Daily news - 17th September 2021

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UK news

Sajid Javid promises health shake-up to fight ‘disease of disparity’

Minister says ‘levelling up’ efforts will start with redressing imbalance in healthcare services | Guardian, UK

Living with alcohol related brain damage in Scotland – new report

A new report from the Mental Welfare Commission finds people with alcohol related brain damage living in care homes where they are much younger than other residents; compelled to live in a setting they would never choose | Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland, UK

Campaigner Peter Krykant's drugs consumption van to be moved to England

The Abulance converted into a drugs consumption room (DCR) in Glasgow is to be taken over by an English charity and used as a centrepiece of its campaign for a shift in drug policy | Scotsman, UK

'Spice' withdrawal symptoms more severe than cannabis – new study

Research published today by psychologists at the University of Bath suggests that 'Spice' – which contains synthetic drugs originally designed to mimic the effects of cannabis—is more harmful than cannabis and that users are likely to experience more severe withdrawal symptoms when attempting to quit | Medical Xpress, UK

Expressions of Interest for the Health Determinants Research Collaboration (HDRC)

We are accepting expressions of interest (EOI) for the Health Determinants Research Collaboration (HDRC) funding opportunity. Closing date - 1pm on 23 November 2021 | NIHR, UK

Drug Use at Universities - Staff's Perspective

Wed, 6 October 2021, 18:00 – 19:30 BST. In this free webinar, different stakeholders from different universities will share their observations and experiences around student drug use | Neurosight, UK

Introduction to FASD for Kinship Carers

Wed, 29 September 2021, 10:00 – 11:30 BST. FASD Hub Scotland and the Kinship Care Advice Service Scotland (KCASS) invite all Kinship Carers to this 90 minute session on FASD. It will provide an introduction to FASD and the opportunity to ask questions to a panel of those with lived experience of caring for a child/young person with FASD | FASD Hub Scotland, UK

West Yorkshire: Take Drugs Seriously

Tue, 28 September 2021, 19:00 – 21:30 BST. Headingley. Come along to learn about the impact of drugs in West Yorkshire and how we can better protect our community | J Slater, UK

Humankind extends its partnershio with Breaking Free Group

As Humankind standardizes its treatment offer, this new long-term partnership will see the implementation of Breaking Free Online being extended to all its substance misuse treatment and recovery services nationwide | Breaking Free, UK


International news

Tobacco firm Philip Morris taking over inhaler maker Vectura ‘feels very uncomfortable’, say health groups

‘They’ve got a monopoly now of the disease lifecycle where they’ll give you the disease in the first place and then they’ll treat it’ | i news, UK

48th Session of the Human Rights Council: HRI Oral Statement on Sri Lanka

We reiterate the broad range of serious human rights concerns in Sri Lanka highlighted by the High Commissioner | HRI et al, UK

ICC authorises full inquiry into Rodrigo Duterte’s ‘war on drugs’

‘Reasonable basis’ to believe crime against humanity committed in Philippines crackdown, say judges | Guardian, UK

FSAI recalls food supplements due to unsafe levels of THC

The Foos Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has issued a recall notice on a selection of food supplements in Ireland which have unauthorised levels of THC in them | Journal, Ireland

Almost one-third of Irish people say they would like to drink alcohol less often

That is just one of the findings of a survey carried out by drinkaware.ie, which said demand for its services reached record highs during the Covid-19 pandemic. According to the charity, 552,194 people visited its website last year - a 5% increase on 2019’s total | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Experts want pilot project to test drugs at music festivals

The Government should set up a pilot project to test illegal drugs at music festivals – in what would be Ireland’s first-ever trial of the harm reduction tool | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Recovering from alcohol addiction in prison: Bruce shares his story

In prison, just listening to a person can heal deep emotional wounds and become a first step towards recovery from alcohol or substance use. WHO shares the story of Bruce who reflects on his experience of dealing with alcohol addiction in a prison environment | WHO, Denmark

A Memorandum for the Secretary of State on Presidential Determination on Major Drug Transit or Major Illicit Drug Producing Countries for Fiscal Year 2022

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, including section 706(1) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 2003 (Public Law 107-228) (FRAA), I hereby identify the following countries as major drug transit or major illicit drug producing countries... | The White House, USA

US moves to block Purdue Pharma opioid settlement

The US Justice Department has challenged a plan that would dissolve Purdue Pharma, manufacturer of the OxyContin drug that has been blamed for the country's opioid crisis, while shielding its founders from lawsuits | Medical Xpress, USA

In North American first, Vancouver clinic lets patients take heroin home

A Vancouver clinic that prescribes medical-grade heroin to treat opioid addiction is allowing some patients to take home doses – a small but significant step in a province that is cautiously opening the door to a safer drug supply | Globe and Mail, Canada

Community leaders and lawyers call new liquor laws 'racist' and 'unfair'

One of Western Australia's peak legal organisations has labeled new liquor rules as discriminatory towards Aboriginal people | abc.net.au, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

FASD A silent pandemic

We’re in the middle of an awareness month for a neurodevelopmental condition that is more common than Autism, yet few people have even heard of it | CYP Now blog, UK

OxyContin created the opioid crisis, but stigma and prohibition have fueled it

The highly contentious Purdue Pharma settlement announced Sept. 1, 2021, comes at a pivotal time for the U.S. overdose crisis: 2020 was the worst year on record, with over 93,000 Americans losing their lives to fatal drug overdose | Conversation, USA