Daily news - 9th 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

Getting in early, supporting families, and stopping the stigma of addiction

A survey commissioned by Action on Addiction, indicates that the COVID-19 lockdown may have unwittingly facilitated a significant increase in alcohol consumption and other problems associated with addiction in the UK | Action on Addiction, UK

What is the Substance Use Sleep Scale (SUSS)? - video

Find out more about the Substance Use Sleep Scale (SUSS), including how it was developed, how to use it and what it includes | SURE Recovery, UK

Treating our brains better

Following the withdrawal of many large pharma companies from central nervous system research, Andy Extance finds new drug development patterns are emerging | Chemistry World, UK

Online event: Greater London Public Meeting - Labour Campaign for Drug Policy Ref

Free event. Thu, 18 June 2020. 19:00 – 21:00 BST. The London edition of our public meetings (now online) will focus on racial disparity and discrimination in relation to drug policy | The Labour Campaign For Drug Policy Reform, UK

Police discover cannabis plant pot ‘harvest’ in Devon woods

Police in Devon have asked a “budding gardener” to come forward and claim their crop - after dozens of cannabis plants were found growing in the woods | ITV, UK


International news

Lifesaving potential of mounting a large-scale harm reduction programme

Highly detailed surveillance data in the Canadian province of British Columbia offered an opportunity to study the impact of the public health response to the opioid crisis. How many deaths were averted by take-home naloxone, opioid substitution therapy, and drug consumption rooms? | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

How the War on Drugs Enables Police Brutality Against Black People

The authorities have used drugs as a pretext and justification for ultra-violence against Black people for over a century | VICE, UK

Social justice must be at the forefront of cannabis law reform - video

On Tuesday June 2nd Transform Drug Policy Foundation hosted a webinar to discuss the importance of social justice and equity in legal cannabis markets in the United States | Transform Drug Policy Foundation, UK

William Shatner has said he uses cannabis for medical reasons

The 89-year-old actor said that he has been taking cannabis extracts such as CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) to help manage pain and swelling in his joints | Independent, UK

'It was hell': Spanish cocaine raid adds to shipboard misery for 4,000 cows

Terrible conditions witnessed onboard livestock ship travelling from Colombia to Egypt suspected of being a cover for trafficking | Guardian, UK

Italian police find €15 million in drug proceeds stashed inside a wall

The discovery, in a flat in Milan, is believed to be one of Italy's biggest cash hauls | Telegraph, UK

Global Drug Survey predicts that "following lockdown, many regions will be flooded by high purity drugs"

The Global Drug Survey Special Edition On Covid-19 also lifts the lid of Ireland's lockdown drinking and drug taking | Hotpress, Ireland

Alcohol labelling policies: most countries lagging behind in promoting healthier choices

According to a new report, labelling of alcoholic beverages is not consistent or even considered in many countries in the WHO European Region. The new Health Evidence Network (HEN) synthesis report on alcohol labelling across the Region is the first systematic study that covers the different ways countries label alcoholic beverages and sets out policy options for authorities to consider | WHO, Denmark

Spotlight on adolescent health and well-being. Findings from the 2017/2018 Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) survey in Europe and Canada. International report. Summary

Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC), a WHO collaborative cross-national study, has provided information about the health, well-being, social environment and health behaviour of 11-, 13- and 15-year-old boys and girls for over 30 years. The 2017/2018 survey report presents data from over  220 000 young people in 45 countries and regions in Europe and Canada | WHO, Denmark

Early childhood intervention programs may reap benefits across generations

Youth programs designed to prevent drug use and delinquency and support healthy development can reap lasting benefits not only for participants, but also for their kids, according to a decades-long study published June 10 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics | EurekAlert, USA

Forget Xanax. This Company Wants You to Take a Large Dose of LSD

MindMed is asking the FDA for permission to begin a human trial in the U.S., where therapists would give “experiential” doses of LSD to patients | VICE, USA


Blogs, comment and opinion

Drug And Alcohol Use During Coronavirus

The Global Drug Survey is the biggest drug survey in the world; last year more than 123,000 people from more than 30 countries completed the survey  including over 5,000 from the UK | Russell Webster, UK

We can no longer ignore the potential of psychedelic drugs to treat depression

At Imperial College we’ve been comparing psilocybin to conventional drugs – and the results are potentially game-changing | Guardian opinion, UK

Injecting room recognises what life is like in the real world

For the entirety of my 23 years at St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne, when a person unintentionally overdosed in the city's inner east they have generally been brought to us for emergency care and treatment | Age opinion, Australia