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Weekly news - 26th November 2021

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Douglas Ross: Scottish Tories won’t oppose drug consumption rooms pilot

The Scottish Conservative leader indicated the UK Government should not block proposals for a pilot scheme | STV, UK

Wales’ launches first national action plan to support and treat alcohol-related brain damage (ARBD)

A first of its kind national framework for prevention, diagnosis, treatment and support for alcohol-related brain damage (ARBD) has today been published by the Deputy Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing, Lynne Neagle | Wales.gov, UK

Calls for support for UK midwives struggling with substance abuse

Royal College of Midwives says its members should receive same support as doctors | Guardian, UK

Minimum Unit Price for Alcohol

To ask the First Minister what consideration the Scottish Government has given to increasing the minimum unit price for alcohol | They work for you, UK

Smoking Reduction

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to emphasise the harmful effects of tobacco as part of its aim to reduce smoking and protect public health | They work for you, UK

Class A drugs including MDMA, LSD and magic mushrooms being openly sold on TikTok

A simple search of the platform revealed 15 accounts on TikTok – the majority claiming to be based in the UK – selling liquid LSD, lean, DMT, magic mushrooms, cannabis, cannabis edibles, Xanax, prescription anti-depressants and LSD tabs | i news, UK

Tory MP Crispin Blunt launches Westminster pressure group for cannabis despite growing lobbying concerns

A senior Tory MP has launched a Westminster pressure group for medicinal cannabis despite growing concerns over parliamentary lobbying | Mail Online, UK

‘It’s devastating’: how fentanyl is unfolding as one of America’s greatest tragedies

More than 100,000 people died from overdoses in a single year – driven primarily by one drug | Guardian, UK

UNODC Synthetic Drug Strategy 2021-2025

Synthetic drug manufacture can occur anywhere depending on human creativity and the availability of a few strategic chemicals. The dynamic nature of synthetic drug markets necessitates nimble and adaptable solutions. The UNODC Synthetic Drug Strategy presents a framework for action to address this global problem | UNODC, USA

Party leaders make 'united effort' against drug deaths

The SNP and Tory leaders agreed to "put politics aside" for their visit to the Bluevale Community Club in Glasgow | BBC, UK

Uber expands to cannabis delivery in Canada

Uber’s delivery and takeout unit has partnered with cannabis retailer Tokyo Smoke to allow online cannabis orders through Uber Eats in Ontario, Canada, a company spokesperson told Reuters | City AM, UK

Drug-related hospital statistics

This release by Public Health Scotland presents information on hospital activity relating to illicit drug use in Scotland in the period from 1996/97 to 2020/21. The topics covered are: the number of hospital stays, the number and characteristics of patients, substances used and geographical variations | Public Health Scotland, UK

Welsh rugby: Call to end 'cosy relationship' with beer

Pitch invaders versus both New Zealand and South Africa; a boy given £20 after having beer spilled on him in the Fiji match; a young fan vomited over while watching Australia. This season's four Wales rugby autumn internationals have made headlines for the wrong reasons as much as they have for the games themselves | BBC, UK

First cannabis licence granted for medicinal products

The first licence for the cultivation of cannabis-based medicinal products has been issued in Guernsey | BBC, UK

Making Rehab work: A report that identifies how to improve access to residential treatment

The report has been commissioned by Phoenix Futures and carried out by Mike Pattinson and Kevin Crowley, two experts with many years’ experience in the drug and alcohol treatment sector | Phoenix Futures, UK

Alcohol harm - research briefing

A debate on alcohol harm is due to take place in the Commons Chamber on 25 November 2021. A research briefing for the debate is now avaliable to download | UK Parliament, UK

UK firm wins first licence to produce medical cannabis in Guernsey

UK firm 4C Labs has been given the first licence to cultivate medical cannabis in Guernsey. It follows a visit from the UK Home Office to the island to look at the company’s infrastructure and security | BBC, UK

Informing alcohol consumers: 2021 UK market review

A review of the labels of 400 alcohol products on the UK market, including the best-selling brands available across all major retailers, conducted by the Portman Group and their findings are reported here | Portman Group, UK

Germany to legalise cannabis, country’s new coalition government announces

Germany is set to legalise the recreational use of cannabis, the country’s new coalition government announced on Wednesday | Evening Standard, UK

Substance misuse treatment for adults: statistics 2020 to 2021

Statistics on alcohol and drug misuse treatment for adults from the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS) | Office for Health Improvement and Disparities, UK

Drug and alcohol treatment sees rise in deaths in England

There has been a 27% rise in people dying while in treatment for drug and alcohol addiction during the pandemic, an official report shows | BBC, UK

The impact of disinvestment on alcohol and drug treatment delivery and outcomes: a systematic review

[Open access] In the context of substantial financial disinvestment from alcohol and drug treatment services in England, our aim was to review the existing evidence of how such disinvestments have impacted service delivery, uptake, outcomes and broader health and social implications | BMC Public Health, UK

Welsh Parliament Debates Drug Policy Reform

[On Wednesday] the Welsh Labour MP for Newport West, Jayne Bryant led a Senedd debate opening up a vital conversation about drug reform in Wales. This was an incredibly exciting debate, impactfully demonstrating increased pressure and appetite for reform to the UK government | Volteface, UK

Sativex brain tumour trial backed by Tom Daley starts

A trial of a cannabis-based mouth spray in brain tumour patients has begun after a crowdfunding campaign raised £400,000 | BBC, UK