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Right to Recovery (Scotland) Bill Proposal (PDF)

The Bill would seek to provide a statutory right to addiction and recovery treatment services. The general principles of the Bill are: a) Any individual seeking addiction and/or substance misuse treatment is able to quickly access their preferred treatment option, unless a medical professional deems it would be harmful to the individual. b) No individual shall be denied access to their preferred addiction and/or substance misuse treatment option, unless a medical professional deems it would be harmful to the individual... | Scottish Conservatives, UK

Tories publish right to rehab plans to tackle drugs deaths

Douglas Ross has published his party’s proposals to introduce a right to rehabilitation for those struggling with drug addiction | Herald, UK

Summary of Residential Rehabilitation in Scotland

Concern regarding the provision of residential rehabilitation in the addictions field is not new. Concerns surround the lack of accessible beds, how people access these and how they get the funding for it, if at all | FAVOR, UK

Scandal of drug rehab 'postcode lottery' as charity blasts gaps in funding in worst-hit areas

Faces & Voices of Recovery Scotland blasts gaps in funding in worst-hit areas for drug addiction rehabilitation services | Daily Record, UK

Quantifying prescribed high dose opioids in the community and risk of overdose

[Open access] This study described and quantified the prescribing of strong opioids, comorbidities and other overdose risk factors among those prescribed strong opioids, and factors associated with high/very high opioid dosage in a regional health authority in Scotland as part of a wider service improvement exercise | BMC Public Health, UK

Recruitment, risks, rewards and regrets: Senior researcher reflections on working with alcohol industry social aspects organisations

[Open access] A growing body of literature suggests alcohol industry corporate social responsibility activity, including the creation of ‘social aspects’ organisations (SAO), may harm rather than improve public health. We aimed to explore established researcher experiences of working with SAOs, and the factors informing their decisions to do so | Drug and Alcohol Review, UK

21/522 Evaluating the impact of optimised Alcohol Care Teams

The Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme is interested in receiving well-designed research studies, with strong theoretical grounding, to generate robust national and international learning to strengthen the evidence base on the effectiveness and impact of Alcohol Care Teams (ACTs) | NIHR, UK

Hostels from hell: the ‘supported housing’ that blights Birmingham

The private hostels are meant to care for vulnerable homeless people. But as crime soars, users suffer and neighbours despair, questions are being asked | Observer, UK

Research analysis: experiences of using prolonged release buprenorphine

Prolonged release buprenorphine has been bought into focus during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s like usual buprenorphine but you only have to have a monthly, or weekly, injection rather than a daily sublingual (under the tongue) dose | SSA, UK

SUAB Webinar: Doing research during the global pandemic

Tue, 13 July 2021, 13:00 – 14:30 BST. A discussion about the challenges and opportunities of doing substance use research during the global pandemic | SUAB, UK

Unseen's campaign to end County Lines

How much do you know about County Lines exploitation? Did you know it can happen to any child, anywhere, from any background? What would you do if a child you knew was involved in County Lines? | Unseen, UK

Joe Wicks: 'My dad had a drug addiction... It was tough to live through that hardship'

[Limited number of free articles per week] The fitness guru on ice baths, lockdown workouts and why he loves the idea of a full (and bustling) house | Telegraph, UK

Covid: Politician 'disappointed' alcohol probe still ongoing

It is disappointing the probe into politicians drinking alcohol during a Wales-wide ban is ongoing, the Tories' former Senedd leader has said | BBC, UK



International news

Johnson & Johnson to pay $230m to settle opioid claim

US drugs giant Johnson & Johnson is to pay $230m (£165m) to settle claims it fuelled an opioid addiction crisis in New York State | BBC, UK

Eighteen bodies found after suspected drug cartel shootout in northern Mexico

The victims appear to members of the Sinaloa and Jalisco gangs fighting for control of the narcotics trade in Zacatecas state | Guardian, UK

