Daily news - 4th October 2021

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UK news

New era of public health to tackle inequalities and level up the UK

The Office for Health Improvement and Disparities launches today putting prevention at the heart to help people live longer, healthier and happier lives |
Department of Health and Social Care and Office for Health Improvement and Disparities, UK

Quit smoking this Stoptober

Stop smoking this Stoptober and start doing so much more | NHS, UK

Go Sober For October 2021 - Banish The Booze This October

Sober October encourages people to go booze-free in October to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support... | Macmillan Cancer Support, UK

Cannabis users at 'much higher' risk of developing poor mental health

Those with a recorded history of cannabis use in general practice records are at a much higher risk of developing mental ill health problems such as anxiety or depression as well as severe mental illnesses, new research shows | University of Birmingham, UK

The excuses people use to get out of drinking on a night out

Driving and antibiotics top the list | Wales Online, UK

Long-term use of antidepressants helps to reduce risk of relapse, study finds

More than 1.5 million individuals in England have been on antidepressants for two years or more | Independent, UK

'Woman to Woman - Advice from Experience' peer training films

Two new 'Woman to Woman - Advice from Experience' peer training films by Exchange Supplies for women who inject by women who inject, covering femoral injecting and needle selection. Free and open access, available at Exchange Supplies Training | Exchange Supplies, UK

Webinar: Securing a smokefree future for mental health services - video

ASH and the Mental Health and Smoking Partnership hosted a webinar on the smoking and mental health components in the NHS Long Term Plan (LTP) | ASH, UK

The Pain Podcast: Medical Cannabis

Zoha & Chris talk to Mags Houston & Professor Mike Barnes at Project Twenty21 - an organisation with the goal to make medical cannabis accessible on the NHS using evidence-based methods. We discuss the research and current understanding of Medical Cannabis and chronic pain, and the importance of understanding the safety and efficacy going forward | Leva Clinic, UK

New ‘Substance Misuse Employment Service’ opens in East Sussex

Launching on 1st October 2021, the Substance Misuse Employment Service will support people receiving community treatment for drug and alcohol dependence who are unemployed and living in East Sussex | Southdown, UK

Humankind launches new drug and alcohol recovery services across Cumbria

A free and confidential service offering a range of support and interventions for people whose lives are affected by drug and alcohol use and other addictions is launching in Cumbria | Humankind, UK

Implementing MAT – Living experience perspectives

8th October 2021, 13.00 – 14.30. This webinar will give the first insight into SDF research on the current living experience of people in medication assisted treatment (MAT) in a range of health board areas – Ayrshire and Arran, Grampian, Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Lanarkshire, Lothian and Tayside and in HMP Perth | SDF, UK

DrugFAM - Bereaved by Drugs, Alcohol or Gambling Virtual Conference

Sat, 9th October 2021, 10:00 – 16:15 BST. The conference is a unique event which allows bereaved families to come together and share their feelings and stories with others who have either gone through or are going through the same emotions they are experiencing | DrugFam, UK

Drone owners face drink-fly ban

[Limited number of free articles per week] Ministers are consulting on new blood and breath alcohol thresholds as part of a planned overhaul of airspace laws | Telegraph, UK

Two arrests made after Bristol drink-spiking video

Two men have been arrested after a video was posted on social media purportedly showed a female nightclubber's drink being spiked | BBC, UK

Chart-topping rapper Nines jailed for plot to import 28kg of cannabis

Some of the cannabis was hidden in boilers being sent to the UK | Independent, UK


International news

Addiction and the Family International Network (AFINet) Webinar Series

Tuesday 19 October 2pm. UK time. With Alicia S. Ventura, MPH - Director of Special Projects and Research, Grayken Center for Addiction, Boston Medical Center, Boston, USA. Interacting with the Treatment System: perspectives from Family Members and Treatment Providers | AFINet, UK

Book list - october 2021

The Journal, Addiction, publishes new book lists five times per year, both in print and on this website. Items are alphabetised by author within each list | SSA, UK

Gang war: Ecuador prison fight leaves over 100 dead

More than 100 people were killed in the violence, with reports of beheadings and grenade attacks. The prison houses inmates connected to Mexican drug cartels | BBC, UK

EMCDDA webinar: Health and social responses to cannabis problems in Europe — time for a paradigm shift?

