Daily news - 31st 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

The experience of people approaching later life in lockdown: The impact of COVID-19 on 50-70-year olds in England

In collaboration with Ipsos MORI, this report takes a look at the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the lives of those aged 50-70 in England | Centre for Better Aging, UK

Over 1,100 children trafficked into UK drug trade, figures show

Drug charity says number of trafficked children rose sharply in 2019 from year earlier | Guardian, UK

Effects of messaging on public support for drug consumption rooms in scotland, UK

[Open access] There is evidence to suggest that medically supervised drug consumption rooms (DCRs) may form part of responses to reduce drug-related harm. Although DCRs have been established globally, they are perceived by some to be a controversial approach in the UK, and Government has repeatedly rejected proposals to establish one in Glasgow, Scotland. As public support is an important component of policy development and enactment, we sought to investigate the effects of different types of message framing on public support for DCR | IJDP, UK

Lifestyle changes could delay or prevent 40% of dementia cases – study

Addressing 12 factors such as excessive drinking and air pollution exposure may have significant effect, experts say | Guardian, UK

Researching During A Pandemic

We have been working with the Universities of Bristol and Bath to find out how the Coronavirus pandemic has affected the lives of people who inject drugs in Bristol | BDP, UK

Drugs: Organised Crime

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for (a) Justice, (b) Education and (c) Housing, Communities and Local Government on using the findings of (i) serious case reviews following the homicides of young people, (ii) child safeguarding practice reviews, (iii) independent investigation reports and (iv) safeguarding adult reviews to help prevent violence linked to county lines child criminal exploitation | They work for you, UK

Faces and Voices of Recovery annual report 2019-2020

Report on the impoact of the charity in the last year | FAVOR UK, UK

St Austell residents 'exasperated' with open heroin use

Open drug use and increasing anti-social behaviour have left residents of St Austell "exasperated". Graphic photos on social media have led to a petition being set up to "formally address the heroin problem". We went to Cornwall's largest town to talk to people about the situation | BBC, UK

Man found with heroin worth £5.8m hidden in Glasgow flat

A 39-year-old unemployed man has admitted storing heroin with a street value of more than £5.8m in his home | BBC, UK


International news

Technical brief: Harm reduction for people who use drugs

This technical brief describes how interventions for people who use drugs are to be incorporated into funding requests to the Global Fund | IDPC, UK

Compelling argument for spending more on FASD prevention

Foetal alcohol spectrum disorders are lifelong physical, behavioural, and cognitive disabilities caused by exposure to alcohol during pregnancy. Looking to established models of prevention in Canada and the United States, review asks whether there is a strong financial justification for investing further in prevention, and if so what the optimal path to prevention would be | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Number of drug-driving arrests in first half of 2020 was more than double the same period in 2019

There was a total of 1,216 drug-driving arrests made in the first six months | Journal, Ireland

Driving Addiction: F1 and Tobacco Advertising

By the end of the 2020 season, Formula 1 will have made U.S. $4.5 billion from tobacco sponsorships—one of the last global sports series that still allows tobacco marketing. And because F1 has an overwhelmingly young and affluent fanbase, a new generation is being exposed to highly addictive, harmful products | STOP, USA

Russia considers built-in breathalysers for cars to curb drink driving

Russia is considering fitting cars with devices that breathalyse drivers to clamp down on drink driving and is looking at ways to encourage manufacturers to install them in vehicles fresh off the production line | Reuters, USA

Alcohol abuse may raise risk of death in patients with abnormal heart rhythms

Among patients hospitalized with abnormal heart rhythms, those with alcohol abuse were 72% more likely to die before being discharged | AHA, USA

E-Cigarettes Market Research Report by Type, by Flavor, by Distribution Channel - Global Forecast to 2025 - Cumulative Impact of COVID-19

The Global E-Cigarettes Market is expected to grow from USD 11,837.23 Million in 2019 to USD 19,622.41 Million by the end of 2025 at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 8.78% | Report Linker, USA

WHO unveils Florence, the world's first digital health worker to combat smoking and COVID-19 myths

The World Health Organization has launched its first digital health worker, Florence. The digital health worker was created by a company in New Zealand, Soul Machines | Chron, USA

Juul submits application to FDA to keep selling e-cigarettes

Juul Labs Inc said on Thursday it submitted an application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that would allow it to keep selling e-cigarettes, which face heightened scrutiny over a surge in teenage vaping | Reuters, USA

How I Wish My Parents Had Reacted to My Heroin Use

My parents aren’t exactly known for being calm. In fact my mother, who has mental health concerns, will lose her temper if the tupperware isn’t on the right shelf. If someone criticizes her, she accuses them of bullying or abuse | Filter Magazine, USA

Young Australians would use cannabis if it were legal to do so

A number of young Australians say they would use cannabis for the first time if it were legal, a UQ study has found | University of Queensland, Australia

New standard set of outcomes to measure and improve care for disorders related to substance use and addictive behaviours

Director of the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) at UNSW Sydney, Professor Michael Farrell chaired a project team of leading researchers, practitioners, and lived experience representatives across Europe, North America, Africa, Asia, and Australia to establish the first international standard for measuring treatment outcomes for adults and young people aged 12 and above with disorders related to substance use and addictive behaviours | NDARC, Australia

Examining Australia’s unhealthy relationship with alcohol

While alcohol contributes more to mortality and morbidity in Australia than all the use of illegal drugs combined, there is a disproportionate focus by the media on the harms of illegal drugs | ECU, Australia

Understanding the client characteristics of Aboriginal residential alcohol and other drug rehabilitation services in New South Wales, Australia

[Open access] This is the first multi-site paper to describe key client characteristics of six Indigenous (hereafter Aboriginal Australians as the term recommended by the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of New South Wales) residential rehabilitation services in Australia | Addiction Science and Clinical Practice, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Drinking In The Summertime

After a few weeks of disappointing weather, the end of this week is set to be a scorcher! If you’re heading down the harbourside or booking a table in your favourite sunny beer garden, follow this guide to minimise the damage to your body and brain | BDP blog, UK

Parents with children forced to do school at home are drinking more

We found that parents who are stressed by having to help their children with distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic drink seven more drinks per month than parents who do not report feeling stressed by distance learning | Conversation, USA