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UK news

Local Alcohol Profiles for England: short statistical commentary, February 2022

There were 318,595 alcohol-specific admissions in 2020 to 2021, a reduction in the rate to 587 (per 100,000 population) | OHID, UK

Alcohol related hospital statistics

This release by Public Health Scotland provides information on alcohol-related inpatient and day case activity within general acute and psychiatric hospitals in Scotland | Public Health Scotland, UK

Alcohol-related hospital stays fall during Covid pandemic

The rate of alcohol-related hospital stays in the first year of the Covid pandemic was down 10% on the previous 12 months, figures show | BBC, UK

Youth justice statistics: 2020 to 2021

Youth justice annual statistics for 2020 to 2021 for England and Wales. [Includes drug-related offences] | Youth Justice Board for England and Wales, UK

Drug crime involving children highest on record

Children in England and Wales have committed tens of thousands of drug crimes in less than a decade, figures show. Prohibition critics have warned that giving a child a criminal record for drug offences can have a detrimental effect on their future | Mail Online, UK

Addiction Services [Northern Ireland]

Last Thursday, the Public Accounts Committee published its findings on addiction services in Northern Ireland, and they should shock us all. As is confirmed in the report, we have long known that we are a long way from where we should be on this issue and that a fully resourced strategic plan is necessary to tackle the misuse of drugs and alcohol | They work for you, UK

Northern Ireland bans smoking in cars with children - video

Cancer and health charities have welcomed a ban on smoking in cars with children in Northern Ireland | BBC, UK

Process and impact of implementing a smoke-free policy in prisons in Scotland: TIPs mixed-methods study

This study showed comprehensive smoke-free prison policy can be successfully implemented with measures of second-hand smoke substantially reduced. [The full text of this issue is available as a PDF document from the Toolkit section on the page linked to above] | NIHR, UK

ScHARR Communicable Research Podcast -Episode 8: Youth drinking in decline [Spotify]

In this latest episode of ScHARR’s Communicable Research podcast we're joined by Dr Laura Fenton, Professor John Holmes and Dr Abigail Stevely from the Sheffield Alcohol Research Group. In this podcast we’re talking about the topic of alcohol consumption and its decline among young people | ScHAAR, UK

Research Invitation: Meanings and implications of participation by bereaved people in inquests

The Institute for Crime and Justice Policy Research (Birkbeck University of London) and the Centre for Death and Society (University of Bath) are undertaking research across England and Wales to explore bereaved peoples' experience in inquests and the wider process of coronial investigation across England and Wales. The team would like to talk to bereaved people who have attended an inquest since 2013; people who work in coroners’ courts; and people who have given evidence at an inquest in a professional capacity since 2013. The study is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council | ICPR, UK

Meaningful engagement – Have your say!

We are working on a project to explore what makes engagement meaningful for people in Scotland with lived experience of mental health challenges. To give more people the chance to share their ideas we have launched a short survey. The survey closes on Friday 18 February 2022 | Scottish Recovery Network, UK

Bereaved mums unite to campaign for new drugs policy to avert 'avoidable deaths'

Bereaved mums and former police officers have united in a bid to overturn drugs policy they say is needlessly killing thousands of people | Portsmouth News, UK

Woman transforms Dorchester phone boxes into support exhibits

A woman has taken over two disused phone boxes in Dorchester and transformed them into an exhibit providing support for people struggling with alcoholism | Dorset Echo, UK



International news

Parental smoking and young adult offspring psychosis, depression and anxiety disorders and substance use disorder

[Open access] Information across the offspring life course is essential in exploring the association between parental smoking and offspring psychiatric disorders. Paternal smoking before pregnancy and paternal psychiatric disorders may act as modifiers in elevating the risk of substance-use-related problems among offspring | European Journal of Public Health, UK

Online surveillance of novel psychoactive substances (NPS): Monitoring Reddit discussions as a predictor of increased NPS-related exposures

[Open access] NPS account for an increasing proportion of adverse events, hospitalizations, and deaths due to increasing potency and unanticipated biological effects compared to predecessors. This study evaluated the utility of drug use forums as an early indicator or predictor of impending intoxications with potentially harmful or lethal outcomes prior to their occurrences | IJDP, UK

Dozens of CT overdoses were falsely linked to fentanyl-laced marijuana, official says

A state Department of Public Health report in November that indicated nearly 40 Connecticut overdoses were possibly linked to fentanyl-laced marijuana — sparking widespread attention and concern — turned out to be one confirmed case and was probably caused by accidental contamination, an investigation has revealed | CT Insider, USA

New study shows paternal alcohol use increases frequency of fetal development issues

Prenatal visits have traditionally focused almost exclusively on the behavior of mothers, but new research from the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVMBS) continues to suggest that science should be looking more closely at the fathers' behavior as well | Medical Xpress, USA

Promising evidence that mobile engagement units can link hard-to-reach individuals with opioid use disorder to medication treatment

Opioid-related overdose deaths are an going public health crisis in the United States, and a large majority of individuals with opioid use disorder do not receive first-line treatment with medications. Interventions that overcome barriers and link people to evidence-based treatments are a critical component of addressing the opioid crisis. In this study, a mobile engagement unit was evaluated to see if this intervention would improve treatment utilization among a hard-to-reach population | Recovery Research Institute, USA

Exploring equity in AA: How does sexual minority status impact attendance?

While Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) serves as the most common source of recovery support for alcohol-related problems in the United States, relatively little is known about sexual minority involvement in AA ...which has important implications for how we think about alcohol use disorder care for this population. In this study, rates of AA attendance across sexual orientations were explored, as well as the factors associated with AA attendance among sexual minorities | Recovery Research Institute, USA

It’s Time for Maine to Free Us From One-to-One Syringe Distribution

Maine is a rural state, where many people who use drugs may be forced to drive three or four hours to access naloxone or sterile drug-use supplies | Filter Magazine, USA

Appeal Dismissal Means New Alberta SCS Barriers Now Take Effect

Alberta harm reductionists are reeling as their appeal over an injunction against a new provincial supervised consumption sites mandate was dismissed wholesale on January 31. The new regulations are now taking effect immediately, reducing people’s access at a stroke | Filter Magazine, USA

Optimal use of smoking cessation pharmacotherapy

The most effective intervention for stopping smoking is a combination of professional counselling and pharmacotherapy. Medicines are recommended for all smokers who are motivated to quit and are nicotine dependent | Australian Prescriber, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Didn't make it through Dry January? Don't Beat Yourself Up

How not making it through Dry January isn’t a failure – it could just be the best thing that’s ever happened to you | Taking Action on Addiction blog, UK

Can delta-8 THC provide some of the benefits of pot – with less paranoia and anxiety?

Over the past year, you may have seen something called delta-8 THC or “delta 8” appear in convenience stores and pharmacies alongside CBD gummies, oils and lotions | Conversation, USA

The Points Methadone Marathon

January marks ten years since the launch of the Points blog, and to celebrate this historic milestone, we’re invoking another, larger anniversary: passage of The Drug Abuse Office and Treatment Act of 1972 (Public Law 92-255). The ramifications of this law were far-reaching, not only in the “war on drugs” but also in the less-scrutinized evolution of substance abuse treatment | Points blog, USA