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UK news

Reporting of Substance Media Toolkit

The Reporting of Substance Toolkit is a resource for journalists and editors looking to report on alcohol and drugs with dignity and respect. The toolkit contains 5 Key Recommendations to follow when reporting and also has interviews with family members and people in recovery, information about support services across the UK, photography advice and resources for further information | Adfam and SFAD, UK

Staff shortages undermining drug treatment, study reveals

A loss of skilled professionals and the fragmentation of services has proven a major barrier to tackling drug addiction, new research has found | LocalGov, UK

Perceived Stigma of Patients Undergoing Treatment with Cannabis-Based Medicinal Products

[Open access] Cannabis-based medicinal products (CBMPs) are prescribed with increasing frequency. This study aimed to investigate the perceived stigma attached to patients prescribed CBMPs in the UK to establish its prevalence | Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, UK

St Helens: Ketamine spike prompts campaign by health bosses

Health leaders in parts of Merseyside have launched a campaign warning of the dangers of ketamine use after signs of a spike in its use | BBC, UK

Prisons: Alcoholic Drinks and Drugs

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing a harm reduction approach to (a) alcohol and (b) other substances misuse for people in the criminal justice system | They work for you, UK

Smoking: Local Government

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to The Khan review: making smoking obsolete, published on 9 June 2022, if his Department will (a) provide support to Councils in becoming smoke free and (b) implement the recommendations of that review | They work for you, UK

Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of alcohol on health inequalities; and what steps they are taking to reduce alcohol’s role as a significant driver of health inequalities | They work for you, UK

Cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system in fibromyalgia: a review of preclinical and clinical research

Fibromyalgia affects millions of people worldwide and has a significant impact on quality of life. Fibromyalgia symptoms include persistent widespread pain, fatigue, stiffness, sleep disturbances and cognitive dysfunction. Endogenous cannabinoids (endocannabinoids), the body’s own marijuana-like transmitters, are involved in the regulation of many processes in the body, including pain... | Drug Science, UK

St Helens Building Bridges programme recognised at National celebration event

An innovative programme designed to support families in St Helens Borough affected by alcohol dependency has been recognised at a national celebration event highlighting best practice across the country | St Helens Borough Council, UK

Case study: Reviewing manuscripts for Addiction journal

Peer review is an essential tool for improving the quality of articles published in academic journals. The SSA’s Natalie Davies talks to colleagues at Addiction about their guidelines (and advice) for budding reviewers | SSA, UK

Research on the relationship between staff trauma and perceptions of working with trauma - survey

A study for any staff who work in a substance use service who have contact with service users. This study is looking into the relationship between experience or not of trauma and perception of working with service users. An online questionnaire that takes 10-15 minutes to complete and any participation is appreciated | University of Bath, UK

Abdirahim Mohamed: Man lured to death by fake drugs deal, court told

Abdirahim Mohamed, 18, was attacked in Melbourne Street, Leicester, on 8 September and died early the next day | BBC, UK

Tunstall public toilets demolished due to drugs and crime

Shoppers criticised their removal and said it would dissuade people from visiting the town. But a council spokeswoman said: "We want to make our town centres as safe as possible and removing a catalyst for anti-social behaviour was a priority." She said the decision came "after years of anti-social behaviour, including drug and alcohol abuse as well as no longer being safe to maintain" | BBC, UK

 

 

International news

Biden administration to call for nicotine reductions in cigarettes

New policy forcing tobacco companies to cut nicotine to nonaddictive amounts could upend industry | Independent, UK

Young people 'being groomed as drug runners for local drug traffickers and gang members'

Children aged under 10 are being drawn into drug activity, while younger members of the Travelling community are "being led by adults to commit crimes", a new report before the Department of Justice states | Irish Examiner, Ireland

No place for cheap alcohol: the potential value of minimum pricing for protecting lives

There has been growing interest in recent years in a relatively new form of pricing policy to decrease alcohol affordability and consequently consumption – minimum pricing. This report discusses this (‎as yet)‎ not widely used policy and its potential for improving public health andexamines how minimum pricing policies should be applied alongside alcohol taxation measures. It reviews the status of implementation of minimum pricing globally, provides an overview of the most recent evidence behind the policy, addresses its main strengths and limitations and offers practical considerations for countries | WHO, Denmark

Spotlight on… e-health interventions

Delivering screening and brief interventions via e-health and m-health applications is a promising innovation for responding to a wide range of substance use problems, in particular, interventions targeted at vulnerable young people | EMCDDA, Portugal

FDA Announces Plans for Proposed Rule to Reduce Addictiveness of Cigarettes and Other Combusted Tobacco Products

Potential Rule Would Propose to Establish a Maximum Level of Nicotine in Cigarettes with the Goal of Reducing Youth Use, Addiction and Death | FDA, USA

Action is needed to reduce e-cigarette use among adolescents to lower lifetime CVD risk

E-cigarettes have become increasingly popular among adolescents, and the latest available scientific evidence suggests the use of these products leads to adverse health effects that may accrue over time, leading to an increased risk of cardiovascular and pulmonary disease over the course of the life of people who use e-cigarettes, according to a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association published today in the Association's peer-reviewed journal, Circulation: Research | Medical Xpress, USA

New drugs with high abuse potential more likely to be approved, go to market to treat pain

"Despite the prevalence and societal costs of pain in the United States, investment in pain medication development is low, due in part to poor understanding of the probability of successful development of such medications," said the authors of a study published online first in Anesthesiology | Medical Xpress, USA

CH-FUBIATA (PDF)

CH-FUBIATA is classified as a synthetic cannabinoid. Synthetic cannabinoids have been reported to cause psychoactive effects similar to delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) | NPS Discovery, USA

The DRAM, Vol. 18(7) - Parental alcohol use and its impact on children

In the United States, one out of four minors are introduced to alcohol use by a family member. Similarly, in Mexico, sixty percent of individuals aged 18-65 have a parent who routinely drinks. Adolescent exposure to alcohol use increases the probability that a person will develop a substance use problem in the future. This week, The DRAM reviews a study by Raquel Mondragón Gómez and colleagues that assessed whether parental alcohol consumption puts students at greater risk for binge drinking and developing alcohol dependence | BASIS, USA

Quebec teens to learn in school how to use naloxone, intervene in case of an overdose

Voluntary training will be offered in high schools, alongside courses like CPR | CBC News, Canada

 

 

Blogs, comment and opinion

Minimum unit pricing and harmful drinking: Mixed findings should not override the bigger picture

The Scottish Government introduced minimum unit pricing (MUP) for alcohol on the 1st May 2018. There is good evidence that increasing alcohol prices is among the most effective and cost-effective ways to reduce alcohol consumption and related harms, and that MUP targets price increases on the cheapest alcohol that is favoured by the highest risk drinkers. However, we know much less about how those drinking at harmful levels, and particularly those with alcohol dependence actually respond to price increases | IAS blog, UK

Canadian Decriminalisation Efforts Fall Short of Serious Change

In early June, the Canadian federal government announced the launch of a three-year trial in British Columbia (BC) starting on January 31st 2023, creating an exemption in the Controlled Substances Act that would effectively decriminalise the possession of several drugs | Talking Drugs, UK

If only the Propaganda Machine had Paid Attention to the Humanitarian Crisis Emanating from the War on Drugs

The violent impact of the American War on Drugs has resulted in the death of hundreds of thousands of Colombians and the displacement of millions more that have either inundated the urban centers of the country or simply left the Colombia | Points blog, USA