Daily news - 6th August 2021

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LGA – Licensing powers need to cover public health

Giving councils the powers to consider the public health impact of licensing decisions is vital to protect communities from harm, reduce NHS costs and save lives, the Local Government Association says today | LGA, UK

Proposal to give more nurses right to hand out overdose-reversal medicine

The government wants to give more nurses access to a life-saving medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, in a bid to curb spiralling numbers of drug-related deaths | Nursing Times, UK

Drug user survives as Cambridgeshire Police use Naloxone spray - video

Footage of an unconscious drug user coming round after being administered a life-saving nasal spray has been released by Cambridgeshire Police | BBC, UK

As Bristol’s latest drug death rocks the city, can getting your drugs tested save lives?

The Cable speaks to Bristol Drugs Project about their harm reduction efforts amid safety concerns about young people partying after the recent reopening | The Bristol Cable, UK

Instagram removes drugs harm reduction page PR from platform

The page, which had more than 110,000 followers, was taken down on the day that England and Wales announced record drug-related deaths | MixMag, UK

Could psychedelic drugs revolutionise mental health care in the UK?

The UK’s first psychedelic assisted therapy clinic of its kind plans to open its doors to the public this autumn | ITV, UK

Nottingham restaurant Escobar accused of ‘glamourising drug lords’

Labour MP contacted by concerned residents including a relative of alleged victims of Pablo Escobar | Guardian, UK

Dickens’s literary defences of moderate drinking

As anti-drink campaigning gained traction in the 1850s, it was supported by the forceful fiction of upcoming (often female) writers such as Ellen Wood and Clara Lucas Balfour. In reaction, significant established forces in contemporary fiction like Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins began to write against these temperance messages to support moderate drinking as a source of relaxation and relief | Cultural and Social History, UK

Current List - September 2021

This is a quick summary of the main discovery for each research paper we have published, organized issue by issue. Each key finding is below the article title, with a link to the abstract | SSA, UK

Domestic disputes and postal drug smuggling rise

Guernsey Border Agency seized £1.85m worth of illegal drugs in 2020 - a rise of £490,000 when compared with 2019 | BBC, UK


International news

An umbrella review of the evidence associating diet and cancer risk at 11 anatomical sites

We conduct an umbrella review of meta-analyses of observational studies to evaluate the strength and validity of the evidence for the association between food/nutrient intake and risk of developing or dying from 11 primary cancers | Nature, UK

‘Unruly and unsafe’ behavior leads FAA to ask for alcohol monitoring at airports

FAA administrator expresses concerns about serving alcohol before flights in letter sent to about 1,000 airports | Guardian, UK

Chinese liquor and e-cigarette shares fall amid state ‘vice industry’ crackdown

Investors fear sectors may be next target after Beijing’s crackdown on digital gaming and tech companies | Guardian, UK

Contingency Management for Patients Receiving Medication for Opioid Use DisorderA Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

In this systematic review and meta-analysis that included 74 randomized clinical trials and 10 444 adults receiving medication for opioid use disorder, the efficacy of contingency management was associated with abstinence from 4 types of substance use (psychomotor stimulants, polysubstance use, illicit opioids, and cigarettes) and improved treatment attendance and medication adherence | JAMA Psychiatry, USA

Non-invasive brain stimulation may reduce smoking frequency in nicotine-dependent smokers

A new systematic review of randomized controlled trials has found evidence that non-invasive brain stimulation may reduce smoking frequency (number of cigarettes per day) in nicotine-dependent smokers | News Medical, USA

In Rural America, Religious Attendance And Norms Reduce Compassion For People Who Use Opioids

Estimates suggest that 1.7 million people in the United States suffer from opioid-related substance abuse disorders and approximately 50,000 people die each year from an opioid-related overdose | Eurasia Review, USA

Ukraine Poised to Pass an Anti-Vaping Law That Will Increase Harms

Although Ukraine is often perceived as one of the least free countries in the world, it is more liberal than many when it comes to accessing alcohol, for example, or methadone. And yet, as in many other countries, our political dynamic around e-cigarettes is anything but positive | Filter Magazine, USA

International Overdose Awareness Day - August 31st

International Overdose Awareness Day is the world’s largest annual campaign to end overdose, remember without stigma those who have died and acknowledge the grief of the family and friends left behind | Pennington Institute, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Rebuilding Our Drug Services

In part 2 of her Review of Drugs, Dame Carol Black says our drug treatment and broader support services need rebuilding | Russell Webster, UK

The poor and vulnerable have been left behind in the national effort to quit smoking

If you are in poverty, suffer mental health problems or live in unstable housing, you are more likely to smoke and are less likely to get the support you need to stop | Independent voices, UK

Sturgeon’s drugs shame - The SNP is blaming Westminster for a scandal of its own making

It is hard to explain just how bad Scotland’s drug deaths epidemic is. In 2020 there were 1,339 in a country of just five and a half million people. Comparison helps: in Holland, the death rate is 18 per million; in Ireland it is 43 per million; in the whole of the UK it is 76 per million; in Scotland, it is 295 per million | UnHerd, UK

Our addiction to alcohol isn’t a bit of fun

[Free one month trial available] Drink kills nearly twice as many Britons as drugs and yet we still delude ourselves it’s a harmless part of our culture | The Times, UK

The transition to fatherhood and men’s health: How can we better support fathers?

Becoming a parent is a major life event, which motivates some parents to change health-related behaviours. However, current guidelines and services focus on supporting mothers, despite the impact that fathers’ health behaviours, including drinking alcohol and smoking can have on families | IAS blog, UK

A qualified success: a personal reflection on the passing of Public Health England

On 1 October Public Health England will cease to be, its functions largely subsumed into the United Kingdom Health Security Agency and the Office for Health Promotion, with some more clinical work going to NHS England. But did it deserve to go? | Kings Fund blog, UK

Expertise from outside the Academy: tapering off antidepressants

While I was writing up my PhD on antidepressants at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London, I tried to come off an antidepressant that I had been on for 15 years | Mental Elf blog, UK

Coproduction: improving services and changing lives

Anthony Pickup, Involvement and Inclusion Manager at MEAM, looks at coproduction and how it can help improve services and change lives | MEAM blog, UK

The New Mobile Methadone Rules And What They Mean For Treatment Access

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 92,000 Americans died of an overdose in the 12 months ending in November 2020, which is up from fewer than 72,000 the year before and represents the highest number ever recorded | Health Affairs blog, USA