Daily news - 10th 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

Statistical analysis of off-trade alcohol sales in the year following MUP published

Building on an earlier report on per adult off-trade sales, Public Health Scotland today published an analysis showing a decline in population alcohol consumption following the introduction of MUP | Public Health Scotland, UK

Alcohol off-sales drop credited to minimum unit pricing

A report published by Public Health Scotland said there had been a reduction of between 4% and 5% in Scotland's shops in the year after minimum unit pricing was introduced | BBC, UK

Lockdown could reverse UK’s ten year drop in alcohol consumption

An addiction expert from the University of Bedfordshire has warned about the escalation of alcohol consumption which is likely to occur in light of Covid-19 | University of Bedfordshire, UK

Naloxone: Prisoners

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of prisoners with a history of opioid misuse were provided with Naloxone when released from prison in the latest 12 month period for which information is available; and from which prisons those prisoners were released | They work for you, UK

Examining the effect of smoking, nicotine and vaping on COVID-19 severity

Researchers at the University of Oxford say they will be conducting the most extensive study to date linking primary and clinical data for the assessment of associations between smoking status and the severity of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) | News Medical, UK

Association of Socioeconomic Position With e-Cigarette Use Among Individuals Who Quit Smoking in England, 2014 to 2019

In this cross-sectional study of 34 442 individuals who formerly smoked, e-cigarette use increased among all who had not smoked for at least 1 year but was highest among those with lower socioeconomic position. Among those who quit smoking before 2011, there was no evidence for an association between socioeconomic position and e-cigarette use | JAMA Network, UK

Alcohol Focus Scotland Review of statements of licensing policy 2018 – 2023

Licensing boards decide on all applications to sell alcohol, and have five objectives which are set out in legislation: to prevent crime and disorder; secure public safety; prevent public nuisance; protect and improve public health; and protect children and young persons from harm | Alcohol Focus Scotland, UK

Treatment and care for people with a stimulant problem under COVID-19 and beyond - webinar

Fri, Jun 12, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM BST. This webinar was prompted by services that remained open during COVID-19, seeing more people with stimulant problems presenting for help. This webinar provides an opportunity to revisit issues regarding the treatment of stimulant users – both primary stimulant users and those who use alongside opioids and other depressants | SDF, UK

Ayahuasca with Dr Simon Ruffell - podcast

Dr Simon Ruffell was a psychiatrist working for the NHS to help stabilise child soldier’s mental health. Years later, a research project to South America exposed Dr Ruffell to the world of shamanistic healing using the entheogenic brew commonly made out of the Banisteriopsis caapi vine, the Psychotria viridis shrub | Drug Science, UK

Dudley 'cannabis factory' fire victim named

A "trafficked" man who died after a fire at a "cannabis factory" has been named as Margaritis Xhindi | BBC, UK

Leicestershire Bitcoin drug dealer must pay back £1.8m

A drug dealer who used cryptocurrency to import drugs into the UK has been order to pay back almost £2m | BBC, UK


International news

Getting the (treatment) system right

Key research on improving local alcohol treatment systems. Ask how many drinkers should be in treatment and whether payment by results stifles client-centred practice, or stretches services beyond comfort zones | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Capturing the Market: Cannabis regulation in Canada

Canada became the first G7 and G20 nation to regulate cannabis on 17th October 2018. In this report, we provide a comprehensive overview of cannabis regulation in Canada, analysing and comparing regulations in key areas and drawing out lessons for other countries going forward | Transform, UK

Harm from drinking alcohol at home spikes in Australia amid coronavirus

Emergency medicine expert cites anecdotal evidence as new study finds people drinking more frequently during pandemic | Guardian, UK

NSW police pursue 80% of Indigenous people caught with cannabis through courts

Exclusive: data shows hugely disproportionate treatment, which experts say helps trap young Aboriginal people in the criminal justice system | Guardian, UK

Researchers put a price tag on alcohol use

Alcohol use disorders are associated with high social welfare and health care costs -- but what causes them? A new new study looks at the magnitude and reasons behind the economic burden alcohol use disorders have on society | Science Daily, Finland

Study shows cannabis temporarily relieves PTSD symptoms

People suffering from post-traumatic distress disorder report that cannabis reduces the severity of their symptoms by more than half, at least in the short term, according to a recent study led by Carrie Cuttler, a Washington State University assistant professor of psychology | EurekAlert, USA

