Daily news - 10th 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

Measuring tax gaps

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) statistics and methodological annexes relating to measuring tax gaps. Includes chapters on alcohol and tobacco | HM Revenue & Customs, UK

Coronavirus: Millions of pints of beer poured down drains

Water companies say they have been inundated with requests from pubs and bars to pour beer down drains | BBC, UK

‘I might not be here without them’: Photos help fight the stigma of antidepressants

Emma Dalmayne was inspired to launch the #ShowUsYourMeds campaign to make people realise they’re not alone but also to dispel a number of myths and misconceptions about antidepressants | Metro, UK

Seven arrested after 'cannabis-laced sweets' found in Bradford raids

Seven people have been arrested after "cannabis-laced sweets" were found in a series of raids in Bradford | BBC, UK

Seized cannabis kits donated to South Yorkshire community gardens

Equipment used to grow cannabis that was seized by police during drugs raids has been given to gardening groups in South Yorkshire | BBC, UK

Drugs 'worth £2m' found in Cheetham Hill, Manchester

The cannabis was found by officers searching a property in Lord Street, Cheetham Hill, Manchester on Wednesday, Greater Manchester Police said | BBC, UK



International news

What are the benefits of case management?

Case management emerged from the need to help people with complex and overlapping needs navigate (often fragmented) treatment and support services. Does case management do what it is designed to do, improving engagement with and retention in treatment, and moreover is it effective in terms of improving substance use outcomes? | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

'Opioid overdoses are skyrocketing': as Covid-19 sweeps across US an old epidemic returns

The pandemic is creating the social conditions – no jobs, isolation, despair – that helped enable the opioid crisis to emerge in the first place. Now it’s back | Guardian, UK

Coronavirus: Twenty-six Irish pubs may face prosecution

Some pubs and restaurants reopened in the Republic of Ireland when the restrictions were lifted. However, pubs can only serve alcohol if it accompanies a "substantial meal" | BBC, UK

Senior addiction counsellor voices fears over surge in 'snowballing' in Cork and Limerick

Michael Guerin, a senior addiction therapist who is attached to the Cuan Mhuire centre in Bruree in Co Limerick, said: "This 'snowballing' is already causing massive problems" | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Researchers study how vaping is promoted on Instagram

E-cigarettes are highly addictive nicotine products with unclear health impacts, particularly on young people. Instagram is a visual social media platform which is wildly popular, particularly with young people | News Medical, Finland

Safe injection sites may curb opioid deaths, report suggests

A safe haven in the U.S. where people can give themselves heroin and other drugs has observed more than 10,500 injections over five years and treated 33 overdoses with none proving fatal, researchers reported Wednesday | Medical Xpress, USA

Menthol cigarette ban in the US may lower number of smokers

Extending the United States cigarette flavour ban to include menthol products could encourage existing smokers to quit and lower the rates of people starting to smoke, according to a study published in the open access journal BMC Public Health | EurekAlert, USA

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

Is exposure to tobacco industry antismoking advertisements associated with increased odds of smoking cessation intentions and/or attempts among current smokers? | JAMA Network, USA

Pandemic is changing addiction care, for better and worse

The COVID-19 pandemic is shaking up America's approach to addiction treatment, but the fallout hasn't been all bad, experts say | Medical Xpress, USA

Kentucky Challenge to “Casey’s Law” Strikes Against Involuntary Commitment

One of the nation’s oldest involuntary commitment laws designed specifically to target people who use drugs is facing a court challenge in Kentucky | Filter Magazine, USA

Alcohol fuels surge in chronic liver disease

Alcohol's popularity and its central place in socializing in Australia obscures the dangers of excessive drinking and possible liver disease, Flinders University experts warn | Medical Xpress, Australia

How to identify and respond to an opioid overdose

Thu 16th Jul 2020, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm AEST. This training session will provide information on how to identify and respond to an opioid overdose, as well as how to administer Nyxoid Naloxone nasal spray in the event of overdose | NDARC, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

COVID-19 and alcohol – consumption data strengthens case for ambitious alcohol policy

COVID-19 has put health resilience and preparedness at the forefront of every political debate – How ready were we and our health systems to deal with a public health crisis of this scale? | IAS blog, UK

Reflections of Pride and LGBTQ+ drinking culture

Michael Handrick, Digital Product Owner at Drinkaware, reflects on Pride, the drinking culture within the LGBTQ+ community and explains why more research and better support is needed | Drinkaware blog, UK

The rise and fall (and rise and fall) of neoliberalism in alcohol policy?

Between 2006 and 2009, I was doing research into alcohol and the night-time economy.  This still felt like a time of ‘peak booze’.  The new licensing laws had come into force in 2005, and it wasn’t yet clear that our drinking had started to decline at a population level | Thinking to some purpose blog, UK