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Durham Police warns against cannabis derivative vaping

Police are warning against a "dangerous new trend" involving young people vaping the cannabis derivatives CBD and THC | BBC, UK

Government fails to respond to calls for tighter controls after liquid morphine deaths

Exclusive: Coroners in England and Wales have investigated the deaths of thirteen people after overdoses involving liquid morphine since 2013 | Pharmaceutical Journal, UK

Laughing Gas Could Become Illegal Because the UK Can't Stand the Sight of Rubbish

The UK has announced a review into banning nitrous oxide. But experts say this is more about government PR than young people’s health | VICE, UK

FASD Month 2021

Can you help us with a top-secret mission? As part of our FASD Month plans, we would like to capture the voice and experiences of children and young people, and young adults with FASD | Adoption UK, UK

Bradford children ill after eating cannabis edibles

An eight-year-old boy and girl, 17, were both found seriously ill in the Great Horton area of Bradford in the early hours of Saturday morning | BBC, UK

DDN September 2021 - latest issue out now

In Recovery Month inclusivity is surely something we need to examine very closely when we are celebrating the huge benefits of connection and a sense of belonging. This issue covers the many different ways in which recovery can be more inclusive | DDN, UK

Drug Law Reform Report

This report explores how existing legislation and its use impacts on the current situation amid the changing landscape of Scotland’s unique drug deaths challenge. It looks at how changes in three key areas could enable a more effective national response | Drug Deaths Taskforce, UK

How to use legal powers to safeguard highly vulnerable dependent drinkers

This guide aims to help practitioners to improve the well-being and safety of adults who are highly vulnerable, chronic, dependent drinkers | Alcohol Change UK, UK

Kettering drugs overdoses linked to hazardous substance

Police have warned that a "potentially dangerous batch of crack cocaine and heroin" has led to four overdoses in a town in a few days | BBC, UK

International expert consensus on electronic nicotine delivery systems and heated tobacco products: a Delphi survey

A Delphi survey was conducted among international experts in tobacco control and smoking cessation. The first part addressed statements or recommendations about ENDS, the second about HTP, both divided into four categories: regulation, sale, use and general issues | BMJ Open, UK

The illicit trade of cocaine from Latin America to Europe – from oligopolies to free-for-all?, Cocaine Insights 1

Well-defined locations of production in South America and large consumer markets in the Americas and Europe lead to trafficking routes from a circumscribed origin to specific, even if far-flung, destinations. While some parts of the world play a crucial role as transit regions, the routes, modalities and networks employed by criminal actors continue to evolve, diversify and become more efficient | UNODC and Europol, Austria

Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services in England - April 2020 to March 2021

This quarterly report presents results from the monitoring of the NHS Stop Smoking Services in England during the period April 2020 to March 2021 | NHS Digital, UK

System Errors

The Probation Service is failing people with drug issues, says chief inspector of probation Justin Russell | DDN, UK

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: health needs assessment

A health needs assessment for people living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), their carers and families, and those at risk of alcohol-exposed pregnancies | Department of Health and Social Care, UK

Mother urges alcohol dependant mums to seek help

A mother has urged expectant mums with alcohol dependency to seek help after her own child was born with severe birth defects | BBC, UK

Home cultivation of cannabis plants set to be legalised in Italy

The law is a welcome change for patients who have been experiencing shortages of medical cannabis | Cannabis Health, UK