Weekly news - 3rd April 2020

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Coronavirus frequently updated resources

Treatment and recovery services – and COVID-19 |Collective Voice

Society for the Study of Addiction useful coronavirus links | SSA

DDN coronavirus advice links |DDN

COVID-19 and smoking: resources, research and news | BMJ

Coronavirus: information and advice hub - alcohol | Alcohol Change UK


In date order, Monday to Friday:

Harm Reduction & Drug Treatment: "Essential journey" cards

We have created cards for you to use should you need to leave the house to pick up your medication or harm reduction equipment, or both. The importance of this is to ensure that your journey is treated as an essential one as outlined in the Government’s rules around movement during the coronavirus | Release, UK

Alcohol and public health in the time of a pandemic

In Great Britain and Northern Ireland, March 2020 will be remembered as the month a worldwide virus took hold of the nation, forcing its inhabitants indoors for their safety. The threat of the COVID-19 strain of coronavirus has affected the activities of public health alcohol experts, alcohol producers, retailers, and the plans of policymakers. It will also make a significant impact on the lives of those affected by alcohol harm, a fact recognised by specialist support services | IAS, UK

COVID-19 & the impact on the drugs market

Release is setting up a network of people across the UK to provide information on what is going on in the drugs market in light of the Coronavirus | Release, UK

Introducing GDS Corona Conversations - video

GDS Corona Conversations is a series of video interviews with experts around the world on how the current COVID19 pandemic is having an effect on people who use drugs. These experts include drug policy analyst, harm reduction workers, frontline health care professionals and of course users themselves | Global Drug Survey, UK

Timeline: 25 years of monitoring — selected events from the EMCDDA’s international cooperation history

Follow the timeline and take a walk through some of the key moments in the EMCDDA's 25 years of international cooperation | EMCDDA, Portugal

Smoking, employability, and wages (PDF)

In 2018, smoking killed almost 100,000 people across the UK. But the costs of smoking don’t stop there. Smoking also has a destructive impact on both individuals and the economy – depriving smokers of work, driving down their wages and costing the UK economy billions in lost productivity. To measure the impact of smoking on employment, earnings and productivity, Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) commissioned Landman Economics to analyse Understanding Society, a UK longitudinal dataset | ASH, UK

Julie Bass steps into Turning Point CEO role

Today Julie Bass starts in post as Turning Point’s new Chief Executive Officer. In this blog she reflects on the challenges of stepping into the role in the midst of a global crisis and her vison for the future once we are through the pandemic | Turning Point, UK

Humankind offer a big welcome to EDP and new services in Staffordshire and NE Prisons

During these challenging times we are pleased to be able to bring some news of new ventures, with EDP joining us as a subsidiary and two new services starting in Staffordshire and the North East on 1st April | humankind, UK

Briefing: Alcohol and domestic abuse in the context of Covid-19 restrictions (PDF)

In the wake of this global pandemic, figures already show an increase in domestic abuse reports around the world. Lockdown measures require people to stay at home, even when that home may not be a safe place for them. This briefing offers some considerations relating to alcohol and domestic violence during the restrictions placed on households as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic | MMU / Adfam / Alcohol Change UK, UK

COVID 19 Resources

We realize that many providers and programs are trying to mitigate circumstances related to COVID-19. We have convened the ASAM Caring for Patients During the COVID-19 (CPDC) Task Force. The Task Force includes a national panel of experts that are recognized in the field of addiction medicine. They are rapidly producing comprehensive resources tailored to addiction medicine treatment within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic | ASAM, USA

Letter from the Home Secretary to the Chair of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs

Letter to Professor Bowden-Jones from Rt Hon Priti Patel MP on COVID-19, regarding emergency legislation to enable supply of controlled drugs | ACMD, UK

NEW POSTER: HSE and Department of health share harm reduction for people who use drugs

The HSE and Department of Health have released a new harm reduction poster for people who use drugs during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic | Drugs.ie, Ireland

Free heroin scheme for addicts backed by probation inspectors to combat reoffending

[Free registration may be required] A scheme where addicts are able to inject medicine grade heroin has been endorsed by the probation inspectorate to combat reoffending | Telegraph, UK

Ease rules on research into psychedelic drugs, urges David Nutt

Ex-government adviser says substances such as psilocybin could have medical value | Guardian, UK