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Weekly news - 1st June 2022


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SDF Webinar - Providing emergency help to someone having an overdose: your experiences - video

An SDF survey of people who have acted to help people who have overdosed shows that people have immediate and ongoing support needs and how these are currently met. This webinar presented the survey findings and explored implications for policy and practice | SDF, UK

Up Close: Alcohol-related death figures hide the true damage caused by alcohol abuse

The 351 alcohol-related recorded deaths in Northern Ireland last year could be 10 times that figure, according to NI Coroner Joe McCrisken | ITV, UK

How a charity’s dedicated technicians are helping community pharmacies support drug users

Two charity-based technicians are working with more than 100 pharmacies in Lincolnshire to develop their substance misuse services | Chemist and Druggist, UK

DDN June 2022 issue out now

‘The role helped me build my self-esteem back up and I felt like I had some purpose again… It turned a very difficult time in my life into something meaningful.’ In our cover story to mark Volunteers’ Week (p6), contributors speak volumes about the value of being welcomed into the workplace and supported to gain new skills and career goals. Our other main focus is housing, because as Claire McCreanor points out (p18), ‘the correlation between insecure housing and substance use is sadly as strong as ever.’ | DDN, UK

Drug deaths: Right to Recovery Bill lodged at Holyrood

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross has lodged draft legislation at Holyrood to tackle drug deaths | BBC, UK

Residential rehabilitation: literature review

This paper forms part of a wider suite of research exploring residential rehabilitation across Scotland. It reviews the existing evidence from the Scottish, wider UK and international literatures pertaining to various aspects of residential rehabilitation as well as identifying research gaps | Scottish Government, UK

Drug Consumption Rooms and Public Health Policy: Perspectives of Scottish Strategic Decision-Makers

[Open access] There is widespread support for the introduction of Drug Consumption Rooms (DCRs) in Scotland as part of a policy response to record levels of drug-related harm. However, existing legal barriers are made more complex by the division of relevant powers between the UK and Scottish Governments. This paper reports on a national, qualitative study of key decision-makers in both local and national roles across Scotland. It explores views on the political barriers and enablers to the adoption of Drug Consumption Rooms and the potential role of these facilities in the wider treatment system | IJERPH, UK

Warning over spike in Cumbria drugs deaths

A recovering addict has urged drug users to seek help, following a spike in fatal overdoses in Cumbria. Twelve deaths in the past month have been linked to the misuse of controlled or illegal pharmaceutical-type drugs | BBC, UK

Alcohol-related liver disease mortality and missed opportunities in secondary care: A United Kingdom retrospective observational study

[Open access] Alcohol-related liver disease (ARLD) is a preventable cause of mortality. Historical epidemiological studies on ARLD often lack a detailed linked assessment of health-related contacts prior to death which limits understanding of opportunities for intervention. We aimed to analyse retrospective population-based data of all adult residents of Nottinghamshire dying from ARLD to determine the factors associated with delayed diagnosis of ARLD and the potential missed opportunities for interventions | Drug and Alcohol Review, UK

Even high doses of CBD don’t impact driving, study finds

Scientists caution that study only looked at CBD in isolation | Independent, UK

Coffee drinkers may be at lower risk of early death, study suggests

Even people who take sugar seem at lower risk, say experts, but results may be due to coffee drinkers being more affluent | Guardian, UK

Canada to decriminalize some drugs in British Columbia for three years

Policy aims to stem record number of overdose deaths by easing a fear of arrest by those who need help | Guardian, UK