Daily news - 3rd July 2020

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Coronavirus frequently updated resources

COVID-19 and addiction: webinars, podcasts and online discussions | SSA

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

COVID-19 Information Hub | Scottish Drugs Forum

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

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

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


UK news

Open consultation: Independent review of drugs: call for evidence, part 2

An independent review into the use and supply of illicit drugs, seeking views on how to reduce harm to individuals and society. This consultation closes at
11:59pm on 6 August 2020 | Department of Health and Social Care, UK

Press release: Government launches second phase of independent review into drug misuse

Updated from yesterday with links to the terms of reference and call for evidence. Also, the closing date for responses to the call for evidence has been corrected to 6 August | Department of Health and Social Care and Jo Churchill MP, UK

Pubs delaying reopening on 'Super Saturday' amid fears of alcohol-fuelled mayhem

And one boozer in Bristol will hold off welcoming back punters after discovering birds nest and eggs in garden | Independent, UK

Tobacco firm funded attack on council quit-smoking services

Exclusive: PR company failed to tell local newspapers it was working for British American Tobacco | Guardian, UK

Department of Health and Social Care - Smoking: Coronavirus

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to launch a campaign to address nicotine addiction to deliver a better outcome for COVID-19 patients | Parliament.uk, UK

Tobacco: Sales

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will enable the sale of menthol cigarettes after the end of the transition period | They work for you, UK

Notification of tobacco or herbal products for smoking

Guidance for businesses needing to notify the government that they are placing a tobacco or herbal smoking product on the market. Updated product list | PHE, UK

Addiction News with Rob Calder - podcast

Suzi talks to Dr Rob Calder about Addiction News and COVID-19 addiction news from across the globe. Addiction News is an area on the journal website where Rob has been compiling news articles and stories related to addiction | Addiction, UK

David Badcock, CEO of Drug Science - podcast

Tune in to this week's episode of the Professionally Cannabis Podcast to hear exclusive insights today from David Badcock, CEO at Drug Science. As CEO of the charity spearheading Project Twenty21 – the initiative aiming to get cannabis medicine to 20,000 patients in the UK – David explores the UK cannabis landscape, the team behind Drug Science, and other projects around alcohol and psychedelics | Professionally Cannabis, UK

Welcome! to the Impact of COVID-19 on alcohol consumption, motivation to drink and hangovers Survey

The aim of this study to better understand how interventions to reduce the spread of COVID-19 will alter alcohol consumption, motivations to drink and hangovers | Imperial College London, UK

NCA and police smash thousands of criminal conspiracies after infiltration of encrypted communication platform in UK’s biggest ever law enforcement operation

Entire organised crime groups dismantled during Operation Venetic with 746 arrests, and £54m criminal cash, 77 firearms and over two tonnes of drugs seized so far | NCA, UK

Lockdown: Welsh pub with car park in England unable to fully reopen

A publican who has the England-Wales border running "through the car park" says it is frustrating being unable to reopen when nearby businesses can | BBC, UK


International news

The James Burton Story: Medical Cannabis in the Netherlands

The start of the controlled cannabis supply chain experiment, where legally produced cannabis will be sold in coffeeshops in ten municipalities, grown by government-designated growers seems to be moving the Netherlands in the direction of cannabis legalisation. What many people don’t know, however, is that medical cannabis has been legal in the Netherlands for a while now. James Burton was one of the very first to grow cannabis legally for medical use. This is his story | Volte Face, UK

Overview: The opioid crisis in America

As the United States—and the world—reel from the COVID-19 pandemic, the epidemic of opioid use disorder continues to ravage the country | Brookings, USA

Smoking Behaviors in Survivors of Smoking-Related and Non–Smoking-Related Cancers

This cross-sectional study found that, in the 2017 US National Health Interview Survey, which included 26 742 respondents aged 18 years or older, current smoking prevalence was higher among smoking-related cancer survivors compared with non–smoking-related cancer survivors (19.78% vs 10.63%) | JAMA Network, USA

Study shows early promise of using laughing gas to relieve veterans' PTSD symptoms

For military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), symptoms such as anxiety, anger and depression can have a devastating impact on their health, daily routine, relationships and overall quality of life | News Medical, USA

Pod-based e-cigarettes efficiently addictive

High-dose delivery of nicotine may foster greater dependence than other types of e-cigarettes | Harvard Gazette, USA

Study advances understanding of brain connectivity in cannabis users

Researchers at Center for BrainHealth, part of The University of Texas at Dallas, recently examined underlying brain networks in long-term cannabis users to identify patterns of brain connectivity when the users crave or have a desire to consume cannabis | Medical Xpress, USA

Study shows pandemic affecting Canadians’ consumption of alcohol and cannabis

Latest results from an ongoing Pan Canadian study by the Canadian Red Cross suggest a portion of adults who use alcohol and cannabis have increased their consumption of those substances during the COVID-19 pandemic | Canadian Red Cross, Canada


Blogs, comment and opinion

A European prevention registry? Xchange: the story of a fruitful EMCDDA & EUSPR collaboration

It’s been two years now since I’m involved in the development and maintenance of the Xchange prevention registry. This experience enabled me to work with a team of people who have decades of experience and expertise in drug prevention. But what is the Xchange prevention registry exactly, and what did we realise in these last couple of years? | EUSPR blog, UK

Why Australia’s draconian vaping policies deserve condemnation

Over one year ago, I authored a column in these very pages for The Spectator Australia. In that column, I registered my observations with readers by declaring my views that state and federal Australian governments care not for the human rights of nicotine users that rely on non-pharmacological smoking cessation methods | Spectator, Australia

Drug-driving laws are destructive and ineffective

Given my recent retirement from judicial office, I can finally say it: our drug-driving detection laws are beyond doubt the most stupid I have had the unfortunate duty to apply | SMH opinion, Australia

Reforming cannabis laws is a complex challenge, but New Zealand’s history of drug reform holds important lessons

In less than three months, New Zealanders will vote in the world’s first national referendum on a comprehensive proposal to legalise the recreational use of cannabis | Conversation, New Zealand