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Vapers are not using Juul e-cigarettes to stop smoking

Only 1% of Twitter users mentioned Juul as a smoking cessation method and scarcely 7% referred to any potential health benefits of using the vaping devices, according to University of Utah Health et al after analysis of over 4,000 tweets.

Google’s OneFifteen Living prepares for grand opening

OneFifteen will soon accept patients who need a place to stay while looking for a job or a permanent place to live. “What we’re creating is a campus where you have the whole continuum of care for someone who is

Preparing future clinicians to intervene in opioid crisis

It is vital that clinicians understand pain and substance use disorders as well as public health and opioid policy interventions – but data show that future healthcare professionals don’t have the training, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing states.

Australia’s Annual Overdose Report 2020

Australia’s Annual Overdose Report 2020 reveals that, for the 5th year running, over 2,000 Australians lost their lives to overdose in a single calendar year, Penington Institute notes.

17 September 2020

Keep health workers safe to keep patients safe: WHO

“No country, hospital or clinic can keep its patients safe unless it keeps its health workers safe. WHO’s Health Worker Safety Charter is a step towards ensuring that health workers have the safe working conditions, training, pay and the respect

Webinar choice

A really interesting hour of revelations from Professor Steve Allsop on Swimming with crocodiles: Lessons learned from 40 years of trying to influence policy: “While research involves logical argument, fidelity and robust methods, politics & policy seem to be more about

Mutual-aid groups allowed in Covid regulations

Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do states (#3.18) that “Support groups can take place in gatherings of any number in a public place, if the support group is organised by a business, a charitable, benevolent or philanthropic

Dark nudges and sludge in Big Alcohol

“Dark nudges” aim to change consumer behaviour against best interests. “Sludge” uses cognitive biases to make behaviour change harder. The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine et al identified both in alcohol industry ‘corporate social responsibility’ materials – and

Police Scotland slammed after blocking new drug deaths data

Despite admitting it holds details of every suspected drug death for 2019, Police Scotland has refused to release the information – it claimed it was a “mistake” to do so in the past. The numbers for 2019 are running 5

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