Daily news - 19th 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

Alcohol-specific hospital admissions

Directly age and sex standardised admission rate for alcohol-specific conditions per 100,000 registered patients | NHS Digital, UK

Emergency admissions for alcohol related liver disease

Directly age and sex standardised rate of emergency admissions for alcohol related liver disease in adults aged 19 years and older, per 100,000 registered patients | NHS Digital, UK

Maternal smoking at delivery

The percentage of women who were smokers at the time of delivery, out of the number of maternities | NHS Digital, UK

Nitrous oxide use among young people is increasing in lockdown because it’s cheap and accessible

A common perception is that laughing gas is harmless, but medical experts warn of its dangers and call for better regulation | i news, UK

How EU safety legislation has affected UK vapers

Vapers have been largely reassured by recent EU safety regulations, but some have been pushed to the black market for stronger hits - according to new research from the University of East Anglia | EurekAlert, UK

Neuroimaging suggests resilience to drug addiction may come from better control over compulsive behaviors

A team of researchers at the University of Cambridge has found evidence suggesting that people who are addicted to drugs may find gaining control over compulsive behaviors a path to recovery | Medical Xpress, UK

Stop Adult Abuse Week: Cuckooing

Stop Adult Abuse Week is a local initiative that started when a number of Local Safeguarding Adult Board Communications Groups in the South West decided to join together to run a week to focus attention on Safeguarding. This Thursday, Stop Adult Abuse Week is raising awareness of Cuckooing | BDP, UK

Qualitative methods conference: Dr Polly Radcliffe

This second video in our new series on qualitative addiction research features Dr Polly Radcliffe from King’s College London. Polly discusses ethnographic research with parents who use drugs and who access treatment services. And how to deal with rejection from journals! | SSA, UK

Drug offences rise by 27 per cent as blitz on dealers compared to 'catching fish in a barrel'

[Free registratoin may be required] Police have used lockdown to target drug dealers whose presence on the streets has become more apparent in lockdown | Telegraph, UK

Anyone's Child Webinar Special: Take Drugs Seriously

Jun 25, 2020 08:00 PM. The panellists will discuss their lived experience and how this led them to campaign for the legal control and regulation of drugs. They will explore how we can ignite the debate and make change a reality. Join us on Thursday 25th June between 8.00-9.00pm (UK time) | Anyone's Child, UK

Pub chain 'has no choice' but to open on 4 July

The founder of the pub chain Oakman Inns has vowed to reopen all of its sites on 4 July even if the government has not relaxed restrictions | BBC, UK

Pubs in Guernsey and Jersey have ‘bounced back really well’ from lockdown

Early trading in reopened Liberation Group pubs on the Channel Islands suggests that Covid-19 lockdown hasn’t damaged consumer confidence despite stringent on-trade distancing measures | Morning Advertiser, UK


International news

Support. Don't Punish - Photo project

A key part of the Support. Don’t Punish campaign, the Photo project is an open, live and ever-growing photo petition with more than 10,000 entries. Snaps feature advocates, people who use drugs, government and United Nations officials, celebrities and more, all united by the same message: Support. Don’t Punish | IDPC, UK

Online Drug Markets Are Entering a 'Golden Age' Despite the Lockdown

Darknet drug markets are thriving despite the coronavirus lockdown, with sales up, delivery times faster than Amazon and more robust defences against attack, according to analysis by VICE News | VICE, UK

Limit of 90 minutes on pub and restaurant visits proposed

Social distancing rule may be relaxed to one metre in some premises under new guidelines | Irish Times, Ireland

Philip Morris says Irish ad for ‘menthol blend’ cigarettes a ‘mistake’

Ad to retailers for new brand ‘should not have run’, Irish head of tobacco giant says | Irish Times, Ireland

Beliefs about cannabis influence older adults' choice of treatments for chronic pain

Pain levels and quality-of-life issues have little influence on older adults' decisions to treat chronic pain and other long-term diseases or conditions with cannabis or opioids, a new study found | Medical Xpress, USA

Four Modes of Chemsex: Study Participants Describe Their Experiences

The meaning of “chemsex” is a contested matter. In the late 2000s, London-based social worker David Stuart facilitated the introduction of the word—which he defines as the use of “specific drugs,” like methamphetamine, mephedrone and GHB/GBL, by men who have sex with men (MSM)—into the Anglophone public health lexicon, insisting upon its cultural and social specificity | Filter Magazine, USA

Resounding yes to message on a bottle - global study finds broad support for alcohol warning labels

A new study examining the levels of support of various alcohol control policies across seven countries including Australia, has found broad support for the proposition that alcohol products should carry pregnancy health warnings | George Institute, Australia

Ever wondered what it's like to working in a supervised injecting centre? - video

Inside the first supervised injecting centre in the English Speaking World - a light hearted video but a serious topic. Since opening in 2001 these staff, and those before them, have reversed nearly 9000 overdoses without a single death, and made a difference to individuals, families and our local community. Filmed one afternoon on our phones during the global pandemic, and edited with a sense of fun | Uniting.org, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

We need to change how we approach alcohol-related violence

Last year, two in every five (39 per cent) violent incidents in England and Wales were alcohol-related. In fact, the proportion hasn’t dipped below this at any point in the last ten years | Centre for Crime and Justice Studies blog, UK

Behind the figures: What has been the impact of the coronavirus crisis on larger charities?

Those of us who write about charities are running out of synonyms for ‘crisis’. Only by ringing alarm bells can charities secure emergency funding, and for many organisations the harsh effects of this crisis continue to be a daily reality | NPC blog, UK