Daily news - 28th April 2020

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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: Emergency legislation to enable supply of controlled drugs

Letter from the Home Secretary to the Chair of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs | ACMD, UK

BBC News - Delivering Opioid Substitution Treatment in Edinburgh during COVID-19 - 27/04/20 - video

Innovations in Edinburgh to hand deliver opioid substitution treatment OST to vulnerable patients who are isolating - Dr John Budd explains in this BBC News piece | BBC, UK

No 5. Substance misuse - Changing Lives - video

Discusses emergency support and provision for those experiencing substance misuse problems | MEAM, UK

Working with people who use drugs and who are homeless - SDF COVID-19 Webinar - video

COVID-19 and the lockdown present particular challenges for people affected by homelessness and substance use and services working with them. SDF's second free COVID-19 webinar included speakers from across Scotland describing local services responses from which other areas may learn and improve their service provision to a high risk vulnerable group | SDF, UK

Withdrawal: What to expect when you stop taking certain drugs

With the current COVID-19 pandemic you might find that your supply has been interrupted, causing you to experience involuntary withdrawal. Read this new guide to find out more about withdrawal and what you can do to stay safe | Drugs and me / With Are With You, UK

My working week: 'I worry about giving a drug user a week's worth of methadone'

The coronavirus pandemic has affected drug and alcohol services and those we are trying to help | Guardian, UK

'A lot of people have relapsed’: isolation has been a mixed blessing for drug addicts

'People can’t find other things to distract them so they turn back to drugs,’ says one young man who left rehab as the country locked down | Guardian, UK

Coronavirus: Alcohol fears amid lockdown boredom

People could develop long-term heavy drinking habits as a result of self-isolating at home, a charity fears | BBC, UK

'Quarantinis' and beer chugs: Is the pandemic driving us to drink?

Alcohol sales have soared as people use drinking to relax during the Covid-19 crisis, and experts are raising concerns | Guardian, UK

Recreational drug use during COVID-19 - survey

Is the coronavirus outbreak affecting your recreational drug use? Has it changed? Or is it the same? We’re conducting this survey to better understand how we can help people who use recreational drugs to cope with difficult times | Drugs and me, UK

What we fund

Our New Horizons grants programme will be launching in early May with the first round of grants focused on developing a greater understanding of 'Groups, Communities and Alcohol Harm' | Alcohol Change UK, UK

Portadown man jailed for smuggling cocaine from Brazil into NI

A man has been jailed after he attempted to smuggle three kilos of cocaine into Belfast from Brazil | BBC, UK

UK betting firms to stop advertising on TV and radio during lockdown

MP says block on all advertising should have been in place from day one to protect addicts | Guardian, UK


International news

Coronavirus: France bans online sales of nicotine products

France has banned the online sale of nicotine products and limited their sale in pharmacies, after researchers suggested that nicotine may play a role in protecting against coronavirus | BBC, UK

Pain, poor health, and an accumulation of losses

What does effective prevention, assessment, and treatment of prescription and illicit opioid use problems look like for older people? While the ‘opioid crisis’ in North America has frequently made headline news, new Canadian guidelines note the tendency to neglect the trajectories and needs of this segment of the population | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

COVID-19 Decarceration: The Detention Centres Nobody is Talking About

In a mere few weeks, COVID-19 has drastically reshaped our way of living and has brought to light the many limitations of how societies detain and incarcerate people | Talking Drugs, UK

Psychedelic mushrooms for depression: 'This is the one that changed things'

Psychedelic drugs like psilocybin are back in human trials to treat people with mental health conditions. It's a second revolution for a class of drugs shunned by 1960s society. But more research is needed. Here's why | DW, Germany

FDA warns 10 firms against sale of products promoting teen vaping

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday warned 10 manufacturers and retailers against selling or producing products likely to promote e-cigarette use among teenagers | Reuters, USA

Less addictive form of buprenorphine may help curb cocaine relapse

The drug buprenorphine reduces relapse in patients with opioid addiction, and some emerging evidence indicates it may also help treat cocaine addiction. However, the treatment itself comes with a risk of addiction and, thus, is not FDA approved to treat cocaine addiction | Medical Xpress, USA

Methadone Delivered Door-to-Door to Isolated New Yorkers

New York City officials are distributing the detox drug to homeless people and others in isolation hotels, with home deliveries starting Monday to stem the spread of coronavirus | The City, USA

Proposed DEA Rule-Change Could Lead to Far More Methadone Vans

Amajor restriction imposed on mobile methadone vans may soon be lifted by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Filed in late February and open to the general public for comment until April 27, the agency’s proposed rule-making would eliminate certain registration requirements for opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment programs that aim to truly meet patients where they’re at | Filter Magazine, USA

Open versus Closed: The Risks Associated with Retail Liquor Stores during COVID-19

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, provincial and territorial governments have designated liquor stores as essential businesses permitted to stay open. This brief report will highlight some of the risks associated with keeping liquor stores open during the pandemic and the potential risks of closing these stores. It is intended for government officials, policy makers, researchers and journalists | CCSA, Canada

COVID-19 and Cannabis Smoking and Vaping: Four Things You Should Know

Summarizes four important facts currently known about COVID-19 and how it can affect people who smoke or vape cannabis products | CCSA, Canada

Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction and Mental Health Commission of Canada Highlight Healthy Coping Strategies during COVID-19 Pandemic

The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) and the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) have compiled a pair of easy-to-use tip sheets to help people in Canada recognize and cope with stress and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic | CCSA, Canada

Supervised injection facility use and exposure to violence among a cohort of people who inject drugs: A gender-based analysis

[Open access] Supervised injection facilities (SIFs) have been established in many settings... However, the relationship between SIF use and experiencing violence has not yet been thoroughly evaluated. We sought to longitudinally examine the gender-specific relationship between SIF use and exposure to violence among people who inject drugs (PWID) in a Canadian setting | IJDP, Canada

NDARC’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19)

The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) at UNSW Sydney is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and responding through new and existing research projects. A summary of this activity is listed below and will be updated regularly as information becomes available | NDARC, Australia



Blogs, comment and opinion

New evidence on risks of low-level alcohol use in pregnancy

In this guest post, Dr Kayleigh Easey, from the Bristol Medical School’s MRC Intergrative Epidemiology Unit at the University of Bristol, takes a look at a recent research investigating effects of drinking in pregnancy and child mental health | Alcohol Policy UK, UK