Daily news - 7th September 2021

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In Recovery Month inclusivity is surely something we need to examine very closely when we are celebrating the huge benefits of connection and a sense of belonging. This issue covers the many different ways in which recovery can be more inclusive | DDN, UK

Drug Law Reform Report

This report explores how existing legislation and its use impacts on the current situation amid the changing landscape of Scotland’s unique drug deaths challenge. It looks at how changes in three key areas could enable a more effective national response | Drug Deaths Taskforce, UK

How to use legal powers to safeguard highly vulnerable dependent drinkers

This guide aims to help practitioners to improve the well-being and safety of adults who are highly vulnerable, chronic, dependent drinkers | Alcohol Change UK, UK

A Grounded Theory Study: How Non-Treatment-Seeking Substance Users Make Sense of Their Behaviour “I Want To Be Me but I Don’t Know Who Me Is”

Despite the global impact of substance misuse, there are inadequate levels of specialist service provision and continued difficulties with treatment engagement. Within policy and research, there is substantial consideration of the importance of these factors. However, there is little empirical evidence of the views of non-treatment-seeking substance users, who make up the majority of the substance using population. The aim of this study was to understand how these individuals make sense of their behaviour and their reasons for not accessing treatment | Int J Mental Health & Addict, UK

Alcohol and other substance use play complex roles in young people's experience of attempted suicide

Alcohol and other substance use play complex roles in suicidal behaviour among young people. Gaining a better understanding of these impacts can help services better support young people, according to experts at the University of Birmingham | University of Birmingham, UK

RSFF 2021 - Celebrating 7 years of challenging Stigma - videos

Some of the best videos from previous year's festivals | RSFF, UK

New review of Nitrous Oxide restrictions

The Home Secretary has asked the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs to update its advice on Nitrous Oxide (N2O, 'laughing gas'). The views and opinions of those who use or have used Nitrous Oxide are needed. Please encourage to take part in an annonymous online survey being conducted by the University of Hertfordshire | University of Hertfordshire, UK

Non-Communicable Disease Prevention: Priorities for 2021/22

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke, liver disease and lung disease are the leading cause of death and disability in Scotland. As the 2021/22 parliamentary year begins, we have come together with nine leading Scottish health charities to call for urgent action to prioritise public health in the COVID-19 recovery | SHAAP, UK

Robots to police underage alcohol sales at supermarkets

[Limited number of free articles per week] Pilot scheme will use artificial intelligence to help prevent under-18s from buying booze | Telegraph, UK

Farmers swap cattle for cannabis as north east becomes ‘hemp haven’

A variety of the cannabis plant, hemp is being trialled by local farmers throughout Aberdeenshire and Angus and grown specifically to make a wide range of products | Stv, UK

Peterborough Think Communities Fund

Peterborough Think Communities Fund has been created to build community resilience across Peterborough. Grants from £500 - £5,000 will be awarded to projects that empower and enable communities to support themselves and encouraging community-led solutions and interventions... | Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, UK

Catterick drug soldiers dismissed

In what's believed to be the army's biggest military drugs operation 19 soldiers from the UK's leading army base at Catterick Garrison have failed compulsory tests | Northern Echo, UK


International news

The Wire star Michael K Williams found dead

American actor Michael K Williams, best known for starring in HBO drama series The Wire, has been found dead in his New York apartment. He was 54. US media quote law enforcement sources as saying he died from a suspected drug overdose. This has not been officially confirmed | BBC, UK

Trends in drug poisoning deaths, by sex, in Ireland: a repeated cross-sectional study from 2004 to 2017

Drugs implicated in drug poisoning deaths vary by sex. Policy response should include prescription monitoring programmes and practical harm reduction information on polydrug use, especially CNS depressant drugs | BMJ Open, UK

Hospitality sector says Ireland's high tax on alcohol threatens recovery

Drinks lobby wants a 7.5% cut in excise saying Ireland is an outlier in Europe | Iris Examiner, Ireland

Trajectories of alcohol consumption during life and the risk of developing breast cancer

[Open access] The greater the alcohol consumption accumulated throughout life, the greater the risk of BC, especially in postmenopausal women. Alcohol consumption during adolescence may particularly influence BC risk | Nature, Spain

Introduction to the Special Series on Managing Addiction during COVID-19

In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, we sounded the alarm that people with addiction might experience worsening problems or relapse because they would be cut off from social networks that are essential to staying healthy | BASIS, USA

Putting text message post-treatment follow-up interventions to the test

In this study, researchers conducted a randomized controlled trial to test a continuing care intervention that used text messages for outreach and linkage to clinicians for individuals after inpatient treatment for alcohol use disorder | Recovery Research Institute, USA

The Vaping Industry as We Know It May Soon Disappear

For the last 15 years, there’s been a caveat tacked on to any discussion of e-cigarettes’ public health impact. Though millions of people in the U.S. use them regularly, the devices have never been authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) | TIME, USA

Watch: Patt Denning Describes Her Switch From Cigarettes to Vapes

Denning has worked with countless people who use illicit drugs and alcohol. But another focus for her is tobacco harm reduction, informed by her own experiences. Denning was a lifelong smoker—with the exception of an interlude where she quit for five years, before returning to smoking | Filter Magazine, USA

Recent cannabis use linked to heart attack risk in younger adults

Adults younger than 45 years who reported recently using cannabis were 2 times more likely to have had a heart attack (myocardial infarction), and this link was stronger in frequent users, according to new research in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) | EurekAlert, Canada

Nicotine Testing of Children Curbs Parents’ Smoking

A first-of-its-kind study in Israel by researchers from the Sackler Medical School of Tel Aviv University uncovers alarming data about secondhand smoking by children of smokers: According to the study, nicotine residues were found in the hair samples of 7 out of 10 children who participated | Mirage, Australia

Serene narrative game ‘Lake’ banned from sale in Australia

References to soft drugs have caused the calm, narrative-focussed game 'Lake' to be banned from sale on Australian console storefronts | Screen hub, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Criminalising nitrous oxide users is no laughing matter if it distracts from more serious drug problems

In England and Wales, it is not illegal to possess nitrous oxide – but that could soon change. The UK’s home secretary, Priti Patel, has asked her scientific advisers to review the evidence on the harm associated with its use | Conversation, UK

Opinion: Patel’s Proposed Nitrous Oxide Ban Increases Risks for Young People

Home Secretary Priti Patel last week formally asked the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) to “review the harm caused by nitrous oxide”, announcing that the unlawful possession of nitrous oxide could be made a crime in England and Wales | Volteface, UK

Expert reaction to unpublished conference presentation on nicotine e-cigarettes and clotting

An unpublished presentation, to be given at the European Respiratory Congress (ERS) International Congress, looks at the impact of nicotine e-cigarettes on the body compared to non-nicotine e-cigarettes | Science Media Centre, UK

Blog: The cannabis industry and the term ‘medical cannabis’

Why terminology matters and why the term “medical cannabis” is a misnomer | SSA, UK