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Weekly news - 27th May 2022

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Illegal Drug Use Committee - video

Commons Home Affairs Committee session on illegal drug use, with evidence from academics, as well as members of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, from Wednesday 18 May | BBC, UK

SDF Publish Report on the Experiences of Those Who Have Provided Emergency Help to Someone Experiencing an Overdose

Providing emergency help to someone having an overdose: your experiences is based on the survey responses of 285 people who have provided emergency help. This included support workers, healthcare professionals, emergency services workers, family members, and members of the public | SDF, UK

Legal smoking age in England could be raised to 21 – report

The legal smoking age in England could reportedly be raised from 18 to 21 after a “radical” review into plans to make the country smoke-free by 2030 | Guardian, UK

LGA: Illegal cigarettes risk widening health disparities during cost-of-living crisis 

Certainty over long-term funding for council public health services is needed to meet the 2030 ambition and eradicate the social and geographical inequalities in smoking. Local authorities’ public health grant has seen a reduction of £1 billion since 2015/16, adversely affecting councils’ ability to invest in services and functions that prevent ill health, reduce health inequalities, and support a sustainable health and social care system, including smoking cessation and tobacco control | LGA, UK

Retail sales jump in April driven by cigarettes and alcohol

Sales of alcohol and tobacco were the main driver behind a surprise rise in overall UK retail sales in April | BBC, UK

Addiction: The Road to Recovery - video

An exploration of a new approach to helping people dependent on drugs and alcohol being trialled in the north west of England | BBC, UK

Wirral Ways to Recovery, Change Grow Live, feature as pioneering drug and alcohol service in new BBC Documentaries (PDF)

A two-part documentary, broadcast this weekend, highlighted how Change Grow Live – the UK’s largest provider of drug and alcohol treatment services – Wirral Ways to Recovery Village is bringing about landmark changes to substance misuse and mental health support | Change Grow Live, UK

Is it time to move on with safe drug consumption in Scotland?

A new effort to establish drug consumption rooms in Scotland against the wishes of the Home Office has been launched | BBC, UK

Online Alcohol Sales & Deliveries: A survey of young people in Scotland (PDF)

This report presents the findings of a survey - conducted by Alcohol Focus Scotland (AFS) in February-March 2022 - which asked children and young people about their views and experiences of online alcohol sales and deliveries | Alcohol Focus Scotland, UK

Medical cannabis plea for boy, three

A mother whose three-year-old son has up to 80 seizures a day wants the NHS to prescribe him cannabis | BBC, UK

Edinburgh Cabbies to Carry Naloxone

Central Taxis – in partnership with the Scottish Ambulance Service, Scottish Drugs Forum, Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs, and Edinburgh Alcohol and Drug Partnership – will now equip some of their drivers with naloxone | SDF, UK

Pregnancy: Alcoholic Drinks

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to increase research into the effect of alcohol on (a) pregnant women and (b) their unborn babies | They work for you, UK

New explorer tool offers access to over 20 years of ESPAD data

Today, the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) is launching a new data explorer tool, allowing access to over 20 years of ESPAD data on substance use among 15-16-year-old students. ESPAD is the largest cross-national research project on adolescent substance use in the world, bringing together independent research teams in over 40 European countries. Developed by the National Research Council of Italy (CNR), the new tool holds data collected between 1995 and 2019 | EMCDDA, Portugal

Drugs policy minister says that methadone 'should not be stigmatised' 

Methadone should not be stigmatised in treating people for drug addiction, MSPs have heard | STV, UK

Sue Gray report: Drunken No 10 party culture in lockdown laid bare

Staff partied in Downing Street while the rest of the UK was in lockdown, with the approval of their bosses, according to Sue Gray's report | BBC, UK