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Weekly news - 3rd September 2021

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Health experts call for action on e-cigarette packaging aimed at children

Cartoon characters and sweetie names are being used to market products, which could encourage young people to give them a try | Guardian, UK

Number of deaths and serious injuries from drink driving accidents at eight-year high

New data showed that the number of people killed or seriously injured (KSI) in drink-driving crashes rose to an eight-year high in 2019 | City AM, UK

SDF and Government launch national campaign to help save lives

A nationwide marketing campaign to raise public awareness of the signs of a drug overdose and the life-saving medication naloxone has been launched to mark International Overdose Awareness Day | SDF, UK

Naloxone Test of Change update on International Overdose Awareness Day

Police Scotland officers have already administered Naloxone nearly 40 times in the four months since a national pilot project began | Police Scotland, UK

UK Recovery Month toolkit

Now in its 32nd year, Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those in recovery, just as we celebrate improvements made by those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease | FAVOR, USA

Majority back tougher alcohol marketing curbs to protect children

A poll of more than 1000 Scottish adults, carried out by YouGov between February and March this year, found that 75 per cent favoured additional controls to limit the exposure of children and young people to alcohol advertising | Herald, UK

Patients could be dying from accidental overdose of prescription opioids in England

A study has revealed that 232 people could have died from taking an accidental overdose of prescription opioids in England between 2000 and 2015 | Medical Xpress, UK

Anti - Stigma. End Discrimination

Stigma leads to judgments and behaviours that limit opportunities for people to get better and build a happy life.  Stigma leads to discrimination. We believe, as a society, we should no longer tolerate stigma, whoever we are and whatever our life experience we can all commit to ending stigma and discrimination. Over the next few years we’ll be doing our bit to end stigma through 5 Strategic approaches... | Phoenix Futures, UK

Nitrous Oxide: Home Secretary's letter to the ACMD

Letter to the chair of the ACMD asking the council to conduct an updated assessment of the health and social harms of nitrous oxide | ACMD, UK

Nitrous oxide: Patel orders Laughing gas review to decide on potential new law

The unlawful possession of laughing gas could be made a crime in England and Wales | BBC, UK

Isotonazetine warning leaflet

In August 2021 there was a spate of overdose deaths in the South of England connected to a supply of the synthetic opiate isotonazetine mixed with, and/or as a replacement for heroin. This leaflet was written in conjunction with Release for rapid distribution. The leaflet is dated (all drug warnings should be dated) and is published following toxicology confirming the active compound is the powerful synthetic opiate isotonazetine | Exchange Supplies, UK

Here's Why There's So Much Fake MDMA in the UK Right Now

Low demand for club drugs over lockdown has hit Dutch ecstasy makers and international traffickers, resulting in a rise in duff deals containing zero MDMA | VICE, UK

‘Alcoholic’ language puts off many heavy drinkers off cutting down

New research by London South Bank University (LSBU) academics has found that heavy drinkers may be less likely to make changes to their drinking if they think about it in terms of ‘alcoholism’. | LSBU, UK

Effects of brief exposure to misinformation about e-cigarette harms on twitter: a randomised controlled experiment

[Open access] To assess the effect of exposure to misinformation about e-cigarette harms found on Twitter on adult current smokers’ intention to quit smoking cigarettes, intention to purchase e-cigarettes and perceived relative harm of e-cigarettes compared with regular cigarettes | BMJ open, UK

How a sample of English stop smoking services and vape shops adapted during the early COVID-19 pandemic: a mixed-methods cross-sectional survey

[Open access] The COVID-19 pandemic in England led to major changes in the delivery of support via stop smoking services (SSS) and to the widespread temporary closure of bricks and mortar e-cigarette retailers (vape shops herein). The impact of disruptions across the smoking cessation support landscape has not been fully documented. The purpose of this study was to capture how SSS and vape shops in England were affected and adapted their ‘business as usual’ during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic | Harm Reduction Journal, UK