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DrugWise Weekly - 17th September 2021



In date order, Monday to Friday

Electronic Cigarettes

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to implement the recommendation from the All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health to make the route to medicinal licensing fit-for- purpose to allow e-cigarettes to be authorised for NHS prescription | They work for you, UK

Oral Tobacco

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will undertake a comparative assessment of the scientific evidence on the impact on health of (a) the use of smokeless tobacco products, such as Swedish snus and (b) smoking as part of the Tobacco and Related Products Review | They work for you, UK

Early CT scans deliver huge fall in lung cancer deaths, study shows

Experts say screening smokers and ex-smokers would significantly reduce mortality rate from disease | Guardian, UK

Could ketamine be a cure for some mental health problems? - audio

You may know it as an illegal party drug. But there’s growing research to suggest that psychedelic drugs could be used , in a clinical setting, as treatments for depression, addiction and PTSD | Channel 4, UK

Refractory epilepsy treatment containing THC approved for UK patients

This is the first time that the UK authorities have approved an an epilepsy treatment containing THC | Cannabis Health, UK

Legal regulation of drugs through a social justice lens

15 key priorities to be included in legal regulation policy that will directly impact and strengthen sustainable development and global equity | Health Poverty Action, UK

Suspected drug deaths in Scotland: April to June 2021

Suspected drug deaths during the first six months of 2021 fell very slightly but were at a similar level to those recorded during the first six months of 2020. Overall, there continues to be an upward trend in suspected drug deaths over the period for which data is available | Scottish Government, UK

'Several' taken ill at Parklife amid warnings about 'Pharaoh pills' - that appear identical, but have different contents

Contents in the pills have been 'linked to medical incidents in UK festivals and nightlife venues', says a drug checking group | Manchester Evening News, UK

Shop displays of e-cigarettes and smoking paraphernalia could undermine effectiveness of banning tobacco displays

Efforts to discourage people from smoking by banning tobacco retail displays in shops and supermarkets could be weakened by prominent displays of electronic (e) cigarettes and smoking paraphernalia, suggests new research led by the universities of Bristol and Cambridge | University of Bristol, UK

World Anti-Doping Agency to review banned status of cannabis for athletes

An advisory group to the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) will review whether cannabis should remain a banned substance, a move that comes after American track and field star Sha’Carri Richardson missed the Tokyo Games after testing positive for it | Guardian, UK

Modelling the impact of increased alcohol taxation on alcohol-attributable cancers in the WHO European Region

Reducing the alcohol-attributable cancer burden in the WHO European Region is a public health priority. This study aims to estimate the number of potentially avoidable cancers in countries of the WHO European Region in 2019 for three scenarios in which current excise duties on alcoholic beverages were increased by 20%, 50%, or 100% | Lancet, UK

Electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation

Some people who smoke use Electronic cigarettes (ECs) to stop or reduce smoking, but some organizations, advocacy groups and policymakers have discouraged this, citing lack of evidence of efficacy and safety. People who smoke, healthcare providers and regulators want to know if ECs can help people quit and if they are safe to use for this purpose. This is an update conducted as part of a living systematic review | Cochrane Library, UK

Sajid Javid promises health shake-up to fight ‘disease of disparity’

Minister says ‘levelling up’ efforts will start with redressing imbalance in healthcare services | Guardian, UK

Living with alcohol related brain damage in Scotland – new report

A new report from the Mental Welfare Commission finds people with alcohol related brain damage living in care homes where they are much younger than other residents; compelled to live in a setting they would never choose | Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland, UK

Campaigner Peter Krykant's drugs consumption van to be moved to England

The Abulance converted into a drugs consumption room (DCR) in Glasgow is to be taken over by an English charity and used as a centrepiece of its campaign for a shift in drug policy | Scotsman, UK

'Spice' withdrawal symptoms more severe than cannabis – new study

Research published today by psychologists at the University of Bath suggests that 'Spice' – which contains synthetic drugs originally designed to mimic the effects of cannabis—is more harmful than cannabis and that users are likely to experience more severe withdrawal symptoms when attempting to quit | Medical Xpress, UK