Daily news - 21st September 2021

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UK news

Experts warn of identical pills containing different drugs in the UK

Drug testing charity The Loop is warning UK clubbers of identical-looking pills which contain different chemical substances | BBC, UK

Smokers encouraged to take part in Stoptober, as they report smoking more during pandemic

Stoptober is back and calling on smokers to join the 2.3 million people who have made quit attempts since the campaign’s launch 10 years ago | PHE, UK

Stoptober 2021

Download or order resources, such as leaflets, posters, guides and resource packs for all campaigns | PHE, UK

Martin Compston: Line of Duty star voices TV campaign to help prevent drug deaths in Scotland

Martin Compston returns to the nation’s television screens on Monday, having voiced a series of adverts to help prevent drug deaths in Scotland | Edinburgh Evening News, UK

Lanarkshire Overdose Response Team Launches

On the back of the successful launch of the Glasgow Overdose Response Team (GORT) funding was secured to enable the response to be rolled out in the Lanarkshire area | Turning Point Scotland, UK

Working with service users who consume Class A drugs and are in contact with the criminal justice system

This evidence review provides an in-depth look at the issue of illicit drug use among people in contact with the criminal justice system. Tim McSweeney has been a prominent researcher in this area for over 20 years and has advised international and global bodies such as the United Nations and World Health Organisation on policy responses for tackling drug-related crime | Clinks, UK

The Health Research Authority moves to make research transparency the norm

From Wednesday 15 September health and social care researchers are expected to submit information at the end of their research study to the HRA online, explaining how they've fulfilled their transparency responsibilities. This is part of a set of changes which make it easy for researchers to be transparent and enable the HRA to know whether they are meeting the requirements | HRA, UK

Burglars and drug dealers have records wiped clean under plans to get them into work

[Limited number of free articles per week] Convictions to be ‘spent’ after seven years, meaning most businesses will not be able to check prospective employees’ criminal records | Telegraph, UK

'How I came back from the brink after twenty years of drink and drugs'

Tony Mercer, 55, wants to share his struggle with cocaine and alcohol for more than two decades in an attempt to destigmatise addiction and encourage people who need help to make the first step to recovery | Worcester News, UK

Westminster is a very easy place to hide if you’re an alcoholic, says Labour MP

Labour MP Dan Carden made a moving speech to the House of Commons in July, detailing his personal battle with alcoholism | BBC, UK

Jimmy Greaves 'put me in right direction' over addiction says ex-Spurs team-mate Cliff Jones

Former Wales international Cliff Jones says his former Tottenham team mate Jimmy Greaves helped him overcome an alcohol addiction | BBC, UK

Josh Reeson: Further arrests over York teen's drug death

Three people have been arrested by police investigating the drug-related death of a 15-year-old boy | BBC, UK

Report launch: 'Alcohol marketing during the 2020 Six Nations Championship'

Thu, 30 September 2021, 14:00 – 15:00 BST. Our webinar launches the findings and discusses implications of the University of Stirling's publication on Six Nations alcohol marketing | Alcohol Action Ireland, IAS, SHAAP, UK


International news

‘Dangerous data’: drinking after dependence part 5. Sobells in the firing line

The temperature of the controversy peaks during a bitter and decades-long controversy over the Sobells’ findings. ‘Fraud’ claimed the detractors, but investigators disagreed. Mike Ashton of Drug and Alcohol Findings continues his serialisation of the project’s essay on the most controversial issue in alcohol treatment: whether dependent drinkers should always aim for abstinence | SSA, UK

ISSUP UK Launch Event

We are pleased to announce that the ISSUP UK Chapter launch will take place on Thursday, 23rd. September. The launch will be followed by a webinar on the topic of ‘Substance Use and Families’. This will be the first of a series of webinars | ISSUP, UK

India seizes $2.7bn of heroin from Afghanistan at port

Heroin production has boomed in Afghanistan in recent years and the country produces most of the world’s supply of the drug | Guardian, UK

Increased smoking and e-cigarette use among Irish teenagers: A new threat to Tobacco Free Ireland 2025 (PDF)

