Daily news - 5th August 2021

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UK news

Boris Johnson 'not in favour' of drug consumption rooms

The prime minister told BBC Scotland that he was "not in favour of encouraging people to take more drugs". And he instead urged the Scottish government to sign up to Project Adder, which takes a "tough approach" to drug couriers and dealers | BBC, UK

Government consults on increasing access to lifesaving overdose medicine

Consultation launched to make lifesaving medicine which can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose available to more frontline workers | Department of Health and Social Care, The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, and Jo Churchill MP, UK

North East has highest drug deaths in England

The Government has been urged to “wake up” to the “public health emergency” of drug-related deaths after new figures showed the North East had the highest number in the country | Northern Echo, UK

Poorer People Are Six Times More Likely to Die From Drugs Than Rich People

Official statistics from England and Wales show the extent to which poverty is behind record drug deaths | VICE, UK

Why codeine deaths have reached a record high

Rise of the ‘dark web’ and demography of addicts may explain surge | The Week, UK

Researching and developing key components of a new Scottish drug checking programme

The Drug Deaths Taskforce is funding a research project to explore how best to establish drug checking in Scotland. The two-year project (ending in January 2023) aims to build an evidence base for, and facilitate the development of, drug checking services in Scotland across three cities: Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee | Drug Deaths Taskforce, UK

Half of homicides ‘due to drugs’, says Prof Dame Carol Black

We spoke to Professor Dame Carol Black who led the independent review of drugs | Channel 4, UK

Alcohol linked to more cancers than thought, study finds

Imperial College London researchers also find that drinking coffee protects against liver cancer | Guardian, UK

'It's time to act': Why MPs Christian Wakeford and Dan Carden are working together on alcohol harm

At first glance, you might think they have little in common - two men on either side of the political divide. One, a Conservative MP in Greater Manchester; the other, a Labour MP in Liverpool | ITV, UK

Alternatives to Prohibition with Dr Sheila Vakharia and Prof Alex Stevens - podcast

This week’s episode features Doctor Sheila Vakharia and Professor Alex Stevens, together with Professor Nutt they will be talking about decriminalization and drug policies in the US and the UK. Has both countries’ drug policies arisen from colonialism and social class hierarchy? | Drug Science, UK

The Appleton School student, 15, died from drug overdose after celebrating birthday with friends in South Benfleet

As a result of Sam Curry's death, protocols within the emergency services have been changed | Essex Live, UK

CADAS wins Pride of Cumbria's 2021 charity of the year award

The successful candidate was the Cumbria Alcohol and Drug Advisory Service (CADAS). Who have been doing amazing work in our community for decades to help people from all walks of life who are battling issues with drugs and alcohol | News and Star, UK

Recovery Coach Academy presents Tools to aid your days in Early Recovery

Wed, 1 September 2021, 18:00 – 19:30 BST. Getting your recovery goal absolutely clear in your mind and then putting the foundations firmly in place to build a joyful life | Recovery Coach Academy, UK

This is your mind on plants

TODAY. Thu, 5 August 2021, 19:00 – 20:30 BST. Join Michael Pollan in conversation with Jules Evans to discuss psychoactive plants from coffee to opium | The Royal Institution, UK

Cocaine worth £300k found under spare wheel of hire car on M5

A drugs trafficker who was caught with £300,000 of high-purity cocaine hidden in the spare wheel of a hired Mercedes has been jailed | ITV, UK


International news

QMJC July 2021: HIV risk behaviours among a cohort of Black women in the US

The study was part of a wider research programme that explores pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) uptake and adoption (including barriers and facilitators) among Black women at risk of HIV | SSA, UK

E-cig industry association sues Spanish government over anti-vaping campaign

Spain’s e-cigarette industry has launched legal action against the central government, claiming a long-running anti-vaping campaign is against the law on several counts | E Cig Intelligence, Spain

Children of heavy drinkers are at risk for a wide range of harms

The children of parents who drink alcohol heavily have an elevated risk of a number of adverse experiences, including mental health disorders, hospitalizations and criminal behavior, according to a new review in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs | Medical Xpress, Denmark

Effect of Graphic Warning Labels on Cigarette Packs on US Smokers’ Cognitions and Smoking Behavior After 3 Months

This randomized clinical trial found that graphic warning labels decreased positive perceptions of cigarettes associated with branded cigarette packs but without clearly increasing health concerns. They also increased quitting cognitions but did not affect either cigarette cessation or consumption levels | JAMA Network Open, USA

Improvement found in patients receiving medication for opioid use disorder with contingency management

A systematic review and meta-analysis found that using contingency management (CM) at end-of-treatment improved outcomes on six common clinical problems during medication for OUD (MOUD): psychomotor stimulant use, polysubstance use, illicit-opioid use, cigarette smoking, therapy attendance, and medication adherence | Medical Xpress, USA

The Rise of Synthetic Nicotine Risks Regulatory “Whack-a-Mole”

When Taylor Cage attends the Tobacco Plus Expo (TPE) in Las Vegas every year, she keeps an eye out for the next hot product. Usually held in January, TPE tends to be a solid indicator for where the nicotine industry will go next | Filter Magazine, USA

Will Missouri’s Opioid Settlement Payout Mean Much for Harm Reduction?

At least 1,921 Missourians died of opioid-involved overdose in 2020, an increase of almost 20 percent from the year before. The rise has particularly impacted Black and other communities of color within the state, reflecting a national trend | Filter Magazine, USA

Vic premier dismisses call to legalise pot

The prospect of legalising cannabis in Victoria is up in smoke, after Premier Daniel Andrews dismissed the recommendations of a parliamentary inquiry | Canberra Times, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

How can alcohol labels be improved to help people make informed consumption choices

Alcohol continues to be a major cause for concern in Scotland, with 24% of adults drinking at hazardous levels. It causes a range of health conditions including at least seven types of cancer, although public knowledge of the direct health effects of alcohol remains poor. Alcohol labelling can provide people with health information and help them to make decisions about what products to purchase and how much to consume | Alcohol Focus Scotland, UK

Why not locate drug injection centres in hospitals?

Socially disadvantaged communities are least likely to object to planning applications | Irish Times, Ireland