Reports: June

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The Final Push: A Tobacco Control Strategy for a smokefree society in Oxfordshire 2020-2025 (PDF)

Stopping smoking is the best thing an individual can do for their health and well-being and having a comprehensive Tobacco Control Strategy is the best thing we can do for the public’s health. We are therefore pleased to present the Oxfordshire Tobacco Control Strategy, which aims to reduce the overall prevalence of smoking in Oxfordshire to below 5% by 2025. In doing so, we will achieve our vision to inspire the first smoke free generation in Oxfordshire | Oxfordshire County Council, UK

Delivering a Smokefree 2030: The All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health recommendations for the Tobacco Control Plan 2021 (PDF)

This report sets out the All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health’s recommendations for the Tobacco Control Plan to deliver a Smokefree 2030. Government action to end smoking is both needed and wanted, with three quarters of the public supporting both the ambition and Government action to deliver it | APPG on Smoking and Health, UK

Economies of ale: pubs in the time of COVID-19

Pubs were among those businesses forced to close during restrictions introduced to halt the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). In their own words, landlords shared their experiences of the effect of lockdown on their businesses | ONS, UK

European Drug Report 2021

Latest report on the drug situation in the European Union - Looks at: COVID-19 - How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected drug use and supply?;
Drug use and harms - What drugs are causing the most concern today?
Drug production - What are the latest trends in drug production and trafficking? | EMCDDA, Portugal

New benzodiazepines in Europe – a review

This report provides a technical review of the current body of knowledge regarding new benzodiazepines that are monitored by the EU Early Warning System. The aims of this report are to strengthen situational awareness of new benzodiazepines in Europe, and to help stakeholders prepare for and respond to public health and social threats caused by such substances | EMCDDA, Portugal

Drug-related hospital statistics

There were 14,976 drug-related hospital stays. Of these, 86% (12,888) were in general acute hospitals, and 14% (2,091) were in psychiatric hospitals. The drug-related hospital stay rate was 282 stays per 100,000 population. This rate has increased more than threefold since 1997/98 (87 per 100,000 population) with a consistent upward trend observed from 2012/13 onwards | Public Health Scotland, UK

Drug Cryptomarkets in the 2020s: Policy, Enforcement, Harm, and Resilience (PDF)

This GDPO Policy Brief is intended to inform policy-makers, practitioners, and other actors of the latest developments – and likely future direction – of Drug Cryptomarkets (DCM). It draws together several complementary active research strands to provide a timely trend analysis of the current and future state of the DCM landscape...| GDPO, UK

Latest information on alcohol consumption, price and harms in Scotland published

Public Health Scotland today published the MESAS Monitoring Report 2021, as part of the continued delivery of the Monitoring and Evaluating Scotland’s Alcohol Strategy (MESAS) programme. This annual report provides the latest available information and key statistics on alcohol consumption, price and related harms | Public Health Scotland, UK

Global alcohol action plan 2022-2030 to strengthen implementation of the Global Strategy to Reduce the Harmful Use of Alcohol

The Global strategy contains a set of principles that should guide the development and implementation of policies at all levels and sets out priority areas for global action | WHO, Switzerland

Rise in violence and sexual exploitation against children and young people ‘linked to County Lines’

New research into the criminal exploitation of children has revealed an increase in self-harm and suicide attempts among children and young people admitted into hospital with clear links to County Lines in the illegal drugs trade | University of Nottingham, UK

New WHO report shows how manufacturers attempt to avoid regulation of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products

A new WHO report “Litigation relevant to regulation of novel and emerging nicotine and tobacco products: comparison across jurisdictions” offers governments examples of the legal arguments that industry has used in attempts to evade or minimize regulation, as well as how courts have addressed those arguments | WHO, Denmark

Impact of Minimum Unit Pricing among people who are alcohol dependent and accessing treatment services: Interim report: Structured interview data

This study looks at the Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) for alcohol that came into effect in Scotland in 2018. This interim report presents a description of collected data and early findings from a study about the impact of MUP on people with alcohol dependence who access treatment services. This study is the first of four work packages that make up the wider Harmful Drinking Study, which is one of a set of studies looking at the impact of MUP in Scotland | Public Health Scotland, UK

Drinks labels with pictures and guidelines could improve public understanding of Government recommendations

Enhanced labels for alcoholic drinks include pictures to demonstrate their strength, plus an explicit statement of drinking guidelines. New research found that these labels could improve public awareness and understanding of the Government’s Low Risk Drinking Guidelines | NIHR, UK

BC legal cannabis sales grow briskly: report

Cannabis products in BC are getting cheaper and more potent, and its year-over-year sales have doubled between 2019 and 2020, according to a new report from the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR). In 2020, sales added up to nearly 8,000 kg of THC—equivalent to approximately 400 million joints (at 20mg of THC each) and accounted for about $290 million in gross revenue | University of Victoria, Canada

UNODC World Drug Report 2021

Around 275 million people used drugs worldwide in the last year, while over 36 million people suffered from drug use disorders, according to the 2021 World Drug Report. The Report further noted that in the last 24 years cannabis potency had increased by as much as four times in parts of the world, even as the percentage of adolescents who perceived the drug as harmful fell by as much as 40 per cent, despite evidence that cannabis use is associated with a variety of health and other harms, especially among regular long-term users | UNODC, Austria

Perceived fear of losing children major barrier to women accessing addiction treatment

A new report from Trinity College has found that there is an urgent need for the expansion of gender-sensitive drug and alcohol treatment approaches that support the needs of women. A dominant theme in the report found that the perceived fear of losing children is a major barrier to women accessing treatment for drug and alcohol addiction | Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Opioid- and Stimulant-related Harms in Canada 

The COVID-19 outbreak is worsening the already deadly and ongoing public health crisis of opioid overdoses and death. It is having a tragic impact on people who use substances, their families, and communities across Canada. People who use substances, such as opioids, cocaine, and methamphetamine, are experiencing a number of increased risks, with several jurisdictions reporting higher rates of fatal overdoses and other harms | Government of Canada, Canada

Prison and drugs in Europe: current and future challenges

This publication provides an overview of current knowledge and the latest developments in the field of drug use and prison in Europe | EMCDDA, Portugal

Summary of Residential Rehabilitation in Scotland

Concern regarding the provision of residential rehabilitation in the addictions field is not new. Concerns surround the lack of accessible beds, how people access these and how they get the funding for it, if at all | FAVOR, UK

NICE and PHE publish comprehensive draft guideline to tackle the health burden of smoking

Healthcare staff should give clear and up-to-date information on e-cigarettes to people who are interested in using them to stop smoking, according to draft NICE guideline recommendations out for consultation. NICE worked with Public Health England to develop this guideline | NICE, UK