Daily news - 20th 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

Operational advice for alcohol, drugs and nicotine in emergency accommodation for people experiencing rough sleeping

This operational advice is for local authority public health commissioners and drug and alcohol treatment providers who are responding to the health needs of people using or dependent on drugs, alcohol and tobacco in the emergency accommodation. It will also assist managers working in these settings | PHE, UK

EDM: Treatment services during the covid-19 outbreak

That this House acknowledges the vital role being performed by drug and alcohol treatment services throughout the country during the covid-19 outbreak; recognises that key workers on the frontline of critical service provision are among the unsung heroes who rarely receive the recognition they deserve; commends the dedication with which they have maintained crucial support for a most vulnerable section of our society... | UK Parliament, UK

Harm reduction innovations under lockdown discussed in latest Drugs Uncut episode

In this episode, we are joined by Sophie Given, Scottish Drugs Forum’s Officer for Harm Reduction and Emergency Responses, to find out how the lockdown is impacting on people’s access to harm reduction services, such as sterile injecting equipment, and how services are adapting through innovation and collaboration | SDF, UK

Inequalities in victimisation: alcohol, violence, and anti-social behaviour

New findings show that alcohol-related violence affects the poorest in society to the greatest degree, with the most deprived groups experiencing as much as 14 times as many incidents of alcohol-related domestic violence every year, compared with the least deprived | IAS, UK

The association between meaning in life and harmful drinking is mediated by individual differences in self-control and alcohol value

The adoption of adult roles that provide meaning in life is associated with reduced harmful drinking. The current study examined whether this relationship is mediated by increased self-control and reduced value of alcohol | Science Daily, UK

Update on smoking, asthma and COVID - video

Dr Nick Hopkinson is a respiratory physician from the Royal Brompton, London, and Medical Director of ASH and he joins Domhnall to talk about COVID-19 and smoking. The research suggests smokers are more likely to get symptoms and die due to COVID-19. He also talks about asthma and passive smoking | BJGP Life, UK

Prisoners' Release: Coronavirus

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, for what reason Government guidance entitled Coronavirus Restricted Temporary Release measures states that children serving sentences for drug offences, including simple possession of a class A drug under s5(1) and (2) of the Misuse of Drugs Act, are specifically excluded from consideration for release | They work for you, UK

People Are Still Going to Chemsex Parties, Just in a Different Way

It's early days, but figures so far show that pandemic is having a major and potentially long-lasting effect on how chemsex is practised | VICE, UK

Deliveroo and Majestic Wine now delivering alcohol from Birmingham store

The firms have created a list of 50 options for customers, with new locations in Nottingham, Reading, Bristol, Birmingham, and more | Birmingham Live, UK

UK gambling addiction much worse than thought, says YouGov

New research also warns that half of those with a problem are not getting the help they need | Guardian, UK

Alcohol brand and nightlife venue preferences - survey

This study investigates people’s favourite alcohol brands and what Liverpool-based nightlife venues they attend. It forms part of a research project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council which aims to improve our understanding of the nature of alcohol brand and venue marketing, and how it influences alcohol use and experiences of the night time environment, with the aim of making venues healthier, safer, and more inclusive | LJMU, UK

Anne Charlton obituary

My friend Anne Charlton, who has died aged 84 after contracting Covid-19, was a pioneer of cancer education research and smoking prevention in schools. She was a passionate advocate of the importance of public knowledge about cancer for its prevention and early diagnosis | Guardian, UK

Man died on Gran Canaria after taking drugs found in bin

A British man died while on a Spanish island after he and a group of friends took some medication they had found in a bin, an inquest has heard | BBC, UK


International news

Global Drug Trends with Professor Adam Winstock - podcast

Drugs are becoming more commonplace in our society than ever. Despite this, we still know surprisingly little about people’s drug use…until now | Drug Science, UK

The Effects Of COVID-19 On The Hungarian Drug Market

The Hungarian drug market was affected by the COVID-19 crisis but it is far from being disrupted – this article is an English summary of an online survey conducted by Drugreporter among its Hungarian readers | Talking Drugs, UK

Bibliography on COVID-19 and Addiction

This downloadable document lists articles found in PubMed from searches on 14 May 2020 involving addiction-related topics and COVID-19 | SSA, UK

Sale of menthol cigarettes banned in Ireland from today

A European Court of Justice ruling four years ago declared that the flavouring is used to increase the attractiveness of cigarette | Journal, Ireland

Generational trends in US opioid-overdose deaths (PDF)

