Daily news - 11th 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

Coronavirus: Drug and alcohol referrals down 57% since lockdown, says charity

Kaleidoscope said the "significant reduction" came after it closed non-clinical bases and recovery hubs on 18 March | BBC, UK

Report: Covid So Far, Lockdown and the Lost Children

In ordinary circumstances the effect of parental drinking can have a profound effect on their children’s mental and physical health. They are six times more likely to experience abuse and violence in the home and as the Covid-19 lockdown continues, and many of our vital public services closed, these troubled families and their children have been left to fend for themselves with many of their safety nets, like school, having been sharply withdrawn | NACOA, UK

Statistics on Alcohol

This note provides a summary of statistics on alcohol consumption among adults and children in England. Data on alcohol-related hospital admissions in England and alcohol-related deaths in England, the UK and worldwide is also shown | House of Commons Library, UK

Alcoholism: Rehabilitation

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the number of alcohol inpatient detoxification and inpatient rehabilitation beds available in England has decreased as a result of reallocation to covid-19 patients | They work for you, UK

Survey: "Where are my drugs?" Psychoactive substance use in the COVID-19 era

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 involved in using psychoactive substances over the last few months. Help us understand what is going on by taking part | Psychopharmacology, Drug Misuse & Novel Psychoactive Substances Research Unit, University of Hertfordshire, UK

Survey: "Where's my baccy?" Effects of COVID-19 on smoking and vaping

This survey is part of a wider project looking at the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on drug use. Help us understand what is going on by taking part | Psychopharmacology, Drug Misuse & Novel Psychoactive Substances Research Unit, University of Hertfordshire, UK

Coronavirus: Duchess makes virtual visit to addiction centre

There are fears of a spike in people requiring help with alcohol, gambling and other addictions when lockdown ends | BBC, UK

Cumwhinton dug dealer found with cocaine worth £110k jailed

A "high-level" drug dealer caught with cocaine worth almost £110,000 has been jailed for six years | BBC, UK



International news

The Global Forum on Nicotine 2020 - online

11 - 12 June 2020, Central European Time. Free and open to everyone. #GFN20 will bring you presentations from 30 expert speakers on the theme: ‘Nicotine: science, ethics and human rights’  | GFN, UK

Marijuana concentrates spike THC levels but don't boost impairment

Smoking high-potency marijuana concentrates boosts blood levels of THC more than twice as much as smoking conventional weed, but it doesn't necessarily get you higher, according to a new study of regular users published today by University of Colorado Boulder researchers | EurekAlert, USA

Evaluation of Availability of Survey Data About Cannabis Use

These findings suggest that despite growing public support for cannabis legalization, monitoring public health effects of state and national policies may be difficult owing to a lack of available data in existing population surveys | JAMA Network, USA

The coronavirus has gutted the price of coca. It could reshape the cocaine trade

As a farmer eking out a living in Peru’s central jungle, Rubén Leiva grew one cash crop that seemed immune from global cycles of booms and busts. But the coronavirus pandemic has accomplished what neither other international crises nor a U.S.-backed “war” ever could: a collapse in the price of coca leaf, a natural stimulant that is the building block of cocaine | Washington Post, USA

FDA Greenlights Private Sector to Purge Websites Selling “Unapproved Opioids”

Anew private-public partnership aims to purge the internet of “unapproved opioid” vendors in the name of ending the so-called “opioid crisis,” despite some drug users finding a safer supply online than on street corners | Filter Magazine, USA

Boredom and Stress Drives Increased Alcohol Consumption during COVID-19: NANOS Poll Summary Report

This report presents the results of the second Nanos poll commissioned by CCSA during the COVID-19 pandemic. The poll, commissioned in May 2020, focuses on how much people are drinking while staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. The data examines if Canadians are drinking more alcohol than usual since they are home, if the amount and frequency that they drink alcohol has increased and if they are participating in binge drinking activities | NANOS Research, Canada

Cannabis poisonings in children results from intentional use along with alcohol, illicit drugs

Researchers studied incidents of cannabis poisonings among children and youth from BC Children's Hospital in Vancouver for the three-year-period prior to recreational cannabis legalization in Canada | News Medical, Canada

Alcohol consumption increases during COVID-19 crisis

The study focuses on self-reported drinking frequency and level of alcohol consumption, comparing it with consumption before the spread of the coronavirus. It is the first study to use longitudinal data to examine the change in alcohol consumption from before and during the pandemic | ANU, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Blog - Part one

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement Phoenix’s Head of HR and L&D Woosh Raza, and Director of Marketing and Innovation Jim Armstrong, took some time to discuss racial discrimination, inclusion, workplace communities, privilege, education and how to make the world a better place | Phoenix Futures blog, UK

Black lives matter. Our response as a charity must involve deep, sustained change

We stand against the very real, systemic racism in the UK – including and especially that found in the charity and alcohol harm reduction sectors | Alcohol Change UK blog, UK

Capturing the Canadian cannabis market

The recent cannabis investment bubble may have comprehensively burst, but the ‘Green Rush’ that followed legalisation in Canada left a legacy of corporate giants poised to dominate global markets in the future. Corporate capture not only leads to monopolies, which are rarely good for consumers or small producers, but also creates undue political influence | Transform blog, UK