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Government response to the ACMD on CBPMs in humans

The government responds to the ACMD reports on cannabis-based products for medicinal use (CBPMs) in humans | ACMD, UK

Advice on the classification and scheduling of Isotonitazene and related compounds

The government commissions the ACMD to advise on the appropriate classification and scheduling of Isotonitazene and related compounds | ACMD, UK

Pioneering study finds generational link between smoking and body fat

Females whose grandfathers began smoking at early age tend to have more body fat, Children of the 90s study suggests | Guardian, UK

Mapping Drug Use, Interventions and Treatment Needs in Scottish Prisons: A literature review (PDF)

This is a literature review mapping the contemporary picture of drugs and Scottish prisons. Three research questions guided the search, relating to: prevalence and patterns of use in prisons; treatment and harm reduction services available in prison; and, the needs of people in Scottish prisons in relation to their drug use | Uinversity of Glasgow and University of Stirling, UK

Our naloxone strategy for 2022

Since 2015, naloxone has played a major role in supporting the people who use our services. By temporarily reversing the effects of an opioid overdose, naloxone has helped to reduce the risk of overdoses and save people’s lives.   Now we are launching our strategy for 2022 to make naloxone more available to people than ever before | Change Grow Live, UK

Nitrous Oxide: Misuse

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of restricting the sale of nitrous oxide capsules to prevent their illegal use | They work for you, UK

Approved Premises (Substance Testing) Bill

There are approximately 100 approved premises across England and Wales, with some 2,300 bed spaces between them. Primarily, they provide temporary accommodation for offenders who have been released from prison but are still deemed to pose a high risk, or those who have the most complex needs and so need to receive additional, targeted residential supervision and rehabilitative support | They work for you, UK

Low-alcohol marketing rules given update

The regulations regarding low-alcohol marketing have been updated to ensure ‘responsible marketing’ | The Spirits Business, UK

Drug Policy Explained: Legalisation, Decriminalisation, and Prohibition

In law, a policy outlines the rules and guidelines for an act or behaviour. Drug policy explains the different sanctions, criminal or civil, that an individual will face if they break the rules or fail to follow the guidelines around recreational drugs. The government put these sanctions in place in an attempt to deter individuals from using drugs and ultimately reduce drug-related harm incurred by the public | Drug Science, UK

MPs criticise UK gambling regulator for trying to reduce addiction

Exclusive: findings in draft excerpt of committee’s report are described by campaigner as ‘ludicrous’ | Guardian, UK

Vape usage is growing in Bournemouth, and so is the environmental impact

The popularity of disposable vapes are growing which is causing serious environmental damage due to the single-use nature of the product | Buzz, Bournemouth

Interview: Mary Yates on smoking cessation in mental health services

Mary Yates is a nurse consultant for health promotion wellbeing at South London and Maudsley NHS foundation trust with responsibility for implementing their smoke-free policy. Around 12 years ago, when working as a learning disability and mental health nurse, Mary noticed that the people she was caring for were dying 20 years earlier than everyone else in the community and that typically they were all smokers. The SSA caught up with Mary to talk about her work and about recent changes in vaping policy | SSA, UK

Bits N Pieces: Play aims to tackle drug stigma and misinformation in Scotland

This dark comedy will take a look at what happens to three young men who take drugs for the first time without proper education | National, UK

Views wanted on how police in Hampshire interact with young people

As part of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Strategic Youth Independent Advisory Group (YIAG) review, 14 to 25-year-olds are wanted to give their views on how police interact with young people in relation to the use of drugs | Southern Daily Echo, UK

SDF Webinar – Reducing Injecting Harms: a National Wound Care Guide for Scotland

Friday 4 February 2022, 13.00 – 14.15. A new guide, published by SDF, supports the identification of risk behaviours and of harms and recommends any actions that should be taken including advice on injecting practice. This new Scottish resource will be welcomed by frontline staff concerned about the potential consequences of injecting injuries and infections for the people with whom they work | SDF, UK

Media & Impact: How to communicate your research effectively

Wed, 16 February 2022, 14:00 – 15:30 GMT. This event will focus on how to become a more effective science communicator for addiction research. Communicating research to a wide audience helps disseminate the evidence-base ensuring that treatments for addiction are based on research. Effective forms of science communication can influence policy, and can reduce stigma for people who use drugs | SSA, UK

HMS Montrose: Royal Navy seizes drugs in Gulf of Oman

The Royal Navy has seized more than one tonne of illicit drugs thought to be worth almost £15m in the Gulf of Oman | BBC, UK


