approach in action, from making sure prisoners leave with the essentials to connecting them to tailored onward support | DDN, UK

Guidance: Smoking and tobacco: applying All Our Health

Evidence and guidance to help healthcare professionals integrate treatment for tobacco dependency into routine clinical care. Updated ‘NICE guidance and quality standards’ section to reflect changes in guidance on smoking and tobacco following a public consultation. In the ‘Stop smoking aids’ section, updated content on e-cigarettes (vapes) to reflect new NICE guidance. Updated ‘Professional resources and tools’ section to include new guidance from NCSCT for stop smoking services, on making e-cigarettes available | OHID, UK

Substance use and the environment: time for pharmacy to step up

[May need to register for free to read] Pharmacy has the ability to better support people who use substances, while simultaneously acting sustainably | Pharmaceutical Journal, UK

New rules on gambling adverts ban celebrities and sports stars

Footballers, celebrities and social media influencers will be banned from gambling adverts under new rules | BBC, UK

Megan Pollitt: Cardiff student died after taking ketamine and alcohol

An 18-year-old law student died after consuming a large amount of alcohol and taking ketamine, an inquest has heard | BBC, UK

What is Alcohol Use Disorder? Concepts and measurement with Dr Cassie Boness - podcast

In this episode we talk to Dr Cassie Boness about the idea of ‘Alcohol Use Disorder’ (AUD) as a widely applied concept in the identification and treatment of alcohol problems |  Alcohol 'Problem' Podcast, UK

PhD Podcast: Chloe and Saba on Mendelian randomisation

In this episode, Chloe Burke and Saba Ishrat introduce you to the basics of Mendelian randomisation. They talk about how and why Mendelian randomisation can be used in addiction research to examine causal relationships | SSA, UK

Adfam National Forum: Alcohol marketing and the risks to children

TODAY. Wed, 6 April 2022, 10:30 – 12:00 BST. Adfam's monthly online forum events are free to attend and open to anyone with a professional interest in supporting families affected by substance use or gambling | Adfam, UK

Bristol Sober Spaces launch: — Bristol Beacon

Thursday 5th May. Bristol Sober Spaces is a bold new innovation in big nights out! It's our mission to provide alcohol and drug free quality music experiences to anyone who is tired of the hedonistic cliches of going to a gig or club | Bristol Sober Spaces, UK

Take Drugs Seriously: Training Event. Waterlooville, Portsmouth

Wed, April 27, 2022, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM BST. Join us for our free training event for those wishing to develop their knowledge and campaigning skills around drug policy reform | J Slater, UK

London-listed medicinal cannabis company inks European distribution deal  

The first medicinal cannabis company to list on London’s main market has inked a distribution deal for Europe, just days after the UK ushered in new regulations | City AM, UK

'Cuckooing': Birmingham family fearful living next door to drug den

A mother and daughter from Birmingham say they have been left in "fear of their lives", accusing the police of failing to tackle a drugs gang operating in a neighbouring property | BBC, UK

Cocaine worth £302m found in Southampton is 'largest in UK'

A "monumental seizure" of cocaine found in a shipment of bananas has been called the UK's biggest since 2015 | BBC, UK

Royal Marine Commandos admit £300k drugs operation

Grant Broadfoot, 29, and Stuart Bryant, 31, were caught using a Ministry of Defence-owned van to transport cannabis from England to Scotland in June 2020 | BBC, UK

Dale Stephens: Burnley midfielder banned from driving for 12 months after exceeding alcohol limit

Stephens pleaded guilty to the charge of driving a vehicle with alcohol above the legal limit, at Stockport Magistrates' Court on Monday (4 April) | BBC, UK



International news

DRUG-PREP: Trimbos and partners investigate future drug trends and the preparedness of European drug policy

The drug situation in Europe has changed considerably in recent years. Globalization and the internet have contributed to the availability of a broader range of drugs. Especially more synthetic drugs are increasing in availability, such as MDMA (ecstasy), cocaine, and new psychoactive substances. To better prepare European countries for these and other changes, a European partnership – led by the Trimbos Institute – is examining current and future drug trends and what drug policy responses should look like | Trimbos, The Netherlands

U.S. House Of Representatives Passes Medical Marijuana Research Bill

U.S. House of Representatives passed on Monday, April 4, a bipartisan marijuana research bill that would remove barriers to conducting research on marijuana and allow scientists to access cannabis from dispensaries of legal cannabis states | Forbes, USA

Pre-surgery support could help elective surgery patients quit smoking

Offering mailed nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and Quitline support to patients encouraged almost one-third of smokers to quit before their elective surgery, according to research published today by the Medical Journal of Australia | Medical Xpress, USA

Michigan Has Real Shot at First-in-the Nation Psychedelic Decrim Victory

Activists in Michigan are hitting the streets to make their state the first to decriminalize possession of psychedelic drugs. Despite the difficulties of running a statewide ballot initiative, they’re confident their bid will unite voters of all ages and persuasions—and end in victory | Filter Magazine, USA

Fear of child separation, violence increases overdose risk despite scaling up of harm reduction services: study

Canada’s child welfare system, in combination with policies that criminalize people who use drugs, are increasing risk of overdose and other harms for mothers, according to new research | BCCSU, Canada



Blogs, comment and opinion

Readers' letters: Drug-related deaths are Scotland’s shame

[Free registration may be required] The News recently reported the overwhelming concern of the Auditor General for Scotland regarding the haphazard, complex and fragmented positions of the SNP in government when it comes to drug related deaths and the delivery of drug services in Scotland | Edinburgh News, UK

What lessons from France’s experience could be applied in the United States in response to the addiction and overdose crisis?

From the French point of view, the opioid crisis is an American disaster. Next to the 8300 drug-related deaths in the European Union in 2018, the 100 000 fatal overdoses attributed to opioids in the United States in the last 12 months illustrate the grim severity of the American situation | Addiction commentary, UK

What lessons from Estonia's experience could be applied in the United States in response to the addiction and overdose crisis?

For over a decade up to 2017, Estonia had the highest overdose death mortality in Europe. The use of illicitly manufactured fentanyl was a major contributor to Estonia's overdose death epidemic | Addiction commentary, UK

A Better Way to Talk About Problems with Alcohol Misuse

Did you know that language commonly used to describe alcohol misuse and alcohol use disorder (AUD) can influence treatment outcomes in people suffering from alcohol problems? Yes, that can often be the case. In fact, the stigma perpetuated by such language can decrease a person’s motivation to seek help for an alcohol problem | NIH Director's blog, USA

A Chronology of Drugs

During her career as a Professor of History, specialising in 20th century Latin America and the war on drugs, Myrna Santiago compiled a chronology of drugs. This contains a log of key dates throughout the history of drugs. We’re incredibly grateful that Myrna has offered to share her chronology within this blog post and will remain part of our Teaching Points collection | Points blog, USA

Does Alcoholics Anonymous actually work?

Alcoholics and narcotics anonymous are 12-step peer support groups where people who have alcohol or other drug problems are supported by others who have had similar problems (“peers”), rather than professionals. They are called 12-step programs because there are 12 steps members are expected to work through | Conversation, Australia