Daily news - 4th May 2020

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Coronavirus frequently updated resources

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 crisis could increase users' drug habits – report

Addiction expert says lockdown will be ‘tipping crisis’ for some recreational users | Guardian, UK

More than 300,000 UK smokers may have quit owing to Covid-19 fears

Health groups welcome survey suggesting many have quit, are trying to or have cut down |Guardian, UK

Problem drinking soars under UK lockdown, say addiction experts

Cuts in support services and Covid anxiety are pushing people back to the bottle | Guardian, UK

Government confirms allocations of £1.6 billion funding boost for councils

Individual councils in England have funding allocations confirmed following Local Government Secretary’s announcement of £1.6 billion in additional funding | Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government and The Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, UK

Coronavirus: Increase in support for Scottish drug users

Prisoners on daily methadone prescriptions are to be switched to a weekly or monthly alternative to aid social isolation in jails | BBC, UK

Coronavirus in Scotland: Overdose reversal drug now more widely available during pandemic

The Scottish Government has widened the availability of an overdose reversal drug while restrictions to tackle the Covid-19 remain in place | Herald, UK

Drug Deaths Taskforce research programme 2020: call for proposals

We are seeking research proposals to contribute to the evidence base on interventions to reduce drug-related deaths and overdose, the experience of people who are most at risk and the services which support them | Scottish Government, UK

Coronavirus: Calls to charity double as children struggle in lockdown with alcoholic parents

Sky News has seen emails from children whose parents have relapsed after years of sobriety and report struggling mentally | ITV, UK

Lockdown consumers in sober mood

The COVID crisis is making consumers more cautious and apprehensive, but far from driving them to drink, the majority of the country seems to be adopting a more sober lifestyle, new research from CGA has found | CGA, UK

Drugs Law and Practice

Brief Guidance Notes for Hostels, Hotels and other Accommodation Providers | KFx, UK

Scotland needs to continue long-term focus on alcohol

Scottish charity Alcohol Focus Scotland urges the Scottish Government to keep a long-term view to managing Scotland’s problematic relationship with alcohol | Alcohol Focus Scotland, UK

Amazon Prime launch for documentary into Scots surgeon's 'miracle cure' for drug addiction

A dicumentary which follows a group of US opioid addicts rehabilitated using an electrical brain therapy first invented by a Scottish surgeon in the 1970s has been bought by streaming giant Amazon Prime | Herald, UK. See also The Final Fix Press Kit (PDF)

Clinical guidelines for use of depot buprenorphine (Buvidal®) in the treatment of opioid dependence

This Clinical Guideline has been developed to inform decision-making by clinicians prescribing and/or patients being treated with Buvidal® long-acting injected buprenorphine preparations. This guideline was funded by Camurus Ltd. The funding enabled SMMGP to provide clinical, managerial, editorial and administrative input | SMMGP, UK

Free Webinar: Buvidal: an introduction to first available prolonged release buprenorphine in the UK

Thur, May 7, 6pm - 7pm. This webinar will provide information regarding treatment selection of prolonged-release formulations including basic pharmacology and issues regarding introducing Buvidal into service provision | SMMGP, UK

Creative calm

Got that Friday feeling or just feeling frazzled? We have a little weekend treat for you in the form of some Crew themed colouring pages | Crew, UK


International news

Global Drug Survey - Special COVID edition

We want to better understand how COVID-19 is affecting your daily life, your relationships, your mental health and wellbeing, as well as your use of alcohol and other drugs. Participation in the survey will take about 15 minutes if you only drink alcohol, and another 10 minutes if you use other drugs | Global Drug Survey, UK

Drug dealers are using food delivery services to transport narcotics during lockdown, Interpol warns

Police from Ireland to Malaysia have uncovered cocaine, marijuana and ketamine hidden among takeaways | Independent, UK

Juul Will Stop Selling In Five European Countries, Including France And Spain

Facing low sales and trouble from regulators, the e-cigarette giant is planning to be off shelves in Austria, Belgium, Portugal, France, and Spain by the end of the year | Buzzfeed, UK

'PuffPacket' device that attaches to e-cigarettes and tracks vaping habits could help scientists better understand how they are used and tackle addiction

A tool that can be attached to e-cigarettes to track vaping habits could help scientists develop ways to tackle different forms of addiction | Mail Online, UK

Ultimate hangover cure can be made from ‘fruits, roots and leaves’, scientists claim

