Daily news - 26th July 2021

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Tobacco firm Philip Morris calls for ban on cigarettes within decade

CEO Jacek Olczak says product should be treated like petrol cars, which will be outlawed from 2030 | Guardian, UK

Alcoholic Drinks and Drugs: Misuse

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding for drug and alcohol misuse services | They work for you, UK

Alcoholic Drinks and Drugs: Misuse

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of reforming the Mental Health Act to include mandatory care for people suffering from addiction | They work for you, UK

PHE - Corporate - Guidance on Substance Misuse Pharmacy Services - tender

Public Health England (PHE) is seeking to commission an external partner to:
Develop, with expert and stakeholder input, written guidance on the provision of, and contracting for, substance misuse services provided by community pharmacies, in part based on and updating guidance provided by the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (with RPS, PSNC and PharMAG) in 2006 | PHE, UK

Trip adviser: From online reviews to testing services, could the dark web be safer for drug users?

The Covid-19 pandemic has seen a huge rise in online shopping, amid months of shop closures and orders to stay at home | Metro, UK

How to help clubs reopen safely and for the long haul

Mixmag presents a 10-step guide to aid the safe and sustainable reopening of nightlife | MixMag, UK

The women whose lives Amy Winehouse turned around

Women explain how the late singer overhauled their lives 10 years on from her death | Independent, UK

Drunk swimming a growing danger in the Lake District

After 40 UK drownings in July, national park says TikTok and Instagram are leading visitors to isolated party spots | Guardian, UK

The Hundred debates booze-free zones at the Oval after rowdy scenes in opening men's match

[Limited number of free articles per week] Five of the seven venues already have alcohol-free stands but the Oval and Edgbaston could join that list next year | Telegraph, UK

Image and performance enhancing drugs call

The Public Health Research Programme (PHR) is accepting Stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream for this topic. Proposals received by 1pm on 30 November 2021, and deemed within remit, will be assessed for their importance to public health by the Prioritisation Committee (PC) in January 2022 | NIHR, UK

Research specification for mental health in Northern England call

The NIHR Research for Social Care (RfSC) call is running an additional call to invite proposals from eligible research teams to improve the evidence base around social care and mental health problems in Northern England | NIHR, UK

Evidence spotlight: drug safety testing

Rob Calder and Natalie Davies review the literature to see what can be learned about the effectiveness of drug safety testing and what circumstances are necessary for it to reach its full potential. They find that the answer to whether the intervention works depends on what the desired result is, which can vary by country and policy context | SSA, UK

Episode Three - Creative Coping Methods - podcast

This is episode three ‘creative coping methods’ with Gillian McHendry and Rebecca Bradley from Scottish Families. Gillian and Rebecca talk about creative ways that help you cope such as writing, photography and crafts | SFAD, UK

Treating Addiction With Psychedelics: An Interview With Professor David Nutt and Anthony Tennyson, Awakn Life Sciences - video

Psychedelics are being explored for a myriad of neurological and psychiatric conditions. In this video, Technology Networks speak with Professor David Nutt and Anthony Tennyson from Awakn Life Sciences, a Toronto-based company who focus on the use of psychedelics to treat addiction | Technology Networks, UK

New help for people in West Lothian with serious addictions

People living in Lothian with serious alcohol and drug problems can now access help from an expanded rehabilitation service | Metro, UK

New training course on viral hepatitis launches

A new half-day training course on viral hepatitis, available to frontline staff working in services in Scotland, has been launched ahead of World Hepatitis Day on the 28th of July | SDF, UK

Medicinal cannabis growth to be permitted in Guernsey

The move follows a memorandum of understanding with the UK Home Office, Guernsey States announced | BBC, UK

ICARA/SHAAP/SARN - COVID-19 and Substance Use Webinar

Fri, 30 July 2021, 14:00 – 15:30 BST. We warmly invite you to join us online for the webinar Alcohol consumption in Latin America during the COVID-19 pandemic | SHAAP, UK

AFINet virtual conference on 9-10 September 2021

Free for members and memebrship is free. There will be two half-days at different times of the day, which will allow our members and others from various time zones across the world to present and discuss their current work | AFI Network, UK

Heroin worth £1.7m found in holdall in car in St Neots

A bag containing heroin with a street value of £1.7m has been discovered unexpectedly by police after a car was pulled over | BBC, UK


International news

Is medical cannabis really a magic bullet?

