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The UK’s first regular drug checking service set to launch in Bristol this month

The UK’s first Home Office licensed regular drug checking service is set to launch in Bristol this month, delivered by leading non-profit harm reduction organisation The Loop. In partnership with Bristol City Council, The Loop will be bringing its pioneering service, which combines personalised health advice with drug testing, to central Bristol | The Loop, UK

Alcohol Labelling Guidelines: Best practice guidance for communicating alcohol and health-related information (PDF)

The purpose of this document is to provide producers and packagers of alcoholic beverages with best practice guidance on how to communicate alcohol and health-related information to consumers, across multiple channels | Portman Group, UK

Will Young: Losing My Twin Rupert - video

Singer Will Young lived with his twin's alcoholism for over 20 years, until Rupert died in 2020. Will's shockingly honest and moving film explores the pain and drama of a loved one's addiction | Channel 4, UK

Darren McGarvey's Addictions - video

Darren McGarvey explores Scotland’s dangerous love affair with alcohol. At the liver unit in Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, Darren shadows Dr Mathis Heydtmann to see first hand how Scotland’s obsession with alcohol is causing us deadly harm | BBC Scotland, UK

Research project to improve service provision for South Asian women seeking interviewees

AVA (Against Violence & Abuse) is working with Manchester Metropolitan University to recruit South Asian women for sensitive 1-1 interviews as part of their research project exploring South Asian women’s experiences of alcohol and/or drug use where substances have led to difficulties or problems in their lives. The aim of the study is to improve service provision for South Asian women. AVA is looking to recruit 10 women from South Asian backgrounds who identify as having/had a problematic relationship with alcohol to take part in interviews over the summer | AVA, UK

West Midlands: Take Drugs Seriously

Wed, May 25, 2022, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM BST. Birmingham. Drugs can be dangerous but does banning them cause more harm than good? | J Slater, UK

Royal Marine Commandos jailed over £300k drugs operation

Grant Broadfoot, 29, and Stuart Bryant, 31, were caught using a Ministry of Defence-owned van to transport cannabis from England to Scotland in June 2020 | BBC, UK

Tension over Nitrous oxide preceded Lymington stab murder, court hears

"Bickering" over a nitrous oxide canister led to a rise in tension before a fatal stabbing outside a Royal British Legion Club, a court has heard | BBC, UK



International news

More than half of prescriptions for medicinal cannabis in Australia given in Queensland, study says

Anxiety and sleep disorders were some reasons given for prescriptions despite lack of evidence for cannabis treatment, researchers find | Guardian, UK

Fathers’ alcohol consumption and risk of substance-related disorders in offspring [Sweden]

[Open access] Few studies have assessed how children are affected by parental alcohol consumption without clinically diagnosed alcohol problems, especially in relation to more long-term and severe consequences. The aim is to investigate how fathers’ alcohol use is related to the risk for substance-related disorders in offspring | DAD, UK

Outreach drug project in Dublin looks to expand to Limerick

The Ana Liffey Drug Project, which is based in both cities, operates the project with gardaí in Dublin City centre, who refer drug users engaged in antisocial behaviour to it | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Reducing the harm from alcohol – by regulating cross-border alcohol marketing, advertising and promotion: a technical report

This comprehensive report details the full extent of the way that alcohol is being marketed across national borders – often by digital means – and often regardless of the social, economic or cultural environment in receiving countries. It highlights how increasingly sophisticated advertising and promotion techniques, including linking alcohol brands to sports and cultural activities, sponsorships and use of e-mails, SMS and social media, are being used to increase customer loyalty and gain new customers | WHO, Denmark

2022 Reitox week kicks off with a focus on young people

Representatives of candidate, potential candidate and neighbouring countries of the EU are joining members of the EMCDDA’s Reitox network this week (10–13 May) for the agency’s tenth Reitox week | EMCDDA, Portugal

Comparative Effectiveness Associated With Buprenorphine and Naltrexone in Opioid Use Disorder and Cooccurring Polysubstance Use

This comparative effectiveness study evaluated 179 280 individuals with OUD using insurance claims. Individuals with OUD and co-occurring SUDs were less likely to receive buprenorphine and more likely to receive extended-release naltrexone than peers without polysubstance use; buprenorphine and extended-release naltrexone were comparable in their protective associations with drug-related poisonings in both populations | JAMA Network Open, USA

Mental health and substance use among adolescents experiencing homelessness in the US

More than 1 in 20 U.S. high school students experienced homelessness in 2016 and 2017, according to a 2018 report from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. While the circumstances surrounding these adolescents' homelessness are undoubtedly stressful and traumatic, few reliable and large-scale assessments of the psychiatric burden among homeless teens are available | Medical Xpress, USA

Effective anti-vaping advertisements can have the greatest impact on teens

Effective anti-vaping advertisements geared to teens have the greatest impact when they emphasize the adverse consequences and harms of vaping e-cigarettes, use negative imagery, and avoid memes, hashtags and other "teen-centric" communication styles, according to a first-of-its-kind study by researchers at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center | News Medical, USA

Hawaii Bill to Ban Flavored Vapes Awaits Governor’s Signature

On May 3, the Hawaii House of Representatives passed legislation that would ban the sale of flavored vaping products. Previously passed by the Senate, the bill now moves to the desk of Governor David Ige, a Democrat. If he signs it, Hawaii will become the fifth state to prohibit flavored e-cigarettes, joining Rhode Island, New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts | Filter Magazine, USA

The Front Page: Has the Government lost control of vaping?

Vaping brands arrived in New Zealand under the auspices of helping New Zealanders quit smoking. And while they have certainly played a role in that, they've also contributed to an entirely new generation hooked on nicotine | NZ Herald, New Zealand



Blogs, comment and opinion

Changing Futures Launch Event 2022

In 2021, Phoenix Futures’ Essex Managers and Business Development team worked with their commissioners to submit a bid to the Changing Futures fund – a 3-year, £64 million programme aiming to assist disadvantaged adults - and were one of the 15 areas in the country to be successful | Phoenix Futures blog, UK

Taking Action on Addiction CEO blog

The remarkable work of Faces and Voices of Recovery UK never ceases to amaze us and we are very proud to have them as a partner in the Taking Action on Addiction campaign. Now, FAVOR UK's CEO Annemarie Ward updates us on their incredible work so far in 2022 | Action on Addiction blog, UK

Ending the war on drugs: tackling the injustice of our current policy

The UK has the highest drug death rate in Europe, three times higher than the next country on the list, Germany. Drug deaths are at an all-time high, rising year-on-year. At Cranstoun, we believe there is a way to tackle this tragedy – and now | Centre Thinktank, UK

What is fentanyl and why is it behind the deadly surge in US drug overdoses? A medical toxicologist explains

Buying drugs on the street is a game of Russian roulette. From Xanax to cocaine, drugs or counterfeit pills purchased in nonmedical settings may contain life-threatening amounts of fentanyl | Conversation, USA

Psychedelics in the treatment of substance use disorders: the case of ibogaine for the treatment of opioid dependence

This post by Anny Ortiz is the first in our Pharmaceutical Inequalities series. She explores the existing research landscape of psychedelics and then draws upon her own lived experience of working in a treatment center that offered ibogaine-assisted detoxification to discuss the affordances and unanswered questions of using psychedelics in treatment | Points blog, USA