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Could COVID expand the future of addiction research? Long-term implications in the pandemic era

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted face-to-face research. This has propelled ideas and plans for more remote styles of research and provided new perspectives on conducting research. This paper aimed to identify challenges specific to conducting remote forms of experimental addiction research, although some of these challenges apply to all types of addiction research | Addiction, UK

Research analysis: Measuring the impact of Dry January

Despite a substantial increase in participation in the one-month challenge to go ‘alcohol free’, a study published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence found no corresponding reduction in alcohol consumption across England. Natalie Davies takes a look at the research, and asks what the implications are for Dry January, which now reportedly attracts over 100,000 participants each year | SSA, UK

Gray report criticises No 10’s ‘excessive’ alcohol culture

There is a common element in the myriad reports of alleged parties inside Downing Street: alcohol. From the photo of Boris Johnson sitting by a wine bottle in his garden to the claims of a suitcase of booze being wheeled into No 10, governing the country is clearly thirsty work | Guardian, UK

PM quizzed on 'excessive drug taking' in Downing Street - video

The Sue Gray report found there was excessive alcohol consumption in Number 10, and Labour MP Luke Pollard asked if there was also excessive drug use | BBC, UK

How Much Does The ‘War on Drugs’ Cost?

Our current prohibitionist approach to drugs is incredibly easy to argue against, but rhetorical flourishes have, as yet, not translated into meaningful policy change | Volteface, UK

Wine drinkers face higher prices and less choice, firm warns

Proposed changes to alcohol duty will lead to higher prices and less choice for wine drinkers, the owner of wine merchant Laithwaites has warned | BBC, UK

Alcohol & Human Rights - Sustainability Series seminar 4

Wed, 2 March 2022, 10:00 – 11:30 GMT. A look at alcohol's impact on human rights | IAS, UK

Warning to drivers who smoke cigarettes over 'unexpected' new Highway Code rule

Motorists could be landed with a hefty fine after the update | Liverpool Echo, UK

Tyrall Campbell: Dealer who hid 200 bags of drugs in pants jailed

A drug dealer who tried to hide up to 200 bags of heroin and crack cocaine in his pants has been jailed | BBC, UK


International news

Tobacco publishing ban for researchers at industry-owned firms

Respiratory societies tighten author restrictions after tobacco giant PMI acquires inhaler maker Vectura | Nature, UK

Revenue seizes 4.3 million cigarettes with an estimated retail value of €3.2 million

The cigarettes were discovered inside a Dutch registered truck that had disembarked a ferry from Cherbourg, France | Journal, Ireland

DrugNet Europe

Drugnet Europe is a monthly news round-up of policy news published by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction | EMCDDA, Portugal

Study examines years of life lost for adolescents, young adults to drug overdose

In a first-ever study, researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and College of Medicine examined the unintentional drug overdose mortality in years of life lost among adolescents and young people in the United States | Medical Xpress, USA

CBD Companies Prematurely Latch On to Research Saying Cannabis Can Prevent Covid

'I don't disregard good science, but it does not mean that the drug is proven to be safe, effective.' | Motherboard, USA

What’s Motivating the DA Charging a Minor With Drug-Induced Homicide?

After taking office in 2011, Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeffrey Rosen helped lead his jurisdiction to prosecute 177 minors as adults between 2010 and 2014—a total 35 percent higher than the county of Los Angeles, with five times the population, during that period | Filter Magazine, USA

US Vaping’s Future Could Hinge, in Part, on the Triton Case

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals listened to oral arguments on January 31 about a case that could help to determine the future of the US vape industr | Filter Magazine, USA



Blogs, comment and opinion

Delivering community support across Scotland

How our Community Link Workers work with people in GP practices to improve their long term health and wellbeing | With You, UK

Dry January - what next?

Whether you’re thrilled with your new-found energy, svelte physique and bulging wallet, or still having trouble seeing the benefits, this month will have made you think about your drinking - so where do you go from here? | Alcohol Change UK blog, UK

Evidencing the role of peer support in recovery

In our latest guest blog, Dr Simon Bradstreet, Senior Evaluation Consultant at Matter of Focus tells us about their approach to telling the story of the difference peer support makes | Scottish Recovery Network, UK

Rethinking Heroin

I am an opioid user, or a former one anyhow. Contrary to the cliche, I’m not addicted. I never felt trapped or enslaved by my drug use. I never did anything I regretted to get high. I never shared needles – the sole time I shared a cooker due to interpersonal pressure, I promptly got tested for HIV and HCV | Volteface, UK

The Trip Report 31/01

Through the work of organisations such as WEDINOS, The Loop, and SaferParty, we know a little more about the drugs in circulation. The report provided below is a summary of their findings over the last week | Cameron Scally, UK

Doing the right thing to tackle Europe's drugs problem

Use of illicit drugs has changed beyond all recognition since the agency began working in this field over 25 years ago. Now considerably more complex, the drug phenomenon covers a much broader range of substances, behaviours and people. Overall, the situation is highly worrying and unlikely to change fundamentally in the next few years | EMCDDA, Portugal