Today Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs (Scottish Families) launches the first national Bereavement Counselling Service dedicated to families impacted by a drug-related death.
The National Forum on Drug-Related Deaths releases Annual Report containing recommendations for 2014 and Scottish Government responses to the Forum 2013 recommendations.
The Hungarian National Focal Point has informed us that 15 persons were hospitalised between Monday and Thursday this week at the Toxicology Department of the Péterfy Hospital in Budapest after consuming tablets called 'Facebook' or 'Like'. The users either swallowed the tablets or crushed them and then sniffed the powder.
There is a continuing outbreak of botulism amongst people who inject heroin in Scotland. To date there have been 37 cases (13 confirmed, 22 probable, and 2 possible) and three deaths. To date there have been no cases in Grampian.
The main piece of legislation that controls the sale of alcohol is the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005. The Act balances the rights of the majority who drink responsibly with the need to protect local communities from nuisance and crime associated with alcohol misuse.
European Parliament’s Public Health committee calls for better drinks labeling as part of a new Alcohol Strategy to reduce harm
The European Parliament’s committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety supported a resolution calling for a new EU strategy to tackle health harm from alcohol to be put into action for 2016-2022. The Resolution also emphasizes the importance of better labeling of alcoholic drinks including ingredients and nutritional information.
European Alcohol Policy Alliance (Eurocare) welcomes the initiative from the Brewers of Europe to provide ingredients and nutritional information for their products. Eurocare has been calling for this since 2008.