Daily news - 13th 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

Practitioners’ views on the impact of MUP on protecting children and young people

This briefing and report discuss the findings of a study on the impact of MUP on protecting children and young people from the harm caused by parents' or carers' harmful alcohol use | Public Health Scotland, UK

Drinking and wellbeing in lockdown - survey of Club Soda members

Behaviour science and listening to our members are really important values at the heart of Club Soda. We’ve based everything we do on a scientific foundation and user-led design | Club Soda, UK

Covid-19 and Smoking: Act Now to Prevent a Health Calamity from Happening

Dr Pooja Patwardhan is a GP and the Clinical Director of the Centre for Health Research and Education (CHRE), working globally on tobacco cessation with a mantra of ‘Bridging the Policy and Practice gap’. Here, she provides practical tools for all health care professionals and public health bodies, to empower and support smokers to quit smoking, and prevent ex-smokers from relapsing back to smoking, during and after the Covid-19 outbreak | RSPH, UK

Updated guidance for contingency planning for services during COVID-19 published

The guidance, developed to support people who plan and/or deliver services, has been designed to ensure that essential treatment and harm reduction services for this vulnerable population are maintained to a high standard in the challenging circumstances of the pandemic | SDF, UK

Updated Guidance: COVID-19: Advice for heavy drinkers who are thinking about cutting back or stopping drinking alcohol

SHAAP has updated its advice for heavy drinkers who are planning to cut back or stop drinking in the context of COVID-19 | SHAAP, UK

Updated Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and People with Alcohol-related Problems: Recommendations for Services

SHAAP has updated its recommendations for services supporting people with alcohol-related problems, including ADPs, Commissioners, Alcohol Service Managers, Community Services and Mutual Aid and Support Groups, to enable them to reduce risks and ensure continued support in the COVID-19 context | SHAAP, UK

Six tips from a naloxone expert - video

Advice and guidance on using naloxone | SURE Recovery, UK

Covid-19 Survey on consumer attitudes to pubgoing 

CAMRA has launched a survey to collect data on consumer attitudes to the Covid-19 lockdown and pub-going | CAMRA, UK

WDP and Hermes deliver essential items to Capital Card® users during COVID-19 pandemic

Leading drug and alcohol charity WDP has partnered with Hermes, one of the UK's largest parcel delivery companies, to provide its most vulnerable Capital Card® users access to essential items during the coronavirus pandemic through a home delivery service | WDP, 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

Celebrating International Nurses Day

The 12th May is International Nurses Day, the birthday of Florence Nightingale. 2020 is also the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, marking the 200th anniversary of Nightingale’s birth | BDP, UK

Coronavirus: Authorities seize 10 tonnes of Class A drugs as lockdowns hinder gangs’ efforts to move shipments

Crime experts say drug shipments are more vulnerable to interception during pandemic | Independent, UK

Coronavirus: Party host who had drugs posted to island jailed

A man who hosted a party during the coronavirus lockdown and had cannabis posted to the Isle of Man has been jailed | BBC, UK


International news

Drug users cut off by coronavirus

Lockdown measures are hindering access to treatment and leaving addicts vulnerable to relapse | Politico, UK

‘I like money, I like many things’. The relationship between drugs and crime from the perspective of young people in contact with criminal justice systems

Based on research undertaken as part of the EU funded EPPIC project, this paper aims to update and elaborate on the relationship between drug use and offending behaviours by exploring variations within a cross-national sample of drug-experienced young people in touch with criminal justice systems | DEPP, UK

Have a Good Trip: celebrities share wild psychedelic stories for Netflix

In a new documentary, comedy writer Donick Cary pulls together an impressive array of names, from Sarah Silverman to Sting to Ben Stiller, to share their experiences | Guardian, UK

Covid crisis leads to plummeting numbers seeking drug addiction treatment

Drug treatment facilities have seen a drop of more than 50% in the numbers of people looking for help between Jan and Mar, according to a new study | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Outdoor areas in bars should be non-smoking during social distancing, doctors say

