Daily news - 30th 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

Charities pay pharmacies for paused supervised consumption services

UK charities Humankind and Change Grow Live have told C+D that they decided to continue paying the pharmacies who offer their supervised consumption service even if they were forced to pause it during the pandemic, to support them financially | Chemist and Druggist, UK

First major study by Glasgow experts finds Scottish public support drug consumption rooms

Research from a Glasgow university has revealed that the majority of Scots back the introduction of drug consumption rooms (DCRs) – with academics insisting the idea remains an option despite UK Government opposition | Herald, UK

NDTMS: accreditation for software suppliers - updated

Updated software supplier accreditation details | PHE, UK

Minister Swann committed to full consultation on alcohol pricing

Health Minister Robin Swann has announced his commitment to a full consultation on Minimum Unit Pricing for Alcohol | Department of Health, Northerm Ireland, UK

Scotland 'going backwards' in tackling drug deaths

A leading campaign group has warned that Scotland is now "going backwards" with its efforts on tackling drug deaths a year after it was revealed the country has the highest-rate in Europe | Scotsman, UK

Drugs and consciousness with Roland Griffiths - podcast

In this episode of the Drug Science podcast, Professor Nutt is joined by an old friend who he has known for 35 years. Professor Roland Griffiths is a researcher who has examined a wide range of psychotropic substances through the years | Drug Science, UK

A 15-Year-Old Has Admitted to Supplying Fatal Ecstasy Pills to a 13-Year-Old

The tragic case reflects a rise in children using and selling Class A drugs | VICE, UK

Global Health Film Classics: Magic Medicine

Free event. Sunday 02 August 2020 19:00 BST plus panel discussion. Over four years, filmmaker Monty Wates was given exclusive access to the first ever medical trial to give psilocybin (the psychoactive ingredient in magic mushrooms) to a group of volunteers suffering from clinical depression | Global Health Film, UK

Discover over 250 years of brewing industry history

The National Brewery Centre is home to an unrivalled array of historical collections that relate to brewing. This includes an extensive archive of ledgers, books, plans, photographs and film from the breweries around the UK; a library containing brewing-related books and journals and objects that include paintings, ceramics, glass, bottles, cans, beer mats and Inn-signs | National Brewery Centre, UK

Cocaine dealers caught in sting jailed

Michael Middleton, 41, and Ervis Hoxha, 31, were caught exchanging 7kg of the drug in a sting in London in March, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said | BBC, UK


International news

Women smokers four times as likely as non-smokers to harbour brain aneurysm

Women smokers are four times as likely as their non-smoking peers to harbour an unruptured aneurysm—a weakened bulging artery—in the brain, finds research published online in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry | Medical Xpress, 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. It would allow people under the age of 19 who had been treated for an overdose to be detained in a hospital for between two and seven days, as a “stabilization period.” | Filter Magazine, USA

MD Judge: Cops Can’t Search You Because They Smell Weed

Merely claiming to smell cannabis on a suspect is no longer enough for Maryland police to make an arrest and conduct a warrantless search, a state appeals court has ruled | Filter Magazine, USA

Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on People Who Use Substances: What We Heard

Summarizes consultations with people who use or have used substances, their families and friends, harm reduction workers and people providing peer support services. The consultations were held to help understand the day-to-day realities of people who use substances during the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada | CCSA, Canada

Land Transport (Drug Driving) Amendment Bill proposes random roadside drug testing

A new law has been proposed to give the police powers to conduct random roadside drug testing of drivers | RNZ, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

Medicinal Use of Psilocybin: Reducing Restrictions on Research and Treatment

We are delighted to announce the publication of a major new report, Medicinal Use of Psilocybin, in collaboration with the free market think tank the Adam Smith Institute | CDPRG blog, UK

The Coronavirus Is Blowing Up Our Best Response to the Opioid Crisis

“Any gains we made in funding for health departments, syringe exchanges, naloxone distribution, safe consumption spaces, and community outreach—it’s all at risk from Covid,” said Sue, who is also medical director at the Harm Reduction Coalition, a nonprofit advocacy group | TNR, USA