Daily news - 8th October 2021

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Fund to help end cycle of homelessness and hospital readmissions

People experiencing homelessness in England to be supported through pilot projects, backed by £16 million, to provide temporary accommodation, care and support. This will include on-site appointment services, counselling and drug and alcohol support | DHSC, UK

Local Alcohol Profiles for England (LAPE): October 2021 update

Update of indicators in the Local Alcohol Profiles for England (LAPE) interactive tool | Office for Health Improvement and Disparities, UK

UK universities have their heads in the sand on student addiction

Isolation and shame pose big risks to recovery from addiction problems, yet on-campus support programmes are rare in the UK, say Suzi Gage and Shahroo Izadi | Times Higher Education, UK

Scotland's drug death crisis: Nicola Sturgeon keeping an 'open-mind' on whether to support Tory recovery plans

Scottish Conservative leader warns 'longer we fail to act, the more lives will be lost' but the First Minister stresses that she wants to see more details of recovery plan | GB News, UK

Holyrood sets up group to promote medicinal cannabis

The parliament’s Standards Committee this morning approved an application to establish the group from Glasgow Labour MSP Pauline McNeill | Herald, UK

A safer uni life with Turning Point

Turning Point have created a guide for university students to have the safest experience possible. With advice on drinking, drugs, sexual health and Covid | Turning Point, UK

Pre-report data of the 2021 census

Consultant vacancy rates by specialty, including for Addiction | RC PSYCH, UK

Wolverhampton artists beating addiction with painting and drawing

A university student who said she once "belonged to alcohol" has credited art with turning her life around | BBC, UK

Knives, Drugs, and Albanian Takeovers in London with Max Daly - podcast

Sean spoke to Max about London’s drug and knife crime explosion, county lines—and how the government has failed to act—Albanian takeovers and something called ‘cuckooing.’ | The Underworld Podcast, UK

Scottish FASD Network, FASD Month 2021 - video

We asked members of the Scottish FASD Network why they thought people need to 'think differently' about FASD. Here's what they told us | Scottish FASD Network, UK

QMJC September 2021: Overdose prevention among women who smoke drugs

The latest Qualitative Methods Journal Club (QMJC) from September is now available online, focusing on women’s experiences of smoking illicit drugs during an overdose epidemic, and their use of a women-only supervised inhalation site | SSA, UK

Sponsored walk from Preston to St Anne's

On 28th August our Leadership Team consolidated their learning of project management by arranging and delivering a 15-mile fundraiser walk from Preston to St Anne’s. The Red Rose Recovery Leadership Program aims to develop people to become leaders in their community to give back, address stigma and connect people in recovery through projects developed within an asset-based approach | Red Rose Recovery, UK

Trustees Week- 1-7 November 2021

Trustees’ Week is an annual event showcasing the great work of the 700,000 volunteer trustees who run charities in England and Wales | NCVO, UK

Officers seize more than 70,000 illegal cigarettes hidden in shops across Leeds

Officers have seized more than 70,000 illegal cigarettes that were hidden in shops across Leeds | Yorkshire Evening Post, UK


International news

Effects of acute exercise on drug craving in adults with poly-substance use disorder. A randomized controlled trial

[open access] Reduced drug cravings and elevated mood following soccer and circuit training were observed in people with poly-SUDs. Single exercise sessions can be an effective strategy to alleviate craving and potentially prevent relapse and treatment drop-out | Mental Health and Physical Activity, UK

Now in power, Taliban set sights on Afghanistan’s drug underworld

The Taliban view addicts as a stain on the society they hope to create | Independent, UK

Racial justice advocates hope for pardon of George Floyd’s past drug charges

Erasing his two-decades-old record would require the rightwing Texas governor’s goodwill | Guardian, UK

‘End the Silence’ – a series of events and activities

Alcohol Action Ireland is pleased to launch ‘End the Silence’ – a series of events and activities from 18 – 26 October 2021 to raise awareness of the issues arising from growing up with alcohol harm in the home | Alcohol Action Ireland, Ireland

EUSPR Leading European Prevention Science Practitioner Honour 2021 goes to Artur Malczewski

The EMCDDA would like to congratulate Head of the Polish national focal point, Artur Malczewski, on receiving the Leading European Prevention Science Practitioner Honour 2021 from the European Society for Prevention Research (EUSPR) | EMCDDA, Portugal

In Memoriam — Father Vítor Feytor Pinto

The first Chair of the EMCDDA Management Board — a position he held between 1994 and 1997 — Father Feytor Pinto made a fundamental contribution to the creation of the agency and its early operational activities | EMCDDA, Portugal

Study reveals the trends in recreational ketamine use and availability in the U.S.

Recreational ketamine use and availability of the drug have increased in recent years, but it remains an uncommon drug used by less than 1 percent of people in the U.S., according to a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health | News Medical, USA

Biden’s Questionable Pick for Drug Czar

Federal drug policy needs a major overhaul, but Rahul Gupta has a record of making harmful compromises | TNR, USA

Calling Opioid Crisis Personal, New York’s Governor Signs Anti-Addiction Bills Into Law

New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed a package of bills into law dealing with the opioid addiction crisis, saying the issue is a personal one for her family | WSKG, USA

For Maine’s Church of Safe Injection, a Bittersweet Legalization

On September 17, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention authorized a Maine syringe service program (SSP) to do what it had already been doing for several years | Filter Magazine, USA

Toronto’s Bid to Decriminalize Drugs Hangs in the Balance

Toronto is the latest Canadian municipality seeking to end the criminalization of drug use. The city’s board of health voted in June to support an exclusion order to decriminalize controlled substances | Filter Magazine, USA

New California Vape Taxes Will Put the Squeeze on Synthetic Nicotine

On October 4, Governor Gavin Newsom approved a 12.5 percent excise tax on vaping products in California | Filter Magazine, USA

ABAC survey explores alcohol advertising perceptions

The advertising watchdog commissioned JWS Research to survey 1,500 people to explore public perceptions of alcohol marketing in Australia and whether ABAC adjudications and the issues raised within them and the code aligned with community expectations and public standards | BrewsNews, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Playing to the crowd won't solve the UK's drug crisis

In his speech to the Tory conference yesterday, Boris Johnson claimed that an idea coming ‘straight out of the powder rooms of North London’ was to ‘decriminalise hard drugs’ and ‘let the gangsters off with a caution’ | Transform blog, UK

This pandemic should be a watershed moment for health inequalities

Inequality in health is the worst kind. If we address the factors that mean some people live shorter lives, in more pain, and with physical limitations, because of socioeconomic circumstances over which they have little control, we take steps to making this a better world | Labour List, UK

A ‘health-led’ approach to drug use

David Lynch examines a new document(PDF) that reviews evidence in relation to drug trends and health responses applicable to the night-time economy | Medical Independent, Ireland