Daily news - 12th 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

ACMD accepting written evidence on naloxone provision and young people’s drug use

Collective Voice will be submitting evidence to both workstreams and we are inviting stakeholders to feed in information as part of our submission | Collective Voice, UK

Flexible responses during the Coronavirus crisis: Rapid evidence gathering (PDF)

The MEAM coalition has published new research examining the flexibilities that homelessness, substance misuse, mental health and criminal justice services have put in place to support people during the Covid-19 crisis, and how some of the positive aspects of these changes might be maintained in the future. [More information here] | MEAM, UK

Impact of labelled glasses in a bar‐laboratory setting: no effect on ad libitum alcohol consumption

[Open access] Information provided on glass labels may be an effective method to reduce alcohol consumption. The aim of this study was to assess the impact of glass labels conveying unit information and a health warning in reducing ad libitum alcohol consumption | ACER, UK

BPPA calls for ‘definitive date’ for beer gardens to reopen

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has called on the Government to provide ‘urgent clarity’ on when some 27,000 pubs with beer gardens will be able to trade in outdoor areas post-lockdown | Morning Advertiser, UK

One-in-four pubs can’t reopen at 2m distancing, BII survey finds

The British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) has found that while three quarters of pubs could reopen in some way, shape or form, under two-metre social distancing rules, 82% of them would do so at less than half of pre-pandemic turnover levels | Morning Advertiser, UK

Survey: "Hitting the bottle?" Alcohol 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. Help us understand what is going on by taking part | Psychopharmacology, Drug Misuse & Novel Psychoactive Substances Research Unit, University of Hertfordshire, UK

Join us this June for our week of action calling for an end to the drug war

Please join us and activists across the world for a number of online activities to mark the Support. Don’t Punish Global Day of Action this year | Anyone's Child, UK

Drugs: Organised Crime

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to tackle county lines drug trafficking and safeguard vulnerable children form exploitation | They work for you, UK

International news

Daniel Kinahan: Questions over Fury-Joshua fight promoter's 'drug gang links'

Irish PM Leo Varadkar has said he is "taken aback" that a man linked to one of the most prominent drugs gangs in Europe was thanked for helping to set up a major heavyweight boxing clash | BBC, UK

FRCs: supporting families during the Covid-19 crisis (PDF)

The national Family Resource Centre programme is delivered by 121 Family Resource Centres (FRCs) across Ireland, supporting families in communities experiencing poverty and disadvantage. The national representative body for FRCs is the Family Resource Centre National Forum (FRCNF). With the onset of the Covid-19 crisis, and subsequent economic and societal restrictions, FRCs moved quickly to adapt their services in response | Family Resource Centre National Forum, Ireland

Alcohol: It’s a No Brainer (PDF)

Factsheet highlighting brain harms caused by alcohol for young people | Alcohol Forum, Ireland

Over €6 million worth of drugs seized at Dublin Port

Officers seized 93 kilos of herbal cannabis with an estimated value of €1.9 million and 62 kilos of cocaine with an estimated value of €4.3 million | Journal, Ireland

NIH study links cigarette smoking to higher stroke risk in African Americans

African Americans who smoke are nearly 2.5 times more likely to have a stroke than those who never smoked, while former smokers show a similarly lower risk as never smokers, according to a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health | NIH, USA

Free training manual will help health providers diagnose fetal alcohol syndrome

Omar Rahman, M.D., director of the Munroe-Meyer Institute Department of Genetics at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, is part of a group that has created a training manual in both English and Spanish designed to help health care providers recognize and diagnose fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) | Medical Xpress, USA

Fentanyl tops list of drugs found in Baltimore overdose patients

A new University of Maryland study found fentanyl tops the list of drugs detected in overdose patients at two Baltimore hospital emergency departments. The finding suggests that hospitals and medical systems throughout the United States consider adding fentanyl, a potent synthetic opioid linked to most fatal overdoses in Maryland, to their routine drug testing panels | Medical Xpress, USA

High doses of ketamine can temporarily switch off the brain, say researchers

Researchers have identified two brain phenomena that may explain some of the side-effects of ketamine. Their measurements of the brain waves of sheep sedated by the drug may explain the out-of-body experience and state of complete oblivion it can cause | Medical Xpress, USA

Long-term follow-up outcomes of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for treatment of PTSD: a longitudinal pooled analysis of six phase 2 trials

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a chronic condition that has wide-ranging negative effects on an individual’s health and interpersonal relationships. Treatments with long-term benefits are needed to promote the safety and well-being of those suffering from PTSD | Psychpharmacology, USA

Safe Consumption Means Safe Inhalation, Too: An All-Inclusive Model

Methamphetamine-related harms vary across Canada. Our west coast has obviously been hit hard, as British Columbia and Alberta have suffered many deaths | Filter Magazine, Canada

How Sydney Became Australia's Cocaine Capital

The fact you can sail a yacht in a straight line from Colombia to Sydney is just one part of the story | VICE, Australia

DID and HSS survey 2020

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF) is conducting a short online survey about two of its information services programs, the Drug Information Directory and Help & Support Services (DID and HSS). The survey aims to understand people’s needs and preferences for accessing AOD information and to assess DID and HSS as tools to meeting people’s needs | ADF, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Pandemics, processes and personal issues

The coronavirus pandemic has made life much more challenging for many people. It has given us all a sense of the impact of constant isolation and anxiety on our physical and mental health | Department of Health and Social Care, UK

Lockdown drinking: 3 women on their relationship with alcohol during the pandemic

Following the latest news that nearly a quarter of adults across the UK have been drinking more alcohol during lockdown, three women speak honestly to Stylist about their relationship with alcohol over the last few months | Stylist, UK

In the shadow of the pandemic: Alcohol and a century of culture war in Turkey

Since the lockdown due to the pandemic, news reports about illegal alcohol production and cases of methanol poisoning have increased in Turkey. Indeed, under the Justice and Development Party (Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi – AKP) who took power in 2001, the problem of illegal alcohol production in Turkey has worsened | Drinking Studies Network blog, UK

Points Interview: “Sacred Places, Sacred Plants, and Sacred People: Carving Out an Indigenous Right amid the Drug Wars,” with Alexander Dawson

Today we feature Alexander Dawson. Dawson holds a PhD in Latin American History from SUNY Stony Brook, and is an Associate Professor of History at SUNY Albany | Points blog, USA