Daily news - 9th 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

Addiction and Recovery Covid-19 Response Fund launched

Collective Voice is delighted to launch the Addiction and Recovery Covid-19 Response Fund | Collective Voice, UK

New guidance launched to help people from Punjabi community with alcohol problems

New guidance on setting up a specialist project for people from the Punjabi community with alcohol problems has been published. The authors’ recommendations also provide a framework for supporting people from other communities with alcohol problems who are not engaging with existing services | University of Birmingham, UK

Alcohol problems within Asian communities - audio

Qasa wants to know, is it harder to ask for help for a drink problem if you’re Asian? This comes after researchers at Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Birmingham brought out new guidance to help deal with alcohol problems within Asian communities | BBC, UK

Smoking cessation local delivery plan standard quarterly

In the first nine months of the financial year 2019/20, NHS Scotland achieved 67.0% (4,710 out of 7,026) of the required annual LDP Standard. If this pattern continued for the remainder of the financial year, NHS Scotland would achieve 89.4% of the required Standard | ISD Scotland, UK

Survey of alcohol consumption

We are asking adults (18 years and over) living in the UK to complete this confidential survey of alcohol use since the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The aim is to understand how the UK Government ‘Lockdown’ to reduce the spread of the virus has affected individuals who drink alcohol. | KCL, University of Hull et al, UK

Qualitative Methods Conference week 4: interview with Dr Caitlin Notley

Dr Caitlin Notley from the university of East Anglia talks about her experiences as an addictions researcher and using qualitative methods to develop a holistic understanding of the complex web of interactions that influence human behaviour | SSA, UK

Could Hemp Reform Contribute to the UK’s ‘Green Recovery’?

The environment – and modern society’s impact on it – has consistently made headlines over the last few years. With Extinction Rebellion closing down London for weeks alongside various other large-scale demonstrations around the world, the need for change has never been more clear | Canex, UK

Met carried out 22,000 searches on young black men during lockdown

More than 80% stop-and-search procedures between March to May led to no further action | Guardian, UK

Three Welsh club rugby players banned for drugs use

UK Anti-Doping (Ukad) also revealed that two Welsh Premiership players tested positive for cocaine | BBC, UK

Gloucester drug dealer living 'the high life' jailed

Aaron Anderson, of Deans Way, Gloucester, used the money to buy 61 pairs of designer trainers worth almost £12,000 and an Audi car | BBC, UK


International news

Secret US drug injection site shows how supervision could save lives

Thirty-three overdoses at sterile, protected location were reversed with naloxone, researchers find | Guardian, UK

What the EncroChat Busts Tell Us About Organised Crime in Europe

The continent's gangland is taking a massive hit after its encrypted messaging system was hacked by police | VICE, UK

Dutch police discover criminal gang's 'torture chamber' during drugs raid

[Free registration maybe required] Handcuffs were attached to the cells, made from shipping containers, which could be watched remotely via a video feed | Telegraph, UK

Dubai drug raid: 'No reason' to hold Liverpool flight attendant

A British flight attendant is being detained in Dubai with "what appears to be no case to answer" over a drugs raid, her MP has said | BBC, UK

Drug treatment in Ireland 2013 to 2019

This is the annually updated bulletin from the National Drug Treatment Reporting System (NDTRS) on cases of treated problem drug use (excluding alcohol) in Ireland. It covers the period 2013 to 2019.  In this seven-year period, 67,875 cases were treated for drug use as a main problem | HRB, Ireland

'Worrying trend' in crack cocaine use as number being treated rises 44%

A rise in the number of people seeking treatment for crack cocaine use has been described as a "worrying trend" by the Health Research Board | RTe, Ireland

Nitrous Oxide: Drugs Minister admits he hadn't heard about 'hippy crack' and needs to 'brush up' on terminology

He admitted: "I’m learning something new about this every day." | Dublin Live, Ireland

Why Cigarette Sales Are Outperforming Expectations Despite A Pandemic

Sales of cigarettes are doing a little better this year than any of the industry players expected | Forbes, USA

Vape Bans Are Creating a Thriving Illicit Market 

On a normal day, Nic Holden makes $150 selling liquid nicotine out of his car. For the past month, he has been meeting customers in parking lots on Long Island, where they get into the passenger seat with cash in-hand | Filter Magazine, USA

Socioeconomic marginalization and opioid-related overdose: A systematic review

Socioeconomic marginalization (SEM) is an important but under-explored determinant of opioid overdose with important implications for health equity and associated public policy initiatives. This systematic review synthesizes evidence on the role of SEM in both fatal and non-fatal overdose among people who use opioids | DAD, Canada

'Proven ineffective': Doctors urge stronger alcohol pregnancy warning labels

Doctors are calling on Australian and New Zealand governments to resist alcohol industry pressure and adopt the mandatory pregnancy warning labels they previously sent back for revision | SMH, Australia

$32million funding boost for alcohol and drug addiction services

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced in Napier on Wednesday that the funding would be provided over the next four years | Stuff.co.nz, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

Overdose Prevention Centres - Should We Support Them?

The Covid-19 period has provided insights into the needs of a marginalised homeless population enabling local teams to get a better picture of the requirements for harm reduction within such communities. As we enter a new phase of Covid-19 the NHS SMPA poses the question: “Should Overdose Prevention Centres be considered as a harm reduction approach across England?” Dr Emily Finch Clinical Director of Addictions at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation, and Vice Chair of the NHS SMPA, considers the benefits of Overdose Prevention Centres and considers where and how they could be implemented | NHS SMPA, UK

Part two of the Black Review into Drugs: hands still tied on key policy questions

The Government has launched Phase 2 of the Carol Black report into drugs, with the provisional findings due in October and the final report expected in December. The first report of the Black Review laid out, in great detail, the failures of current drug policy: increasing health harms, needless criminalisation, rising social inequalities, slashed funding for treatment, more violence and more exploitation | Transform, UK

Operation Venetic: Profound Success or Pyrrhic victory?

Senior Researcher Amber Moore considers the long-term implications of Operation Venetic: whether it is something to celebrate or another Pyrrhic victory in an unwinnable global war on drugs. This blog post considers crime prevention, harm reduction and the potential dangers associated with the global drug supply chain | CDPRG blog, UK