Daily news - 7th 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

ACMD public evidence request on cognition enhancers

ACMD public request for written evidence on cognition enhancers (also known as ‘nootropics’ or ‘study drugs’) | ACMD, UK

Avoidance of tobacco health warnings? An eye‐tracking approach

[Open access] Among three eye‐tracking studies, we examined how cigarette pack features affected visual attention and self‐reported avoidance of and reactance to warnings | Addiction, UK

Clinical Competencies for the Care of Hospitalized Patients with Alcohol Use Disorders

[Open access] The UK government aims to develop alcohol care teams (ACTs) that provide care for alcohol dependence in general hospital settings. Service descriptors have been identified to support the development of ACTs. The aim of this study was to use Delphi panel principles to identify the clinical competencies required to provide these elements of service | Alcohol and Alcoholism, UK

Factfile: The Endocannabinoid System – Control Panel of the Human Body

“Is there really an endocannabinoid system?” Yes. Although not currently included in textbooks and science curriculums, the endocannabinoid system (ECS) does exist | VolteFace, UK

Army to fund Catterick Garrison alcohol recovery scheme

A project to help soldiers with alcohol and gambling problems has received backing from the Army after it helped scores of recovering addicts | BBC, UK

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Raising awareness for young people that good drug education is out there & breaking down barriers to those needing support | We Are With You, UK

The experience of people who use Image and Performance Enhancing Drugs (IPED) during and after lockdown - webinar

The closure of gyms, specialist services and the limiting of social interaction has impacted some people who use Image and Performance Enhancing Drugs (IPED). This webinar will examine the impact of the disruption of routines and the use of substances under what can be stressful and challenging situations. The webinar will also look at the issues raised by the easing of lockdown and how services and service users may respond | SDF, UK

Twisting my melon, man! The baggy, brilliant indie-rave summer of 1990

As the new decade dawned, indie and rave collided and a seismic party began. Bands from the Happy Mondays to Primal Scream relive that explosion of pills, thrills and endless possibilities | Guardian, UK

Stockton £1m cannabis farm uncovered in raid

Officers uncovered 1,200 plants growing in 12 rooms over four floors of the property on High Street | BBC, UK

Jail for man who smuggled £30k of cocaine and cannabis to Isle of Man

Christopher McDougall admitted bringing the drugs to the island in 2019 and smuggling mobile phones into the island's prison in 2018 at a previous court hearing | BBC, UK


International news

HSC publishes independent report on the interaction between the Health and Justice Systems with respect to drug use

In early March 2020, the Committee for Health & Social Care announced that work on the development of a combined substance strategy had been paused to enable Public Health Services to concentrate on Guernsey's response to coronavirus | Government of Guernsey, Guernsey

Suspected drug plane bursts into flames in Mexico after highway landing

A jet aircraft suspected of carrying illegal drugs has been destroyed by fire after landing on a highway in southern Mexico | BBC, UK

EMCDDA webinar: COVID-19 and drug policy

7th July. 13.00-14.30 (Brussels) This is the 6th EMCDDA webinar on the Coronavirus. It will be exploring with the help of three experts from Northern, Central, Southern European EU countries (Finland, Greece and The Netherlands) whether the COVID-19 related emergency is having or is going to have any impact on Drugs Policy | EMCDDA, Portugal

Episode 1. The Netherlands, Belgium and France

Drug reporter and INPUD presents the first episode of a 10 chapter long series documenting how people who use drugs around the world have organised and formed collectives and unions to protect and defend the health and human rights of their community. The first episode uncovers he history of the movement in the Netherlands, and how it inspired activists in Belgium and France | Drug Reporter, Hungary

Reducing Vaping Among Youth and Young Adults

This guide supports health care providers, systems, and communities seeking to prevent vaping. It describes relevant research findings, examines emerging and best practices, identifies knowledge gaps and implementation challenges, and offers useful resources | SAMHSA, USA

Early marriage may lead to unsafe drinking behavior by those with higher genetic risk

The finding follows previous research that found marriage protects against risky alcohol use and moderates genetic influences on alcohol outcomes, but previous studies generally focused on older adult samples | Science Daily, USA

New study looks at opioid use and driving outcomes among older adults

Older adults regulate driving as a way to mitigate the negative effects of opioid medications | EurekAlert, USA

The Marijuana Superweapon Biden Refuses to Use

Legalizing marijuana is extremely popular. So why won’t Joe Biden embrace the idea? | The Atlantic, USA

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Indigenous overdose deaths jumped drastically from January to May as COVID-19 crisis hit

The number of deaths from illicit drugs among First Nations and Métis people and Inuit in B.C. between January and May of this year jumped by 93 per cent compared with the same period last year, reflecting unintended consequences of the battle against COVID-19 | Globe and Mail, Canada


New Website. The StigmaWatch for Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) program has been established to support the media and ensure reporting about alcohol and other drugs in Australia is done so responsibly, respectfully and safely, in order to help reduce stigma and encourage access to support services | SANE, Australia

Legal cannabis has potential to reduce harm, but many unknowns: PM's chief science adviser

Legalising cannabis has the potential to counter systemic racism, see more treatment services and lift poor communities that have become embroiled in the black market, the chief science adviser to the Prime Minister says | NZHerald, New Zealand

'A level look at all the evidence' - Government launches cannabis info website to help voters

The Government will today launch a website that will help voters figure out whether they'll vote yes or no to cannabis in the referendum at this year's election | TVNZ, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

Wetherspoons in a time of COVID-19

Wetherspoons is often portrayed as not being a ‘real’ pub, or being a kind of immoral capitalist organisation that exploits its own staff and the breweries it buys from | Thinking to some purpose, UK

Pubs: a cultural space where you can just be

Phil Mellows muses on the need for more awareness of the value of pubs, places where neoliberal subjectivity and stress can be suspended | Cultural Matters, UK

Supporting the Probation Service During COVID-19

Farida Zerglanie is a Criminal Justice with Offender Management student who is volunteering for Change Grow Live (CGL) and working at HMP Foston Hall with the resettlement Team. She has written a blog on her experiences of volunteering under COVID-19 conditions | Staffordshire University blog, UK

People who use drugs face unique challenges under hard lockdown. The government’s support is vital

The “hard lockdown” of nine public housing towers in Melbourne has no doubt brought an array of challenges for the thousands of residents | Conversation, Australia

Big Tobacco’s decisive defeat on plain packaging laws won’t stop its war against public health

After a decade of legal challenges by the tobacco lobby, Australia’s pioneering push to eliminate all tobacco advertising finally has clear air | Conversation, Australia