Berlin Now Has an LSD Shop, Thanks to a Loophole in the Law

It's run by Carl Trump, who claims to be distantly related to the former US President | VICE, UK

New EMCDDA report underlines need to scale up drug services in prisons

On any given day, there are over 856 000 individuals in prison in Europe. People in prison are more likely than their peers in the community to have used drugs, to use drugs regularly or to experience drug-related problems | EMCDDA, Portugal

Prison and drugs in Europe: current and future challenges

This publication provides an overview of current knowledge and the latest developments in the field of drug use and prison in Europe | EMCDDA, Portugal

Impact of acute ethanol intake on cardiac autonomic regulation

Acute alcohol consumption may facilitate cardiac arrhythmias underlying the ‘Holiday Heart Syndrome’. Autonomic imbalance is promoting atrial arrhythmias. We analyzed the effects of alcohol on measures of the cardiac autonomic nervous system and their relation to arrhythmias | Nature, Germany

International Day against Drug Abuse: UN report shows opioid market showed resilience despite pandemic; key points

The UN's report stated that around 275 million people used drugs worldwide in the last year when the COVID-19 pandemic began in the first few months of 2020. Of the total, 36 million people suffered from drug use disorders | First Post, USA

Out of harm’s way: How transforming drug policies will redefine harm reduction

Years ago, when I was part of a team introducing harm reduction programming into a country where at that time it was a new concept, we described our work as reducing the negative consequences of drug use. But over the years I have come to realise that the ills which harm reduction mitigates are not the consequences of drug use, but rather of drug policies | Frontline Aids, USA

Helping Drug Users Survive, Not Abstain: ‘Harm Reduction’ Gains Federal Support

[Limited number of free articles per week] Overdoses have surged during the pandemic. Now, for the first time, Congress has appropriated funds specifically for programs that distribute clean syringes and other supplies meant to protect users | NYTimes, USA

Educational intervention can help vapers use their E-cigarettes to quit smoking

E-cigarettes spark many concerns, especially when it comes to youth vaping.  However, emerging evidence suggests that e-cigarettes can be a helpful tool in smoking cessation | Medical Xpress, USA

J&J to stop selling opioids in US, reaches $230 mn settlement with New York

Johnson & Johnson, one of the pharmaceutical giants accused of fueling the deadly US opioid crisis, has reached a settlement with the state of New York for $230 million and confirmed it will stop making or selling opioids in the United States | Medical Xpress, USA

The Future Of Psychedelic Medicine Might Skip The Trip

Most days, Bryan Roth, a pharmacologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, puts on 3D glasses, sits in front of his computer, and studies the structural makeup of drugs that have never existed before in the hopes to find one molecule that will change the world | Forbes, USA

Performance-enhancing substance use: A link to criminal offending

New research shows performance-enhancing substance use is associated with criminal offending during young and middle adulthood | EurekAlert, Canada

BC’s Construction Industry Is ‘Ground Zero’ for Opioid Crisis among Workers

Substance use has plagued the trades for a long time. It’s now more serious than ever | The Tyee Canada

High dose opioid prescription declines in Queensland – 21-year study

The number of people prescribed opioids in Queensland increased more than 11-fold in two decades, but most prescriptions were in a low-dose range, according to University of Queensland-led research | University of Queensland, Australia

Have we seen a change in psychedelic use among people who regularly use ecstasy and other illicit stimulants?

The Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS) is a national monitoring system for ecstasy and related drugs that is intended to identify emerging trends of local and national interest in the markets for these drugs | NDARC, Australia

Blast from the past: western Sydney man arrested for alleged supply of opium

A western Sydney man has been charged for allegedly plotting to supply a kilogram of opium, considered a very rare drug in Australia because it is difficult to conceal and smuggle | Sydney Morning Herald, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Good sports? - Alcohol advertising and sponsorship in sport

Is it finally time to cut the ties between alcohol companies and some of our favourite sports? | Alcohol Change UK blog, UK