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Weekly news - 7th January 2022


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Press release: Children whose parents smoke are four times as likely to take up smoking themselves

A new film from the government Better Health Smoke Free campaign has been released to discuss how adult smoker can influence younger people | DHSC, UK

Dry January

Dry January is your chance for a break. A reset. 31 days to try something new. Relax with a bath rather than a bottle. Throw off the sluggishness and reclaim your mornings | Alcohol Change UK, UK

Less than half of people who vowed to cut back on drinking stuck to plan – poll

Drinkaware says a survey found 46% of drinkers who vowed to cut back on alcohol after restrictions lifted stuck to their plans | Evening Standard, UK

New research shows £500m wasted each year in England on dependency-forming medicines

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence released new research on the 19th October which estimates that around half a billion pounds of taxpayers’ money is wasted each year in England on medicines that can cause dependency, including antidepressants, painkillers and sleeping pills | All-Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence, UK

Drug Harms Assessment and Response Team (DHART) - Quarterly summary for professionals: December 2021

Latest evidence on the availability of and the harms associated with drugs, including key clinical messages | OHID, UK

Statement re reports of cannabis decriminalisation in media

A spokesperson for the Mayor of London said: “This limited trial, which is still in development and has yet to be approved by City Hall, would involve three of London’s 32 boroughs and would only apply to 18-24 year olds found in possession of a small amount of cannabis.  It would not apply to any other drug..." | Mayor of London, UK

Psilocybin, in 10mg or 25mg doses, has no short- or long-term detrimental effects in healthy people

Psilocybin can be safely administered at doses of either 10mg or 25mg to up to six participants simultaneously | King's College London, UK

Drug Overdose Deaths in the United States, 1999–2020

Deaths from drug overdose continue to contribute to overall mortality and the lowering of life expectancy in the United States. This report uses the most recent data from the National Vital Statistics System (NVSS) to update statistics on deaths from drug overdose in the United States, showing rates by demographic group and by specific types of drugs involved (such as opioids or stimulants), with a focus on changes from 2019 to 2020 | CDC, USA

No convincing scientific evidence that hangover cures work, according to new research

A new systematic review part-funded by the NIHR Maudsley BRC has found only very low-quality evidence that substances claiming to treat or prevent alcohol-induced hangover work | NIHR Maudsley BRC, UK

Debunking the myth of ‘Blue Mondays’: No evidence of affect drop after taking clinical MDMA

[Open access] The results support the overall safety and tolerability of clinically administered MDMA and, importantly, suggest that the ‘come downs’ previously associated with the substance may be explained by confounds in research relating to the illicit sourcing of the drug and specific environmental setting for recreational consumption | Journal of Psychopharmacology, UK

Sadiq Khan drug ‘decriminalisation’ plan ‘does not go far enough’, say experts

Sadiq Khan’s proposed plan to end the prosecution of young people caught with cannabis in three London boroughs “does not go far enough”, according to experts | Evening Standard, UK

Can we get drugs out of prisons? - audio

Keeping drugs out of prisons seems like an impossible task. Tanya Beckett asks four experts if it can be done and how prisoners can be helped to overcome their addictions | BBC, UK

Naloxone: Prisoners' Release

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of issuing guidance to ensure that offenders with a history of opiate use are issued with Naloxone prior to release from prison | They work for You, UK

Prisons: Drugs

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will publish a breakdown of drug incidents in prison since 2010 by (a) drug type and (b) overall weight substances | They work for You, UK

Hundreds of babies born addicted to drugs and alcohol

A total of 173 such births were recorded in both 2019-20 and 2020-21, down from 205 in 2018-19 and 249 in 2017-18 | Independent, UK

One in three UK drinkers now regularly choose low or no alcohol products

Almost one in three (32%) UK drinkers now ‘semi-regularly’* consume low and no alcohol products compared to one in four (25%) in 2020. Furthermore, a fifth (20%) of those who have tried low and no alcohol say they are more likely to drink these products now compared to a year ago, almost double the number saying this in last year’s survey (11%) | Portman Group, UK