Extended-release naltrexone to treat opioid relapse: Positive outcomes in vulnerable populations

In the last two decades almost 450,000 people have died from opioid overdoses in the United States. The death and relapse rate is even higher among people who have been incarcerated, who, due to racist policing and policies, are disproportionately people of color | BASIS, USA

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

In this cohort study with 17 929 participants, multivariable analyses of nationally representative, longitudinal survey data evaluated differences in smoking initiation and cessation subsequent to vaping uptake among those who used flavored vs unflavored e-cigarettes, separately by age group | JAMA Network, USA

Screening for drug use can be reasonable, but not evidence-based

Little evidence supports the new recommendations for clinical screening for drug use. Do the potential benefits outweigh the potential harms? | Medical Xpress, USA

Telehealth Must Stay After COVID-19 to Save Our Patients From Overdose 

March 2020. The stakes were enormous and the urgency acute: 1,000 of our patients were about to be pushed into opioid withdrawal for lack of medication | Filter Magazine, USA

Decriminalizing Sex Work and Drugs Central to Trans and LGBTQ+ Rights

Every day, people do what they need to do in order to survive. That is clearer today than ever before. For the first time in nearly a century, 40 percent of Americans who were making under $40,000 a year are out of work, many wondering where their next meal is going to come from or how they will keep the roof over their head | Filter Magazine, USA

Many Canadians turned to weed as coronavirus arrived. Here’s how to tell if that’s a problem

For better or worse, many Canadians appear to be turning to weed to help them cope with the stress and isolation caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic | Global News, Canada

Report on the extent, nature, and consequences of children and young people’s exposure to alcohol advertising and sponsorship

This report examines the available evidence on the nature and extent of alcohol advertising and sponsorship in Australia, and the impact of exposure to alcohol advertising and sponsorship on children and young people’s drinking attitudes and behaviour | Monash University, Australia

Women in child-caring roles reported drinking more during COVID-19 pandemic

Women reported a substantially larger increase in their drinking habits during the COVID-19 pandemic than men as they took on increased childcare duties | Sydney Morning Herald, Australia

Amazon Australia launches alcohol delivery in latest expansion as it pushes monthly memberships

Internet shopping giant Amazon has launched an alcohol delivery service in its latest expansion in Australia | 9 News, Australia

What 40 years following thousands of NZ people tells us about cannabis harm

Longitudinal studies have a huge amount to teach us about the impacts of using cannabis, writes Joseph M Boden, director of the Christchurch Health and Development Study | The Spinoff, New Zealand

Drug infused lollies, baked goods being sold via social media

An operation producing cannabis-infused gummy lollies, chocolates and baked goods in Waikato has been busted by police | Stuff.co.nz, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

Supporting kinship families during covid-19: Part 1

Jane is one of Adfam’s Family Support Coordinators, working with kinship families affected by substance use in Peterborough. We interviewed her to find out how kinship families have been affected by COVID-19 and lockdown | Adfam blog, UK

Supporting kinship families during covid-19: Part 2

Jane is one of Adfam’s Family Support Coordinators, working with kinship families affected by substance use in Peterborough. We interviewed her to find out how kinship families have been affected by COVID-19 and lockdown. This is part 2 of the interview, in which Jane discusses what can be done to better support kinship families at this time | Adfam blog, UK

Increasing choice to encourage the selection of non-alcoholic, rather than alcoholic, drinks

Whether we are meeting friends in a bar, eating out, or planning a night in at home, one of our first thoughts is often: ‘What shall I drink?’. The choice in bars, restaurants and supermarkets is often overwhelming, with long menus, details of tasting notes, and special offers to review. The one consistent feature is that alcohol is everywhere | IAS blog, UK

The Trip Report 08/06

Through the work of organisations such as WEDINOS, The Loop, and SaferParty, we know a little more about the drugs in circulation. The report provided below is a summary of their findings over the last week | Cameron Scally, UK

'I wasn't a gangster, just a kid from Shropshire': how drugs gangs are exploiting lockdown

My team is seeing ever-younger children being recruited to county lines drugs trade during the pandemic | Guardian, UK

Cannabis may be a safer alternative for people who use drugs during sex

Not everyone is a fan of rock ‘n’ roll but, for many people, sex and drugs make a great combination. Pairing the two can lead to a highly enjoyable experience, with heightened physical and psychological effects including increased feelings of intimacy, confidence and pleasure | Conversation, Canada