Research increasingly suggests that extracts from the plant are effective in treating pain, anxiety, epilepsy and more, but experts still preach caution around recreational use | Guardian, UK

Consideration given to provision of supervised injection centre in Cork

Plans for a supervised injection centre for heroin users in Cork will continue to be pushed, despite a court rejection of similar plans for a centre in Dublin. Supervised injection centres for heroin users in Cork and Dublin were part of the 2016 plans for government | Echo Live, Ireland

World Hepatitis Day 2021 - Hepatitis can’t wait

World Hepatitis Day is observed each year on 28 July to raise awareness of viral hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver that causes severe liver disease and hepatocellular cancer. This year’s theme is “Hepatitis can’t wait”, conveying the urgency of efforts needed to eliminate hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030 | WHO, Denmark

Methadone Access for Opioid Use Disorder During the COVID-19 Pandemic Within the United States and Canada

 In this cross-sectional study of methadone clinics during COVID-19 in 13 US states and the District of Columbia and 3 Canadian provinces with the highest rates of opioid overdose deaths, more than 1 in 10 clinics were not accepting patients, one-third of which reported this was due to COVID-19. Canadian clinics offered appointments faster than US clinics | JAMA Network Open, USA

Positive future orientation and strong parental support linked with lower risk of youth vaping

Adolescents who set goals for their future and those with strong parental support are less likely to use e-cigarettes and other tobacco products, according to a study by UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine physician-scientists | News Medical, USA

I’m A Mom Microdosing Magic Mushrooms. Here’s How It’s Changing How I See The World

“It’s not the ’60s and I’m not a hippie. Neither am I in my experimental teens or 20s. Yet here I am: a mom on mushrooms.” | Huffington Post, USA

The role of microaggressions against the LGBTQ+ community in young adult bisexual+ women’s alcohol use

While stigma against the LGBTQ+ community has decreased in recent years, at least in the United States and other parts of the world, it still persists and impacts members of the community | BASIS, USA

Nova Scotia Health seeking proposals to set up overdose prevention sites

$500k is available to establish at least one site each in HRM and CBRM | CBC News, Canada

Trends in the availability and type of drugs sold on the internet via cryptomarkets, May 2020 - May 2021

This bulletin reports on trends in the availability and type of substances sold on the internet via cryptomarkets over the last 13 months | NDARC, Australia

Increase in cannabis consumption likely if decriminalised in Australia says new study

A new study has found that an estimated 4.2 per cent of the population aged 14 and over, who have never tried cannabis before, would try it if use of the drug were legal | NDARC, Australia

'Huge stigma' attached to ice addiction prevents people from seeking help, treatment

Jack Nagle was 19 when he was introduced to crystal methamphetamine, or ice, for the first time | abc.net.au, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

The Covid-19 pandemic has meant changes to the drug market and our habits – be careful this summer

The easiest way to avoid harm is not to take illegal substances – but it is unrealistic to expect that drug use will not take place as nightclubs return | Independent voices, UK

A time of crisis for the opioid epidemic in the USA

As the COVID-19 pandemic in the USA has eased, the extent of devastation caused during this period by the opioid epidemic is no longer obscured. Data released by the National Center for Health Statistics on July 14 show a steep rise in overdose deaths | Lancet, UK

Tobacco Harm Reduction: Time to Change Attitudes

In a speech I gave to the Global Forum on Nicotine in June, I noted that when it comes to harm reduction, policy lags far behind the science | Dr Derek Yach, UK

Rethinking Drug Law Reform in the Asian Century

Origin stories are perennially fascinating. This is partly because of our intuition that beginnings are important and that they may sometimes provide a clue to hidden or buried truths | S & LS blog, UK

I thought I was the only one who secretly enjoyed the frazzled aftermath of a big night out

When I’m hungover, I’m so busy finding everything hilarious that worries about chores go out the window | Guardian, UK

Policing alone cannot solve Ireland’s drug problem as crack use hitting areas ravaged by heroin in the 80s and 90s

An RTE Investigates programme highlighted the problem in the Ballymun area of Dublin — but Ballymun is no different to many communities in Ireland in this regard, the CEO of the Ana Liffey Drug Project says | Irish Sun, Ireland

[Limited number of free articles per week] When I was using heroin in New York City in 1986, half of all the people in the city who injected drugs were H.I.V.-positive | NYTimes opinion, USA

What Those in Power Are Missing About the Opioid Epidemic

On a street corner in Newark, Ohio, every Saturday, rain or shine, Trish Perry distributes harm-reduction supplies—syringes, Neosporin, saline, and the overdose-reversal drug naloxone—to people who use drugs | The Atlantic, USA