[Scroll down page] Deaths from opioid overdose in the USA have followed three distinct waves that have all affected baby boomers, generation X and millennials | Nature, USA

Researchers find potential drug treatment targets for alcohol-related liver disease

Alcohol-related liver disease (ALD) is a deadly condition affecting more than 150 million people worldwide with no treatment available besides transplant | Medical Xpress, USA

Research advances understanding of differences in effects of cannabis use

Researchers at Center for BrainHealth, part of The University of Texas at Dallas, recently published findings underscoring differences between men and women's craving or desire to consume cannabis when exposed to a specific situation | Medical Xpress, USA

NY begins ban on flavored e-cigarettes, ends sale of all tobacco products in pharmacies

According to WRGB, New York became the fourth state to restrict flavored e-cigarettes and other vaping products, except for tobacco flavors, on Monday over concerns about popularity among teenagers and breathing illnesses linked to vaping. According to data from the state health department last year, use among high school students increased from 10.5% in 2014 to 27.4% in 2018 | Syracuse, USA

PuffPacket: A Tobacco Harm Reduction Gadget, Despite Inventors’ Intent

PuffPacket is a new device that gives vapers a wealth of information. The electronic gadget, which attaches to a variety of vaping products, can monitor when and where a person vapes, how deeply they inhale and how much nicotine is consumed | Filter Magazine, USA

Adulterants, Contaminants and Co-occurring Substances in Drugs on the Illegal Market in Canada (CCENDU Bulletin)

Provides a snapshot of the contents of drugs on the illegal market in Canada using 2018–2019 data from drug seizures, drug checking services and a drug monitoring study. This bulletin is accompanied by a technical report featuring detailed research methods and data | CCSA, Canada

The cost of opioid use to Australia: $15.7 billion and 2203 deaths

The ‘extra-medical’ use of opioids is costing Australia around $15.7 billion and causing more than 2200 deaths a year. ‘Extra-medical’ opioid use includes the illegal use of heroin and the misuse of pharmaceutical opioids (use ‘not as prescribed’) | NDARC, Australia

Doctors 'hesitant' to warn pregnant women against drinking alcohol

A Senate inquiry into the effectiveness of approaches to prevent and diagnose fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and support those living with it on Tuesday heard many women were not advised against drinking by their GP, midwife or obstetrician | SMH, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Harry's Blog #100: The virus of propaganda

I had in mind to do a reflective piece when I reached blog 100, not imagining that by the time I arrived here, millions of people across the world would have more time for reflection than they can cope with | NSP blog, UK

With You through COVID-19crisis and recovery

We worked fast to shift to remote delivery, but this has its limits. What could be a new normal for services based on relationships? | We Are With You, UK

Population level public health policies have an important part in supporting the transition out of lockdown

As the UK moves beyond the first wave peak, the national conversation surrounding covid-19 has shifted to how to lift the lockdown safely—when restrictions should be relaxed, who can go back to school or work first, which limits should stay in place, and how this can be done in a way that’s safe, transparent, data led, and adaptable as new evidence emerges | BMJ, UK

Lockdown won’t end the war on drugs

Covid-19 is nothing more than a temporary inconvenience for the global drug trade | UnHerd, UK

New Intoxicants and Epidemics: Sugar and Tobacco in Hamburg’s Plague Medicine

In these trying times interest in past pestilences is booming, in particular in plague (and the Spanish flu), not least because there appear to be so many parallels between these diseases and COVID-19 | Intoxicating Spaces blog, UK

People with substance use disorders face greater challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic

The closures of businesses and states throughout the U.S. due to the COVID-19 pandemic have been stressful, costly and challenging for many.
But the restrictions do not affect everyone equally. Particularly vulnerable are those with substance use disorders | Conversation, USA

Living the War on Drugs in Colombia During the 1980s

I was born in Bogotá in December 1969, and raised in a bicultural world, moving back and forth between Colombia and Texas.  My Colombian mother and my American dad introduced me, unintentionally, to a certain complexity that generated in me a unique way of looking at the world | Points blog, USA

In the opioid crisis, young queer and trans men are navigating risk reduction on their own

The opioid overdose crisis has killed over 14,700 Canadians since January 2016. Unfortunately, we don’t know how many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other queer (LGBTQ+) people’s lives are among those lost, because this information is not collected | Conversation, Canada

People with a dependency a hidden cost of lockdown

Some of Australia’s most vulnerable have been at real risk, Dr Hester Wilson writes | RACGP opinion, Australia