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Health profiles for English regions: 2021

These profiles bring together data and knowledge to give a broad picture of health in the nine English regions. The reports provide a regional view of health and indicators presented in the Health Profile for England 2021. [Includes risk profiles associated with ill health, such as smoking, alcohol and other drug use] | OHID, UK

Medication Assisted Treatment Standards

The next item of business is a statement by Angela Constance on medication assisted treatment standards | They work for you, UK

Glasgow drug consumption room moves step closer to opening

Drug consumption rooms in Scotland moved a step closer on Thursday after the Scottish Government asked the country’s top law officer to consider a new bid for a service in Glasgow | Herald, UK

FDA ban on Juul e-cigarettes temporarily halted

The company requested the hold while it appeals the sales ban which would have required it to immediately halt its business | Guardian, UK

Australia’s first fixed pill testing site to launch in Canberra with hopes of sparking a national initiative

Organisers say the centre is a ‘real watershed’ moment and will open two nights a week from 19 July | Guardian, UK

Hodges Review: a review of UK public policy; regulatory stewardship of the legal cannabis industry

In February this year following a series of meetings with Ministers, advisers and senior officials in Whitehall the Centre of Medicinal Cannabis and the Association for the Cannabinoid Industry commissioned Oxford University’s Professor Christopher Hodges to oversee a comprehensive review of the UK legal cannabinoid industry with a particular regard to how public policy and regulation can support the sector’s growth and development. [Please note that to receive the report you must enter an email address on the website linked to above] | Hodges Review, UK

UNODC World Drug Report 2022 highlights trends on cannabis post-legalization, environmental impacts of illicit drugs, and drug use among women and youth

Cannabis legalization in parts of the world appears to have accelerated daily use and related health impacts, according to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)’s World Drug Report 2022. Released today, the report also details record rises in the manufacturing of cocaine, the expansion of synthetic drugs to new markets, and continued gaps in the availability of drug treatments, especially for women | UNODC, Austria

Three men's deaths in Birmingham related to new synthetic drug

The three deaths in Birmingham, since October 2021, happened after the men took opioid N-pyrrolidino etonitazene | BBC, UK

Interim monitoring report on statutory funded residential rehabilitation placements

This is the third report on Residential Rehabilitation within the Monitoring and Evaluation Programme led by Public Health Scotland. The report presents information on the number of Alcohol and Drug Partnership statutory funded placements into residential rehabilitation, with estimated costs, that were approved between 1st April 2021 and 31st March 2022 | Public Health Scotland, UK

National drug and alcohol treatment waiting times: 1 January 2022 to 31 March 2022

This data release by Public Health Scotland reports on waiting times for people accessing specialist drug and alcohol treatment services between 1 January and 31 March 2022. In 2011, the Scottish Government set a Standard that 90% of people referred for help with problematic drug or alcohol use will wait no longer than three weeks for specialist treatment that supports their recovery | Public Health Scotland, UK

Realising our rights: How to protect people from alcohol marketing (PDF)

Exposure to alcohol marketing causes consumption. Alcohol marketing encourages positive attitudes towards alcohol, influences our drinking behaviour and creates a culture where regular alcohol consumption is considered normal and desirable | Alcohol Focus Scotland, UK

Multiple disadvantage and co-occurring substance use and mental health conditions (PDF)

This briefing is informed by conversations with local areas from across the MEAM Approach and Fulfilling Lives networks, providing an in-depth understanding of the difficulties faced by support services - including homelessness, drug and alcohol and 3 mental health services - in meeting the needs of individuals with co-occurring conditions, as well as partnership-working, good practice and changes over time | MEAM, UK

All Party Parliamentary Group on Complex Needs and Dual Diagnosis: Alcohol Related Deaths – A Briefing Note (PDF)

Current data shows an increase in alcoho lrelated risk, consumption, hospitalisations and deaths. Guest speakers explored this unprecedented rise and the ways in which the government, services and society can help reduce the avoidable harm we continue to see | APPG, UK

Drugs Policy Committee - video

Coverage of the Home Affairs select committee session on drugs and drugs policy with evidence from the British Transport Police, the National Police Chief's Council and the National Crime Agency, from Wednesday 29 June | BBC Parliament, UK

Calls for overdose prevention centre to tackle Dundee drug deaths

Harm reduction charity Cranstoun is meeting with politicians this week to make the case for a facility in the city | STV, UK

Impact of public health team engagement in alcohol licensing on health and crime outcomes in England and Scotland: A comparative timeseries study between 2012 and 2019

Public health teams (PHTs) in England and Scotland engage to varying degrees in local alcohol licensing systems to try to reduce alcohol-related harms. No previous quantitative evidence is available on the effectiveness of this engagement. We aimed to quantify the effects of PHT engagement in alcohol licensing on selected health and crime outcomes | Lancet Regional Health, UK

Edinburgh council to consider trial of drug consumption room to tackle drug deaths

The city council is to investigate the feasibility of running an official trial of a drug consumption room in the Capital in a bid to cut deaths from overdoses | Edinburgh Evening News, UK

Germany seeks 'safety first' approach to legalizing cannabis

Germany is on the path to legalizing recreational marijuana use. Safety and public health will be top priorities in the upcoming legislation, the health minister has said | DW, Germany