Daily news - 8th June 2020

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Coronavirus frequently updated resources

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and drugs use. Includes advice for drug users | NHS Inform

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

Covid-19 addiction and recovery response fund to provide over £330k to frontline charities

This response fund will provide emergency funding to grassroots treatment and recovery voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector organisations delivering vital services at the frontline of the Covid-19 pandemic response. The funding comes from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (which covers civil society in its brief) and the Department of Health and Social Care and will be distributed by Collective Voice | Collective Voice, UK

Smoking ban proposals: Full analysis of consultation on smoking outside hospitals

The majority of respondents to a consultation on banning smoking near hospital buildings support a 15-metre enforcement zone to protect people from the dangers of second-hand smoke | Scottish Government, UK

Inequalities in victimisation: alcohol, violence, and anti-social behaviour

The links between alcohol and violence, as well as alcohol and anti-social behaviour (ASB), are widely recognised. Less is understood about how experiences of alcohol-related violence and alcohol-related ASB are distributed across different socioeconomic groups. This study used data from the Crime Survey for England and Wales from 2013/14-2017/18 to analyse this distribution. [ See also IAS blog, in blogs sectin below] | IAS, UK

Lessons learnt and challenges with easing lockdown - SDF COVID-19 Webinar

Lessons learnt and challenges with easing lockdown: People with drug problems, Public Health & COVID-19 The seventh SDF COVID-19 webinar focused on what the future challenges are for public health and people who use drugs as the restrictions begin to be lifted | SDF, UK

‘Huffed off’ with COVID? - Effects of COVID-19 on use of volatile substances/inhalants and gases - survey

This survey is part of a wider project looking at the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the use of psychoactive substances. This survey aims to identify what effects have been experienced by those using volatile substances/ inhalants and gases over the last few months | Psychopharmacology, Drug Misuse and Novel Psychoactive Substances Research Unit of the University of Hertfordshire, UK

Behind the doors of Coventry and Warwickshire's hidden cannabis factories

[Harry Shapiro, Director of DrugWise quoted] Exploited workers toil round the clock in hot and squalid conditions as gangs vie for slice of a billion-pound industry | Coventry Live, UK

Illegal woodland rave attracts 200 to Rainford

Officers said they found one male with a broken leg and one female with a broken ankle after the party, which started in Rainford, Merseyside, at 20:00 BST on Friday | BBC, UK

'Trafficked' man dies after Dudley cannabis factory fire

Police believe the dead man, 43, and his companion had been locked into the industrial unit in Dudley, after being trafficked to the UK | BBC, UK


International news

Racism and Policing Are Global Problems. Drug Control is a Vehicle

There is now substantial evidence that the war on drugs has disproportionately targeted Black and Brown communities in the US, resulting in profound racial injustice | Talking Drugs, UK

Unemployment from stable, downsized and closed workplaces and alcohol‐related mortality

[Open access] [Finland] To assess the importance of health selection in the association between unemployment and alcohol‐related mortality by comparing mortalities of those unemployed from workplaces experiencing different levels of downsizing. The more severe the downsizing, the less dependent unemployment would be on personal characteristics and the weaker the role of health selection | Addiction, UK

A million pre-paid beers await drinkers as Europe’s bars reopen

Beer makers from global giant Anheuser-Busch InBev to smaller craft brewers have set up schemes for consumers to buy drinks in advance to support shuttered bars with, in some cases, the reward of free beer when the doors reopen | Euractiv, Belgium

Scientists discover that nicotine promotes spread of lung cancer to the brain

Among people who have the most common type of lung cancer, up to 40% develop metastatic brain tumors, with an average survival time of less than six months. But why non-small-cell lung cancer so often spreads to the brain has been poorly understood | Science Daily, USA

Associations of Flavored e-Cigarette Uptake With Subsequent Smoking Initiation and Cessation

Does the association between vaping uptake and subsequent smoking differ between individuals favoring tobacco- vs nontobacco-flavored e-cigarettes? | JAMA Network, USA

Psychedelic drug psilocybin tamps down brain's ego center

Perhaps no region of the brain is more fittingly named than the claustrum, taken from the Latin word for "hidden or shut away." The claustrum is an extremely thin sheet of neurons deep within the cortex, yet it reaches out to every other region of the brain | Medical Xpress, USA

LSD Is Surging in Popularity. New Research Unpicks the Trends

Far more US adults than previously have been using the psychedelic drug LSD in recent years, according to new research. The number of people who reported using “acid” in the past year increased by over 56 percent, relatively, between 2015 and 2018. Older adults and those with higher educations saw the biggest increases | Filter Magazine, USA

University of Toronto team awarded CIHR grant to study impact of cannabis use on Indigenous oral health

Clinical research and Indigenous knowledge models will help team gather first evidence of effects of cannabis on Indigenous peoples of Canada | EurekAlert, Canada

Methadose class-action lawsuit filed against B.C.

Laura Shaver had abstained from using illicit opioids for about seven years when British Columbia replaced its supply of methadone with a new version called Methadose | Globe and Mail, Canada

Patterns of recreational cannabis use in Aotearoa-New Zealand and their consequences: evidence to inform voters in the 2020 referendum

[From May] The majority of New Zealanders (approximately 80%) born in the 1970s report using cannabis at least once, despite its illegal status. Four-10% of past-year users were at risk of developing a cannabis dependence syndrome that impaired psychological, social and/or occupational functioning | Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, New Zealand

Illegal status of cannabis 'a barrier to people getting support'

The risks of developing psychosis after cannabis use are significant for teenagers, but if it was legalised, it would make it easier to teach high school students about the risks, says the director of New Zealand's longest running study | TVNZ, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

From Homeless On Heroin To Law Student

Domenick is a third-year law student at Seton Hall. This is his story | Above the law blog, UK

Mikk’s Wee Blog – The importance of Peer Research and asking the right questions

In this blog post Mikk discusses his experience at SDF and thoughts on peer research | SDF blog, UK

Moving forwards with the standard THC unit

We appreciate the commentaries which support our proposal for a standard THC unit and raise insightful points for progressing with this initiative | Addiction commentary, UK

Inequalities in alcohol-related violence victimisation and what we should do about it

Lucy Bryant presents evidence-based recommendations for how to reduce the harmful effects of inequalities in which alcohol plays a role | IAS blog, UK

From drug dealers to loan sharks: how coronavirus empowers organised crime

Disruption to supplies, diversion of police resources and collapsing businesses all create opportunities | Guardian comment is free, UK

What We Do Not Know About e-Cigarettes Is a Lot

Any dispassionate appraisal of e-cigarettes must acknowledge that much more is unknown than known—most of the iceberg remains underwater | JAMA network editorial, USA