Daily news - 26th 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

Research report YouGov / Portman Group survey on alcohol consumption during the COVID-19 lockdown (PDF)

The Portman Group commissioned YouGov to conduct the first UK-wide survey to measure how much consumers are drinking since the imposition of lockdown measures on 23 March 2020 by the UK Government in response to the outbreak of COVID-19 | Portman Group, UK

An urgent impetus for action: safe inhalation interventions to reduce COVID-19 transmission and fatality risk among people who smoke crack cocaine in the United Kingdom

[Open access] This commentary draws on scoping review and mixed method empirical evidence to argue for provision of safe crack inhalation equipment in the UK, with commensurate legal reform | IJDP, UK

Socioeconomic inequalities in children’s exposure to tobacco retailing based on individual-level GPS data in Scotland

Identifying factors shaping knowledge of and attitudes towards tobacco products in preadolescence is a key component supporting tobacco control policies aimed at preventing smoking initiation. This study quantified exposure to tobacco retailing environments within the individual-level activity spaces of children across a socioeconomic gradient | BMJ Tobacco Control, UK

Nitrous Oxide: Investigation

A broad range of information, including expert interviews, on all aspects of Nitrous Oxide | Planet Radio, UK

Parent Preferences for Pediatric Clinician Messaging to Promote Smoking Cessation Treatment

Insights from behavioral economics suggests that the effectiveness of health messages depends on how a message is framed. Parent preferences for smoking cessation messaging has not been studied in pediatrics, warranting further exploration to maximize benefit | Paediatrics, UK

Pharmacy Students Thank BDP

Pharmacy Students from the University of Bath have sent their thanks to BDP for the opportunity to visit our Health & Harm Reduction Centre, allowing them to meet staff and service users and find out more about the work we do to support people using drugs in Bristol | BDP, UK

WDP and Booker Wholesale team up to help Capital Card® users during COVID-19 pandemic

Leading drug and alcohol charity WDP has teamed up with Booker Wholesale, the UK’s leading food and drink wholesaler, to offer its Capital Card® users a wide range of essential items during the coronavirus pandemic, through donations of surplus non-perishable goods | WDP, UK

Launch of the Medical Psychedelics Working Group

On the 14th of July, we would like you to join us in celebrating the launch of this group with a series of talks from some of the best and brightest minds in this field | Drug Science, UK

New Horizons 2020: Call for applications

Applications are now invited for our New Horizons grants programme for innovative and future-facing academic research on 'Groups, Communities and Alcohol Harm'. | Alcohol Change UK, UK

2020 Global Day of Action: Introduction to Restorative Justice

Friday 26th June. 17.30. An introductory interactive webinar on the philosophy, practices and values of restorative justice with Decarceration Nation and Amplify RJ | SSDP, UK

Qualitative Methods Conference week 3: interview with Professor Gerda Reith

Professor Gerda Reith from the University of Glasgow talks about using qualitative research to gain an in-depth understanding of people who gamble. Gerda talks about working on a five-year longitudinal qualitative study exploring the social contexts of gambling behaviours | SSA, UK

Northern Ireland drug gangs 'turn to dark web and social media'

More criminals in Northern Ireland are using social media and the dark web to sell drugs, according to a senior police officer | BBC, UK

Tynemouth beach litter prompts alcohol ban call

Large amounts of litter have been left behind by visitors at a north-east of England beach | BBC, UK


International news

Support. Don't Punish. A global advocacy campaign calling for drug policies based on health and human rights - 26th June

This year has made it crystal clear why ending the “war on drugs” cannot be delayed any longer. Communities around the world, already targeted by punishment-centred drug policies, are bearing the brunt of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and repressive responses to it. Around the 26 June, we will mobilise in the thousands to stand in solidarity and offer sustainable and effective alternatives that advance the health and wellbeing of all, with decriminalisation and harm reduction at their core | Support. Don't Punish, UK

World Drug Report 2020

Presented in six separate booklets, the World Drug Report 2020 provides a wealth of information and analysis to support the international community in implementing operational recommendations on a number of commitments made by Member States, including the recommendations contained in the outcome document of the special session of the General Assembly on the world drug problem, held in 2016 | UNODC, Austria

Excise duty: provisional agreement on modernised taxation rules for alcohol

The EU is modernising the way alcohol products are taxed to reduce existing distortions in the single market | European Council Council of the European Union, Belgium

EMCDDA Management Board renews mandate of Alexis Goosdeel

The EMCDDA Management Board took the unanimous decision today to renew the mandate of the agency’s Director, Alexis Goosdeel, for the next five years. Mr Goosdeel took up the post of EMCDDA Director on 1 January 2016 and will now hold the position until 31 December 2025 | EMCDDA, Portugal

Philadelphia’s Latest Backward Step Is Nothing New

If the War on Drugs were seeking a motto, “One step forward, two steps back,” might be rejected as overly optimistic. That’s particularly apparent in Philadelphia | Filter Magazine, USA

Sisters remain involved in drug harm-reduction efforts, despite moral concerns

In the late 1990s, the inner-city Kings Cross neighborhood of Sydney, Australia, had one of the highest counts of drug overdoses in the country. Australian Sister of Charity Annette Cunliffe says shopkeepers in the neighborhood had to sweep up needles from outside their doors daily and call ambulances at "all hours of the day and night." | Global Sisters Report, Canada

Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia, 2018–19

In 2018–19, 1,283 publicly funded alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment services provided just under 220,000 treatment episodes to an estimated 137,000 clients. The four most common drugs that led clients to seek treatment for their own drug use were alcohol (36% of all treatment episodes), amphetamines (28%), cannabis (20%) and heroin (5%). Almost two-thirds (64%) of all clients receiving treatment were male, and the median age of clients was 34 years | AIHW, Australia

Impacts of COVID-19 and associated restrictions on people who use illicit stimulants in Australia: Preliminary findings from the Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System 2020

The Ecstasy and Related Drug Reporting System (EDRS) is a national drug monitoring system intended to identify emerging trends of local and national concern in illicit drug markets | NDARC, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Alcohol consumption during Covid-19

Alcohol hasn't been talked about much during this pandemic so thought I share some information about a new survey from Alcohol Change UK which provides some insights | MyPOV, UK

What is methamphetamine or ‘crystal meth’?

Ever been in love? You’ll know the rush. That’s chemistry at work. Our brain produces molecules such as 2-phenylethylamine, the mood enhancer also found in chocolate | Conversation, UK

Drug-fuelled lockdown parties are reckless, but these young people are not doing it all wrong

No matter what, some young people will always take drugs. But solitary drug use is always riskier as there is no one to intervene or call for help when things go wrong | Independent, UK

Expert reaction to review of the effects of tobacco cigarettes, e-cigarettes and waterpipe use on the body and clinical outcomes

Four experts comment on the paper | Science Media Centre, UK

Heavy Coffee Drinkers Want Coffee A Lot More Than They Actually Like It

If I had to choose between giving up alcohol or coffee, it would have to be alcohol. I just love coffee too much… But do I, really? Or do I just want it, which is different? | BPS, UK

Pot, pills and the pandemic: how coronavirus is changing the way we use drugs

There’s no question COVID-19 has changed many aspects of our lives. As drug researchers, we are interested in how the pandemic has affected illicit drug use in Australia | Conversation, Australia

'Grave implications': Dame Quentin's message to ministers on alcohol pregnancy warnings

Australia's former governor-general Dame Quentin Bryce is calling on governments to resist alcohol industry pressure and roll out clear, mandatory pregnancy warning labels | SMH, Australia