Daily news - 2nd April 2020

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Coronavirus frequently updated resources

Treatment and recovery services – and COVID-19 |Collective Voice

Society for the Study of Addiction useful coronavirus links | SSA

DDN coronavirus advice links |DDN

COVID-19 and smoking: resources, research and news | BMJ

Coronavirus: information and advice hub - alcohol | Alcohol Change UK

UK news

Smoking, employability, and wages (PDF)

In 2018, smoking killed almost 100,000 people across the UK. But the costs of smoking don’t stop there. Smoking also has a destructive impact on both individuals and the economy – depriving smokers of work, driving down their wages and costing the UK economy billions in lost productivity. To measure the impact of smoking on employment, earnings and productivity, Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) commissioned Landman Economics to analyse Understanding Society, a UK longitudinal dataset | ASH, UK

Julie Bass steps into Turning Point CEO role

Today Julie Bass starts in post as Turning Point’s new Chief Executive Officer. In this blog she reflects on the challenges of stepping into the role in the midst of a global crisis and her vison for the future once we are through the pandemic | Turning Point, UK

Humankind offer a big welcome to EDP and new services in Staffordshire and NE Prisons

During these challenging times we are pleased to be able to bring some news of new ventures, with EDP joining us as a subsidiary and two new services starting in Staffordshire and the North East on 1st April | humankind, UK

Briefing: Alcohol and domestic abuse in the context of Covid-19 restrictions (PDF)

In the wake of this global pandemic, figures already show an increase in domestic abuse reports around the world. Lockdown measures require people to stay at home, even when that home may not be a safe place for them. This briefing offers some considerations relating to alcohol and domestic violence during the restrictions placed on households as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic | MMU / Adfam / Alcohol Change UK, UK

Supervised consumption during the COVID-19 crisis

In the current COVID-19 focused climate, social distancing is of utmost importance. But there are many situations in which pharmacists and pharmacy staff will find themselves where this feels difficult to implement | Chemist and Druggist, UK

Foundations of Motivational Interviewing explored in new SDF e-learning course

Scottish Drugs Forum is pleased to announce the launch of a new e-learning resource aimed at assisting professionals who are required to discuss with people about making changes to their lifestyle or behaviours | SDF, UK

Addiction: Key findings - April 2020

This is a quick summary of the main discovery for each research paper we have published, organized issue by issue. Each key finding is below the article title, with a link to the abstract | Addiction, UK

Addiction Book list

Addiction publishes new book lists five times per year. Here is the latest | Addiction, UK

Systemic failings at Caesars Entertainment leads to the departure of three senior managers and sanctions of £13m

The Gambling Commission has announced that Caesars Entertainment UK Limited is to pay £13m and must implement a series of improvements following a catalogue of social responsibility, money laundering and customer interaction failures including those involving ‘VIPs’ | Gambling Commission, UK



International news

Patterns of tobacco and e-cigarette use status in India: a cross-sectional survey of 3000 vapers in eight Indian cities

This study, which we believe is the first of this kind in India, was conducted to obtain data on the characteristics and tobacco use profile of e-cigarette users (vapers) in India | Harm Reduction Journal, UK

Trump holds ‘war on drugs’ press conference amid coronavirus pandemic – video

In an unusual start to the White House daily coronavirus briefing, US president Donald Trump announced a new focus on drug cartels | Guardian, UK

$30 million in drugs seized in ‘sophisticated’ border tunnel

‘Our law enforcement partners will remain resilient and continue to pursue criminal organisations responsible for the cross-border smuggling of narcotics into the United States’ | Independent, UK

Coronavirus and Drug Recovery

The closure of services, distancing measures and self-isolation could be particularly difficult for those who are trying to remain drug free or for those who are in recovery. Tips for remaining substance free and links to services | Drugs.ie, Ireland

Coronavirus: ‘It’s a terrible situation now that I can’t meet people’

