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News DDN EVERY DAY All the news, updated daily www.drinkanddrugsnews.com Government launches second phase of Carol Black review The second part of Professor Dame Carol Black’s independent review into illegal drug use in England has now been launched, the government has announced. While the initial phase looked at drug supply and demand, the second will study treatment provision, recovery services and prevention. The review will look at how drug treatment interacts with housing, employment, mental health and criminal justice services, with the overarching aim of ensuring that vulnerable people get the right support to ‘recover and turn their lives around in the community and in prison’. The final document will contain policy recommendations to government, including around funding, commissioning and how local bodies are held accountable to ‘ensure they are effective’. The review’s first phase concluded that even if more money were made available for drug treatment, there would still be ‘a lot of work to do’ to build up capacity and expertise in the sector (DDN, March, page 4). ‘In my foreword to part one I said that behind the thorough analysis of the market for illicit drugs that we had just completed lay a very tragic human story – about the effect on individuals, their families, youngsters caught up in the trade, and the economy,’ said Professor Black. ‘We showed a decade-long erosion, under previous governments, in almost every aspect of drug addiction, prevention, treatment and recovery. We now have the opportunity to correct this and build a better world. To do this many stakeholders and government departments must work together as never before.’ Address lockdown ‘time bomb’, urges Adfam PEOPLE COPING WITH A LOVED ONE’S DRUG USE, drinking or gambling have been hard hit by the COVID-19 lockdown, according to an Adfam survey. Half of respondents to Families in lockdown said the situation had had a negative impact on their own mental health, while 85 per cent of respondents said lockdown had made a ‘bad situation worse’ 28 per cent said they were experiencing more verbal abuse than usual, and 13 per cent admitted to being concerned for their safety. Around 5m people are thought to be dealing with the negative effects of loved one’s alcohol or drug use in the UK, with 85 per cent of respondents to the survey saying the lockdown had made a ‘bad situation worse’. Many will need urgent additional support as lockdown conditions ease, warns the charity. ‘When you are already isolated, fearful or in poor mental and physical health, lockdown takes an even bigger toll,’ said chief executive Vivienne Evans. ‘Even when restrictions ease, people will need help and support to recover. Now more than ever, we need a national conversation about how we can help people to cope with the lifelong impacts of a loved one’s alcohol, drug or gambling problem.’ Survey at adfam.org.uk 'We showed a decade-long erosion, under previous governments, in almost every aspect of drug addiction, prevention, treatment and recovery.' Prof Dame Carol Black A quarter of drinkers consuming more MORE THAN A QUARTER OF PEOPLE who have ever drunk alcohol think they have been drinking more during lockdown, according to Alcohol Change UK. Almost half said they expected to continue drinking at the same rate as the lockdown eases, while 17 per cent said they anticipated drinking more. The figures are based on a survey of more than 2,000 people, around 1,600 of whom were current or former drinkers. Just under 20 per cent of this group said they had been drinking to cope with stress or anxiety, with parents of under-18s more likely to cite this as a reason than non-parents or parents of adult children. While 38 per cent of those who typically drank seven or more units a day said they were now drinking more, more than one in three people had been taking ‘active steps’ to manage their alcohol consumption, including having alcohol-free days or looking for advice online. ‘From the very start of lockdown, charities and treatment services have warned of the impact on people’s drinking,’ said chief executive Richard Piper. ‘This research shows that we were right to worry.’ Local News PRIMARY PROJECT A new London NHS primary care gambling service has been launched by the Hurley Group GP partnership and GambleAware. Many people with issues ‘don’t necessarily talk about their gambling,’ with their GP, said service lead Dr Clare Gerada. ‘We will be exploring how to identify them’ – and help them get the right treatment. www. primarycaregamblingservice. co.uk STRONG IDENTITY The University of Brighton is working alongside youth researchers who have experienced mental health issues to understand if activism can boost identity and sense of belonging. ‘Research tells us that a strong and positive civic identity offers us direction in life and indicates that we matter in the world,’ said principal researcher Angie Hart. More information at www.ukri.org APPROPRIATE SUPPORT Guidance on setting up specialist alcohol support for people from the Punjabi and other communities been launched by Aquarius, Manchester Metropolitan University and Birmingham University. ‘Far more attention is needed to support our diverse communities,’ said project lead Sarah Galvani. www.mmu.ac.uk/rcass/ourexpertise/suab WWW.DRINKANDDRUGSNEWS.COM JULY/AUGUST 2020 • DRINK AND DRUGS NEWS • 5