Daily news - 4th June 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

Link between anxiety and alcohol abuse identified

New research from the University of Aberdeen and the University of Edinburgh has identified how sections of DNA might contribute to the risk of alcohol abuse in men | University of Aberdeen, UK

Extending the reach of Needle Exchanges through postal delivery

Due to COVID-19, many services across Scotland are trialling a postal mailing service for Injecting Equipment Provision (IEP) | SDF, UK

Do we know how to *make* a treatment service engaging and effective?

Focus is on the section of last week’s matrix cell release which moved on from *describing* effective alcohol treatment services to *generating* such services, along the way encountering an apparent bind: ideally organisations whose mission is to serve clients would willingly open themselves to improvement, but the ones most notably failing in that mission may be least likely to do so | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK


International news

City Health 2020 Online - free online conference - 4th June

Stream presentations from today's conference - Compassionate Public Health for Compassionate Societies - live at the link above | CityHealth, UK

Vape company used coronavirus to market to teens, say US representatives

New e-cigarette should be banned, FDA told | Independent, UK

Philippines' 'heavy-handed' war on drugs leads to human rights violations: report

[Free registration may be required] President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs is considered a brutal campaign condemned by rights groups around the world | Telegraph, UK

Australian distillers who made sanitiser left with unsold product as cheap imports flood market

Businesses stepped up at height of coronavirus crisis – but have taken a financial hit | Guardian, UK

Over half of Irish people say they drink alcohol more frequently since Covid-19 restrictions brought in

More than 50% of Irish respondents to a global survey about drugs and alcohol use say they have seen an increase in the frequency of their drinking since the Covid-19 restrictions were implemented | Journal, Ireland

Use of nitrous oxide or 'hippie crack' on the rise during pandemic

A teenage boy died after inhaling the gas in Dublin last month | Journal, Ireland

EMCDDA technical report on the new psychoactive substance N,Ndiethyl- 2-[[4-(1-methylethoxy)phenyl]methyl]-5-nitro-1Hbenzimidazole- 1-ethanamine (isotonitazene)

The purpose of this technical report is to provide an analysis of the available information on N,N-diethyl-2-[[4-(1-methylethoxy)phenyl]methyl]-5-nitro-1H-benzimidazole-1-ethanamine (commonly known as isotonitazene), an opioid analgesic that has recently emerged on the drug market in Europe, to support a risk assessment of the substance that has been requested by the European Commission in accordance with Article 5c of Regulation (EC) No 1920/2006 (as amended) | EMCDDA, Portugal

How ketamine combats depression

The anaesthetic drug ketamine has been shown, in low doses, to have a rapid effect on difficult-to-treat depression. Researchers now report that they have identified a key target for the drug: specific serotonin receptors in the brain. Their findings give hope of new, effective antidepressants | Science Daily, Sweden

Teen vaping study identifies stomach issues and history of substance abuse

A study of teens diagnosed with the vaping-linked respiratory disease EVALI revealed that most also had gastrointestinal symptoms and a history of psychosocial factors, including substance abuse, UT Southwestern researchers found in one of the first clinical reviews of its kind | News Medical, USA

Tobacco use screening and treatment among psychiatric patients: What factors influence who gets screened during outpatient visits?

Today's review is part of our month-long Special Series on Race and Addiction. During this Special Series, The BASIS addresses addiction-related discrimination, social determinants of health, health equity, and race | BASIS, USA

Dose-Response Association of Low-Intensity and Nondaily Smoking With Mortality in the United States

 In a prospective cohort study of 505 500 nationally representative US adults, daily smokers had 2.32 times higher mortality risk, and lifelong nondaily smokers had 1.82 times higher mortality risk, than never smokers; significant associations were observed for 6 to 10 cigarettes per month and increased with higher-intensity use | JAMA Network, USA

Does using marijuana affect a person's risk of stroke?

The jury's still out on whether the use of marijuana may increase the risk of stroke. While several larger studies have found an increased risk, other studies have found no such increased risk | Medical Xpress, USA

Largest study of its kind of women in labor finds nitrous oxide safe, side effects rare

Researchers found that the use of nitrous oxide (N2O) as a pain relief option for individuals in labor is safe for newborn children and laboring individual, and converting to a different form of pain relief such as an epidural or opioid is influenced by a woman's prior birth history and other factors | Science Daily, USA

Injectable Opioid Agonist Treatment for Patients with Opioid Dependence: A Review of Clinical and Cost-Effectiveness

What is the clinical effectiveness of injectable opioid agonist treatment for patients with opioid dependence? What is the cost-effectiveness of injectable opioid agonist treatment for patients with opioid dependence? | CADTH, Canada

Legalising cannabis an opportunity to regulate drug authorities have 'very little control over' - law expert

An associate law professor says the Government's bill to look at legalising cannabis in New Zealand is an opportunity to bring the drug under control | TVNZ, New Zealand

Vote Yes - On our terms campaign launch

The New Zealand Drug Foundation has today launched its campaign to inform New Zealanders about the key terms included in the Cannabis Legislation and Control Bill, that voters will be deciding at the cannabis referendum held during the general election on 19 September 2020 | NZDF, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

Harry's Blog #101: The New Colonials

There exists a bunch of pirates, ostensibly independent NGOs and medical and public health organisations who, flying under a flag of convenience called ‘tobacco control’ are sinking the evidence base for tobacco harm reduction (THR), in the process denying potentially life-saving products for millions of current smokers who can’t or do not want to give up nicotine while knowing full well the damage caused by cigarettes | NSP blog, UK

“Volunteers’ lived experience means they’re worth their weight in gold”

Volunteers are driven by the desire to use their experiences to help others. Treatment services couldn’t function without them | We Are With You, UK

Opinion: Safer Injection Facilities | The Case for the Peer-Led Model

In an effort to reduce the record number of drug-related deaths in the UK, there have been repeated calls for the introduction of supervised injection facilities (SIFs), but are we any closer to actualising them? | Volte Face opinion, UK

Youth clubs can work miracles – could having more of them stop teens selling drugs?

While gangs prey on young people, there is a criminal lack of funding for organisations that can offer an alternative | Guardian, UK

Nicotine therapy for coronavirus: the evidence is weak and contradictory

France recently put limits on the purchase nicotine-replacement products, stopping online sales and restricting buyers to a one-month supply of gums, patches and inhalers bought at pharmacies | Conversation, UK

GDS Corona Conversations - with Arild Knutsen from Norway- video

This time on GDS Corona Conversations we meet Arild Knutsen, drug user activist from Oslo, Norway. Arild is head of The Association for Humane Drug Policy, a Norwegian drug user organization working against prohibition and the criminalisation of drug users | GDS, UK

Been Skewed Over by The Daily Telegraph? This is what I did

Here at AOD Media Watch we have a policy of not personally reporting on cases that involve us as individuals, to maintain our integrity. This is an exception because the allegations made against me were THAT serious and I hope that the process I have undergone in the subsequent 12 months will help others | AOD Media Watch, Australia

The Use of ‘Ice’ and the Criminal Justice System

There is an argument that coverage by the mainstream media of the drug crystal methamphetamine (or ‘ice’) has skewed both public perceptions about the drug itself and its users, as well as the way in which users are dealt with by those involved in the criminal justice system | Sydney Drug Lawyers blog, Australia