Rural publicans and customers see need for closures amid pandemic but worry for older patrons and trade’s future | Irish Times, Ireland

COVID 19 Resources

We realize that many providers and programs are trying to mitigate circumstances related to COVID-19. We have convened the ASAM Caring for Patients During the COVID-19 (CPDC) Task Force. The Task Force includes a national panel of experts that are recognized in the field of addiction medicine. They are rapidly producing comprehensive resources tailored to addiction medicine treatment within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic | ASAM, USA

Coronavirus crisis could trigger relapse among those fighting addiction

The social distancing and isolation of the coronavirus pandemic may put people struggling with addiction at risk for relapse, an expert says | Medical Xpress, USA

Potential Adverse Drug Events with Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) Due to Drug–Drug Interactions

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the primary psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. While the safety of THC and cannabis has been extrapolated from millennia of recreational use, medical marijuana programs have increased exposure among medically complex individuals with comorbid conditions and many co-prescribed medications | MDPI, USA

Cannabis Scientists Are Chasing the Perfect High

The retail showroom of INSA, a farm-to-bong cannabis company in western Massachusetts, is a clean industrial space on the first floor of a four-story brick building in the old mill town Easthampton | NYTimes, USA

We Should Be Vigilant Against Attacks on the Supreme Court’s Burrage Ruling

Marcus Andrew Burrage was once a small-town guy from rural Iowa who sold another man heroin. As is typical of the courts and media coverage, no one really considered the broader spectrum of Burrage’s life | Filter Magazine, USA

Does Smoking Cannabis Put You at Higher Risk for the Coronavirus?

The straight dope from health professionals on the dangers of smoking pot during the pandemic | SF Weekly, USA


Blogs, comment and opinion

Leading rapid change at scale: leadership, digital and staying connected during the coronavirus

Some reflections from our experience at We Are With You | Laura Bunt, UK

We Are With You join Collective Voice

Amidst the uncertainty and turmoil of the COVID-19 outbreak, one thing has become particularly clear across many sectors of society, including the field of drug and alcohol treatment and recovery – we are stronger when we are united, more effective when we collaborate, and better equipped to respond to unprecedented challenges when we come together to focus on the people who need our support | Collective Voice, UK

GDS Corona Conversations - with Alex Stevens from University of Kent - video

In this episode Adam speaks with Alex Stevens who is a Professor in Criminal Justice and Director of Public Engagement at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Kent | Global Drug Survey, UK

Minimum unit pricing: from the theory to the supermarket shelf

We’ve been out and about, finding out how setting a minimum price for alcohol in Wales has changed what’s on the shelves | Alcohol Change UK blog, uK

Sharon Cox: Risky smoking practices and the coronavirus: A deadly mix for our most vulnerable smokers 

Coronavirus in on the rise, both the incidence and the distribution of the virus are growing across the UK, Europe and similarly in the US. Rates of illness and death from China, the worst affected area, are testament to the importance of containing the spread of the virus | BMJ opinion, UK

Let’s try “Dry Covid” – lockdown is the time to kick our national alcohol habit for good

Off licenses aren't essential services – and closing them during the coronavirus pandemic would yield more for the nation’s health than almost any other policy intervention | Independent voices, UK

Reality Check: policing of people who use drugs during the COVID-19 pandemic

Policing of people who use drugs in the UK has had to change rapidly during the COVID-19 crisis. Even in normal times enforcement of criminalisation of people who use drugs is expensive and counterproductive. In the evolving COVID-19 crisis the key arguments for ending it are more pertinent than ever, particularly for the most vulnerable people who use drugs. What is happening, and what needs to be done? | Turning Point, UK

Out of the Wilderness Years: The Dawn of a New Era at Powick Mental Hospital

A century after it first opened its doors in 1852, Powick Mental Hospital became the leading centre in the U.K. to pioneer an experimental new form of psychotherapy using the drug LSD | Worcester Medical Museums blog, UK