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Suspected drug deaths in Scotland: January to March 2022

In January 2021 the Scottish Government announced a National Mission to reduce Scotland’s unacceptable drug death rates. Part of this commitment is to improve data and surveillance. This report focusses on management information from Police Scotland on suspected drug deaths, to provide as timely an indication of current trends in drug deaths in Scotland as is possible. Statistics from the National Records of Scotland are also presented for wider context | Scottish Government, UK

Nearly 2,000 offenders to get alcohol tags when they leave prison

[Possible paywall] Criminals jailed for drink-related incidents will be fitted with sobriety monitors on release under plans to curb drinking and cut crime | Telegraph, UK

Alcoholic Drinks: Labelling

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the United Kingdom Chief Medical Officers’ Low Risk Drinking Guidelines published in August 2016, what steps he is taking to help improve public health awareness of alcohol through (a) product labelling, (b) ingredient listing, (c) calorie listing and (d) other measures | They work for you, UK

Alcoholic Drinks: Breast Cancer

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to (a) improve awareness of the association between alcohol consumption and breast cancer development and (b) reduce alcohol consumption rates in populations at higher risk of breast cancer | They work for you, UK

Driving under Influence: Drugs

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many motorists have been convicted for being under the influence of illegal drugs whilst driving since 2015 | They work for you, UK

ACMD advice on the interim podiatrists supply proposal from NHS England

The ACMD has considered an interim proposal from NHS England that would enable advanced clinical practitioner podiatrists to continue to supply co-codamol, co-dydramol and codeine phosphate | ACMD, UK

Campaigner urges process for accessing medical cannabis to be eased - youtube

Charlotte Caldwell, a medical cannabis campaigner and the mother of a boy with severe epilepsy, has urged Health Secretary Sajid Javid to ease the financial burden on hard-pressed families paying for private subscriptions | Independent, UK

New Directions in the Study of Alcohol Group - 2022 conference 9th June, London - presentations

On the 9th June 2022 NDSAG returned with an in-person conference at London South Bank University. Here are the presentations from the event | NDSAG, UK

Transdisciplinary Research Colloquium on Psychedelics

Talks and Reading discussions on contemporary psychedelic research in philosophy and psychology formed by Prof. Christine Hauskeller (Philosophy) and Prof. Celia Morgan (Psychology), with Dr Peter Sjöstedt-Hughes (Philosophy), et al | University of Exeter, UK

UK Recovery Walk 2022

Newcastle. Starting point is 12.30 at Exhibition Park on 17th September 2022 | FAVOR, UK

Cannabis farms disrupt Doncaster's electricity supplies

Drugs gangs have caused a series of power cuts in parts of Doncaster from the number of cannabis farms in operation, police say | BBC, UK

Thames Valley Police apologises over man's heroin death in cell

A police force has apologised to the family of a man who died in custody after taking heroin in his cell | BBC, UK

 

International news

Canada air crew caught up in ‘hellish’ Dominican Republic drugs bust begs for repatriation

Five-member crew was detained after they found a bag of cocaine on 5 April and spent nine days in jail in a ‘hellish situation’ | Guardian, UK

Hornets’ Harrell faces drug charge after police say he had 3lbs of marijuana in car

Charlotte Hornets forward Montrezl Harrell is facing a felony drug charge after authorities said they found vacuum-sealed bags of marijuana in his car during a traffic stop | Guardian, UK

Minister Feighan welcomes report on drug treatment services and highlights new initiatives for people who use cocaine and crack cocaine

The Minister for Public Health, Wellbeing and the National Drugs Strategy, Frank Feighan TD, welcomes the publication of the HRB report on drug treatment services. The report demonstrates the continuing demand for health services to address the harmful effects of drug use, the types of drugs that are most impactful on people who require treatment, and the social factors associated with problematic drug use | DoH, Ireland

Unsuspecting cannabis users warned of 'toxic' synthetic versions of the drug

Unsuspecting cannabis users are being warned that some deals they are buying are being sprayed with “toxic” synthetic versions of the drug, posing greater health risks | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Drug supply and use bounce back after COVID-19 disruption

The rapid bounce back of drug supply and use following COVID-19 disruption is among the issues highlighted today by the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA) as it launches its European Drug Report 2022: Trends and Developments (1). The report delivers the latest overview of the drug situation in Europe, exploring long-term trends and emerging threats. At a time when the international situation raises new challenges, the report also looks at how ongoing global events may affect the dynamics of Europe’s drugs problem in future | EMCDDA, Portugal

What are the lessons to be learnt from the European Drug Report 2022?

The European Drug Report 2022: Trends and Developments arrives at a time when recent major global events have impacted profoundly on all areas of our life and, therefore, also have implications for the drug problems we are facing in Europe today. Our report is designed to help Europe be better prepared to meet these challenges. It does this by analysing both the trends that are shaping the current situation, and by identifying emerging threats that may impact on the drug problems Europe will face in the future | EMCDDA, Portugal

Factors that contribute to alcoholic liver disease

The most common form of liver disease, alcohol-associated liver disease (ALD), contributes to half a million cirrhosis deaths worldwide annually. Odds of survival are very low and treatment options are limited | Medical Xpress, USA

Long-term Risk of Overdose or Mental Health Crisis After Opioid Dose Tapering

In this cohort study of 19 377 patients, in a posttaper period (beginning at least 12 months and extending up to 24 months after taper initiation) vs the pretaper period, the adjusted incidence rate ratios were 1.57 for overdose-withdrawal and 1.52 for a mental health crisis. Both were significant | JAMA Network Open, USA

'There’s some serenity to it': Okanagan drug users on street life

It may not look very flattering, but a structure like that feels like an oasis for people with no place to call home. It offers warmth, shelter and privacy. And their friends are there too | InfoNews, Canada

Characteristics of fatal 'novel' synthetic opioid toxicity in Australia

‘Novel’ synthetic opioids have emerged as a clinical and public health concern across the world. In this webinar Professor Darke presented a national clinical profile of all Australian fatalities related to these drugs. This included case characteristics and circumstances of death, the toxicology of cases, and major autopsy findings | NDARC, Australia

 

 

Blogs, comment and opinion

Language Matters: Is This a Drug Overdose or Drug Poisoning Crisis?

In public policy, language matters. In drug policy, language has always been divisive. Words from “dealer” to “addict” have been used to marginalise, incarcerate, and strip three-dimensional humanity away from people by casting them as two-dimensional villains | Talking Drugs, UK

Magic mushrooms in care homes? I’d rather just pop my clogs

[Possible paywall] A psychology professor has proposed that psychedelic drugs be used to ease the dying, but instead we should accept, not deny the inevitable | Telegraph, UK