Daily news - 6th 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

Coronavirus lockdown: People rush to town centres as pubs reopen

The number of people visiting High Streets surged on "Super Saturday", as hairdressers, pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants reopened in England after a three-month lockdown. It comes as police warned that drunk people are unable to socially distance | BBC, UK

‘So good to be out’: Pub drinkers toast end to lockdown

Ten in the morning on the first day of pubs reopening since lockdown and in Sheffield’s most central Wetherspoon pub Connor Bowling and his two mates are already three pints deep, Full English full and considering ordering a round of Jagermeisters | Independent, UK

How to Sesh Responsibly On 'Super Saturday'

With pubs reopening and the nation collectively getting the bag in, here's what you need to remember | VICE, UK

Calls For Reform As Lockdown ‘Leads To Addiction Relapse’

Simon* was steadily recovering from his drug addiction before the Covid-19 crisis – but the pressures of lockdown led to his relapse | EachOther, UK

Tobacco and alcohol content in soap operas broadcast on UK television: a content analysis and population exposure

Exposure to tobacco and alcohol content in media is a risk factor for smoking and alcohol use in young people. Our previous research suggested that tobacco and alcohol imagery is common in soap operas. We now report an analysis of tobacco and alcohol content in a sample of soap operas broadcast in the UK | Journal Public Health, UK

NDTMS: community alcohol and drug treatment business definitions - updated

Business definitions for community drug and alcohol misuse treatment providers to input data items onto the national drug treatment monitoring system (NDTMS). Updated with added updates to P core datasets: adult and young people | PHE, UK

‘Irn Bru and Mars Bars’ – Dr Andrew McAuley joins Drugs Uncut podcast to discuss researching drug-related issues

The latest episode of ‘Drugs Uncut’ – the Scottish Drugs Forum podcast – has been published and is available to listen to for free online or on your favourite podcast app | SDF, UK

MEAM Substance Misuse Learning Hub - free event

Thu, July 16, 2020, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM BST. Substance misuse and multiple disadvantage learning hub. Exploring best practice, commissioning, policy and adaptations related to Covid | MEAM, UK

Operation Venetic: More than 50 arrests in 'unprecedented' crime raids

More than 50 people have been arrested in Scotland as part of a major UK-wide operation which has dismantled several organised crime gangs | BBC, UK

County lines gangs disguised drug couriers as key workers during coronavirus lockdown

Liverpool drug lords operated a ‘click and collect’ service for cocaine and heroin, Mersyside police say | Guardian, UK

Coronavirus: London park bans alcohol after 'urination and defecation'

Alcohol has been banned in a London park after "weeks of unacceptably high levels of litter, public urination and defecation and disturbance to local people", a council has said | BBC, UK

Safiyya Shaikh: How undercover operation caught a drug addict jihadist

A supporter of the banned Islamic State terror group has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 14 years after admitting a plot to blow herself up in a bomb attack on St Paul's Cathedral in London | BBC, UK

Smuggler used toy bricks to hide £8m UK cocaine haul

Marek Wisniewski, 45, had 80 kgs of the Class A drug in the van when he was stopped at Dover's Eastern Docks | BBC, UK

The Vulcan: memories and mysteries uncovered as Cardiff pub is rebuilt

The memories and mysteries of one of Cardiff's oldest pubs are being gathered as it is rebuilt at a museum | BBC, UK


International news

The ICHOM Standard Set for Addiction

[Recently published.] The ICHOM Standard Set for Addiction, including disorders related to substance use and addictive behaviours, is the result of hard work by a group of leading physicians, measurement experts, and lived experience experts. It represents the outcomes that matter most to adults and young people with disorders related to substance use and addictive behaviours | ICHOM, UK

Magic mushrooms could help ex-soldiers to overcome trauma

As more troops self-medicate with psychedelic drugs to help with PTSD, a group of experts lobby for proper clinical trials | Guardian, UK

'Cronk rules everything around me': long-lost beverage resurrected after 120 years

Odd ads for Dr Cronk’s Compound Sarsaparilla Beer, once wildly popular, went viral on Twitter. Now a Canadian brewer is bringing it back | Guardian, UK

‘A subsection of clients feel lockdown has made it easier to avoid drug use’

The pandemic has had a devastating impact globally. But according to Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Dr Bobby Smyth, addition services have not been badly affected by the crisis | Medical Independent, Ireland

New Minister of State for Drugs Policy stands by attack on RTE 'cocaine snorters'

The new Minister of State for Drugs Policy Frank Feighan said public officials and people in RTE are "snorting cocaine all over the place" | Independent, Ireland

Tobacco advertising to almost completely disappear in Germany

After years of discussion, it’s finally official: from 2021, advertising for tobacco and cigarettes will almost completely disappear from Germany. A ban on advertising for e-cigarettes will follow | I Am Expat, Germany

The Recovery Bulletin

Latest news from the field of recovery including whether alcohol taxation and sale restrictions are effective policies for reducing alcohol use and related problems and active outreach to prevent opioid oerdose | Recovery Research Institute, USA

Thailand said on Thursday it would prohibit online sales of alcohol in a clampdown on underage drinking after a rise in sales during the coronavirus outbreak | NYTimes, USA

Cannabis offers immediate relief from symptoms of depression: study

Depression is the most common mental health disorder in the U.S., affecting roughly one in five adults and is at the core of numerous other health conditions including cancer, substance use disorders, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, dementia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic pain, and other physical disabilities | Medical Xpress, USA

Alcohol ads intoxicate during pandemic

Australian women are invited to become citizen scientists as a part of a Flinders University study, supported by Council SA and Flinders Foundation, that seeks to understand how much alcohol advertising women see online | Flinders University Australia

Vaping: a harmless alternative, or a dangerous gateway to smoking?

Hundreds of thousands of Australians who import liquid nicotine from overseas have won a six-month reprieve from tough new rules that would have put them at risk of hefty fines, but the battle over vaping is far from over | Sydney Morning Herald, Australia

'Work in progress': Richmond's safe injecting room still divides, two years on

At the peak of his heroin use, Michael was at the safe injecting room in North Richmond most days. Now he only visits once a month for opiate treatment, after staff gave him a gentle push to try long-acting buprenorphine | Western Australia Today, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

I won’t be rushing back to the pubs – British drinking culture is too excessive

There was a point in lockdown during the first spate of nice weather when I would have sold my soul just to sit in the beer garden of a pub with a cold pint. Instead, I made do with an ice lolly while sitting in my tiny bit of outdoor space | i news, UK

Decline of the English pub: coronavirus compounded the industry’s problems

Coronavirus has had an unprecedented impact on pubs in Britain. The British Beer and Pub Association estimates that the industry lost over £100m each month of lockdown | Conversation, UK

Pub doors are reopening – and hospitals are preparing like it’s New Year’s Eve

The Covid-19 safety measures that bars and pubs are legally required to put in place won’t curb determined binge drinkers tomorrow. If anything, they will encourage excess consumption, as queues will be minimised and the staff-to-customer ratio improved | Independent voices, UK

Editorial: Nicotine and SARS-CoV-2: COVID-19 may be a disease of the nicotinic cholinergic system

Smoking is known to increase the risk for respiratory infection susceptibility and severity. Considering that COVID-19 was declared by the World Health Organization as a pandemic, a substantial disease burden would be expected among the estimated 1.1 billion smokers... | Toxicology Reports editorial, USA