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Weekly news - 1st October 2021

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Ban on football fans drinking alcohol while watching in stadiums could be lifted

Football’s long-standing ban on fans drinking alcohol while watching matches could be lifted if the recommendations of the former sports minister Tracey Crouch’s fan-led review are accepted | Guardian, UK

Sir Keir Starmer backs Scotland over softer laws on Class A drug possession

Sir Keir Starmer has expressed support for a decision to relax drug laws for those found in possession of Class A substances in Scotland | Express, UK

Smokers much more likely to be admitted to hospital with Covid-19, study suggests

Data also finds smokers more likely to die from disease compared with those who have never smoked | Guardian, UK

Needle and Syringe Provision: Minimum Standards Checklist (PDF)

These minimum standards must be used in conjunction with locally commissioned service level arrangements (e.g. for community pharmacy provision) documents where appropriate. They are to be used to improve coverage, reduce the risk of needle finds, and ensure consistent high-quality delivery of NSP within services and outreach provision across Humankind, including via mobile units and sub-contracted Pharmacies | Humankind, UK

Charity nurse director flags ‘decline’ in people accessing needle exchange

The nursing director of a charity that provides drug and alcohol support has raised concern about a fall in people accessing its needle exchange services since the coronavirus pandemic | Nursing Times, UK

Implementing quality standards for drug services and systems: a six-step guide to support quality assurance

This publication provides a practical introduction to the area of quality standards and quality assurance mechanisms and the key steps involved in their implementation in drug services and systems. The primary audience for this guide is those responsible for commissioning, planning or providing quality assurance processes at the national or local level. It may also be of interest to recipients of interventions, service users or advocacy groups | EMCDDA, Portugal

Public Safety Alert: Sharp Increase in Fake Prescription Pills Containing Fentanyl and Meth

DEA Warns that International and Domestic Criminal Drug Networks are Flooding the United States with Lethal Counterfeit Pills | DEA, USA

Methamphetamine from Afghanistan: ‘signals indicate that Europe should be better prepared’, says new EMCDDA report

Europe should be better prepared for the prospect of methamphetamine coming from Afghanistan, according to a new report published today by the EU drugs agency | EMCDDA, Portugal

UK drug laws used as tool of systemic racism, says ex-No 10 adviser

Simon Woolley says failure of drugs legislation is having a devastating impact on public health | Guardian, UK [ BMJ article (PDF) ]

Tobacco and alcohol may increase likelihood of using illegal drugs, new study shows

The use of legal drugs (tobacco and alcohol) may lead to the use of cannabis, a new study led by the University of Bristol and published in the journal Addiction has found. The study also found evidence that cannabis use may lead to smoking initiation, and opioid dependence could lead to increased alcohol consumption. Additionally, there might be shared risk factors that influence the use of multiple substances | University of Bristol, UK

Effective practice guide Substance misuse: Based on: a joint thematic inspection of community-based drug treatment and recovery work with people on probation (PDF)

Almost half the people on probation are thought to have a drugs problem and, crime committed by class A drug users costs society over £9 billion a year. There is also evidence to suggest that a significant number of those entering prison have problematic drug use | HMIP, UK

Electronic Cigarettes: Health Hazards

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to tackle misinformation on the harms of vaping relative to other nicotine delivery and tobacco products | They work for you, UK

First UK study of its kind, led by The University of Salford, reveals the local extent of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

The University of Salford research, led by Professor Penny Cook and commissioned by the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, is the first of its kind in the UK. It found that FASD is a significant issue among the population, likely to be as common as autism, despite being rarely diagnosed | University of Salford, UK [Study here]

Threat To Identity Stops Harmful Drinkers Recognising Their Alcohol Issues

Here in the UK, one in five hospital admissions is the result of heavy drinking. Those who drink to the extent of needing medical assistance, as well as those who are caused problems by their own alcohol consumption, are known as harmful drinkers | BPS, UK

Drug-related deaths increase in Cornwall as new substance seen

A warning has been issued over new drugs circulating in Cornwall after a rise in drug-related deaths | BBC, UK

Alcohol marketing during the 2020 Six Nations Championship: A frequency analysis (PDF)

Alcohol marketing appeared frequently in televised broadcasts of the 2020 Six Nations Championship. The data have mixed implications for Ireland’s scheduled restrictions on advertising during sporting events | IAS, SHAAP, Alcohol Action Ireland, UK and Ireland

Australian vaping law changes: e-cigarette users now need a doctor’s prescription

New laws aim to curb the use of vapes among young people, but concerns are already being raised about websites aiming to get around them | Guardian, UK