Policy

EMCDDA webinar: How wastewater monitoring can boost preparedness for new health threats

Online,

Objective: to explore wastewater analysis as a methodology contributing to EU preparedness and response

Background: COVID-19 has raised the attention of Europe, and globally, on the importance of readiness towards potential emergencies. Improved and innovative monitoring methodologies are at the core of the research-based actions taken to respond to potential threats.

Czech National Policy on Addictions and Priorities of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU in 2022

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Office of the Government of the Czech Republic and National Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Addiction
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The Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU (CZ PRES) takes place from 1 July to 31 December 2022 in difficult times. EU Member States are currently facing several challenges, including the impact of the health, economic, energy and social crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine.

Women, men and alcohol: Why is gender important in alcohol control policies?

Online,

This webinar will raise awareness of the importance of gender when addressing alcohol-related harms, present current research evidence and share examples of how communities are addressing these issues.

Key questions to be addressed include:

what evidence do we have about whether gender impacts policies which seek to address alcohol availability, affordability and acceptability?

The environmental impact of tobacco products: Time to increase awareness and action

Citation
Morphett, K., Hyland, A., Sellars, D., & Gartner, C. (2022). The environmental impact of tobacco products: Time to increase awareness and action. Addiction.
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"There is increasing recognition of the negative environmental effects of tobacco products. However, further research, policy and public awareness are needed to address the environmental harms caused by the tobacco industry."

Changes in Emergency Department Visits for Cannabis Hyperemesis Syndrome Following Recreational Cannabis Legalization and Subsequent Commercialization in Ontario, Canada

Citation
Myran DT, Roberts R, Pugliese M, Taljaard M, Tanuseputro P, Pacula RL. Changes in Emergency Department Visits for Cannabis Hyperemesis Syndrome Following Recreational Cannabis Legalization and Subsequent Commercialization in Ontario, Canada. JAMA Netw Open. 2022;5(9):e2231937. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.31937
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Abstract

Importance  Prior research suggests that the legalization of recreational cannabis is associated with increases in cannabis hyperemesis syndrome (CHS), but it is unclear how cannabis commercialization (ie, greater retail store access as well as increased variety and potency of cannabis products) may be associated with these changes.