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Practitioner and digitally delivered interventions for reducing hazardous and harmful alcohol consumption in people not seeking alcohol treatment: a systematic review and network meta-analysis

[Open access] Practitioner delivered interventions for reducing hazardous and harmful alcohol consumption are more effective than digitally delivered interventions up to 6 months; at 12 months there is no evidence of a difference | Addiction, UK

Diamorphine-Assisted Treatment

Diamorphine-assisted treatment is the prescription and provision of hygienic, medical-grade diamorphine to patients in a clinical set-up – patients attend a clinic and are dosed by a clinician once or twice a day depending on individual needs | Drug Science, UK

The Gay Men’s Health Collective on chemsex, harm reduction, and cultivating more LGBT+ inclusive drug services

In this Q&A, the SSA’s Natalie Davies asks Patriic Gayle about the mission of the Gay Men’s Health Collective, their innovative letterbox-sized ‘safer chemsex’ packs, and why some gay men are reluctant to access or return to mainstream drug services | SSA, UK

Dad of ecstasy death sons in fresh call for law changes

A bereaved father whose two sons died from ecstasy overdoses in 2014 has renewed calls for drugs legislation to change on the Isle of Man | BBC, UK

Call for women who have used illegal drugs

I am doing research to explore how, and why, women start using illegal drugs. If you are a woman, UK based, aged over 18 and would be interested in taking part, please see the link for information and my contact details | Leeds Beckett University, UK


International news

George Wajackoyah spices up Kenya election with marijuana and snake venom

Once a street child in Kenya and a grave digger in the UK, George Wajackoyah has become a political sensation by running for Kenya's presidency on a promise to turn the East African nation into a major exporter of marijuana, snake venom and hyenas' testicles, although many question the feasibility of his plans | BBC, UK

Engagement with stakeholders on the topic of ‘“An examination of the present approach to sanctions for possession of certain amounts of drugs for personal use’ - video

Video of discussion by the Committee on Justice with stakeholders (2.25 hours. discussion begins at about 35 minutes) | Oireachtas, Ireland

Impact of Hepatitis C Treatment Uptake on Cirrhosis and Mortality in Persons Who Inject Drugs

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection can be cured, and the United States has joined the World Health Organization in calling for HCV elimination by 2030. However, historically low uptake of HCV treatment among people who inject drugs (PWID) threatens HCV elimination and exacerbates social and racial health disparities | AIM, USA

Percentage of overdose deaths involving methadone declined between January 2019 and August 2021

National data indicate COVID-era treatment expansion was not associated with harms, add evidence to support take-home treatment for opioid use disorder | NIDA, USA

Methadone-Involved Overdose Deaths in the US Before and After Federal Policy Changes Expanding Take-Home Methadone

Findings provide insights about methadone-involved overdose deaths during COVID-19. In March 2020, overdose deaths both with and without methadone increased. After March 2020, overdose deaths not involving methadone continued to increase approximately 69 deaths per month, whereas methadone-involved overdose deaths remained stable | JAMA Network Open, USA

2022 Trend Reports - NPS Benzodiazepines, NPS Opioids, NPS Stimulants & Hallucinogens, and Synthetic Cannabinoids (PDF)

This report provides up-to-date information regarding the status of NPS benzodiazepine prevalence and positivity within the United States | NPS Discovery, USA

What’s Really Going on in Those Police Fentanyl Exposure Videos?

[Possible paywall] It’s nearly impossible for an overdose to be caused by brief contact with the drug. It is possible these videos will worsen the danger for those truly at risk | NYTimes, USA

'Easier to get high than get help': How a gutsy young rural B.C. doctor helped change that in Hope

Dr. Aseem Grover found innovative ways to help drug users in Hope — including handing naloxone to dealers and renting a bus to get people to care — until he could create a clinic that offers more services to rural patients | Vancouver Sun, Canada



Blogs, comment and opinion

The Tory Leadership Candidates on Drugs

The incoming PM will have a host of drug policy issues that require his or her urgent attention, from ending the drug death epidemic, to expanding access to cannabis based medicines on the NHS beyond the current 3 prescriptions in 4 years. The rescheduling of psilocybin and other psychedelics to allow them to be used as medicines, the absolute state of our CBD and hemp industries and of course, all those silver NOs canisters lining our streets that Lord Sugar was so confused by | Volteface, UK

France reenters medical marijuana industry after more than a half-century hiatus – a cannabis historian explains

Early in 2022, the French legislature greenlighted the cultivation of cannabis inside French territory to supply the nation’s ongoing pilot program in medical marijuana. The clinical trials were launched in March 2021 with cannabis supplied from abroad and have been overseen by the country’s food and drug office, the Agence Nationale de Sécurité du Médicament, or the National Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Health Products | Conversation, USA

Are We Serving as Good Stewards in Our Collective Responsibility to the Recovery Community?

The most effective efforts in the addiction recovery space in the immediately preceding generations has occurred when our community has come together, identified common ground, protected, and nurtured it together. A “we” orientation rather than an “I” orientation | Recovery Review blog, USA