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15 years after the smoking ban Government policy still lags behind public opinion

July 1st, 2022, is the fifteenth anniversary of the 2007 smokefree legislation that prohibited smoking inside public spaces such as offices, shops and pubs. Support for Government action on smoking has continued to grow since then, particularly among smokers, as demonstrated by a new report ‘Fifteen Smokefree Years’ summarising results from the annual survey carried out since 2007 by YouGov for ASH | ASH, UK

'Action needed' to help smokers with mental health issues quit

The Scottish Government have been urged to act to address the health inequalities impacting vulnerable Scots | STV, UK

Council to explore safe drug consumption centre trial

Councillors backed a proposal for officials to investigate the feasibility of trialling an Overdose Prevention Centre | STV, UK

Adolescents more vulnerable to cannabis addiction but not other mental health risks

Adolescents are over three times more vulnerable to developing a cannabis addiction than adults, but may not be at increased risk of other mental health problems related to the drug, finds a new study led by researchers from King's College London and UCL | Kings College London, UK

Residential Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Services

In 2005-06, 1,929 people were admitted to residential drug and alcohol services in Scotland but, in 2021-22, only 511 placements were approved. That is a drop of nearly 75 per cent | They work for you, UK

Dundee Drugs Commission

Earlier this week, I hosted some of the Dundee drugs commissioners here in Holyrood to allow MSPs to hear their testimony directly. Their deep frustration at the lack of progress in the delivery of their recommendations in both of the reports was palpable | They work for you, UK

Addiction: The faces of people fighting to break free and those helping

A teacher who found her daily tipple had turned into three bottles of wine is one of the increasing numbers of professionals seeking help for addiction. During the pandemic, rehab and recovery services said they saw an increase in white-collar workers turning to them for support | BBC, UK

Vaping is 'easily accessible', say sixth form students - audio

Four 18-year-old students tell us vaping is sociable & they have all left lessons for it | BBC, UK

E-cigarettes: Young addict fear as 17-year-old can't stop vaping

Selling e-cigarettes to under-18s is illegal in Wales but the girl, who wanted to remain anonymous, said "most shops don't ask me for ID" | BBC, UK

BME parents support stop and search for drugs

New polling commissioned by the Civitas think tank concluded that almost 6 million people would try cannabis for the first time if it were legalised | Politics.co.uk, UK

35th Anniversary of BDP’s Needle & Syringe Program

Back in 1987, HIV cases in the UK and around the world were rising. Everyone was searching for new ways to keep people safe and reduce the harm caused by the virus | BDP, Uk

Addiction Journal, Key findings - July 2022

This is a quick summary of the main discovery for each research paper we have published, organized issue by issue. Each key finding is below the article title, with a link to the abstract | SSA, UK

Alcohol Alert - June 2022 - podcast

Calls to ban alcohol ads; No clear evidence on MUP; labelling still fails consumers; WHO pricing report; and sobriety tag failures | IAS, UK

Guernsey to investigate legal status of cannabis

A separate review will continue to look at non-punitive sentences for the possession of small quantities of drugs | BBC, UK

Worksop: Cannabis plants found in 17 rooms of house

Officers seized hundreds of the illegal plants from the property in Bridge Street, Worksop, Nottinghamshire | BBC, UK



International news

Germany’s move to legalise cannabis expected to create ‘domino effect’

Coalition government consults health experts, economists and growers in race to clear legal hurdles within two years | Guardian, UK

Mob-style killings shock Netherlands into fighting descent into ‘narco state’

Murders, corruption and ‘Mocro Maffia’ prompt Dutch to set up war chest to tackle wave of organised crime sweeping nation | Guardian, UK

Addiction and drug debts wreak havoc on community

In better-off neighbourhoods it’s a health issue, but in working-class areas ‘it often becomes about money and violence’, says local activist | Irish Times, Ireland

EMCDDA webinar: Preparing for the future — applying a foresight approach in the drugs field

