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Ketamine to be offered at UK’s first psychedelic-assisted therapy clinic - video

Although some scientists remain sceptical and want more research, patients at the country’s first psychedelic-assisted therapy clinic, which is set to open this autumn in Bristol, are now being offered ketamine | Channel 4, UK

Smoking surge in young during Covid lockdown

The number of 18 to 34-year-olds who classed themselves as smokers increased by a quarter, from 21.5% to 26.8%, says Cancer Research UK. The data does not explain why the changes occurred but experts believe many turned to cigarettes in response to stress | BBC, UK

Covid: Pandemic alcohol abuse linked to depression rise

People drinking more alcohol during the Covid-19 pandemic has led to more suffering from depression and anxiety, a charity says | BBC, UK

Moderators of changes in smoking, drinking and quitting behaviour associated with the first COVID-19 lockdown in England

[Open access] In England, the first COVID-19 lockdown was associated with increased smoking prevalence among younger adults and increased high-risk drinking prevalence among all adults | Addiction, UK

Three quarters of Brits back new controls to help protect children from alcohol advertising

New research released [yesterday] suggests that the Great British public want to see the Government do more to protect children’s exposure to alcohol advertising | AHA, UK

Police Might Raid Student Halls for Drugs During Freshers' Week

After the dullest academic year on record, the UK’s university students finally have something to look forward to: the prospect of police raiding their halls for drugs | VICE, UK

Recovery month - free events

Lots of up and coming recovery events throughout September. Register here | Recovery Coach Academy, UK

General practice responses to opioid prescribing feedback: a qualitative process evaluation

[Open access] The rise in opioid prescribing in primary care represents a significant public health challenge, associated with increased psychosocial problems, hospitalisations, and mortality. An evidence-based bimonthly feedback intervention to reduce opioid prescribing was developed and implemented, targeting 316 general practices in West Yorkshire over 1 year | BJGP, UK

Peter Krykant: How we're marking International Overdose Awareness Day at Holyrood

AUGUST 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day. At 10am we will gather outside the Scottish Parliament to remember loved ones, provide information on overdose response, including stimulant and opioid overdose and Naloxone - the straightforward lifesaving kit that anyone can do a simple course to administer and carry | The National, UK

Alcohol and self-harm: A qualitative study (PDF)

This qualitative study was commissioned by Alcohol Change UK in Wales to explore how and why alcohol and self-harm are related, and how alcohol, self-harm, and related services, are experienced and understood. Eleven people who had experience with selfharm and alcohol use were recruited through mental health support organisations across England and Wales. Interviews invited participants to ‘tell their stories’ about self-harm, alcohol use, the relationship between the two practices, and their experiences with services in relation to these | Alcohol Change UK, UK

Service cuts may expose rural youth to county lines

A lack of funding for rural youth work in England is leaving young people exposed to the dangers of county lines drug-dealing gangs, it is claimed | BBC, UK

Trends in Nonfatal and Fatal Overdoses Involving Benzodiazepines — 38 States and the District of Columbia, 2019–2020

From 2019 to 2020, benzodiazepine overdose visits per 100,000 emergency department visits increased (23.7%), both with (34.4%) and without (21.0%) opioid co-involvement. From April–June 2019 to April–June 2020, prescription and illicit benzodiazepine-involved overdose deaths increased 21.8% and 519.6%, respectively. During January–June 2020, 92.7% of benzodiazepine-involved deaths also involved opioids, and 66.7% involved illicitly manufactured fentanyls | CDC, USA

International Overdose Awareness Day - 31st August 2021 

International Overdose Awareness Day is the world’s largest annual campaign to end overdose, remember without stigma those who have died and acknowledge the grief of the family and friends left behind | Penington Institute, Australia