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Report: Substance misuse related deaths in the criminal justice system

The Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody (IAPDC) and the Royal College of General Practitioners Secure Environments Group (RCGP SEG) have highlighted the need for a whole-systems approach to tackle substance misuse in the criminal justice system – in order to prevent substance misuse-related deaths amongst prisoners and those released back into the community | IAPDC, UK [see also blog section below]

Former police chief to head Scotland's drugs death taskforce

A former chief constable has been named as the new head of Scotland's drugs death taskforce | BBC, UK

The Right to Recovery Bill consultation closes

FAVOR UK and it’s partners would like to thank everyone who has met with us over the last 3 months regarding our Right to Recovery Bill | FAVOR UK, UK

Right to Recovery: Joint Statement Response

SDF and six other organisations have released a statement on the proposal by Douglas Ross MSP for a ‘Right to Recovery’ Bill in Scotland | SDF, UK

MSPs vote to explore how safe drug consumption rooms can be established

Holyrood has voted to explore how safe drug consumption facilities can be established following a debate about Scotland’s drug deaths crisis | The National, UK

Making funding work for people facing multiple disadvantage (PDF)

This report explores the way in which national funding streams are made available to local areas to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping, substance misuse, mental health and criminal justice | MEAM, UK

Annual Conference lecture: Professor Dame Carol Black’s independent review of drugs

Professor Dame Carol Black talks about the key findings from her independent review of drugs, and shares her vision for how the declining capacity and quality of treatment services can be turned around | SSA, UK

Distilling the curriculum: An analysis of alcohol industry-funded school-based youth education programmes

[Open access] For decades, corporations such as the tobacco and fossil fuel industries have used youth education programmes and schools to disseminate discourses, ideas and values favourable to their positions, and to pre-empt regulation that threatens profits. However, there is no systematic research into alcohol industry-funded youth education programmes. This article serves to address this important gap in the literature | PLOS One, UK

A ‘Proper Night Out’: A Practice Theory Exploration of Gendered Drinking

[Open access] Drawing on the three-element model of social practice theory and key conceptualisations relating to gender performance, this article reports on an empirical study of the intersecting practices of drinking alcohol and doing gender | Sociological Research Online, UK

Glasgow 'fix room' campaigner 'pinching himself' at Glasgow University study offer

Former drug user turned activist and campaigner Peter Krykant is preparing to take a course at the prestigious uni - having left school at 14 with no qualifications | Glasgow Live, UK

Charity launches new initiative to combat drugs and alcohol abuse

The Steer Clear Awareness Programme from IMO (Inspire, Motivate, Overcome) aims to take a hands-on approach to create more awareness around the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol | Lancashire Telegraph, UK

Suggest a research topic...

Providing the most effective health and social care is a huge challenge. There are so many products and procedures in use, with more being developed all the time, but often there is little good evidence about what works and what doesn’t. We commission and fund projects looking at the usefulness of new and existing tests, treatments and devices and at new and existing ways of doing things. We also look at how to improve public health to see what really works in practice | NIHR, UK

Liverpool John Moores law grad jailed over £1 million drugs trafficking conspiracy

Neema Seifzadeh, 27, from Salford, was jailed for six years at Manchester Crown Court on Tuesday | Legal Cheek, UK



International news

‘Devastating’ cuts to Medicare telehealth leave rural psychiatric patients in the lurch

Psychiatrists criticise removal of item 288 for video psychiatric consults through GP referrals, saying it effectively ceases bulk-billed consultations for regional patients | Guardian, UK

Drug trends under scrutiny after third seizure of new synthetic stimulant

Health experts are keeping a close eye on drug trends after what is thought to be the third seizure in Ireland of a new synthetic stimulant | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Shop offers credit note for value of €47 slab of beer to shoppers who buy €30 of plastic glasses in protest at minimum price laws

A supermarket owner has reacted to the big jump in the price of beer following the introduction of minimum alcohol pricing with a promotion for customers | Independent, Ireland

A Wet January, Thanks to Covid

[Free registration may be required] Not drinking for a month sounded easy enough. But for some, Omicron changed those plans | NYTimes, USA

Evaluation of Interventions to Reduce Opioid Prescribing for Patients Discharged From the Emergency Department

This analysis found that specific interventions may be associated with reducing the opioid prescription rate; however, novel interventions are needed to reduce the quantity of opioids per prescription by emergency department physicians while evaluating their associations with patient-centered outcomes | JAMA Network Open, USA

Pandemic, stigma a double barrier to health care for people who use substances

Hospitals aren't better equipped to help those struggling with a substance use disorder because of ongoing stigma in health care, according to a University of Alberta public health researcher who suggests the pandemic has underscored the need for change | Medical Xpress, USA

How Brazil's Port of Santos Became Cocaine's World Trade Center

Three shipments of cocaine were caught on the same day as they were about to head to France, Spain and Ghana. All originated from the Brazilian port of Santos, from where cocaine shipments radiate around the world | Insight Crime, USA

Alberta advocacy groups ask Ottawa to intervene over providing health ID at supervised consumption sites

Alberta advocates are asking the federal minister of mental health and addictions to intervene following a court ruling that allows supervised consumption sites to ask users for personal health care numbers | Edmonton Journal, Canada

Correctional service settles human rights case for prisoners addicted to opioids

The complaint filed by Prisoners' Legal Services in B.C. claimed they were being denied treatment for their addictions or had to wait months to get therapy | Vancouver Sun, Canada

Australian doctors prescribing benzos for longer periods than recommended

Australian doctors are prescribing benzodiazepines and Z-drugs for longer periods than recommended, researchers from the University of Adelaide have found | University of Adelaide, Australia

Archaic laws punish WA families while losing war on drugs: lawyers

Outdated laws allow police to seize properties and possessions from their families, whether or not these are proceeds of crime, and the state sell them for amounts that barely touch the billions of taxpayer dollars used to keep the “traffickers” in jail | WA Today, Australia




Blogs, comment and opinion

Preventing Alcohol And Drug-Related Deaths In The Criminal Justice System

An important new report published today (14 January) by the Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody and the Royal College of General Practitioners Secure Environments Group says that the prevention of deaths in and after custody must be central to all work on substance misuse in the criminal justice system | Russell Webster, UK

It’s baby boomers, not young people, who are more likely to be addicted to drugs

The more permissive attitudes and lack of public health advice are coming home to roost for a generation of older Britons | Guardian opinion, UK

Social Media Attacks and Ethical Issues in the Psychedelic Sector — Why can’t we all get on together for the greater good?

An Open Letter from our Chairman, Peter Hunt AM | Mind Medicine Australia, Australia