This webinar marks the official launch of the EMCDDA’s foresight toolkit for the drugs field entitled How to run a trends workshop in the drugs field. The event also aims to promote a foresight approach and increase foresight literacy among the EMCDDA’s stakeholders and to take stock of current initiatives in this area and reflect on possible ways forward | EMCDDA, Portugal

Launch of the European Prevention Curriculum handbook in Ukrainian

A Ukrainian version of the European Prevention Curriculum (EUPC) handbook, adapted for the local context, has been launched today in Kyiv at an event organised by the non-governmental organisation, Geopolitical Alliance of Women, at Ukrinform, the Ukrainian national news company | EMCDDA, Portugal

Study of pre-teens yields surprises about alcohol, tobacco and marijuana

They may only be in 4th or 5th grade, but 1 in 10 pre-teen children already say they're curious about using alcohol or tobacco products, and 1 in 50 say they're curious about using marijuana, a new study shows | Medical Xpress, USA

Opioid addiction and withdrawal: What you should know

UConn Today sat down with Dr. Lakshit Jain, clinical associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UConn Health, to learn more about what's really involved in opioid addiction withdrawal and what those suffering from opioid use disorder and their loved ones really need to know to remain safe and ensure they are receiving the proper care | Medical Xpress, USA

The Juul e-cigarette ban: Will it make a difference?

In late June, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered Juul Labs Inc. to remove all of its e-cigarettes from the U.S. market, a move applauded by many concerned about e-cigarette use among youth. (Soon after, a U.S. court of appeals granted the company an emergency stay, temporarily blocking the FDA's order; Juul is now pursuing a formal stay.) | Medical Xpress, USA

Do motives for substance use during methadone treatment vary by substance type?

The reasons underlying alcohol use – such as coping with unpleasant feelings and enhancing pleasant experiences – have been widely studied, offering insight into common motives for drinking among the general population. It is unclear if the reasons underlying alcohol and other drug use differ according to substance type. Given the importance of characterizing motivations for substance use to inform treatment and recovery, this study investigated whether drug class plays an important role in the motives that drive different types of substance use during methadone treatment | Recovery Research Institute, USA

Buprenorphine vs. extended-release injectable naltrexone: A head-to-head comparison of relapse prevention

Research is needed to better understand the comparative effectiveness of buprenorphine and extended-release injectable naltrexone to prevent relapse, which can ultimately inform the best treatment approaches to opioid use disorder. In this study, researchers conducted a secondary data analysis to evaluate the effect of buprenorphine versus extended-release injectable naltrexone on opioid relapse risk, looking at outcomes that help to compare results across different studies | Recovery Research Institute, USA

Can microdosing psychedelics improve your mental health? Here's what the science says

When Simone Surgeoner returned to Melbourne after living in the United States for six years, she felt like her life had fallen apart | abc.net.au, Australia

Penington Bulletin - July issue

Harm reduction is essential work, but it is difficult work. Being on the frontline for even a short time takes its toll, which is why it is so important to build a supportive community through shared stories and experiences. I’m delighted that this issue does just that, featuring the stories of two courageous women who have spent decades on the frontline: Marguerite White and Jo Beckett | Penington Institute, Australia

What happened in Wairarapa could happen again

Last weekend, over a 48-hour period, 12 people were hospitalised in New Zealand from overdoses of fentanyl, a potent opioid used for pain relief in healthcare settings. Thankfully, all survived. But things could have played out very differently | NZDF, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

Professor Sir Colin Blakemore and Drug Science

All of us at Drug Science were saddened to hear earlier this week of the death of Colin following his year-long battle with motor-neuron disease | Drug Science, UK

‘To Heal and to Care for’: Protecting Iboga and Indigenous Voices in the Face of Corporatisation

Almost a decade ago, Elizabeth’s husband Chor experienced what she now calls a “healing crisis”: an opiate relapse after a 13 year stretch of sobriety. Little did they know back then that soon their lives would be changed forever | Volteface, UK