The Health Minister is being urged to make all outdoor areas in bars non-smoking zones when they reopen | Irish Examiner, Ireland

COVID-19: New EMCDDA study highlights drop in availability of drug services in Europe but increase in innovation

As Europe grapples with the unprecedented public health threat posed by COVID-19, how is the outbreak affecting drug users and service providers? In a new study published today — Impact of COVID-19 on drug services and help-seeking in Europe — the EMCDDA reports signs of a drop in the availability of drug services during the pandemic and in the numbers of those seeking help | EMCDDA, Portugal

About National Prevention Week

National Prevention Week is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, mental health and/or substance use disorders | SAMHSA, USA

The association of smoking status with SARS-CoV-2 infection, hospitalisation and mortality from COVID-19: A living rapid evidence review

SARS-CoV-2 is the causative agent of COVID-19, an emergent zoonotic disease which has reached pandemic levels and is designated a public health emergency of international concern. It is plausible that former or current smoking status are associated with infection, hospitalisation and/or mortality from COVID-19 | Qeios, USA

Interim Analysis Shows At Least 90% Chance of Statistically Significant Difference in PTSD Symptoms after MDMA-assisted Psychotherapy

MDMA-assisted psychotherapy uses MDMA to improve the effectiveness of psychotherapy for PTSD. The treatment involves up to three administrations of MDMA in conjunction with psychotherapy in a controlled clinical setting as part of a course of psychotherapy | MAPS, USA

Growing Coca, Poppy May Be Latin Americans’ Economic Safety Net Amid Pandemic

The coronavirus crisis has interrupted transnational drug supply—but that might not last long, the UN Office of Drug and Crime (UNODC) predicts | Filter Magazine, USA

Vancouver Lost a Legendary Drug-User Activist in Dave Murray

As drug-user activists, we often lose a couple friends each month. This month has been particularly sad, with the passing of Dave Murray. Dave is a legend, in our circles and far beyond. His activism pushed drug policy forward in important ways, not just in Vancouver but in North America. So we felt it only right to let other people know who he was | Filter Magazine, USA

GPs set a lockdown challenge - can you go two days without a drink?

Doctors are concerned more people are turning to alcohol, sedatives and illegal drugs as they deal with stress caused by the isolation and upheaval of the coronavirus pandemic | The Age, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Vicky Ball – Phoenix’s Head of Housing Blog, Homelessness: Seizing the Opportunity

This a critical time for people affected by homelessness and substance use problems. We’ve spoken to Phoenix’s Head of Housing to find out more about how COVID-19 has affected homeless people, what the Government has done and what could be done next to seize the opportunity to make change | Phoenix Futures blog, UK

Coronavirus: why the law on morphine should be loosened

It may seem odd to want regulations on controlled drugs, such as morphine, to be loosened in the UK, but laws designed to protect people are now causing harm to those with COVID-19 | Conversation, UK

Inequality and alcohol use during lockdown

Professor Ian Hamilton reflects on the data emerging on the nation’s alcohol consumption during lockdown | Filter Magazine, USA

Blog - Interview with one of our founders Jim Armstrong

We asked one of the founders of the festival to tell us more about how it came about | RSFF, UK

Editor's Corner—The Arrogance of Power: Alcohol Industry Interference With Warning Label Research [OPEN ACCESS]

In this issue, the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs publishes a set of open access interrelated articles that speak volumes about the potential role of alcohol warning labels in the prevention of alcohol-related morbidity and mortality | JSAD, UK

60 Minutes try psychedelics and have a surprisingly good trip

AOD Media Watch would like to congratulate 60 Minutes on their recent episode exploring psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. The complex issue, which is too often the subject of misrepresentation and fear-mongering, was handled with sensitivity and accuracy | AOD MediaWatch, Australia