Daily news - 27th August 2021

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UK news

Alcohol and self-harm: A qualitative study (PDF)

This qualitative study was commissioned by Alcohol Change UK in Wales to explore how and why alcohol and self-harm are related, and how alcohol, self-harm, and related services, are experienced and understood. Eleven people who had experience with selfharm and alcohol use were recruited through mental health support organisations across England and Wales. Interviews invited participants to ‘tell their stories’ about self-harm, alcohol use, the relationship between the two practices, and their experiences with services in relation to these | Alcohol Change UK, UK

Service cuts may expose rural youth to county lines

A lack of funding for rural youth work in England is leaving young people exposed to the dangers of county lines drug-dealing gangs, it is claimed | BBC, UK

Students “End the Stigma” around medical cannabis this Freshers Week and improve access for young patients

As UK students look forward to an ‘in person’ Freshers Week this September, the research and policy charity Drug Science has enlisted the help of student ambassadors to help spread the word about the potential benefits of medical cannabis, and tell the honest and factual truth about drugs | Drug Science, UK

Recovery Games 2021 Registration Form

Registrations are now open for the virtual Recovery Games 2021. Please feel free to share amongst your networks or even join us in a months’ worth of fun and engaging challenges. Registrations need to be in for 5pm on the 31-8-21 | Aspire, UK

Recovery Street Film Festival: Live Q&A

Thu, September 16, 2021, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM BST. This year the Recovery Street Film Festival are looking back at the legacy of festival, bringing together previous winners and judges | RSFF, UK

The Value of Family Recovery

Fri, 24 September 2021, 12:00 – 13:30 BST. A session exploring the value of supporting the whole family in recovery | Recovery Coach Academy, UK

Joe Whitchurch: Friend says fatal stabbing 'was self defence'

Joe Whitchurch, 16, died in hospital three days after being stabbed at an address in Stapleford, Nottinghamshire, in the early hours of 26 December | BBC, UK


International news

Florida beachgoer finds $1mn in cocaine washed up on sand

Drugs found washed up at beaches are usually the byproduct of illicit, maritime drug smuggling | Independent, UK

Evidence-Based Approaches to Opioid Overdose Recognition and Management: Share the Facts – Save Lives

Tue, Aug 31, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:45 PM BST. To mark International Overdose Awareness Day on 31st of August 2021, the International Society of Substance Use Professionals (ISSUP), in collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), will present an online event profiling naloxone programmes as a pathway for improving outcomes in the treatment of opioid dependence, overdose reduction, and saving lives | ISSUP et al, UK

Trends in Nonfatal and Fatal Overdoses Involving Benzodiazepines — 38 States and the District of Columbia, 2019–2020

From 2019 to 2020, benzodiazepine overdose visits per 100,000 emergency department visits increased (23.7%), both with (34.4%) and without (21.0%) opioid co-involvement. From April–June 2019 to April–June 2020, prescription and illicit benzodiazepine-involved overdose deaths increased 21.8% and 519.6%, respectively. During January–June 2020, 92.7% of benzodiazepine-involved deaths also involved opioids, and 66.7% involved illicitly manufactured fentanyls | CDC, USA

Clinical Reports

The CFSRE is developing mid-quarter reports to provide new information regarding comprehensive drug testing of clinical biological specimens collected after suspected NPS-related overdoses in various cities across the United States | CFSRE, USA

More than 140 Groups Urge White House to End Over-Criminalization of Fentanyl-Related Substances

The 142 undersigned organizations write to urge the Biden administration and Congress to let the Trump administration temporary “classwide” emergency scheduling of fentanyl-related substances expire on October 22, 2021 | HRW, USA

FDA Denies Marketing Applications for About 55,000 Flavored E-Cigarette Products for Failing to Provide Evidence They Appropriately Protect Public Health

Action Marks First Marketing Denial Orders for E-Cigarette Products; Products Receiving Such Orders Must be Removed from the Market or Risk Enforcement; More Marketing Decisions to Follow | FDA, USA

Vaping prevention critical as teens head back to school during ongoing pandemic

The global COVID-19 pandemic has forced many people to live in relative isolation for more than a year. As adolescents return to school, public health experts caution parents to pay close attention to signs of tobacco use among teens. While there has been a decline in smoking traditional cigarettes among youth as well as adults, e-cigarette use continues to increase | Medical Xpress, USA

One in four older adults not asked about alcohol use

More than one-quarter of older adults who use alcohol are not asked about their drinking by their physician, according to a study published online July 29 in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research | Medical Xpress, USA

International Overdose Awareness Day - 31st August 2021 

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 | Penington Institute, Australia

Testing of paediatric medicinal cannabis products being supplied via SAS in Australia

Some medicinal cannabis products are used in the paediatric population in the management of a number of different indications. These products are permitted to be supplied in Australia under the Special Access Scheme (SAS), Authorised Prescriber scheme, and clinical trial schemes | TGA, Australia



Blogs, comment and opinion

“I’m sorry, I can't see you unless you’re sober”

New research highlights the complex relationship between alcohol and self-harm, and the need for support that crosses professional boundaries | Alcohol Change UK blog, UK

Choice in addiction treatment

As a GP in inner-city Glasgow in the 1990s, I looked after patients with heroin addiction. I got to know many of them well, I knew their families, I immunised their children and, distressingly, I saw some of them die | Recovery Review blog, UK

We Need To Improve The Research-Base For Drug Treatment

In part 2 of her Review of Drugs, Dame Carol Black says we need how research and science informs policy, commissioning and practice | Russell Webster, UK

Alex Gibney's "The Crime of the Century" – Manufacturing The Opioid Crisis In America

Purdue Pharma hit the jackpot. The pharmaceutical company that gained notoriety over the last twenty years selling their opioid-based blockbuster drug OxyContin (OC) did what most highly organised drug cartels do: they got the American population addicted to pain relief... | Talking Drugs, UK

Drug deaths: Scotland should press ahead with safe consumption rooms after failure of 'prohibition' – Joseph Silke

Public health has come to the fore of public consciousness over the past 18 months. We have witnessed the good that intelligent, evidence-based public health policies can do to protect the vulnerable and save lives | Scotsman opinion, UK

Organizing the Tobacco Harm Reduction Community in the United States

Within the U.S. public health community, the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH), published by the American Public Health Association, is a leadership bellwether. On August 19 2021 the AJPH published online an important article that may indicate a shift in the current tobacco war | NSP blog, UK