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Approved Premises (Substance Testing) Bill

The Approved Premises (Substance Testing) Bill is a private member’s bill that would create a statutory framework for drugs testing in approved premises, including testing for psychoactive substances and the abuse of prescription and pharmacy medicines. The bill received cross-party support in the House of Commons | House of Lords Library, UK

Deaths due to drug-related causes 2010 - 2020 - Press Release (PDF)

There were 218 drug-related deaths registered in Northern Ireland in 2020. Over half (55.5%) of these deaths were of men aged 25-44 | NISRA, UK

Drug-Related and drug-misuse deaths in Northern Ireland, 2020 (PDF)

This report presents statistics on Northern Ireland (NI) drug-related mortality in 2020. Figures are based on deaths registered in NI that are known to be drug-related or a direct consequence of drug misuse | NISRA, UK

Drug-related deaths more than double in decade in Northern Ireland

The number of drug-related deaths in Northern Ireland has more than doubled over the last 10 years, official figures show | BBC, UK

National naloxone programme Scotland - Quarterly monitoring bulletin

During 2021/22 Quarter 2 (1 July 2021 to 30 September 2021) 7,219 Take-Home Naloxone (THN) kits were issued | Public Health Scotland, UK

Public Health: Media Advertising - Question

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to assess (1) the impact on public health of advertising in the media, and (2) whether the tax system regarding such advertisements could be restructured to improve both physical and mental health outcomes | They work for you, UK

Edinburgh mother welcomes announcement of clinical trials for medicinal cannabis

A campaigning Edinburgh mum has welcomed a UK Government promise of clinical trials for medicinal cannabis | Edinburgh News, UK

Alcohol Alert - February 2022 - podcast

Wine bottles contain 0-15 teaspoons of sugar; Lords' demands better product labelling; Alcohol industry lobbies via WTO; Utah's lower drink drive limit saves lives | IAS, UK

Being a Scottish Early Career Researcher in the drugs research field

Wed, 30 March 2022, 13:00 – 15:00 BST. Being a Scottish Early Career Researcher in the drugs research field: Creating the best conditions for an ECR to flourish | DRNS, UK

Working with survivors of CSA who experience addiction issues

15th and 22nd March. Training exploring child sexual abuse and substance use for workers supporting survivors in Scotland | SDF, UK

Manchester and Sefton gang leaders who swapped cars for drugs jailed

Two men who imported huge quantities of cocaine and cannabis, swapped amphetamines for cars and used fellow criminals' families to launder their profits have been jailed | BBC, UK



International news

All tobacco product sales should be banned to people under 21, Oireachtas to hear

Royal College of Physicians to make case for increasing age of sale for items, including vaping | Irish Times, Ireland

Alcohol used as 'coping mechanism' during lockdown as deaths from the drug soar

Deaths from alcohol have shot up by more than a third over the last decade and are now at their highest on record, figures (PDF) from the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (Nisra) show | Irish News, Ireland

Expert discusses the rise of fentanyl deaths nationwide, how they can be averted

The number of people dying from fentanyl is continuing to spike, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that has seen a significant rise of opioid-related deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic | Medical Xpress, USA

How the density of bars, restaurants affects parents’ alcohol use

Past research has shown that people drink more frequently and drink higher amounts of alcohol when they have more bars and restaurants in the neighborhoods where they live. But a new study, focusing on parents of young children, suggests it isn’t just where people live that’s important – it also matters where they spend their time | Ohio State News, USA

Mindfulness therapy may reduce opioid misuse and chronic pain

Results from a new clinical trial demonstrate that an eight-week mindfulness-based therapy—Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE)—decreased opioid use and misuse while reducing chronic pain symptoms, with effects lasting as long as nine months | Medical Xpress, USA

Harm Reduction and Liberation for Black Trans Drug Users in Brazil

More transgender people are murdered in Brazil than any other country in the world. Though the government criminalized queer- and transphobia three years ago, violent attacks within the country have continued to rise. 2021 was Brazil’s deadliest year on record, with the country representing one-third of the world’s reported murders of gender variant people | Filter Magazine, USA

New Turning Point research maps out strategies to respond to stigma

Illicit drug use disorders are the most stigmatised health conditions worldwide, and stigma acts as a meaningful barrier to treatment entry and provision | Turning Point, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

The neuroscience of imposter MDMA pills

The summer of 2021 was a liberation for many of us. Clubs, festivals and parties opened after months in the dark. We could dance and laugh together again. We exchanged cheeky glances with strangers on the dancefloor. We could also take drugs with our friends again. Enjoy the highs together, and make the lows more bearable with the most wholesome company | Drugs and Me blog, UK

Staring into the Abyss: Examining Venezuela’s Drug Policies

Venezuelan drug policy is an abyss: difficult to look in from the outside, and challenging to understand the entire picture. There is little and unreliable data on almost every aspect of the political landscape due to Maduro’s dictatorship. Their drug policy is not an exception | Talking Drugs, UK