Daily news - 24th April 2020

Weekly subscribe button

Coronavirus frequently updated resources

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

COVID-19 & Alcohol Dependency: Looking After Yourself During Lockdown

For alcohol dependent individuals, self-detoxing alcohol at home without medical support isn’t advised. There is much uncertainty in the alcohol detox process, including the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal... | NHS, UK

Drug and needle exchange service delivery changes

In an effort to centralise information across Scotland, Scottish Drugs Forum, Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs and We Are With You have collaborated to produce a single database which enables drug services and pharmacies to submit weekly updates | SDF, UK

New research reveals NE drinking habits during lockdown

New research has found that more than one quarter of North East adults (26%) who drink alcohol are drinking more often since lockdown began on 23 March | Balance North East, UK

Fingerprint drug test adopted across 50 sites by drug rehabilitation service to reduce Coronavirus risk

Change Grow Live orders non-invasive Intelligent Fingerprinting test to support social distancing requirement during opioid substitution treatment testing | Intelligent Fingerprinting, UK

Survey - Lockdown effects on families and friends of someone with a drug, alcohol or gambling problem

Adfam is the national charity improving life for families affected by the drug/alcohol use or problem gambling of a loved one. Adfam is running this survey to capture and understand the experiences and challenges faced by this group during the Covid-19 crisis in the UK | Adfam, UK


International news

Gender and Irish Drug Policy: Report submitted to the working group as part of the 'Implementing a gender approach in different drug policy areas: from prevention, care and treatment service to law enforcement' project

The report responds to key questions set by the working group in regard to drug policy in Ireland, including; gender within current drug policy; transgender and/or intersex persons within service delivery; stakeholders at national level; obstacles to the integration of a gender sensitive approach; and benefits to society and health and well-being of target groups of adapting and implementing a gender sensitive approach | University College Dublin and Department of Health, Ireland

Over 230 sought help for gambling addictions last year

More than 230 people sought help with a gambling addiction last year. It is a 7% increase on the 217 people who were assessed or treated for gambling as a problem in 2018 | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Court Grants FDA’s Request for Extension of Premarket Review Submission Deadline for Certain Tobacco Products Because of Impacts from COVID-19

On July 12, 2019, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland ordered the FDA to require manufacturers of e-cigarettes, cigars and other deemed new tobacco products that were on the market as of Aug. 8, 2016 to submit applications for premarket review by May 12, 2020 | FDA, USA

Portugal’s answer to the heroin crisis

Why Philadelphia is looking to Europe for help with America’s worst big-city drug epidemic | Inquirer, USA

Coronavirus Crisis Spurs Access To Online Treatment For Opioid Addiction

Opioid addiction isn't taking a break during the coronavirus pandemic. But the U.S. response to the viral crisis is making addiction treatment easier to get | npr, USA

NYC Rolls Out Courier System to Deliver Methadone to Isolated Patients

For the 30,000 patients who take methadone every day for opioid use disorder in New York City, one big worry was potentially taken away this week. If they are not able to get to their opioid treatment program (OTPs, commonly known as methadone clinics) because they are quarantining with COVID-19 or symptoms of it, they can now get their medication delivered to them via a courier | Filter Magazine, USA

Overdose victims charged with violating stay-at-home order. Experts question response, effectiveness

They had overdosed in a car outside a McDonald's on April 8 on Harrison Avenue when police arrived | Cincinnati.com, USA

A Tale of Two Countries Racially Targeted Arrests in the Era of Marijuana Reform (PDF)

This report updates our previous findings through an analysis of marijuana possession arrests and attendant racial disparities from 2010 to 2018, and provides specific analysis on states that have approved legalization and decriminalization laws | ACLU, USA

Costs of cannabis testing compliance: Assessing mandatory testing in the California cannabis market

Most U.S. states that have regulated and taxed cannabis have imposed some form of mandatory safety testing requirements. In California, the country’s largest and oldest legal cannabis market, mandatory testing was first enforced by state regulators in July 2018, and additional mandatory tests were introduced at the end of 2018 | PLOS ONE, USA

Special Report: Peruvian coca farmers to Paris pushers, coronavirus upends global narcotics trade

Countries around the world have spent billions of dollars bailing out businesses affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Peru’s coca farmers, who grow the bushy plant used to make cocaine, say they want help, too | Reuters, USA

Why Do Edibles Give You A Different High Than Smoking?

The scientific explanation, plus how to avoid a bad edibles experience | VICE, USA

Additional $6 million to support drug and alcohol services during COVID-19

Online and phone support services for people experiencing drug and alcohol problems will receive an additional $6 million from the Australians Government during the COVID-19 pandemic | Greg Hunt, Australia

Opioid addiction treatment must change during pandemic, experts say

People being treated for opioid addiction risk relapsing without changes in their support and treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic | Sydney Morning Herald, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Covid-19: supporting the most vulnerable drinkers

Through the Blue Light programme Mike Ward works with some of the UK's most vulnerable people, those often called 'change-resistant' drinkers - and this group faces particular challenges as a result of coronavirus | Alcohol Concern blog, UK

GDS Corona Conversations - with Jason Kew, senior police detective from UK - video

Jason Kew is a Violence Reduction Unit lead for Drugs, Exploitation and Harm Reduction with Thames Valley Police in the UK, and a trustee with DrugFAM. A champion for the most vulnerable in society and harm reduction advocate - he highlights how changes to drug policy and treatment are simply pragmatic and effective responses to many of society’s issues with drugs | Global Drug Survey, UK

Recreational Drug Use In The UK

This is the seventh in a series of posts based on perhaps the most important drug-related report of the current century, Dame Carol Black’s Review of Drugs . Today’s post looks at the section from that report dedicated to the prevalence of recreational drug use | Russell Webster, UK

Why now is the time for pubs to become a staple of sociological research

I am often asked the question why am I so passionate about rural pubs when I rarely drink alcohol? Put simply, as highlighted by the work of the Plunkett Foundation and Pub is the Hub, there is much more to pubs than alcohol, and it is this combined with personal experiences of rural living that sparked my research interest in pubs, especially rural pubs | Everyday Society blog, UK