Daily news - 12th May 2020

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Coronavirus frequently updated resources

NEW: 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

State of the Sector 2019: Drug and Alcohol Family Support (PDF)

Almost one in three adults in Great Britain have been negatively affected by the substance use of someone they know, and one in ten describe themselves as currently affected. Providing support to families has been shown to improve the chances that their loved one will enter, and remain in, treatment. But equally important is the right to support for themselves. Adfam’s State of the Sector Family Support Survey aims to shine a light on current circumstances and practice | Adfam, UK

New Practice Briefing: FDACs under COVID-19

The Centre's Deputy-Director, Vicki Morris, introduces the new practice briefing 'Family Drug and Alcohol Courts under Covid-19' | Centre for Justice Innovation, UK

Coronavirus: Government funds study into how pubs could open

Researchers at the University of Stirling are to look at how pubs, clubs and restaurants could safely reopen | BBC, UK

Almost half a million smokers will quit as a result of the menthol ban, study reveals

Almost 40% of menthol smokers – equivalent to 450,000 current smokers – will quit when the Menthol Ban comes into force on 20 May 2020, new research reveals | Talking Retail, UK

Coronavirus: Lockdown could bring hope for drugs gang teens

The lockdown could help teenagers caught up in drug violence turn their lives around, an experienced inner-city youth worker says | BBC, UK

'Even in a pandemic they're still moving drugs'

The lockdown has meant fewer people moving around outside, and police have reported that has made it easier to spot criminals and make arrests | BBC, UK

Buvidal: an introduction to first available prolonged-release buprenorphine - free webinar

Buvidal in a range of challenging community scenario’s - including a pandemic
This webinar will consider clinical issues regarding prolonged-release buprenorphine, including it's use during the COVID-19 pandemic | SMMGP, UK

Webinar: Planning for Supervised Injecting Facilities

Thu, June 4, 2020. 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM BST. This webinar will enable participants to discuss and plan progress towards opening supervised injecting facilities (AKA drug consumption rooms). It will feature short presentations on legal, policing, clinical, user involvement and research aspects, followed by discussions of the steps to take to open SIFs | University of Kent, UK

INPUD Survey on the Health & Rights of People Who Use Drugs in a COVID-19 Environment

At this difficult time, the International Network of People Who Use Drugs (INPUD) is committed to supporting its diverse communities during and beyond COVID-19 through the collection and reporting of information on the experiences, needs and aspirations of people who use drugs globally | INPUD, UK

IAS Small Grants Scheme call for applications

[Deadline this Friday] We are inviting applications from researchers – especially early career researchers – to a new small grants scheme. This scheme will provide funding for innovative research ideas that can help inform public policy debates on how to tackle alcohol harm. Priority will be given to proposals that align with our organisational objectives, as outlined in our Strategy 2020–2023 | IAS, UK

Bury police incinerate cannabis plants worth £1m

A large cannabis farm containing £1m worth of plants has been destroyed by police following a raid | BBC, UK


International news

Couple die after drinking homemade beer to get around coronavirus lockdown alcohol ban

Tony Hilliar, 54, and Alida Fouche, 42, passed away after downing a batch of their home-brew in Port Nolloth, South Africa | Sun, UK

Social Impact of COVID-19 Survey April 2020

This chapter outlines how people’s consumption behaviour has altered since the introduction of COVID-19 restrictions | Central Statistics Office, Ireland

Fianna Fáil vows to tackle scourge of online gambling addiction

Fianna Fáil is to tackle as a matter of urgency in Government what it describes as the 'dysfunctional legislation' which it maintains is an open door to online gambling addiction | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Brief intervention could keep lower-risk drug use from becoming riskier

Individuals who used drugs occasionally reported less use six months after a motivational interview with a health professional, while individuals who did not receive the intervention reported more use | Medical Xpress, USA

Barriers and Facilitators to Clinician Readiness to Provide Emergency Department–Initiated Buprenorphine

Although few emergency department clinicians in this study had high levels of readiness to initiate buprenorphine with referral for ongoing treatment, many expressed a willingness to learn with sufficient support, indicating the importance of clinician and system-level changes | JAMA Open, USA

“Challenges Drive Us Foward”—Harm Reduction in St. Petersburg, Russia

“It’s been a hell of a month,” said Alesya Shagina, a peer outreach coordinator for Humanitarian Action, of their recent work in St. Petersburg. “But we’re really proud of how we managed to adapt to these circumstances | Filter Magazine, USA

Resources for Safer Gambling During COVID-19

The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic could have a significant impact on how, why, and when people gamble, resulting in important implications for the way we design gambling prevention, harm reduction, and treatment initiatives | GREO, Canada

Patten calls for safe injecting room to prescribe powerful opioid

One of the architects of the controversial safe injecting room has called for it to prescribe a pharmaceutical opioid to drug users to reduce the illicit heroin trade in North Richmond | The Age, Australia

Construction sector's risky drinking problems need to be addressed in economic downturn

As a steep economic downturn looms, drug and alcohol experts are calling for more reduction measures to combat risky drinking behavior in the construction sector | Medical Express, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Policy change to address COVID-19

...here I want to identify four specific areas where I think policy change or government guidance could be game-changing for people receiving treatment for issues with substance use | Thinking to some purpose blog, UK