Daily news - 22nd 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: Experts warn of 'post-lockdown drugs binge'

Experts have warned of a post-coronavirus illegal drugs binge as people get back into the habit. We spoke to users, police and policy figures to get an insight on the trade as it emerges from lockdown | BBC, UK

ABV levels in beer, cider and wine for the ‘in-home’ market

Review of typical alcohol by volume (ABV) levels in beer, cider and wine purchased for the ‘in-home’ market | PHE, UK

Two-metre review days away as ministers think up new normal for pubs with hopes drinkers will swap bar for apps

A review of the two metre social distancing rule is days away as ministers try to think up a new normal for pubs ahead of their planned reopening on July 4 in England | ITV, UK

Big Issue vendors return to streets after lockdown - video

Big Issue sellers have been kitted out with protective gear as they return to the streets after the easing of lockdown measures. They are only taking card payments instead of cash | BBC, UK

Hunger, violence, cramped housing: lockdown life for the poorest children

Many families are enduring terrible hardship, and campaigners fear long-term consequences for the most vulnerable in society | Guardian, UK

The Vape Debate with Gerry Stimson - podcast

The emergence of vaping and e-cigarettes is a relatively new and novel form of harm reduction. The UK has taken a scientific approach to the regulation of vaporisers and has been rewarded with great reductions of new and existing tobacco smokers | Drug Science, UK

Key findings - July 2020

This is a quick summary of the main discovery for each research paper we have published. Each key finding is below the article title, with a link to the abstract | Addiction, UK

Inside the Return of Illegal Raves

After months of coronavirus lockdown, recent weeks have seen a spate of illegal parties. We spoke to both rave organisers and legal nightlife figures about how they're gearing up for their own return | VICE, UK

Thirteen arrested in crackdown on lockdown raves

Staffordshire Police detained the 11 men and two women in connection with illegal raves planned in Cannock over the weekend | BBC, UK

Man jailed for growing half a million pounds worth of cannabis in empty hotel

Flavio Picaku, 25, was found cultivating around half a million pounds worth of the illegal substance in the Commercial Hotel in Pontypridd | ITV, UK



International news

Wall Street, bribery and an opioid epidemic: the inside story of a disgraced drugmaker

[Open access] Why were the warning signs around Insys ignored for so long? The FT and PBS series ‘Frontline’ investigate | FT, UK

Rioting in Struttgart spins 'out of control'

[Free registration may be required] Up to 500 young men took part in the violence that was sparked by police stopping and searching a man suspected of dealing drugs | Telegraph, UK

EMCDDA webinar: COVID-19 and drug supply via darknet markets

The EMCDDA is offering a new series of webinars around the theme of COVID-19. The purpose of the webinars is to help those working in the drugs field understand how drug users, and those supporting them, are coping with the pandemic and to share knowledge and experience | EMCDDA, Portugal

Cannabis legalization bill clears first hurdle

Legislation will decriminalize possession of up to 50 grams of marijuana while legalizing possession and consumption of up to 15 grams by people above 21 | Times of Israel, Israel

How a Cannabis Expert Spends Her Sundays

“‘Antsy’ is a good word for how they’re feeling right now,” Sharron Cannon said of her patients at Curaleaf, where demand is high | NYTimes, USA

What motivates people to use psychedelics: New criteria may help provide the answer

To understand why some drugs are likely to be abused, researchers in the past had identified effects on the brain and behavior shared among the most abused drugs | Medical Xpress, USA

Assessment of Incorporation of Lessons From Tobacco Control in City and County Laws Regulating Legal Marijuana in California

This cross-sectional study of all 539 California cities and counties found that jurisdictions differed widely in how they regulated marijuana and that key public health recommendations and lessons from tobacco control have generally not been adopted, although local innovation is emerging | JAMA Network, USA

A Cross-Sectional and Prospective Comparison of Medicinal Cannabis Users and Controls on Self-Reported Health

Despite widespread legalization, the impact of medicinal cannabis use on patient-level health and quality of life (QOL) has not been carefully evaluated. The objective of this study was to characterize self-reported demographics, health characteristics, QOL, and health care utilization of Cannabis Users compared with Controls | Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, USA

Send alcohol tax hikes to the deep freeze, say brewers and winemakers

Hoteliers, brewers, winemakers and other representatives of Australia's powerful alcohol industry are calling for a temporary freeze on automatic tax hikes on booze, saying coronavirus lockdowns have devastated their sector and the change would help kickstart their recovery | Sydney Morning Herald, Australia

Australian Government Is Banning Nearly All Importation Of E-Cigarette Nicotine From July 1

On July 1, people won't be able to get e-cigarettes containing vaporiser nicotine (nicotine liquids and salts) and nicotine-containing refills unless they have a prescription from their doctor | LadBible, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Dr Michael Mosley: How to drink more mindfully as lockdown eases

[Free registartion may be required] As experts warn of a 'second health crisis' due to our lockdown drinking habits, the creator of the 5:2 Diet offers tips on cutting down | Telegraph, UK

My alcoholic brother is drinking again but says it's 'under control'. What should I do?

[Free registration may be required] A reader is worried about her younger brother who started drinking again during lockdown after 20 years. She turns to The Midults for advice | Telegraph, UK