Daily news - 22nd 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


Evaluation of the DrugWise website - survey

After DrugScope closed in April 2015 we developed the DrugWise website to continue disseminating drug information and to provide a full range of DrugScope archival materials and all Druglink magazine articles dating back to 1986. We would love to know what you think of the website now and if you have any ideas of ways to improve it and new things to add. Please take this 5 minute survey to help us. Thank you! | DrugWise, UK


UK news

Nitrous oxide: MP wants to see tightening of laughing gas laws

A Labour MP has called for ministers to tighten the regulations on the sale of nitrous oxide | BBC, UK

Safeguarding children at risk from sudden unexpected infant death

National review into sudden unexpected death in infancy in families where children are considered at risk of significant harm | Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel, UK

Drug Deaths Taskforce meeting: June 2020

Minutes and supporting papers from the fourth meeting of the taskforce, held on 18 June 2020 | Scottish Government, UK

Are population trends in high-risk alcohol consumption in smokers associated with trends in quit attempts and quit success? A time-series analysis

Monthly changes in the prevalence of high-risk drinking and smoking in England appear to be positively correlated. This study aimed to assess how far monthly changes in high-risk drinking were specifically associated with attempts to stop smoking and the success of quit attempts | BMJ Open, UK

Off-trade alcohol sales up 41%

Sales were boosted by more than half of consumers still feeling uncomfortable about visiting a pub, and 42% about visiting a café or restaurant, according to Kantar (Worldpanel Plus survey of 55,812 consumers between 2 and 8 July) | Harpers, UK

Sex and drugs with Dr. Alex Dymock & Dr. Leah Moyle - podcast

In this episode of the Drug Science podcast, Professor David Nutt is joined by two pharmacosexuality experts to discuss chemsex, drug fuelled sex parties and sexual psychonauts. From the peak sexual experience to sober sex, our relationship with sex and drugs is complicated but intrinsically personal. Find out who chooses to mix sex and drugs, the risks associated with doing so, and what pleasure this provides people who combine the two | Drug Science, UK

Smoking - Question

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to achieve their objective of making England smoke-free by 2030 | They work for you, UK

Do you think that smoking should or should not be banned from the sitting areas and spaces immediately outside of pubs, cafes and bars? - survey question

Do you think that smoking should or should not be banned from the sitting areas and spaces immediately outside of pubs, cafes and bars? | YouGov, UK

Emar Wiley jailed at Sheffield over drugs row murder

A teenager has been sentenced to at least 16 years for the murder of a "much-loved" father in a confrontation over a drugs dispute | BBC, UK

Adam Hoskins: Merthyr RFC player banned for drugs use

The scrum-half tested positive for cocaine metabolite benzoylecgonine on 3 January 2020 following an Indigo Welsh Premiership match against Ebbw Vale | BBC, UK


International news

‘Bedside’ manner matters; the clinician in medical treatment of dependent drinking

For the ‘disease’ of alcohol dependence, bedside manner is not just a conduit for treatment: to a substantial degree, it is the treatment. Learn from seminal studies that patients “sensitized to rejection” assess their clinicians as much as the reverse, and investigate what research can tell us about what makes a clinician ‘good’ | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Families urged not to smuggle drugs into prison as visits resume

Inmates unable to secure drugs during lockdown are now at risk of overdosing | Irish Times, Ireland

Minimum alcohol pricing sought to deter house parties

An expert in public health has called for the Taoiseach Micheál Martin to urgently introduce a minimum unit pricing on alcohol, in a bid to deter house parties | RTe, Ireland

The immune system facilitates alcohol addiction

Research presents a hitherto unknown mechanism of action of alcohol which may promote addiction through the  activation of the immune system | EurekAlert, Germany

Red Bull and vodka?: How alcohol-energy drink combinations influence aggression in bars

Recent media stories have highlighted the role of the bar environment in the spread of COVID-19. Bars are often cramped spaces, with few open windows and many groups of people drinking and socializing in close proximity to each other | BASIS, USA

Cannabidiol primer for healthcare professionals

Emerging research and clinical data are demonstrating potential benefits of cannabidiol for multiple medical conditions. This article gives healthcare providers information on cannabidiol and the endocannabinoid system as a foundation on which to build their medical knowledge as the risks and benefits of CBD in various diseases are further evaluated over time | Proc (Bayl Univ Med Cent), USA

I Cannot Stand to See Another Deadly Month Go By in British Columbia

On July 16, the British Columbia Coroners Service released its monthly overdose fatality report. The impact of the lost lives will linger long after the headlines fade: 175 people died of illicit-drug overdoses in British Columbia in the month of June | Filter Magazine, USA

Drug possibly laced with fentanyl causing overdoses in Kenora, Ont.

Local police warning the public about the drug called "Yellow Down" and "Purple Down" | CBC News, Canada


Blogs, comment and opinion

As nitrous oxide becomes the gateway drug of the summer, it’s time for fast action to restrict sales

Many who take nitrous oxide have no idea of the risks it carries; in some cases causing permanent nerve damage and has been linked to 25 deaths since 2010 | Politics Home, UK

On the Sauce: Shaun Micallef brings sobering eye to Australia's relationship with alcohol

Micallef, a teetotaler, is something of a foreign correspondent when it comes to investigating booze culture in this refreshingly honest ABC series | Guardian, UK

SoundCloud Rap and the Opioid Epidemic: In Defense of a Genre

On 3 October 2018 Michael Jones, a relatively obscure rapper within the SoundCloud rap movement known as New Jerzey Devil, was arrested after a joint investigation involving the New York Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Agency | Points blog, USA

Australia is out of touch with world tobacco harm reduction policy

At least in the United States and Australia, the systems of government are similar. Barring parliament and constitutional monarchism, both Australia and the United States share legislative and constitutional prerogatives that emulate ruling formats like the separation of powers, the independence of the judiciary, and the importance of public comment phases for new and proposed regulations | Spectator, Australia