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Scottish drug misuse database

This release by Public Health Scotland presents the information available from the Scottish Drug Misuse Database (SDMD) on people presenting for initial assessment at specialist drug treatment services in 2020/21. Information from the full first year of the COVID-19 pandemic are presented and the impact of this is discussed in more detail within the full report | Public Health Scotland, UK

Publication of the drug misuse prevention review

The report "Preventing drug use among vulnerable groups of people", commissioned by the Home Office, has been published by the ACMD... | ACMD, UK

Building teenagers’ resilience to say 'No' to smoking

A training programme to help teenagers say “No” if they are offered a cigarette or asked to vape is being offered to schools under a licensing deal signed by the University | University of Leeds, UK

Darren McGarvey's Addictions - Drugs - video

Darren uncovers why Scotland has the highest drug-related death rate in Europe. He begins his journey on the front line of the drug crisis by spending a shift with the ambulance service during a busy Friday evening in Glasgow. He then travels to Fife, where he is trained to use Naloxone, a life-saving treatment that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose, and meets Reece, who has been saved by the treatment twice | BBC, UK

Magazines as contradictory spaces for alcohol messaging: a mixed method content and thematic analysis of UK women’s magazine representations of alcohol and its consumption

[Open access] Women’s magazines provide a space in which gendered norms around alcohol-related practice are (re)-produced. They act as important points of reference for women to draw upon in their own understandings of alcohol use within their identity making. Studying the alcohol-related messages women’s magazines disseminate is therefore an important line of inquiry | DEPP, UK

Psychedelics as potential catalysts of scientific creativity and insight

[Open access] Creativity, that is the creation of ideas or objects considered both novel and valuable, is among the most important and highly valued of human traits, and a fundamental aspect of the sciences. Dreams and hypnagogic states have been highly influential in promoting scientific creativity and insight, contributing to some important scientific breakthroughs | Drug Science, Policy and Law, UK

Scottish Drug Deaths Taskforce: Research Fund Dissemination Event 7th June

Tue, 7 June 2022, 10:00 – 12:00 BST. Event showcasing the work of projects funded through the DDTF Research Fund | DRNS, UK

Recovery hostel open day - Acorn House

Acorn House is our 16-bed hostel offering a therapeutic addiction recovery programme for homeless men. We're hosting an open day on Thursday 23rd of June. Our teams will show you around, tell you about our recovery programme and the referral process, and we’ll be here to answer any of your questions. Sign up here | SCT, UK


International news

Tobacco and alcohol as factors for male infertility—a public health approach

The study of reproductive characteristics of 430 male subjects of different age, fertility status and educational level who were involved in the program of extracorporeal fertilization at the Clinic of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Clinical Centre Niš, examined their knowledge, attitudes and behavior regarding tobacco and alcohol consumption as lifestyle risk predictors of their partial or full infertility | Journal of Public Health, UK

Inside the Dispute Over a High-Profile Psychedelic Study

A recent paper offered a theory on how psilocybin works to treat depression. Before long, there were memes and accusations of unprofessionalism | VICE, UK

Mac Miller: Second drug supplier sentenced to 17 years in prison for giving rapper fentanyl-laced pills

A second person involved in supplying fentanyl-laced pills to late rapper Mac Miller has been sentenced to more than 17 years in prison | Independent, UK

Michael K Williams wouldn’t ‘knowingly take fentanyl’, nephew says: ‘I know that like I know my first name’

‘The Wire’ star died in September of accidental drug overdose | Independent, UK

Engaging and Impacting the Universal Periodic Review: Guidance for People who Use Drugs

Join INPUD on 25th May , 13:00 CEST – 14:30 CEST for a webinar on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), a key human rights mechanism where the human rights record of States are reviewed in five year cycles by other States as well as through civil society contributions such as shadow reports | INPUD, UK

Scientists are developing patch that warns of oncoming drug overdose

With the United States facing an epidemic of drug overdoses, researchers are developing a wearable patch that can detect an oncoming opioid OD and deliver doses of a drug that could save lives | Medical Xpress, USA


MDMB-5Br-INACA is classified as a synthetic cannabinoid. Synthetic cannabinoids have been reported to cause psychoactive effects similar to delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) | NPS Discovery, USA


ADB-5Br-INACA is classified as a synthetic cannabinoid. Synthetic cannabinoids have been reported to cause psychoactive effects similar to delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) | NPS Discovery, USA

When Safe Injection Sites Close, Subway Becomes Next Best Stop

Two uptown subway stations in particular are the default go-to for users when the OnPoint NYC overdose prevention centers close at 8 p.m., locals and officials say | The City, USA

More nuance in liquor licensing can serve public health

A new toolkit that provides data on alcohol-related harm and licensed premises helps new liquor license applications be considered within their local health context, a UNSW alcohol policy researcher says | Medical Xpress, USA

Sydney news: NSW Health cracking down on illegal vaping, warning large fines apply

The state government is taking a "zero-tolerance approach" to illegal vaping, announcing it has seized more than $1 million worth of illegal e-cigarettes and liquids this year | abc.net.au, Australia



Blogs, comment and opinion

Expert reaction to study looking at e-cigarettes versus nicotine patches for smoking cessation in pregnant women who smoke

A study published in Nature Medicine looks at e-cigarettes vs nicotine patches in helping pregnant women who smoke quit | SMC, UK

The Invisible Battle in the Ukraine War

While the Russian invasion of Ukraine has raged on for almost two months, TalkingDrugs spoke with several organisations working on the ground in Ukraine to understand the reality of the looming pain and treatment crisis brought about by the sudden lack of stable access to OST. All organisations contacted were a fantastic example of resilience in the face of adversity, and a stark reminder of how consistent access to health services is a lifeline for many | Talking Drugs, UK