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UK news

Addressing the leading risk factors for ill health

A review of government policies tackling smoking, poor diet, physical inactivity and harmful alcohol use in England | The Health Foundation, UK

Reliance on individual behaviour change will fail to 'level up' health

[Limited number of free articles per week] Population-level interventions such as the sugar tax are most effective at driving change, report says | Telegraph, UK

MP rebuffed lobbyist’s plan for parliamentary group funded by drinks firms

Alison Thewliss said plan for APPG sponsored by alcohol firms shows need for transparency | Guardian, UK

Swann seeks views on Minimum Unit Pricing for Alcohol [Northern Ireland]

Health Minister Robin Swann has today launched a new public consultation on the introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing for Alcohol into Northern Ireland | Department of Health Northern Ireland, UK

Taking drugs? New outreach campaign in university halls of residence

University is a time for self-discovery and experiencing the world away from the eyes of parental figures. For many, this means indulging in the nightlife and party scene of a new city and potentially experimenting with alcohol and other drugs | BDP, UK

Glasgow Taxis Supporting #StopTheDeaths

More than 20 drivers for Glasgow Taxis have applied to receive and carry naloxone as part of the nationwide initiative to reduce drug deaths | SDF, UK

Major UK study to assess the impact of community organisations on public health

The positive impact community organisations have on health and wellbeing is to be examined for the first time as part of a major new study funded by the NIHR | NIHR, UK

Medical cannabis on Isle of Man: Minister welcomes sector growth

Proposals for a medical cannabis facility on the Isle of Man have been welcomed by the enterprise minister | BBC, UK

Radical Social Work Approaches to Scotland's Drug & Alcohol Issues

Wed, 9 March 2022, 13:00 – 14:00 GMT. Our latest webinar on radical social work approaches to Scotland's social issues looks at drugs and alcohol issues | Stephen Smellie, Convenor, UNISON Scotland SWIG, UK

Survey - alcohol and relationships

Are you, or have you previously been, affected by a partner/ex's drinking?
Please help us to learn more about your experience by filling out the following survey on alcohol and relationships | AFA, UK

Oisin Murphy: Champion jockey banned until February 2023 for Covid and alcohol breaches

Champion jockey Oisin Murphy has been banned for 14 months after admitting breaching coronavirus protocols, misleading the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) and prejudicial conduct, plus two alcohol breaches | BBC, UK



International news

This Is The Age To Drop Your Weekend Drug Habit By (According To Science)

“Adolescent behaviour problems predict drug use at 21, and drug use and life success at 30. But teenage drug use or disorders don’t appear to predict life success in adulthood among those who have ceased taking drugs before the age of 30,” Professor Najman, of the University of Queensland in Australia, said | Huffington Post, UK

The decriminalisation of people who use drugs: Evidence for a critical societal enabler to end AIDS - Submission to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

The International Drug Policy Consortium, Harm Reduction International, the Centre on Drug Policy Evaluation, and Instituto RIA welcome the opportunity to provide input to the High Commissioner for Human Rights ahead of her report on societal enablers and HIV/AIDS, which will be presented to the Human Rights Council in its 50th session | IDPC, UK

Jordan Cashmyer: Star of ‘16 and Pregnant’ killed by fentanyl in latest tragic US opioid case

In an update regarding Cashmyer’s death, the Maryland Department of Health Office of Chief Medical Examiner confirmed to The Independent on Wednesday that she died of fentanyl and cocaine intoxication last month | Independent, UK

Psychological Society criticises delay in 'vital' citizens' assembly on drugs amid death warning

Senators are due to debate the issue today amid much criticism over this week’s developments | Journal, Ireland

Anti-tobacco campaigners welcome EU court ruling on tar checks

An EU method for testing how much tar, nicotine and other chemicals are emitted by cigarettes has never been formally published in the European rule book and so it is up to local courts what to do with it, the European Court of Justice has decided | Dutch News, The Netherlands

Toolkit packed with evidence to help end drug-overdose epidemic

The AMA and Manatt Health have released the “State Toolkit to End the Nation’s Drug Overdose Epidemic: Leading-Edge Actions and Strategies to Remove Barriers to Evidence-based Patient Care” (PDF), which highlights state efforts and shows which approaches are having success and why. The toolkit can help state legislators, regulators and other officials take effective action to save lives | AMA, USA

Teen drug-use doesn't affect future life success when stopped early-on, finds study

Young people who use drugs but quit before adulthood are—on average—not harming their future life chances, according to new research which tracked thousands of people over a 16-year period | Medical Xpress, USA

Digging deeper into cannabis research

Earlier this month, Mississippi became the 37th state to legalize medical marijuana, while 27 states have already decriminalized cannabis use for personal consumption | EurekAlert USA

Peer support for drug users gets funding on the Sunshine Coast

There’s a community art project that’s been up for some time along the Gibsons waterfront – a blackboard with the line, “Before I die I want to…” | Coast Reporter, Canada

N.B. clinic brings psychedelic drug to mainstream to treat PTSD

Private clinic uses ketamine, a.k.a. Special K, to treat veteran who'd come close to giving up | CBC News, Canada

International Family Drug Support Day - February 24th

International FDS day first started in 2016 to draw attention to the importance of families affected by alcohol and/or drugs, including the benefits of supporting families. When families are given education, awareness and tips on coping and keeping safe, the outcome for everyone is improved | Family Drug Support Australia, Australia



Blogs, comment and opinion

“In nearly two decades of 12-step meetings, I’ve seen more people leave than stay, and many of them die”: Peter Krykant’s 12-step experience

Talking and writing about my 12 step experiences publicly is hard, you must be prepared to accept that you will receive harsh and personal criticism from people who do not even know you | Talking Drugs, UK

How the online recovery community supports my sobriety

For many in recovery, online communities are a great space to connect with people going through similar experiences. Nikki, known online as @ASoberLady, has more than 5,000 followers on Twitter and uses the platform to share her thoughts and encourage others. In this blog, she describes how after seeking professional support with her drinking she was also able to find a community online | AHA blog, UK

London drug trial a vital but ‘tiny’ step

Zoë Garbett, Co-convenor of the Green Party Drug Policy Working Group, considers the merits of Sadiq Kahn’s cannabis decriminalisation trial | Green Party, UK

I have finally learned how to date without drinking. Here’s my sober advice

I’m back in the game after 10 years – and this time without alcohol to help things along. It’s been an eye-opener | Guardian, UK

Childhood trauma associated with increased risk of opioid use disorder (OUD) among people prescribed opioids for chronic non-cancer pain

To reduce the likelihood of opioid use disorder (OUD) among people prescribed opioids for chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP), it is important to identify individual risk factors for OUD among this population. However, until now, little has been known about the relationship between a childhood trauma and OUD risk among people prescribed opioids for CNCP | NDARC blog, Australia

The real reason we have an explosion in teen vaping and illegal retailing

In his latest opinion piece, AACS CEO, Theo Foukkare, discusses the explosion in black market vaping products, including Uber drivers advertising vapes in vehicles | C-Store, Australia