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Daily news - 23rd June 2022

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UK news

This report, commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care, draws on 60 interviews with commissioners, providers, and Public Health England representatives to provide a detailed analysis of the first quarter in which funding was available. Prominent themes include: the treatment context prior to the arrival of additional funding; plans to deploy the funding; barriers to implementation (prominently including national shortages of skilled staff); identified solutions; the challenges of one-year fixed-term funding; and the sustainability of initiatives should one-year funding end | University of York, The Kings Fund, UK

Residential rehabilitation pathways: lived experience interviews

Explores pathways into, through and out of residential rehabilitation from the perspective of those with lived experience of having accessed residential rehabilitation. Part of a wider suite of research exploring residential rehabilitation across Scotland | Scottish Government, UK

Mental health: Turning to illegal drugs during support wait

There are concerns young people with mental health problems could be trying to "self-medicate" with illegal drugs rather than seeking help | BBC, UK

MUP - Letter to Convenor of Scottish Parliament’s Health, Social Care and Sport Committee

This letter provides an update on the evaluation of Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) for alcohol. It was sent to the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee of the Scottish Parliament in June 2022 | Public Health Scotland, UK

#StigmaKills: Free Downloadable Campaign Resources

Since its launch in February, we have seen our #StigmaKills campaign go from strength to strength, and the NHS APA would like to thank everybody who has supported us so far in our pledge to end stigma. So that you can show your support and share the important message of our campaign, we have created a host of assets available for you to download to further show your support across your websites, organisations and social channels | NHS APA, UK

Alcoholic Drinks: Labelling

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to schedule a date for the launch of the alcohol calorie labelling consultation | They work for you, UK

Tobacco: Research

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Advancing Our Health: Prevention in the 2020s Green Paper published on 22 July 2019, if he will recommit to undertaking a call for independent research on heated tobacco products | They work for you, UK

Join the Anyone’s Child lobby of Parliament on 28th June 2022

28th June. A chance to meet your MP and talk about drug laws in the UK and how things could be improved | Anyone's Child, UK

Smokers in Central Bedfordshire are being targeted in a new health programme

The scheme is being backed by a great grandmother after it helped save her life | Leighton Buzzard Gazette, UK

Isle of Man 'overwhelmingly in favour' of medicinal cannabis facility following consultation

Peel NRE hopes to build a £100m science and innovation centre, which will include an indoor cultivation facilities and a new research campus near Cooil Road in Braddan | ITV, UK

Portsmouth drug-dealing teacher caught with cocaine banned

David Thorn was a maths teacher at the Portsmouth Academy when he was arrested by Hampshire Constabulary with the Class A drug in April 2019 | BBC, UK



International news

White House unveils plans to reduce nicotine in cigarettes

The White House on Tuesday unveiled the plans which could dramatically reduce cancer deaths - a goal of President Joe Biden's administration | BBC, UK

FDA to order Juul to take e-cigarettes off the market in the US – report

FDA had delayed decision in September as it weighed the public health impact of the products | Guardian, UK

‘Levelling up’ should include minimum alcohol prices, says WHO

[Possible paywall] There is 'compelling evidence' that the controversial policy would help to reduce deaths and inequalities, report claims | Telegraph, UK

2022 Global Day of Action: Ten years building sustainable alternatives to the ‘war on drugs’

28th June. The 2022 Global Day of Action marks a very special anniversary for the Support. Don’t Punish campaign. For a decade, campaigners in all corners of the world have mobilised decisively to counter the harmful ‘war on drugs’ and the many systems of violence and neglect at its heart, and to build sustainable alternatives based on harm reduction and decriminalisation | Support. Don't Punish, UK

What Thailand’s Legalization of Marijuana Means for Southeast Asia's War on Drugs

Southeast Asia, a region of 11 countries and some 680 million people, has long been infamous for having the strictest anti-drug laws in the world. But in a sign that regional leaders are mulling a new approach, Thailand became the first country in Asia last week to decriminalize marijuana for medical and other purposes | TIME, USA

Swiss to lift ban on medical use cannabis

Patients who are medically prescribed the drug will no longer need to seek exceptional permission from the health ministry | Medical Xpress, USA

My Overdose on “Benzo Dope” Was Part of a Current Wave

It’s hard to write a story about events of which you have almost no recollection. But as the days pass, bits and pieces have started to come back to me, together with the accounts of people who interacted with me before and after I overdosed on “benzo dope.” | Filter Magazine, USA



Blogs, comment and opinion

Why Harm Reduction Must be Part of Drug Education for Children

Fiona Spargo-Mabbs did everything any responsible parent should do to help their child navigate the confusing landscape of drugs and alcohol in adolescence. She maintained a safe space for son Daniel to talk about his thoughts and feelings surrounding the increasingly common situations in which drugs presented themselves and even took part in a six week course to ‘drug-proof’ your kids | Volteface, UK

£80 million investment

A review of the Government’s £80 million investment in treatment for drug users has shown that “non-existent staff and fragmented clinical services” were a major barrier to implementing improved practices for some of the most marginalised patients | Russell Webster, UK

America’s Low Nicotine Plan: Policy masterstroke or political quagmire?

On June 21, the United States Federal government announced its intention to develop a rule requiring deeply reduced nicotine levels in cigarettes on sale in the United States. This idea has been in circulation since first proposed in 1994 and was given a new lease of life in the FDA comprehensive plan in 2017 | Tobacco Reporter, USA