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UK news

Guidance: List of most commonly encountered drugs currently controlled under the misuse of drugs legislation

Updated to include additions to the list since December 2019 | Home Office, UK

Call for alcohol harm focus to be on par with drugs

More than 1,000 people have died due to alcohol in Scotland in every single year but one over the past two decades, leading to calls for alcohol harm to be given the same focus as drugs death | Health and Care Scotland, UK

Corporate Political Activity of the Alcohol and Gambling Industry

Wed, 21 September 2022, 14:00 – 15:00 BST. Join us for the launch of a new study on the strategies of gambling and alcohol companies responding to government consultations | IAS, UK

Recovery Street Film Festival

This year, the Recovery Street Film Festival is looking for film submissions of one to three minutes in length themed around the question: “Who am I?” Deadline - 15th August | Phoenix Futures, UK

Exploring Young People’s Opinions of E-Liquid Packaging - survey

The Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group are looking for 11–17-year-olds to complete a 20-minute online survey. Participants will be asked to look at pictures of e-liquids and answer some questions. This research is funded by Public Health England.As a thank you, participants can enter a prize draw for a 1 in 10 chance of winning a £20 or £50 shopping voucher | University of Bristol, UK

Proceeds of Crime hearing for ex PC who admitted Penrith cannabis production

A former police officer who made more than £1m selling homegrown cannabis has been ordered to pay back about a tenth of his profits | BBC, UK

Beeston: Man arrested after illegal vapes found in van

A van driver was arrested and a haul of illegal vapes were discovered after police pulled him over in Nottingham | BBC, UK

Illegal vapes sold from back of St Helens town centre shop

Over 1,100 illegal disposable e-cigarettes have been seized from a vape shop in St Helens town centre | BBC, UK


International news

New flavored nicotine gums, lozenges, and gummies rank second among nicotine products used by US teens

Flavored oral nicotine products, which contain no tobacco but are not FDA-approved to help people quit smoking, are increasingly marketed and sold in the U.S., but researchers have never measured their use among U.S. teens | Medical Xpress, USA

Why are menthol-flavored cigarettes a concern?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed banning menthol flavoring in cigarettes earlier this year, stating the additive makes menthol cigarettes easier to use, particularly among youth and young adults | Medical Xpress, USA

Development and Validation of Machine Models Using Natural Language Processing to Classify Substances Involved in Overdose Deaths

In this diagnostic study of 35 433 death records, machine learning models were able to classify with perfect or near perfect performance deaths related to any opioids, heroin, fentanyl, prescription opioids, methamphetamine, cocaine, and alcohol. Classification of benzodiazepines was suboptimal | JAMA Network Open, USA

Reinfection rates low after successful HCV treatment in people who inject drugs

A cohort study found that reinfection rates are low after successful hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment in people who inject drugs (PWID), suggesting a benefit of treatment in this population. Risk for reinfection was highest in the first 24 weeks after treatment completion and among people with ongoing injecting drug use, and especially among those who shared needles | Medical Xpress, USA

The Pfizer Naloxone Shortage Ends, Leaving Us With Just the Regular One

In the same way that the United States doesn’t actually have a shortage of insulin or housing, there has never been a shortage of naloxone. There’s been a shortage of affordable naloxone. The thing itself exists in plenty, and has this whole time, it’s simply withheld from most of the people who use it | Filter Magazine, USA


Blogs, comment and opinion

A public health-based approach to drugs must be the guiding principle for Labour

Drug death figures for 2021 released by the Office for National Statistics last week make for grim reading. An all-time high of 4,859 deaths related to drug poisoning were recorded last year in England and Wales, a 6.2% increase on the previous record numbers recorded in 2020 and the ninth consecutive rise in a row | Labour List, UK

We’re eating ourselves to death – food addiction is real

Until we tackle the social determinants of health such as poverty, poor housing, unstable employment and mental illness, we will continue to see a rise in food addiction | Independent, UK

How Do We End the ‘War on Drugs’? Perhaps Scandinavia Has the Answer..

The policy debate around drugs in the UK is muddled and tripolar. It’s split between people who believe in legalization, decriminalization, and continuing prohibition | Volteface, UK

Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act Introduced in the Senate: Will It Live Up to the Hype?

On July 21, the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act (CAOA), a comprehensive bill to decriminalize, regulate, and tax cannabis, was introduced by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) | LexBlog, USA