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15 years after the smoking ban Government policy still lags behind public opinion

July 1st, 2022, is the fifteenth anniversary of the 2007 smokefree legislation that prohibited smoking inside public spaces such as offices, shops and pubs. Support for Government action on smoking has continued to grow since then, particularly among smokers, as demonstrated by a new report ‘Fifteen Smokefree Years’ summarising results from the annual survey carried out since 2007 by YouGov for ASH | ASH, UK

National Drug Treatment Reporting System 2015 – 2021 alcohol treatment data

In this bulletin, trends in treated problem alcohol use are described for the seven-year period from 2015 to 2021. The data are taken from the National Drug Treatment Reporting System (NDTRS), the national surveillance system that records and reports on cases of drug and alcohol treatment in Ireland | Health Research Board, Ireland

National Drug Treatment Reporting System 2015 – 2021 alcohol treatment data

In this bulletin, trends in treated problem alcohol use are described for the seven-year period from 2015 to 2021. The data are taken from the National Drug Treatment Reporting System (NDTRS), the national surveillance system that records and reports on cases of drug and alcohol treatment in Ireland | Health Research Board, Ireland

Mapping prevention systems in the European Neighbourhood Policy area: a baseline for future monitoring and responses (EU4MD briefing)

Between March and May 2021, the EU4Monitoring Drugs (EU4MD) project supported the mapping of national prevention systems in European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) area countries. This briefing describes the rationale and methodology of the prevention system mapping, presenting selected findings and highlighting key challenges encountered | EMCDDA, Portugal

Spiking: Government Response to the Committee’s Ninth Report of Session 2021–22

The Government is grateful to the committee for their consideration of this important issue. We are committed to developing a “victim-first” approach, and we are clear that spiking is an issue that can only be tackled through effective partnership working | Home Affairs Committee, UK

2022 Trend Reports - NPS Benzodiazepines, NPS Opioids, NPS Stimulants & Hallucinogens, and Synthetic Cannabinoids (PDF)

This report provides up-to-date information regarding the status of NPS benzodiazepine prevalence and positivity within the United States | NPS Discovery, USA

Statistics on Women's Smoking Status at Time of Delivery: England, Quarter 4, 2021-22

This report presents statistics on women’s smoking status at time of delivery, at Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Clinical Commissioning Region, Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP), and national levels. This release includes data for quarter 4 of 2021-22 alongside finalised data for the 2021-22 financial year | NHS Digital, UK

Open consultation: ‘Swift, Certain, Tough: New Consequences for Drug Possession’ white paper

This white paper sets out a tough, escalatory framework aimed at adults caught in possession of low levels of so-called recreational drugs. It includes a combination of proposals for legislation, as well as broader areas for reform. The results of this consultation will inform the government’s approach to reforming the way the criminal justice system deals with adult drug possession offences and to changing drug testing on arrest powers. This consultation closes at 11:59pm on 10 October 2022 | Home Office, UK

Changing Lives - Final Report (PDF)

Over the last three years, we in the Scottish Drug Deaths Taskforce have listened to the voices of people from across Scotland and beyond with lived and living experience of using drugs, families, service providers in the public, private and voluntary sectors, community representatives, those in our justice and emergency services, academics and many more. We have heard their stories and learned from their experience. Combined with findings from our examination of the evidence base, these stories and experiences are at the heart of our recommendations and actions | SDDTF, UK

Cocaine Insights (PDF)

The cocaine market presents a clear threat at global level. Well-defined locations of production in South America and large consumer markets in the Americas and Europe lead to trafficking routes from a circumscribed origin to specific, even if far-flung, destinations. While some parts of the world play a crucial role as transit regions, the routes, modalities and networks employed by criminal actors continue to evolve, diversify and become more efficient | UNODC, Austria

N-Propyl Butylone

N-Propyl butylone is classified as a novel stimulant and substituted cathinone. Substituted cathinones are modified based on the structure of cathinone, an alkaloid found in the Khat plant | NPS Discovery, USA

The COVID hangover: Addressing long-term health impacts of changes in alcohol consumption during the pandemic (PDF)

There has been an increase in the number of higher risk drinkers, and the heaviest drinkers have increased their consumption the most, which brings a risk of more alcohol-related health problems. Changes in alcohol consumption have continued beyond the national lockdowns of 2020 and 2021. There was a 20% increase in alcohol-specific deaths in England in 2020 compared with 2019, and this trend persisted through 2021. There have also been changes in healthcare access during the pandemic, which could mean other aspects of alcohol harm worsen but become less visible | IAS, UK

National drug related death database (Scotland)

The NDRDD includes 1,209 deaths which occurred in 2018, of which 1,154 were classed as non-intentional (in 2017, 899 of 956 deaths were non-intentional) | Public Health Scotland, UK

Detailed insight into drug-related deaths in Scotland seeks to inform collective response

In-depth analysis into drug-related deaths that were experienced in Scotland in 2017 and 2018 has been published by Public Health Scotland (PHS) today [Item below], providing insight into the lives of those who died and highlighting potential areas for future interventions | Public Health Scotland, UK