Daily news - 16th 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

Bristol rehab services sees rise in demand from city's homeless

More than 200 homeless people with addiction issues in Bristol have sought rehabilitation after lockdown restrictions reduced their supply of drugs, an NHS team has said | BBC, UK

Nitrous Oxide: Coronavirus

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the change in the level of the use of nitrous oxide during the covid-19 outbreak | They work for you, UK

Association of the US Outbreak of Vaping-Associated Lung Injury With Perceived Harm of e-Cigarettes Compared With Cigarettes

This survey study used data from the Smoking Toolkit Study, a monthly cross-sectional nationally representative survey of adults (aged >16 years) in England | JAMA Network, UK

EasyJet and Virgin Atlantic ban alcohol on all flights to limit contact amid coronavirus

EasyJet and Virgin Atlantic have banned alcohol on all flights to limit contact between passengers and crew to prevent the spread of coronavirus. British Airways has suspended alcohol on short-haul trips. EasyJet passengers will be limited to a glass of water, with food service also suspended | Mail Online, UK

Glasgow bar  installs perspex screens around private pods to comply with social distancing

Scottish establishment has prepared for eventuality of bars and restaurants being allowed to reopen | Independent, UK

Summer of illegal raves expected in England despite coronavirus crisis

Huge parties organised via social media will thrive after long lockdown, experts warn | Guardian, UK

Influential group of MPs calls for total ban on gambling advertising

Exclusive: report proposing far tighter regulation for industry could shape government review | Guardian, UK


International news

The association of smoking status with SARS-CoV-2 infection, hospitalisation and mortality from COVID-19: A living rapid evidence review (version 4)

SARS-CoV-2 is the causative agent of COVID-19, an emergent zoonotic disease which has reached pandemic levels and is designated a public health emergency of international concern. It is plausible that former or current smoking status is associated with infection, hospitalisation and/or mortality from COVID-19 | Qeios, UK

Secret drug cave discovered by Spanish police

[Free registration may be required] The traffickers hideout was discovered underneath an ornamental fountain | Telegraph, UK

Karm Gilespie: government appeals to China over fate of Australian man sentenced to death

Scott Morrison says Australian officials are working to secure freedom of man detained in China since 2013 for alleged drug trafficking | Guardian, UK

Dutch drink offenders to get teetotal tag to keep them dry

People in the Netherlands convicted of crimes related to alcohol abuse will have to wear a special ankle bracelet to monitor their drinking habits once the government has passed the necessary legislation | Reuters, Netherlands

Two-thirds of men turn to alcohol to combat loneliness and boredom during Covid-19 pandemic

The survey echoed recent surveys which indicated alcohol consumption has increased during the pandemic | Journal, Ireland

General Report of Activities 2019 – key achievements and governance: a year in review

The General Report of Activities is an annual publication providing a detailed progress report of the EMCDDA’s activities over a 12-month period. It catalogues the Centre’s achievements in each area of its annual work programme. The report is a useful information source for all those seeking comprehensive information on the Centre and its work | EMCDDA, Portugal

Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Older Adults at Higher Risk for Substance Use

Sexual Minority Adults Ages 50+, Who May Face Stigma and Discrimination, at Risk for Non-medical Use of Drugs, Including Cannabis, Opioids, and Tranquilizers | NYU, USA

Alcohol taxes have never been lower, study says

Inflation has reduced American alcohol tax rates by 70% since 1933, according to a new study from Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs | News Medical, USA

Recovery Research Bulletin

May bulletin looking at the latest news and research in the recovery field | Recoveryanswers.org et al, USA

$1.77M award gives Temple researchers chance to investigate therapy for cocaine addiction

$1.77M grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse | EurekAlert, USA

Drinking within guidelines can still be risky: study

Will following Canada’s low-risk drinking guidelines insulate you from harm? Maybe not, according to new research from UVic’s Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research | University of Victoria, Canada

Researchers flush out worrying trend of designer drug use

In a sign that designer drugs are becoming more prevalent in Australia, synthetic cathinones – commonly known as ‘bath salts’ – have been detected in the nation’s wastewater in the largest study of its kind in the country | University of South Australia, Australia

Trends and characteristics in MDMA deaths in Australia 2000-2018 - webinar

Thu 18th Jun 2020, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm AEST. Understanding the characteristics of individuals who have died in Australia related to MDMA and the trends in these deaths in relation to MDMA supply | NDARC, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Crystal meth: Europe could now see a surge in supply and use

For many people in Europe, the closest they will have got to methamphetamine will be the TV series Breaking Bad. But that could be about to change, as a result of developments in the international supply chain for cocaine and a new potential alliance between Mexican drug cartels and illegal European laboratories | Conversation, UK

People are using illegal drugs to help them cope with the mental distress of lockdown

With NHS mental health services in retreat, the outlook is bleak for anyone who develops a dependency during these uncertain times | Independent voices, UK

The hidden generation of drinkers

People over 50 are using alcohol as a way of dealing with factors like divorce and bereavement. We need to show them they aren’t alone | We Are With You, UK

Why we need to talk about parents drinking during lockdown

On 22 May 2020, the Alcohol and Drug Foundation launched its ‘You haven’t been drinking alone’ campaign, encouraging Australian parents to consider the impacts that increased drinking during lockdown might be having on their children, and placing the issue on the public agenda | adf, Australia