8th October 2021, Online.  To kick off the cannabis webinar series, opening the debate with an all-encompassing overview of the key issues and response options available | EMCDDA, Portugal

How the COVID pandemic made the opioid epidemic worse, even as telehealth helped

The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken up the U.S. opioid crisis in ways bad and good, increasing the risk of use and overdose but also spurring innovative approaches to treatment | Medical Xpress, USA

A Partnership to Expand Access to Lifesaving Testing and Treatment for Hepatitis C

Launched in July 2021, Hepatitis C PACT aims to tackle ongoing disparities in access to diagnostics and treatment for hepatitis C virus (HCV) in low-and middleincome countries (LMICs), home to 75% of people living with the viral illness | TAG, USA

Federal Marijuana Legalization Bill Clears House Committee

On September 30 a key House committee approved a bill to federally legalize marijuana and promote social equity | Filter Magazine, USA

Like a 'war zone': Some Toronto supervised consumption sites dealing with unprecedented numbers of ODs

Some days registered nurse Jessica Arteaga feels like she works at a field hospital in a war zone | Toronto Star, Canada

Toronto to ask feds to decriminalize possession of illicit drugs for personal use

The decriminalization request Toronto is preparing would follow a similar one made by Vancouver in May | The Province, Canada

Experts Urge Authorities To Embrace Tobacco Harm Reduction

A new report from leading international public health and medical experts says that tobacco use is still too high in the Africa region and is being bolstered by myths about tobacco harm reduction (THR) | News Trends, Kenya

Effectiveness of online training for improving knowledge, attitudes, and confidence of alcohol and other drug workers in relation to co-occurring mental health conditions

There is increasing recognition that the high rates of co-occurring mental disorders among clients of substance use treatment services require alcohol and other drugs (AOD) workers to be skilled in their identification, management, and treatment | DEPP, Australia

The Great De-Vape: Just How Dangerous Is Vaping Anyway?

While tobacco has been consumed by humans for thousands of years, it wasn’t until the 1920’s, with the advancement of industrial manufacturing techniques and subtle marketing campaigns, that cigarette smoking really took off | The Latch, Australia

The science behind pregnancy and weed remains hazy

The impact of smoking cannabis during pregnancy will be the subject of a groundbreaking new study out of the University of Canterbury. Mirjam Guesgen speaks to the researchers looking to clear the air | The Spinoff, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

The tortuous routes to rehab

I’ve been reading a bit recently about the challenges of healthcare funding in the United States – an ‘international scandal’ according to Noam Chomsky. And although the problems are not the same, those issues have become linked with my thinking on the difficulties accessing funding for residential rehabilitation in Scotland | Recovery Review blog, UK

Effective Probation Practice With Drug Users

HMI Probation effective practice guide to working with drug users on probation | Russell Webster, UK

Are you going sober for October? Try these top tips for an alcohol-free reset

[Limited number of free articles per week] Maybe 'Sober October' is the prime time to rein in your drinking | Telegraph, UK

Portman Group calls on WHO for renewed focus on harmful drinking and to recognise the industry as a constructive partner

The Portman Group has published its response to the latest draft World Health Organisation (WHO) action plan to implement the Global Strategy to Reduce the Harmful Use of Alcohol. We are concerned that the action plan is moving away from the stated aims of the strategy | Portman Group blog, UK

Preventing alcohol-related harm in unplanned pregnancies: does a lifecourse perspective make sense?

For women who experience unplanned pregnancies, official guidance to abstain from alcohol may be welcome or useful once they know they are pregnant. However, it’s not going to make any difference to alcohol exposure or alcohol-related harm before this point | SSA blog, UK

It is a mistake to focus on alcohol in the night-time economy debate

We are potentially embedding an expectation in the public’s mind of what the night-time economy looks like | Irish Times opinion, Ireland