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NHS smoking cessation local delivery plan standard quarterly

This release by Public Health Scotland (PHS) presents information on NHS Stop Smoking Services in Scotland and their progress towards their annual Local Delivery Plan (LDP) Standard. In the first six months of the financial year 2021/22, NHS Scotland contributed 41% (2,880 out of 7,026) towards the required annual LDP Standard | Public Health Scotland, UK

Inspectors found body fluids on walls of care home for alcoholics

A Glasgow care home for men with homelessness and alcohol addiction problems has been given a month to improve | BBC, UK

Oral Tobacco: Health Hazards

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the findings of the 2006 study by McNeill and West in the British Medical Journal that South Asian chewed tobacco is a major cause of oral cancer, what assessment his Department has made of the safety of chewing tobacco; and whether his Department has plans to set product standards | They work for you, UK

Reoffenders: Alternatives to Prison

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many repeat offenders of each type in each (a) region and (b) local justice area have been given non-custodial sentences after committing more than three of the same type of offence | They work for you, UK

Alcoholic Drinks: Excise Duties

To ask Her Majesty's Government what changes have taken effect in respect of alcohol excise duties in the UK since 1 January 2021 which (1) do not apply to Northern Ireland, and (2) will take effect in Northern Ireland with modifications | They work for you, UK

DRNS Information Session: Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy

Wed, 27 April 2022, 13:00 – 14:15 BST. DRNS is hosting an online information session discussing psychedelic-assisted therapy within substance use treatment. The event will include a presentation on the subject by Dr James Hawkins and Dr Jake Hawthorn, as well as an opportunity Q&A | DRNS, UK

Cambridgeshire family jailed over drug empire selling cannabis and cocaine from Peterborough

A family-run drug empire was uncovered by chance after police stopped a dangerous driver - and found bags of cannabis and cocaine | ITV, UK

Isle of Man drug dealer with £51k in shoebox under bed jailed

Searches of Mark Glassey's home and carpet business also found more than £32,000 of amphetamine paste and cocaine worth almost £900 | BBC, UK



International news

Overdose deaths among US teens have more than doubled in three years

Researchers attribute deaths to flood of counterfeit pills containing the synthetic opioid fentanyl | Guardian, UK

The burden of mental disorders, substance use disorders and self-harm among young people in Europe, 1990–2019: Findings from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019

Mental health is a public health issue for European young people, with great heterogeneity in resource allocation. Representative population-based studies are needed. The Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Study 2019 provides internationally comparable information on trends in the health status of populations and changes in the leading causes of disease burden over time | Lancet Regional Health, UK

Global Fund Country Coordinating Mechanism Evolution (CCM)

Country Coordinating Mechanisms (CCMs) play a crucial role within the Global Fund model and have a potential to be transformative in ending AIDS, TB, and malaria. However, too often Global Fund programmes implemented at the national level and overseen by CCMs do not perform as well as expected... The CCM Evolution project presents an opportunity for people who use drugs to effectively influence Global Fund programming by identifying gaps, blockages, and bottlenecks to meaningful community participation often experienced within CCMs | INPUD, UK

Global Fund’s Community, Rights, and Gender (CRG)- Strategic Initiative: Short-Term Technical Assistance

The Global Fund’s Community, Rights, and Gender Strategic Initiative (CRG SI) offers short-term peer-to-peer technical assistance to communities and civil society, including key population-led organisations and networks, to ensure that barriers related to community engagement, human rights, and gender equity are addressed | INPUD, UK

Police officers’ attitudes and practices toward harm reduction services in Sweden – a qualitative study

Since the 1980s, Swedish drug policy has combined a restrictive zero tolerance approach with the vision of a “drug-free society”. However, in recent years, access to harm reduction services has increased through local initiatives and new national guidelines. The possible success of these services may be affected in part by police drug law enforcement. The aim of this study was to explore how Swedish police officers act toward and view harm reduction services in a national drug policy setting of zero tolerance toward drug use | IJDP, UK

Recently launched MPOWER factsheets show uneven progress against the tobacco epidemic in the WHO European Region

WHO/Europe has released its much-anticipated MPOWER factsheets. These short briefs provide refreshed information on progress in the Region on the MPOWER measures – 6 critical routes by which countries can tackle the tobacco epidemic | WHO, Denmark

