Daily news - 28th 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


World Hepatitis Day - 28 July 2020

Worldwide, 290 million people are living with viral hepatitis unaware. Without finding the undiagnosed and linking them to care, millions will continue to suffer, and lives will be lost. On World Hepatitis Day, 28 July, we call on people from across the world to take action and raise awareness to find the “missing millions” | WHA, UK



UK news

Piloting the UK’s First Home-Office-Licensed Pharmacist-Led Drug Checking Service at a Community Substance Misuse Service

his pilot demonstrated the proof-of-concept that a pharmacist-led Home Office-licensed drug checking service can be successfully implemented in community SMSs | MDPI, UK

The impact of COVID-19 restrictions on needle and syringe programme provision and coverage in England

The restrictions introduced in response to COVID-19 present many challenges, particularly for vulnerable and marginalised populations. These include maintaining access to Needle and Syringe Programmes (NSPs) to reduce the harms associated with injecting drugs. NSPs effectiveness is coverage dependent, but lockdowns and social distancing limit NSP access and availability. The impact on NSP provision in England is explored using enhanced monitoring data | IJDP, UK

NSPdirect: postal equipment supply

NSPdirect is a great new way for UK drug services to deliver an online postal needle exchange service to their clients via the Exchange Supplies webshop | Exchange Supplies, UK

Can schools deliver effective brief alcohol interventions?

Young people in the UK report some of the highest rates of heavy drinking in Europe. To address this ongoing public health concern, secondary schools across London, Kent, and the north of England trialled screening and brief interventions. Did an approach perhaps best known for use among adults and in doctors’ surgeries work with the 14–15 age group, and were pupils, staff and parents satisfied that school was the right setting? | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Alcohol calorie labelling in Obesity Strategy

Labelling alcoholic beverages with calorie information is potentially among ‘a raft of measures’ the UK Government is set to include as part of a new Obesity Strategy to get the nation fit and healthy, according to the Department of Health and Social Care | IAS, UK

humankind charity supports world hepatitis day with new national action plan

The Humankind charity has launched a new national Hepatitis C Action Plan to mark World Hepatitis Day. The action plan aims to further increase testing for Hepatitis C across all Humankind services, ensuring specialist pathways and onsite treatment for the virus | humankind, UK

Moving Forward: Hull to Cairo

Join us as we take on an exciting virtual challenge Moving Forward: from Hull to Cairo from 6th August to 6th September 2020 – to celebrate recovery and help ensure Forward’s life-saving work continues! | Forward Trust, UK

Alcohol ban plan for Vale of Glamorgan beach and promenade

Alcohol could be banned in some public places in the Vale of Glamorgan to combat a recent increase in people drinking there | BBC, UK



International news

World Hepatitis Day - 28 July 2020

Worldwide, 290 million people are living with viral hepatitis unaware. Without finding the undiagnosed and linking them to care, millions will continue to suffer, and lives will be lost. On World Hepatitis Day, 28 July, we call on people from across the world to take action and raise awareness to find the “missing millions” | WHA, UK

The Crisis Behind Bars: Global Policy Responses to COVID-19 in Prisons

To try and minimise the potential spread of the virus in prisons, several governments implemented measures to decongest prisons and jails. These measures varied from the early release of prisoners to pardons, temporary releases, transition to home arrests, and release on parole/bail | Talking Drugs, UK

HRB reports continued demand for alcohol treatment

The latest figures from the HRB show 53,200 cases were treated for problem alcohol use in Ireland between 2013 and 2019. A total of 7,546 cases were treated in 2019, a slight increase from 7,464 in 2018 | HRB, Ireland

7,500 cases of problem alcohol use were treated in Ireland last year, with an increase in cases involving cocaine

There is already concern around the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on alcohol misuse | Irish Examiner, Ireland

TAKING BACK WHAT’S OURS! – Episode 4. South Africa

Drugreporter and INPUD present the fourth episode of an oral history of the movement of people who use drugs. This time we discover the vibrant user movement in South Africa | Drug Reporter, Hungary

Study examines stimulant use in context of state medical cannabis laws

Medical and non-medical prescription stimulant use is higher in states without medical cannabis laws (MCLs) than in states with MCLs among heterosexuals and among certain lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) subpopulations | EurekAlert, USA

Native American Reservations a Haven for New York Vape Shops

Around Thanksgiving 2019, two months after Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order that banned sales of flavored vaping products in New York, Taobi Silva thought he’d give the vape business another shot | Filter Magazine, USA

British Columbia’s Troubling Bid to Detain Young People Who Overdose

On June 23, the provincial government of British Columbia announced the first reading of Bill 22, a proposed amendment to the province’s Mental Health Act | Filter Magazine, USA

Have COVID-19 restrictions affected needle and syringe program transactions in Tasmania?

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant impacts on how people interact and travel. Given that much of the drugs consumed in Tasmania are imported from mainland states or overseas, it is likely the case that there have been disruptions in the supply of drugs in the state | NDARC, Australia




Blogs, comment and opinion

Addiction Psychiatry in the NHS in the Time of Coronavirus

March 2020 seems like a lifetime ago. Coronavirus came nearer and nearer and was viewed with varying degrees of gravity whilst we went about our daily business. In mid-March we were called to seriously consider how our services should change the way treatment was delivered | Drug Science blog, UK

What are NHS Inpatient Units & how do they differ to other detoxification services in England?

NHS Inpatient Units (IPUs) are medically managed detox services that also deal with complex physical, mental health and behavioural issues and provide 24-hour nursing care to those with acute substance misuse issues. NHS inpatient units are unique and invaluable in that they are Consultant Psychiatrist-led and hospital-based, enabling them to manage and support the most complex patients that other services feel unable to support | NHS Substance Misuse Provider Alliance blog, UK




And finally...

Perth pub installs shower cubicle to allow karaoke singing to continue

Keen karaoke singers will finally be able to get behind the microphone after a full size shower cubicle was built in the middle of a popular Tayside pub | Evening Telegraph, UK