Daily news - 29th 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

Cannabidiol for the treatment of cannabis use disorder: a phase 2a, double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomised, adaptive Bayesian trial

[Open access] A substantial and unmet clinical need exists for pharmacological treatment of cannabis use disorders. Cannabidiol could offer a novel treatment, but it is unclear which doses might be efficacious or safe. Therefore, we aimed to identify efficacious doses and eliminate inefficacious doses in a phase 2a trial using an adaptive Bayesian design | Lancet Psychiatry, UK

Injecting equipment provision in Scotland

This release by Public Health Scotland presents information on the provision of injecting equipment. This includes the number of outlets, attendances and the types of injecting equipment distributed to people who inject illicit drugs (including Novel Psychoactive Substances and Image and Performance Enhancing Drugs) in Scotland | ISD Scotland, UK

World Hepatitis Day 2020: find the missing millions

The theme for World Hepatitis Day 2020 is Find the Missing Millions, referring to the many millions of people worldwide who are unaware that they are living with viral hepatitis. In few settings is this call to action more pertinent than in prisons, where undiagnosed and untreated hepatitis C is endemic | SSA, UK

Scot’s with hepatitis C urged to try new treatments to #BeHepCFree

A new digital media campaign has been launched by Hepatitis Scotland to mark World Hepatitis Day (28th July 2020), which aims to raise awareness of new hepatitis C treatments | SDF, UK

Living With Hep C

On World Hepatitis Day, 28 July, we are hearing loudly and clearly from Jeff and Paul sharing their experiences of living with hepatitis C and completing treatment | BDP, UK

NHS Tayside claims it has 'effectively eliminated' hepatitis C

NHS Tayside developed a pioneering approach to treating the blood borne virus in 2012, which targeted injecting drug users. The health board said around 90% of infections occur through sharing needles | BBC, UK

The patient is assessing you

Clinicians may think they are assessing alcohol treatment patients, but in the early ’90s it became clear that the tables were turned: sensitised to rejection, the patient was assessing the assessor. Appreciate anew the implications of this seminal series of British studies | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Young mum is first in Scotland to be prescribed cannabis

A young mum has become the first person in Scotland to be prescribed cannabis legally as part of new European study - and says it allows her to play with her kids and take a shower after years of chronic pain | Herald, UK

Hooked - Lockdown - audio

Melissa and Jade talk about recovery in lockdown, plus Alcohol Change UK join the pod to discuss how lockdown's affected drinking habits and how to spot potential problems | BBC, UK

Webinar - Assertive outreach in Scotland during and after lockdown

Friday 31 July at 13.00 – 14.00. This webinar will explore models of assertive outreach being delivered in Scotland, particularly for those experiencing near fatal overdoses | SDF, UK

Help us submit evidence to the second phase of the Dame Carol Black Review - survey

We are seeking members’ views on the second phase of the review which will consider the provision of treatment and recovery services for drug users, as well as a focus on how to prevent the misuse of drugs among adults and young people | SMMGP, UK

Impact of Coronavirus on Drug Purchases Survey

The purpose of this survey is to monitor changes in the UK’s drug supply – and how people buy (or otherwise get) their drugs – that may arise following lockdown restrictions because of coronavirus | Release, UK

Grants of up to £80k for music pubs

Grassroots music venues at immediate risk of permanent closure will receive £2.25m emergency funding, the Government has announced | Morning Advertiser, UK

Carson Price: Teenager admits supplying drugs to boy who later died

A 15-year-old boy has admitted supplying a Class A drug following the death of 13-year-old Carson Price | BBC, UK

Three jailed over Faversham and Herne Bay cannabis farms

Three men have been jailed after police discovered hundreds of cannabis plants in two sites | BBC, UK


International news

World Hepatitis Day 2020

The theme for World Hepatitis Day 2020 is ‘Find the Missing Millions’, referring to the many millions of people worldwide unaware that they are living with viral hepatitis. Read about the injecting-related hepatitis C crisis in the UK in the latest bulletin from Drug and Alcohol Findings | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

WHO statement on heated tobacco products and the US FDA decision regarding IQOS

WHO takes this opportunity to remind Member States that are Parties to the WHO Framework Convention of Tobacco Control (FCTC) of their obligations under the Convention. Heated tobacco products are tobacco products, meaning that the WHO FCTC fully applies to these products | WHO, Switzerland

Knowledge questionnaire on viral hepatitis for drug service staff

This knowledge questionnaire has been developed by the EMCDDA as part of its initiative to increase access to hepatitis C care through drug services | EMCDDA, Portugal

Cannabis and Cannabis-Derived Compounds: Quality Considerations for Clinical Research Guidance for Industry

This guidance outlines FDA’s current thinking on several topics relevant to clinical research related to the development of drugs containing cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds | FDA, USA

Difference in a single gene may boost stress on heart from e-cigarettes in people of East Asian descent

A genetic difference in one gene common in people of East Asian descent may make them more susceptible to adverse responses to e-cigarettes, according to preliminary research to be presented July 27-30, 2020, at the American Heart Association's virtual Basic Cardiovascular Sciences 2020 Scientific Sessions | Medical Xpress, USA

Subtypes of alcohol dependence: Predicting relapse and death following treatment

A new study, reported in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, has evaluated four alcohol dependence subtypes as predictors of relapse in the year after treatment, and as predictors of mortality over 36 years of follow-up | RSA, USA

California’s Huge Overdose Increase Didn’t Have to Happen 

The overdose crisis has finally reached California, following a relative delay in the arrival of fentanyl there which I described for Filter in 2018. Meanwhile, in the State Senate, legislators have an opportunity to deploy an effective response | Filter Magazine, USA

RIP Arnold Trebach, Who Helped Make Opposition to the Drug War Respectable

The American University professor called for "drug peace" at a time when both major parties were committed to ever-escalating violence | Reason, USA

‘It has candy. You need to press on it’: young adults’ perceptions of flavoured cigarettes in the Philippines

The Philippines has a high smoking prevalence and one of the largest tobacco menthol market shares in the world. Flavour capsule cigarettes were introduced to the Philippines in 2013, most of which are menthol flavoured, and their market share is increasing. We explored perceptions of flavoured cigarette packaging among young adult Filipinos | BMJ Tobacco Control, USA

Econometric study on the JUUL system's market entry in Canada finds vaping product availability could reduce combustible cigarette sales

New data presented by Juul Labs at the AcademyHealth 2020 Annual Research Meeting links the JUUL System's market entry to decreased cigarette sales in the Canadian market | EurekAlert, USA


Blogs, comment and opinion

Expert reaction to phase 2a clinical trial of cannabidiol (CBD) in treating people with cannabis use disorder

A study, published in Lancet Psychiatry,  looked at cannabidiol (CBD) in treating people with cannabis use disorder | Science Media Centre, UK

“Faces of Pain”: A timely reminder to consider the individual circumstances of people living with chronic pain in pain or opioid research

Chronic pain affects one in five Australian adults, and approximately three million Australian adults use opioid medicines annually1, 2. “Faces of Pain”, the theme of National Pain Week 2020 (27 July - 2 August), reminds us that behind these numbers are people with their own stories, experiences and treatment goals | NDARC blog, Australia

Vaping likely to be banned in Melbourne CBD's smoke-free zones

Vaping is likely to be banned in 11 areas of Melbourne's CBD and surrounds where cigarette smoking is already banned, including the Bourke Street Mall and the Tan and Princes Park running tracks | SMH opinion, Australia