Greasy food and Bloody Marys not cutting through the wretchedness? Try this instead | Independent, UK

Drug Traffickers Are Getting Very Creative to Smuggle Cocaine Into Europe

Coronavirus may be making it hard to get everyday products like toilet paper and hand sanitizer, but Europeans are still getting their cocaine— just in refrigerators of squid, pizza boxes, and even shipments of face masks | VICE, UK

Public warned about dangers of buying drugs online as 300 tablets seized in Cork

Warning comes as gardaí continue to investigate if Offaly deaths are linked to suspected internet buy | Irish Times, Ireland

DrugNet Europe April 2020

Latest news and research relating to drugs in Europe, with a focus on COVID | EMCDDA, Portugal

Study suggests nicotine exposure alone leads to pulmonary hypertension

A study conducted by a team of researchers at LSU Health New Orleans has shown for the first time that chronic exposure to inhaled nicotine alone increases blood pressure (hypertension), in both the body's general circulation and in the lungs that can lead to pulmonary hypertension | Medical Xpress, USA

The devastating effect of anabolic steroids use in men

A paper published in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, provides a careful analysis of the medical consequences of anabolic-androgenic steroid use in men | Medical Xpress, USA

Research uncovers treatment combo that sees smokers six times more likely to quit

New research led by University of South Australia has found that smokers who receive the medication varenicline tartrate combined with Quitline counselling following a period of hospitalisation due to a tobacco-related illness are six times more likely to quit smoking than those who attempt to stop without support | Medical Xpress, USA

UK Government reassures citizens regarding e-cigarettes after North American EVALI cases spook the public

The UK has been a world leader in vaping research and progressive regulations which support e-cigarette use as a smoking cessation tool. The Royal College of Physicians was the first to conclude that vaping is at least 95 percent less harmful than traditional combustible tobacco. The UK Government embraced this data and created a regulatory framework to support e-cigarettes as a pathway to quit smoking | Globalnewswire, Canada

Feasibility study for safe injecting room to go ahead

Another step has been taken towards finally establishing a safe injecting facility for illicit drug users after ACT Health contracted the Melbourne-based Macfarlane Burnett Institute for Medical and Public health to conduct a feasibility study | Riotact, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Ian Hamilton: Loosening regulations on controlled drugs during the covid-19 pandemic

Bureaucracy is preventing timely and adequate access to controlled drugs during the pandemic, says Ian Hamilton | BMJ Opinion, UK

Supporting the sector during COVID-19: Collective Voice re-launches “Making a Difference Together” Slack community

The systems we work in are large and complex, with lots of different organisations, each with their own approach, tools and priorities. Too often it can feel like we are trapped within our corner of that system and that collaboration with colleagues and peers across the field is simply too hard. Yet we are all united by a single goal – we want to work together to bring about positive change for people who have drug or alcohol problems | Collective Voice blog, UK

How to replace your drop-in service with an online chat

What if we said that you could set-up an online version of a face-to-face drop in, right now, using an off-the-shelf digital platform?Well you can, with our seven-step guide to setting up online chat for your beneficiaries | Catalyst blog, UK

GDS Corona Conversations -with Dr. Nicole Lee from Melbourne, Australia - video

This weeks last episode is the Dr. Nicole Lee from Melbourne, Australia. "Dr Nicole has authored 15 books and guides, and delivered 2000 top rated talks to more than 40,000 global leaders spanning every industry. Dubbed the ‘Ice Queen’ because of her effective solutions to the problems of the drug ice, she cuts through controversies to find what works | Global Drug Survey, UK

Russians returning to the bottle during lockdown

Alcohol consumption in Russia fell by more than 40% between 2003 and 2016, according to the World Health Organization, and Russian adults began drinking less on average than the French or Germans | Alcohol and Drugs History Society, UK

Drink in the Time of Corona: Call for blog posts

We are aware that many of you will be interested in the impact of the pandemic and the lockdown on certain aspects of society and humanity particular to drinking studies. We are aware there are quite a lot of conversations ongoing about the effects of pubs and pub closures, the new phenomenon of delivery and drive-in breweries and distilleries in the UK, and the effects of isolation on those with problematic or addictive relationships to alcohol to name a few. We are therefore, for the first time, throwing open our website to blog posts | Drinking Studies Network, UK

Quarantini Anyone? When Everyday Drinking Becomes a Problem

As weeks in lockdown pile up, what started out as a way to unwind may start to feel like an unexpectedly stubborn habit | NYTimes, USA