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Weekly news - 25th March 2022


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Policy paper: People at the Heart of Care: adult social care reform

The Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID) will focus the whole health family on delivering greater action on prevention and – working with a new cross-government ministerial board on prevention – drive and support the whole of government to go further in improving health and tackling health disparities, addressing the wider drivers of good health, from employment to housing and education to the environment. OHID will tackle the top preventable risk factors for poor health, including obesity, smoking and alcohol | DHSC, UK

European Commission adopts measures to control two harmful new drugs amidst health concerns and surge in supply

The European Commission has adopted measures to control two harmful new psychoactive substances (NPS) across the EU. The substances in question —
3-methylmethcathinone (3-MMC) and 3-chloromethcathinone (3-CMC) — are both synthetic cathinones, which have been raising concerns in Europe | EMCDDA, Portugal

Women and young adults propel huge rise in use of anti-anxiety drugs

Findings are based on analysis of care given to almost 2.6 million adults across UK from 2003 to 2018 | Guardian, UK

General practice addiction nurses effective in treating alcohol problems

Embedding specialist addiction nurses within general practice teams can help address drug and alcohol problems in deprived areas, according to a study published by the Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) | Nursing in Practice, UK

Review to establish greater strategic coherence for UK legal cannabis

The Hodges Review has been launched to review regulation and public policy relating to the UK’s industry | Cannabis Wealth, UK

Alcohol retail sales data and population level consumption

Alcohol sales data are widely regarded as offering the most accurate means of estimating population-level alcohol consumption. Public Health Scotland uses retail sales data as part of the Monitoring and Evaluating Scotland’s Alcohol Strategy (MESAS) programme and has today published two reports examining the data | Public Health Scotland, UK

Drugs Commission Two Year Review

Dundee partners are reaffirming their commitment to cut the city’s drug death toll, as the Dundee Drugs Commission delivers a review of progress on its original recommendations. You can download the Commission's full report - Time for Kindness, Compassion and Hope. The Need for Action Two Years Onand supporting evidence | Dundee City Council, UK

What are LGBTQ+ people’s experiences of alcohol services in Scotland? A qualitative study of service users and service providers

This research investigates the experiences of LGBTQ+ people who have used alcohol services in Scotland, and the views of service providers. We will explore how services can be made more inclusive to more effectively support the LGBTQ+ community | SHAAP, UK

Alcohol strategy (No. 2): EDM (Early Day Motion)1109: tabled on 22 March 2022

That this House notes that ten years have passed since the last Alcohol Strategy was published on 23 March 2012; recalls that, although the Government announced plans for a new strategy on 8 May 2018, this was not forthcoming; recognises that, since then, the initiatives of the Alcohol Charter, published on 16 October 2018 by APPGs and the Commission on Alcohol Harm report, published on 19 April 2021, provided an informed and widely supported basis for a new strategy; notes with concern that approximately 70 people in the UK die every day from an alcohol-related cause; and calls on the Government to prioritise the introduction of a new strategy | Parliament.uk, UK

Effects of multi-component programmes in preventing sales of alcohol to intoxicated patrons in nightlife settings in the United Kingdom

[Open access] This study estimates the association between sales of alcohol to pseudo-intoxicated patrons and implementation of three multi-component interventions in four nightlife settings | Addictive Behaviors Reports, UK

Development and roll-out of ‘SURE’ to measure recovery from alcohol/drug dependence

‘Recovery’ is central to addiction treatment policy and practice, and increasingly services are being asked to demonstrate that they are enabling people ‘to recover’. Despite this, there has been no consensus on what recovery means or how to assess it. To address this issue, researchers at the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre developed and tested a new tool for measuring addiction recovery - the Substance Use Recovery Evaluator (SURE) | NIHR, UK

New partnership launched with the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), King's College London and COMPASS Pathways

South London and Maudsley has announced a new partnership to launch The Centre for Mental Health Research and Innovation to accelerate psychedelic research and develop new models of care for mental health in the UK. Research will initially focus on COMPASS’s investigational COMP360 psilocybin therapy and supportive technologies, and will also cover other novel therapeutic approaches being researched and developed by COMPASS, in areas of significant unmet mental health need including treatment-resistant depression (TRD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anorexia nervosa | SLAM.NHS, UK

North East experts demand a new 'long overdue' Government alcohol action plan

Health campaigners in the North East are calling for a new evidence-based government action plan with the worst rate of alcohol related deaths in the region | Chronicle, UK

Price of cigarettes and alcohol WON'T change as Sunak leaves them out of Spring Statement

Chancellor Rishi Sunak did not mention tobacco or alcohol duty - meaning prices won't rise - when he delivered his "mini Budget" Spring Statement to MPs in the House of Commons this afternoon | Mirror, UK

Penalties for drug law offences in Europe at a glance

Updated with new Countries. On this page you can examine and compare the penalties, or rehabilitative responses, for the core offences of drug use, possession for personal use, and supply-related offences, across countries in Europe. It also allows you to see how those penalties vary according to the type or quantity of the drug, and the addiction or recidivism of the offender | EMCDDA, Portugal