Tobacco Free Ireland is an Irish Government policy which demands that the prevalence of tobacco smoking in Ireland be less than 5% by 2025. From 1995 to 2015, teen smoking decreased from 41% in 1995 to 13.1 % in 2015, and SimSmoke modelling suggested that the 5% 2025 target was achievable in that group. But, in 2019, current smoking increased overall from 13.1% in 2015 to 14.4% in 2019, with the increase being greater in boys than girls | ERJ Open Research, Ireland

Cork man avoids jail for drug dealing and driving without insurance as he is 'on the right path'

Richard O’Donnell, 26, from Mitchelstown, has completed a residential drug rehabilitation programme and is learning computer skills at a Cork City college, Fermoy District Court heard | Irish Examiner, Ireland

5000 alcohol-related cancer deaths could be prevented every year by doubling alcohol taxes in the European Region, says WHO/Europe

An estimated 10 700 new cancer cases and 4850 alcohol-related cancer deaths could be avoided annually in the WHO European Region by doubling current excise duties on alcoholic beverages. The United Kingdom, the Russian Federation and Germany – which together account for nearly 40% of all potential lives saved – would be among the main winners of this economic measure | WHO, Denmark

'Now We All Grow Poppies': Afghan Farmers Predict Roaring Opium Trade Under the Taliban

Sources in Afghanistan have told IranWire that so far, the Taliban has failed to implement any restrictions on drug trafficking out of the country and the drug trade is now operating more freely than ever before. Farmers in the border regions are laying the groundwork to grow many times more poppies than before when the planting season gets under way next month | IranWire, Iran

Comparison of Characteristics of Deaths From Drug Overdose Before vs During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Rhode Island

In this population-based cohort study of 470 adults who died of drug overdose in Rhode Island from January 1 to August 31 in 2019 and 2020, rates of death from overdose among men, deaths involving synthetic opioids, and deaths occurring in personal residences increased significantly in 2020 compared with 2019. Deaths due to overdose also increased among people experiencing job loss and in subgroups with mental health diagnoses | JAMA Network, USA

Surgery, buprenorphine, and patients in recovery from opioid use disorder

With the reintroduction of powerful narcotic opioids to manage acute pain, surgery can be a make-or-break time for patients in recovery from opioid use disorder (OUD). For those using buprenorphine as part of their recovery process, the stress, anxiety and risk can be amplified if, as is often the case, they are directed to stop using the buprenorphine ahead of their surgery | Medical Xpress, USA

Major Disposable Vape Maker Disputes FDA’s Marketing Denial Order

On September 14, Bidi Vapor, one of the largest disposable vape producers in the United States, announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had ordered all of its products except tobacco flavors to be removed from the market. This marketing denial order (MDO) included its menthol flavor, “Arctic.” | Filter Magazine, USA

Criminal Justice Leaders Urge Supreme Court to Hear Safehouse Philly Case

On September 17, a group of 80 criminal justice leaders from across the country united in support of the ongoing federal court case brought by Safehouse Philly, formally urging the Supreme Court to reconsider the ban on safe consumption sites (SCS) | Filter Magazine, USA

This Vape Is Bragging About Its Link to Depression and Anxiety

An unconventional campaign from agency Mojo Supermarket has a hidden message | Adweek, USA

She Used Drugs While Pregnant. Should She Be in Prison?

After having a stillbirth, Adora Perez was charged with murder | The Cut, USA

UOW researchers share in prestigious $2.5 million grant funding

UOW researchers will collaborate on a project that aims to reduce the cost and burden of primary and comorbid alcohol and other drug problems in Australia | UOW, Australia



Blogs, comment and opinion

Dame Carol Black Review – A response from the family support sector (PDF)

As a united voice, we welcome Dame Carol Black’s Review which represents a key opportunity to improve drug treatment and recovery services across England. Drug misuse, in addition to harming individuals and communities, can pose considerable harm to children, families and friends. Many of the themes highlighted in the Reviewcan be applied to families, but their specific needs are not focused on | Adfam et al, UK