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The population of people injecting drugs in the UK is getting older

The median age of people who inject opiates and crack cocaine is increasing in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland, according to a new study published in the journal Addiction. Based on survey data, the researchers concluded that the age of people currently injecting drugs, their age when they first started injecting drugs, and the number of years they had been injecting drugs have all increased | NAM Aidsmap, UK

Fears of growth in children vaping disposables backed up by new national survey

The annual YouGov youth survey for ASH carried out in March and published on July 7th shows current vaping among children 11-17 up from 4% in 2020 [2] to 7% in 2022. The proportion of children who admit ever having tried vaping has also risen from 14% in 2020 to 16% in 2022 | ASH, UK

Use of e-cigarettes among young people in Great Britain, 2022 - factsheet

This fact sheet examines the evolving youth use of e-cigarettes in Great Britain, in the context of changes in tobacco use and the regulation of e-cigarettes. July 2022 | ASH, UK

Co-occurring heavy alcohol use and depression

Read the event report for Dr Kat Jackson and Dr Amy O'Donnell's webinar on co-occurring heavy alcohol use and depression | SHAPP, UK

Whitby amputee set to help others after alcohol battle

Bash Wright almost lost his life to alcoholism and in 2019 spent three months in a coma. Both of his legs had to be amputated | BBC, UK

Thurrock alcohol and drug treatment service playing leading role in global fight to eliminate hepatitis C

Inclusion Visions Thurrock, part of Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT), is the first NHS service to have met challenging new criteria set down by the Hep C Drug Treatment Service Provider Forum, in achieving ‘micro-elimination’ of the virus within its service | MPFT.NHS, UK

Tina Robson inquest: Coroner rules death by misadventure

A woman whose daughter died from a drug overdose at a homeless hostel has vowed to continue fighting to help other people | BBC, UK

You can make a difference to people's lives

Most of our volunteer opportunities don’t need any special qualifications. We’ll make sure you get all the training and support you need. All we ask is that you're kind, open-minded and passionate about supporting people | Change Grow Live, UK

Prism decorate Sustrans mile marker

Our Prism – LGBT+ support group has had the honour of decorating one of SUSTRAN’s mile markers close to BDP headquarters. Members of the group came along armed with a plan and paintbrushes and set to work decorating the once bland mile marker. Over the course of the day they transformed the mile marker from rusty brown to a vibrant depiction of the pride flag to celebrate the annual event celebrating LGBT+ people. This year is the 50th anniversary of Pride so no better time to give the mile maker a revamp | BDP, UK

Charity sector responds to Boris Johnson’s resignation

Charity sector bodies have responded to Boris Johnson’s announcement today that he will resign as Conservative party leader and make way for a new prime minister in the coming months | Civil Society News, UK

Rapist Luiz Da Silva Neto jailed for spiking men and sex attacks

A "monster" who spiked two men with a drug before raping one and sexually assaulting the other has been jailed for 22 years | BBC, UK


International news

Turkey Is Now A Major Hub for Cocaine Trafficking

Criminal gangs from Turkey have become major players in trafficking cocaine to emerging markets in Eastern Europe and the Gulf States | VICE, UK

The pan-American response to alcohol and violence against women

The SSA’s Natalie Davies talks to two colleagues from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) about their new factsheet on alcohol and violence against women. Dr Maristela Monteiro is a Senior Advisor on Alcohol and Substance Abuse and Ms Britta Monika is an Advisor on Violence Prevention | SSA, UK

Mexico’s cartel violence reaches bloody nadir with ‘hugs, not bullets’

[Possible paywall] Left-wing president Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s controversial efforts to reverse high poverty and crime levels are only leading to tears | Telegraph, UK

Brittney Griner pleads guilty to Russian drugs charge

US basketball player Brittney Griner has pleaded guilty to drug charges in a Russian court but has denied deliberately breaking the law | BBC, UK

Plastic, coffee, and ink holders used by 'more inventive' drug smugglers

Gangs trafficking drugs into Ireland are using the likes of plastic, coffee grounds and ink cartridges to smuggle cocaine across the Atlantic, according to forensic experts | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Substance use appears higher in recent decades among young adults who had strokes

Documented cocaine and marijuana use among young adults who had strokes rose substantially in recent decades, especially among white men and women, new research suggests | Medical Xpress, USA

Smoking cigarettes while wearing a mask may impair blood vessel function

Smoking traditional or non-combustible cigarettes while wearing a surgical mask results in a two-fold rise in exhaled carbon monoxide and impaired blood vessel function compared to non-mask periods | News Medical, USA

Inebriate Asylums to Narcotic Farms: Addiction Treatment’s Cruel Roots

Kenneth Anderson founded HAMS (Harm Reduction, Abstinence and Moderation Support) in 2007 as a free online support group for people trying to change their drinking through harm reduction. He was frustrated that other organizations failed to support all of people’s goals. HAMS quickly grew, and now has a worldwide membership of 10,000 | Filter Magazine, USA

New England “Strike Force” to Target Opioid Prescribers for Prosecution

On June 29, a group of agencies announced the “New England Prescription Opioid Strike Force” (NEPO). It will target physicians, pharmacists and other health professionals deemed to prescribe or dispense opioids in illegal ways. The strike force includes agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), plus federal prosecutors in Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire, as well as state law enforcement | Filter Magazine, USA

No time to waste on tackling fentanyl in New Zealand

Fentanyl has been circulating the international illicit drug market since about 2013 and is responsible for approximately half of all overdose deaths in the U.S. So it was perhaps inevitable it would eventually cause problems for us in New Zealand | Medical Xpress, USA

An update on vaping and nicotine prescribing

This article outlines 1) the latest evidence on vaping, 2) devices and liquids available, 3) how to counsel smokers about vaping and 4) how to write nicotine prescriptions | AJGP, Australia



Blogs, comment and opinion

What are the smoking behaviours of adults at risk of alcohol dependence in England?

There is a strong shared association between smoking and drinking, meaning that people who are more dependent on alcohol are also more dependent and heavier smokers. Despite alcohol and tobacco being two of the most widely used substances, often together, there is still relatively little data on their co-use, particularly in the most at risk groups. This is a problem as drinking alcohol and smoking tobacco has a multiplicative effect on the risk of preventable cancers | IAS blog, UK

Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast

If the Scottish Government is truly serious about their national mission to save lives, then we should make every effort to learn from the things that have happened in England over the past 13 years | FAVOR UK, UK

Time To Start Talking about Pre-Addiction

By the time someone reaches out for addiction care, they may have already have suffered numerous painful losses in their lives. Addiction can steal a person’s happiness, job, friends and family, and can erode their freedom | Nora's blog - NIDA, USA

The Recovery Alliance Initiative – A Recipe We Uncovered

In the first two posts of this series, I initially described the origin and early evolution of what we call the Recovery Alliance Initiative.  Those posts were followed by one that described the expansion and clarification of our model and methods within the Alliance effort | Recovery Review blog, USA

A new anti-hangover supplement has just gone on sale in the UK. It is marketed by Swedish firm Myrkl as “the pre-drinking pill that works” | Conversation, UK