Daily news - 9th April 2020

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Coronavirus frequently updated resources

NEW: COVID-19 resources page for people who use drugs (PWUD) and drug service providers - International | EMCDDA

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

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

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


UK news

Clinical guide for the management of people with alcohol dependence during the coronavirus pandemic (PDF)

As clinicians, we all have general responsibilities in relation to coronavirus and we should seek and act on national and local guidelines. We also have a specific responsibility to ensure that essential care continues with the minimum burden on the NHS. We must engage with those planning our local response | NHS, UK

How are British drinking habits shifting under lockdown?

YouGov Plan and Track data shows that while pubs and restaurants are closed, the demand for alcohol among Britons persists | YouGov, UK

SURE Recovery app

Please help us to understand how Covid-19 is affecting your use of alcohol and other drugs and your access to treatment. The SURE recovery app has been developed by researchers at King’s College London and people in recovery. It is free and has just been updated so that you can tell us how things are for you during this period of social isolation. Just download the updated app from the App Store or Google Play | Kings College London, UK

COVID-19: Risk of increase in smoking rates among England’s 6 million smokers and relapse among England’s 11 million ex-smokers

As a practising GP, I am concerned about those who might get seriously unwell due to the respiratory virus SARS-CoV-2. As a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), I join hands with the public health and other healthcare communities to focus on acute measures in this time of national emergency to save lives from COVID-19 | BJGP, UK

Calls to help drug users access services in Covid-19 crisis

Calls are growing for people with drug addictions to get urgent access to life-saving treatment and prescriptions to help them self-isolate, keeping themselves – and others – safe during the Covid-19 pandemic | The Ferret, UK

Impact of bottle size on in‐home consumption of wine: a randomized controlled cross‐over trial

[Open access] Consuming wine at home from 50 cl bottles, compared with 75 cl bottles, may reduce both amount consumed and rate of consumption | Addiction, UK

Alcoholic Drinks: Minimum Prices

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of minimum unit pricing on alcohol policy in (a) Scotland and (b) Wales; and what plans she has to bring forward legislative proposals to introduce a similar policy for England | They work for you, UK

Homelessness charity delivers alcohol to people withdrawing from substance abuse while in lockdown

'People registering with our drug and alcohol pathway has trebled' | Lincolnshire Live, UK

The Impact Prize for influence on policy and practice

To support our strategic aim, ‘to harness and communicate the evidence base to inform policy and practice‘, this prize will be awarded, at our Annual Conference, to an individual who has produced innovative work influencing policy and/or practice in the field of addiction | SSA, UK

Tyler Peck: 15-year-old died after prescription drug overdose

A boy died after taking a fatal amount of prescription drugs, a coroner has found | BBC, UK


International news

How a small town reacted when its mayor was caught growing weed

LaDonna Kennedy and husband Randy were devoted to tiny Jamaica, Iowa, but a drug case put the relationship to the test | Guardian, UK

It’s as Good a Time as Any to Scrap the Methadone Clinic System

The rapid onset of the coronavirus and subsequent shutdowns have got those of use on methadone feeling pretty scared right now | Filter Magazine, USA

Charlotte Figi, The 13-Year-Old Poster Child For Medical Cannabis, Has Died

Despite a negative test, hospital staff treated her as a "likely COVID-19 case," according to her mother | BuzzFeed, USA

Whether marijuana helps with pain is unclear, study suggests

Medical marijuana users who say they have high levels of pain are more likely than those with low pain to say they use cannabis three or more times a day, a new study finds | Medical Xpress, USA

Are Smokers or Vapers More at Risk for COVID-19? Here’s What We know

Investigating the potential danger to those who use tobacco products or e-cigarettes calls for a look at the lungs | Scientific American, USA

Effectiveness of nicotine replacement therapy sample at outdoor smoking hotspots for initiating quit attempts and use of smoking cessation services: a protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial

More than half of the smoking population in Hong Kong are unmotivated to quit. Only about 2% of tobacco users in the territory have ever used cessation aids such as nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). The present study aims to assess the effectiveness of delivering 1-week free NRT sample plus brief intervention to smokers at outdoor smoking hotspots on quit attempts and use of smoking cessation services | BMJ Open, Hong Kong

'Alarming' rise in online gambling has experts worried

An "alarming" rise in online gambling coupled with an increase in alcohol sales has experts worried they will see a significant increase in harm caused to people who are isolated and financially stressed | Sydney Morning Herald, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Time to downsize wine bottles?

New study assessing the impact of wine bottle size on home drinking finds smaller bottles can have a positive effect | IAS Blog, UK

GDS Corona Conversations with Prof. Alison Ritter from University of New South Wales, Sydney - video

In this episode Adam goes Down Under and speaks with Prof. Alison Ritter, Director of the Drug Policy Modelling Program (DPMP) at the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) at the University of New South Wales | Global Drug Survey, UK

In the heartbeat before global lockdown: Business as usual in Vienna drugs debate

As the international community grappled with the first major outbreaks of COVID-19, and before the whole world turned upside down as a result of the pandemic’s escalation, the 63rd Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) went ahead as planned in the first week of March in Vienna | IDPC blog, UK

Drink in the Time of Corona: Call for Blog Posts

We are aware that many of you will be interested in the impact of the pandemic and the lockdown on certain aspects of society and humanity particular to drinking studies. We are aware there are quite a lot of conversations ongoing about the effects of pubs and pub closures, the new phenomenon of delivery and drive-in breweries and distilleries in the UK, and the effects of isolation on those with problematic or addictive relationships to alcohol to name a few. We are therefore, for the first time, throwing open our website to blog posts | Drinking Studies Network, UK

Covid-19: we must take urgent action to avoid an increase in problem gambling and gambling related harms

The covid-19 pandemic has brought into focus the importance of understanding the interplay between the pathogen and the populations and systems that it threatens | BMJ Opinion, UK