Daily news - 8th 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

Adult smoking habits in the UK: 2019

Cigarette smoking habits among adults in the UK, including the proportion of people who smoke, demographic breakdowns, changes over time and use of e-cigarettes | ONS, UK

Local tobacco control profiles for England: July 2020 update

An overview of the extent of tobacco use, tobacco related harm and the measures being taken to reduce this harm at a local level in England | PHE, UK

Smoking prevalence in adults aged 18 years and over: quarterly rolling annual estimates

Detailed ad-hoc quarterly rolling analysis of smoking prevalence, calculated from the Annual Population Survey | PHE, UK

Local alcohol treatment and recovery service commissioning practices and their perceived outcomes for service provision: an in-depth exploration

The aim of this project was... to examine recent experience of alcohol service commissioning processes at a local authority level in five diverse localities | Alcohol Change UK, UK

Doctors and drugs; medical treatment of dependent drinking

Seminal and key research selected, explained and explored. First cell of row three of the Alcohol Treatment Matrix starts with the study which questioned the orthodoxy that ‘alcoholism’ demands intensive treatment, then highlights trials of the UK’s three approved medications, before exploring how to get patients to take the pills, the status of disulfiram, and the importance of the placebo effect | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Peer pressure and alcohol consumption in adults living in the UK: a systematic qualitative review

Peer pressure to drink alcohol may influence excessive alcohol consumption, which can have adverse impacts on health and wellbeing. While peer pressure to drink alcohol is extensively studied among youth, less examination exists among adults. This systematic review examined qualitative research studies which explored the role and concept of peer pressure within the context of alcohol consumption in adults living in the UK | BMC Public Health, UK

Plans to allow late-night pubs and bars to sell takeaway alcohol will lead to more street violence and drunken disorder, ministers are warned

Late-night pubs and bars selling takeaway alcohol will escalate violence that has seen police injuries at illegal street and block parties, ministers have been warned | Mail Online, UK

Conservative Drug Policy Reform with Crispin Blunt MP - podcast

Crispin takes a conservative look at the lack of regulation in the drugs market, questioning why the UK fails to tackle criminal gangs through prohibition, how the UK economy is damaged by turning a blind eye to the billions made in the cannabis industry and what can be done to win this war. Furthermore, Crispin Blunt and Professor Nutt discuss the racist beginnings of the ‘War on Drugs’ and how those sentiments have continued until present day | Drug Science, UK

Magic mushrooms and microdosing: The psychedelic trend helping women cope with lockdown anxiety

Lockdown has seen many of us turn to crutches – alcohol, cigarettes or junk food – but for this 31-year-old event manager from Walthamstow, it’s been mushrooms. The psychedelic kind | Metro, UK

Men charged after Stockton £1m cannabis farm raid

Two men have been charged following a raid on a cannabis farm which contained drugs with an estimated street value of nearly £1m | BBC, UK



International news

COVID-19, Prisons and Drug Policy

Detention settings are high-risk environments for the spread of infectious diseases. As such, COVID-19 has posed unprecedented challenges for governments and prison administrations, catalysing the uptake of exceptional measures around the world to decongest prisons | HRI, UK

How Could They Do This To My Child? Extrajudicial Killings Of Children In The Philippines

Amidst public outrage at the sheer scale of global police violence, a new report urges the international community to unequivocally condemn Duterte's “war on drugs”. As the anti-drug campaign ravages the Philippines, hundreds of thousands of children are paying the price | Talking Drugs, UK

Annual accounts 2019

These are the EMCDDA's final annual accounts for the financial year 2019 | EMCDDA, Portugal

Association of Exposure to Court-Ordered Tobacco Industry Antismoking Advertisements With Intentions and Attempts to Quit Smoking Among US Adults

In a cross-sectional survey of US adults, less than half reported seeing tobacco industry antismoking advertisements via television, newspapers, tobacco company websites, or cigarette packages. Exposure to antismoking messages was associated with increased odds of intentions to quit smoking among smokers, but no associations were found with actual attempts to quit smoking | JAMA Network, UK

Why an OASAS License for a Low-Threshold Bupe Provider Is So Significant

REACH—a harm reduction-oriented health center in Ithaca, New York that prescribes buprenorphine, among many other services—is about to get a license from the state’s Office of Addiction Services And Supports (OASAS) | Filter Magazine, USA

Canadian Substance Use Costs and Harms (2015-2017) [report]

This report provides a summary of key findings about the costs and harms of substance use in Canada from 2015 to 2017. Data include the costs of various substances such as alcohol, tobacco, opioids and cannabis. The data are also broken down into four categories: healthcare costs, lost productivity costs, criminal justice costs and other direct costs | CCSA, Canada

Substance Use in Canada Costs Almost $46 Billion a Year According to Latest Data [Press release]

Alcohol and tobacco use together cause the most harm— accounting for 63% of total amount | CCSA, Canada

Ketamine and 'nangs' used to treat depression in new trials

Ketamine and nitrous oxide are being used to help treat depression in new clinical trials in Australia | NZHerald, New Zealand



Blogs, comment and opinion

Why we should all be more careful in drawing conclusions about how COVID-19 is changing drug markets

How will COVID-19 impact illicit drug markets? This is a question that some academics, practitioners, and journalists have attempted to answer in the wake of the spread of COVID-19, and many others are likely to engage with in the coming months | IJDP, UK

Why is Kasabian singer Tom Meighan not in prison?

Within 24 hours of Kasabian singer Tom Meighan’s announcement that he would be stepping back for “personal reasons,” he was at Leicester Magistrates Court pleading guilty to one count of assault by beating (common assault) on his ex-fiancee | Legal Feminist, UK

How Mexico’s Drug Cartels are Profiting From the Pandemic

Lockdown exacerbated addiction in the U.S., while in Mexico, cartels dig into their turfs with charity and curfews, and put violent pressure on a vulnerable government | NYTimes, USA

3 things ‘ZeroZeroZero’ gets right about the cocaine trade

The Amazon Prime Video series “ZeroZeroZero” shows U.S. viewers an accurate picture of the modern cocaine trade that’s rarely seen on screen. It is loosely based on Italian journalist Roberto Saviano’s nonfiction book by the same name | Conversation, USA