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DrugWise Weekly - 22nd October 2021



In date order, Monday to Friday

Factors affecting primary care practitioners’ alcohol-related discussions with older adults: a qualitative study

[Open access] There are clear opportunities to support older people in primary care to make healthier decisions about alcohol. Dedicated time to address alcohol, training in identification of alcohol-related risks...and tailored interventions for older people, feasible to implement in practice settings, would help primary care practitioners to address older people’s alcohol use | BJGP, UK

Beyond the Green wants hemp on the agenda at COP26

Beyond the Green state that hemp should be high on the climate agenda, thanks to its potential to decarbonise multiple industries and combat climate change through carbon sequestration | Leafie, UK

Generating evidence on the use of Image and performance enhancing drugs in the UK: results from a scoping review and expert consultation by the Anabolic Steroid UK network

The use of anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS) and associated image and performance enhancing drugs (IPEDs) is now a global phenomenon. There is a need to develop evidence to support the development of interventions to prevent the commencement of use, to minimise the potential harms or to support those in their cessation of use | Harm Reduction Jounal, UK

Activists say battle with addiction inspired their radical reform Bill to help others

Steven Wishart and Annemarie Ward say new Bill could have saved them from years of misery and chaos | Daily Record, UK

Cocaine takes mental health toll on elderly

People as old as 90 are being treated for mental health issues due to extreme cocaine use, while in the over-60s this figure has risen more than five times in just 10 years | Sunday Express, UK

Research finds quitting smoking can slow progression of Multiple Sclerosis

New research into the impact of smoking on multiple sclerosis (MS) has found that quitting smoking may cause a slowing of mobility deterioration to match the rate of progression in people who’ve never smoked | Charity Today, UK

Taking Action On Addiction

Following the merger of The Forward Trust and Action on Addiction, the Taking Action On Addiction website has been launched, dedicated to the Taking Action on Addiction campaign and all of its activities including Addiction Awareness Week - October 18-24, 2021 | Action on Addiction

One hundred specialists call for WHO to change its hostile stance on tobacco harm reduction - new letter to FCTC delegates published

100 specialists in nicotine science, policy and practice have come together to call on the 182 parties (countries) to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control to take a more positive stance on tobacco harm reduction.  The letter pushes back against WHO’s misguided and unscientific drive for prohibition or excessive regulation and taxation of vaping products, heated and smokeless tobacco products, and novel oral nicotine products, such as pouches | Clive Bates, UK

The Chancellor should reform alcohol taxes in the Budget

Press reports suggest that the Chancellor is planning an overhaul of the UK’s system of alcohol duties. The current system, which raises about £12 billion a year, is certainly ripe for reform | IFS, UK

‘Smoking kills’ could be printed on every cigarette under new proposals

MPs propose raft of tough new measures aimed at getting more people to stop smoking | Guardian, UK

Duchess of Cambridge warns addiction can happen to anyone

"None of us are immune" to addiction, the Duchess of Cambridge warned as she highlighted the "devastating impact" of the pandemic on addiction rates | BBC, UK

Taking Action on Addiction - Don't Let Addiction Steal Their Dreams - video

Addiction is never anybody's childhood dream but it can happen to anyone, from all walks of life.  It cannot be treated by ignoring it or hiding it away.   Recovery is possible. Addiction doesn’t have to be the end of the story.   We can all Take Action on Addiction and stop it stealing any more childhood dreams.   Join the campaign at | Action on Addiction, UK

Cannabis: health and social response

This cannabis miniguide provides an overview of the most important aspects to consider when planning or delivering health and social responses to cannabis-related problems, and reviews the availability and effectiveness of the responses. It also considers implications for policy and practice | EMCDDA, Portugal

Boris Johnson to consider calls to legalise magic mushroom drug psilocybin

Tory MP Crispin Blunt urged the PM to review the law to allow more research into the drug's therapeutic qualities. Mr Blunt said it had "exciting potential" for the treatment of mental health conditions such as depression, trauma and addiction | BBC, UK

Drugs: Black Review

Question asked by Lord Moylan : To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of Dame Carol Black’s Review of drugs part two: prevention, treatment and recovery, published on 8 July | UK Parliament Hansard, UK

London ‘dragging its feet’ with drug reform as Sadiq Khan urged to deliver on election promise

London is “dragging its feet” when it comes to tackling drug deaths, according to experts who have called on Sadiq Khan to move forward with plans to re-examine drug policy | Evening Standard, UK

Keir Starmer would not roll out Scotland's new class A drugs policy to rest of UK

Keir Starmer has said he will not copy the Lord Advocate’s radical policy of offering class A drug users a warning if he becomes Prime Minister. The Labour leader also said he is against changing the 50-year-old drugs laws - a key ask for health campaigners | Daily Record, UK

Student training launched to reduce drug-related harm

Drug, alcohol and mental health charity With You and drug checking and harm reduction organisation The Loop have partnered to create an innovative drug safety and harm reduction training module for students | With You, UK

Here's What We Know About Reports of Women Being 'Spiked With Needles' in UK Clubs

As police forces investigate reports of women being victims of "spiking injections" and the Home Secretary requests an urgent update, what is actually going on? | VICE, UK

Non-medical use of medicines: health and social responses

This miniguide on non-medical use of medicines provides an overview of the most important aspects to consider when planning or delivering health and social responses to problems related to the non-medical use of medicines, and reviews the availability and effectiveness of the responses. It also considers implications for policy and practice | EMCDDA, Portugal

Revealed: The UK Government Ignored Its Own Experts' Advice to Decriminalise Drugs

In 2016, for the first time, the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs explicitly recommended decriminalising drug possession and use | VICE, UK

Opioids: health and social responses

The opioids miniguide provides an overview of the most important aspects to consider when planning or delivering health and social responses to opioid-related problems, and reviews the availability and effectiveness of the responses. It also considers implications for policy and practice | EMCDDA, Portugal