Weekly news - 24th April 2020

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Coronavirus frequently updated resources

COVID-19 resources page for people who use drugs (PWUD) and drug service providers - International | EMCDDA

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

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

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


In date order, Monday to Friday:

Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested

Guidance on coronavirus testing for frontline workers, including voluntary sector organisations providing substance misuse treatment and domestic abuse support | Department of Health and Social Care, UK

Coronavirus: Recovering heroin addicts offered monthly injections

A new drug for recovering heroin addicts is being rolled out across Wales to prevent them having to make daily trips to over-stretched pharmacies | BBC, UK

Coronavirus and alcohol: One in three drink less but one in five drink more - survey

Pubs and bars may be closed across the UK, but supermarket alcohol sales are on the rise, off-licences have been classified as essential businesses and recycling bins have been seen overflowing with wine and beer bottles | BBC, UK

Hotel scheme 'will cut rough sleeping after virus'

Giving rough sleepers rooms in hotels should lead to a significant long-term reduction in rough sleeping after the coronavirus outbreak, says a charity for homeless people | BBC, UK

EMCDDA launches COVID-19 special round of European Web Survey on Drugs to assess impact of pandemic

Crucial information on the impact of COVID-19 on people who use drugs, and on the services that support them, will be collected via a special round of the European Web Survey on Drugs, launched this week. The survey — the Mini European Web Survey on Drugs: COVID-19 — is coordinated by the EMCDDA in collaboration with its Reitox network of national focal points | EMCDDA, Portugal

Alcohol fuels rise in assaults on over 50s, study suggests

Nearly 21,000 people aged over 51 went to A&E in England and Wales in 2019 for violence-related injuries, according to analysis by Cardiff University | BBC, UK

Remote prescribing guidance for health and justice sites

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is expected that some aspects of healthcare in health and justice sites may need to be delivered by remote technology, for example, using video appointments. Processes have been described separately for controlled drugs (CDs) and non CDs | NHS, UK

Accessing medicines for detainees released during COVID-19

This is a guide to support probation and youth offending teams and other teams supporting people released from custody on accessing medicines and pharmacy services during the COVID-19 outbreak | NHS, UK

New hangover research reveals heavy cost of drinking on people’s decision making the following day

A study from Dr Sally Adams and Craig Gunn in our Addiction & Mental Health Group highlights how hangover inhibits individuals' core executive functions | University of Bath, UK

Alcohol use during pregnancy linked to offspring depression

Children of mothers who drink alcohol during pregnancy may be at an increased risk of developing depression in late adolescence, according to new University of Bristol research | University of Bristol, UK

Study finds ‘compelling’ case for safe drug taking facilities

Safe injection rooms would be widely used by drug addicts if introduced in Scotland, benefiting those at greatest risk, new research has found | Herald, UK

COVID-19: Testing available for substance misuse treatment organisations

The government has released guidance on the strategy for testing for COVID-19. The guidance makes clear that testing capacity is being built gradually in a phased approach | Collective Voice blog, UK

Covid-19 and drug markets - week 3 update

The UK has been on lockdown for over three weeks now, with an additional three week extension of the restrictions just announced. Our survey into the way COVID-19 has impacted the way drugs are bought, sold and taken is also now in its third week | Crew, UK

Accessing Drug Services During COVID-19 - podcast

Today we talk with Dr Emily Finch, Addictions Clinical Director at South London Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust | Relations Radio, UK

Drug and needle exchange service delivery changes

In an effort to centralise information across Scotland, Scottish Drugs Forum, Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs and We Are With You have collaborated to produce a single database which enables drug services and pharmacies to submit weekly updates | SDF, UK

New research reveals NE drinking habits during lockdown

New research has found that more than one quarter of North East adults (26%) who drink alcohol are drinking more often since lockdown began on 23 March | Balance North East, UK