Excise duty on alcohol and alcoholic beverages – evaluation of excise duty rates and tax structures

EU rules govern the taxation of alcohol and alcoholic beverages. Tax structure rules have recently been amended, but excise duty rates have not been amended since 1992. The evaluation will examine if excise duty rates on alcohol and alcoholic beverages have contributed to the proper functioning of the EU single market. A public consultation is planned for the first half of 2022 | EU Commission, Belgium

Trends in Drug Overdose Deaths Among US Adolescents, January 2010 to June 2021

The illicit drug supply has increasingly become contaminated with illicitly manufactured fentanyls and other synthetic opioid and benzodiazepine analogues. Adolescent drug use rates remained generally stable between 2010 and 2020, with 30.2% and 30.4%, respectively, of 10th-graders reporting any illicit drug use in the past 12 months, which declined to 18.7% of 10th-graders in 2021. However, given the increase in illicit fentanyls and potential associated risks, we assessed shifts in overdose deaths among adolescents | JAMA Network, USA

'Innovative solutions' in medical treatment for incarcerated individuals with opioid use disorder

In two new papers, a team of Massachusetts researchers have examined the implementation of a groundbreaking opioid use disorder medication treatment program in seven jails across the state—part of a $155 million national effort to address the opioid crisis in criminal justice settings | Medical Xpress, USA

Health care providers report improved knowledge and comfortability working with people who inject drugs as a result of the Six Moments training

This week, STASH reviews a study by Leah Harvey and colleagues that aims to educate health care providers about infection prevention strategies for people who inject drugs (PWID) via a training on the Six Moments of Infection Prevention in Injection Drug Use tool | BASIS, USA

FDA Denies Pod-Based Vape from First Major Tobacco Company

On April 8, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent marketing denial orders (MDOs) to Fontem Ventures for some of its myblu vaping products. It’s the first MDO issued for a pod-based vapor product made by a major tobacco company | Filter Magazine, USA

Public Safety and Cannabis: Taking Stock of Knowledge Since Legalization: A Virtual Cannabis Policy Research Symposium Report

Summarizes six research papers on various public safety aspects of cannabis legalization, which were presented at the Public Safety and Cannabis: Taking Stock of Knowledge Since Legalization symposium in January 2022. This report highlights accumulated data and knowledge of the impacts of the Cannabis Act on public safety | CCSA, Canada

‘I Want Them to Break Up with Their Drug Dealer’

A new Vancouver program provides prescribed fentanyl with few barriers | The Tyee, Canada

Harm-reduction group applauds Edmonton's push to explore drug-checking programs

An Edmonton-based organization that has offered drug-checking services at events since 2016 is pleased city council is looking at similar programs to address the drug poisoning crisis | Edmonton Today, Canada

China's market regulator issues national standards for e-cigarettes

In a public document, the State Administration for Market Regulation listed the requirements for design, chemical compounds, and the mechanics for e-cigarettes that domestic manufacturers must meet in order to sell their products | CNA, Singapore

Monash study uses drug delivery platform that mimics dietary lipid to enhance absorption of widely used opioid replacement therapy

Monash University researchers have harnessed a new drug delivery technology to allow the oral administration of buprenorphine (BUP), a drug used for severe pain management and opioid replacement therapy. At present BUP cannot be administered in a formulation such as a capsule that is swallowed | Monash University, Australia

National illicit drugs campaign funding announced

The $3.5m funding announcement, made in Sydney on Tuesday 12th April 2022, will allow Crime Stoppers to visit local communities across Australia and encourage residents to be active in sharing what they know about the manufacture and supply of illicit drugs | Crime Stoppers, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

The Equality Act – protecting us all from discrimination at work

Ailar Hashemzadeh, Director of Research and Public Affairs at Alcohol Change UK, talks about the need for fundamental changes to the Equality Act to ensure that those of us who are struggling with alcohol dependency are protected in the workplace | Alcohol Change UK blog, UK

Labour must start having sensible conversations about drug reform

ory MP David Warburton was the subject of allegations of drug use earlier this month after photos emerged of him next to lines of an unknown substance | Labour List, UK

Deaths from Alcohol Increased Exponentially in 2020. What Now?

Substance use and addiction expert Margie Skeer of the School of Medicine discusses causes, implications, and positive steps to take | Tufts Now, USA