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Weekly news - 8th July 2022


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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

'Action needed' to help smokers with mental health issues quit

The Scottish Government have been urged to act to address the health inequalities impacting vulnerable Scots | STV, UK

Council to explore safe drug consumption centre trial

Councillors backed a proposal for officials to investigate the feasibility of trialling an Overdose Prevention Centre | STV, UK

Adolescents more vulnerable to cannabis addiction but not other mental health risks

Adolescents are over three times more vulnerable to developing a cannabis addiction than adults, but may not be at increased risk of other mental health problems related to the drug, finds a new study led by researchers from King's College London and UCL | Kings College London, UK

Residential Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Services

In 2005-06, 1,929 people were admitted to residential drug and alcohol services in Scotland but, in 2021-22, only 511 placements were approved. That is a drop of nearly 75 per cent | They work for you, UK

Dundee Drugs Commission

Earlier this week, I hosted some of the Dundee drugs commissioners here in Holyrood to allow MSPs to hear their testimony directly. Their deep frustration at the lack of progress in the delivery of their recommendations in both of the reports was palpable | They work for you, UK

Addiction: The faces of people fighting to break free and those helping

A teacher who found her daily tipple had turned into three bottles of wine is one of the increasing numbers of professionals seeking help for addiction. During the pandemic, rehab and recovery services said they saw an increase in white-collar workers turning to them for support | BBC, UK

Vaping is 'easily accessible', say sixth form students - audio

Four 18-year-old students tell us vaping is sociable & they have all left lessons for it | BBC, UK

EMCDDA webinar: Preparing for the future — applying a foresight approach in the drugs field

This webinar marks the official launch of the EMCDDA’s foresight toolkit for the drugs field entitled How to run a trends workshop in the drugs field. The event also aims to promote a foresight approach and increase foresight literacy among the EMCDDA’s stakeholders and to take stock of current initiatives in this area and reflect on possible ways forward | 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

Douglas Ross calls for law change to give people a right to recovery

Douglas Ross insisted the legislation could be a 'game-changer' in tackling Scotland's drugs deaths | STV News, UK

Heartbroken parents' emotional plea for change to dated law with 'blood on its hands'

Former addicts, ex-policemen and grieving parents have formed an unlikely alliance to take on Government ministers they say are ignoring mounting evidence that the UK drugs policy needs to change | Mirror, UK

Is Scotland the New Cocaine Capital? | High Society - video

Scotland has the highest level of cocaine consumption on the planet according to 2018 data. Scots take on average 1.2 grams of cocaine per session - double the global average. And this epidemic is adding to one of the world’s deadliest drug crises, with a new trend of cocaine injection on the rise | VICE, UK

Hangover pill on sale in UK ‘to help drinkers wake up feeling their best’

Myrkl works by rapidly breaking down alcohol in gut when taken at least an hour before drinking | Independent, UK

Pub numbers fall to lowest on record

The number of pubs in England and Wales continues to fall, hitting its lowest level on record, according to new research | BBC, UK

The population of people injecting drugs in the UK is getting older

The median age of people who inject opiates and crack cocaine is increasing in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland, according to a new study published in the journal Addiction. Based on survey data, the researchers concluded that the age of people currently injecting drugs, their age when they first started injecting drugs, and the number of years they had been injecting drugs have all increased | NAM Aidsmap, UK

Fears of growth in children vaping disposables backed up by new national survey

The annual YouGov youth survey for ASH carried out in March and published on July 7th shows current vaping among children 11-17 up from 4% in 2020 [2] to 7% in 2022. The proportion of children who admit ever having tried vaping has also risen from 14% in 2020 to 16% in 2022 | ASH, UK

Use of e-cigarettes among young people in Great Britain, 2022 - factsheet

This fact sheet examines the evolving youth use of e-cigarettes in Great Britain, in the context of changes in tobacco use and the regulation of e-cigarettes. July 2022 | ASH, UK