International news

Daily glass of wine is not good for you, world heart experts say

Any level of drinking can lead to loss of healthy life, the World Heart Federation has said, as it sought to dispel the idea that a daily glass of wine may be good for you | Independent, UK

‘The deadliest drug we’ve ever known’: author Sam Quinones on how fentanyl saturated the US

In his new book, Quinones investigates how the explosion of synthetic drugs spurred an ‘epidemic of addiction’ | Guardian, UK

Married Stanford University professor sues the school over death of son, 19, from fentanyl overdose in Theta Delta Chi frat house two years ago in 'last resort to seek justice'

A married couple who has served for 30 years at Stanford University is suing the institution for not doing enough to prevent the death of their son, who attended the school, from a fentanyl overdose in a frat house two years ago | Mail Online, USA

Drinking patterns in the pandemic

David Lynch examines the impact that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on alcohol use and policy changes affecting the area, such as the recent introduction of minimum unit pricing | Medical Independent, Ireland

'Malta will not become another Amsterdam': cannabis authority chair

Mariella Dimech speaks about her new role | Times of Malta, Malta

Study from OSU researcher shows how alcohol dampens response to uncertain stressors

When drinking for stress relief, people may make risky decisions because the alcohol affects how much they worry about unknown or unpredictable stressors, new research from Oregon State University shows | Oregon State University, USA

New Coalition Seeks To Reschedule ‘Magic Mushrooms’ Under International Law

A new global coalition is looking to remove international restrictions on the research and medical use of psilocybin, the active ingredient in “magic mushrooms.” | Forbes, USA

Signs of Anxiety in the Anti-Vaping Camp as Big Decisions Brew

Amid a months-long wait for clarity on the future of vaping in the United States, people on all sides of the tobacco harm reduction debate are growing anxious | Filter Magazine, USA

Alberta Legal Battle Against New SCS Barriers Is Going to the Wire

Alberta, Canada, remains a battleground for harm reduction rights. This past August, a coalition of local organizations launched a lawsuit against the conservative provincial government over a new policy that would drastically hinder people’s ability to access safe consumption sites (SCS) | Filter Magazine, USA

Jeffrey told me his story of addiction and recovery. Then the Tenderloin pulled him back and he found fentanyl

I hadn’t heard from Jeffrey Choate in a couple of months when, one evening in July, I received a jarring text message. He was alive, he assured me, but just barely | SF Chronicle, USA

Latent patterns of polysubstance use among people who use opioids: A systematic review

A mounting body of evidence suggests that polysubstance use (PSU) is common among people who use opioids (PWUO). Measuring PSU, however, is statistically and methodologically challenging...We reviewed person-centered studies that characterized latent patterns of PSU among PWUO | IJDP, Canada

Why letting users know what's in the drugs they're taking is important as opioid deaths rise

Toronto's Drug Checking Service, a pilot project, is seen as vital part of harm reduction | CBC News, Canada

An Alaska doctor was sentenced to nearly 3 years of prison for illegally prescribing opioids that caused the overdose deaths of five people

David Chisholm, 64, pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful dispensing and distribution of a controlled substance, court documents state | CNN, Canada

Alcohol industry submissions to the WHO 2020 Consultation on the development of an Alcohol Action Plan: A content and thematic analysis (PDF)

In 2010, the WHO released the Global Strategy to Reduce the Harmful Use of Alcohol (the Global Strategy). However, in 2020, the WHO commenced the development of the Action Plan after progress on the Global Strategy had been slow. The alcohol companies and their lobby groups made 60 submissions to the consultation on the Action Plan, making up nearly a quarter (24 per cent) of all submissions | La Trobe University, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Heavy drinkers increased their alcohol consumption the most during lockdown – new research

When the UK was placed into its first COVID lockdown in March 2020, many of us may have been tempted to reach for a drink. The country was about to enter an extraordinary period, with no idea of what would happen next... | Conversation, UK

Drinking without Thinking? Exploring the accessibility and availability of alcohol during the COVID-19 pandemic

Despite now (in)famous hopes that it would ‘be over by Christmas’ in Summer 2020, as we grapple with what it means to live with the COVID-19 virus in the UK almost two years on we have to wonder; how have our drinking practices changed during extended periods of lockdown? | Everyday Society, UK

The Trip Report 17/01

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

Benefits of Dry January, and when you can expect to see them

So, you’re keen to try a month without alcohol but what’s in it for you? Well, as it turns out, quite a lot! We talk through some of the main benefits from Dry January, and when you can expect to see them | Alcohol Change UK blog, UK