Weekly news - 10th July 2020

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Coronavirus frequently updated resources

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


In date order, Monday to Friday:

Coronavirus lockdown: People rush to town centres as pubs reopen

The number of people visiting High Streets surged on "Super Saturday", as hairdressers, pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants reopened in England after a three-month lockdown. It comes as police warned that drunk people are unable to socially distance | BBC, UK

Tobacco and alcohol content in soap operas broadcast on UK television: a content analysis and population exposure

Exposure to tobacco and alcohol content in media is a risk factor for smoking and alcohol use in young people. Our previous research suggested that tobacco and alcohol imagery is common in soap operas. We now report an analysis of tobacco and alcohol content in a sample of soap operas broadcast in the UK | Journal Public Health, UK

ACMD public evidence request on cognition enhancers

ACMD public request for written evidence on cognition enhancers (also known as ‘nootropics’ or ‘study drugs’) | ACMD, UK

Adult smoking habits in the UK: 2019

Cigarette smoking habits among adults in the UK, including the proportion of people who smoke, demographic breakdowns, changes over time and use of e-cigarettes | ONS, UK

Local tobacco control profiles for England: July 2020 update

An overview of the extent of tobacco use, tobacco related harm and the measures being taken to reduce this harm at a local level in England | PHE, UK

Smoking prevalence in adults aged 18 years and over: quarterly rolling annual estimates

Detailed ad-hoc quarterly rolling analysis of smoking prevalence, calculated from the Annual Population Survey | PHE, UK

Local alcohol treatment and recovery service commissioning practices and their perceived outcomes for service provision: an in-depth exploration

The aim of this project was... to examine recent experience of alcohol service commissioning processes at a local authority level in five diverse localities | Alcohol Change UK, UK

Addiction and Recovery Covid-19 Response Fund launched

Collective Voice is delighted to launch the Addiction and Recovery Covid-19 Response Fund | Collective Voice, UK

New guidance launched to help people from Punjabi community with alcohol problems

New guidance on setting up a specialist project for people from the Punjabi community with alcohol problems has been published. The authors’ recommendations also provide a framework for supporting people from other communities with alcohol problems who are not engaging with existing services | University of Birmingham, UK

Smoking cessation local delivery plan standard quarterly

In the first nine months of the financial year 2019/20, NHS Scotland achieved 67.0% (4,710 out of 7,026) of the required annual LDP Standard. If this pattern continued for the remainder of the financial year, NHS Scotland would achieve 89.4% of the required Standard | ISD Scotland, UK

Drug treatment in Ireland 2013 to 2019

This is the annually updated bulletin from the National Drug Treatment Reporting System (NDTRS) on cases of treated problem drug use (excluding alcohol) in Ireland. It covers the period 2013 to 2019.  In this seven-year period, 67,875 cases were treated for drug use as a main problem | HRB, Ireland

'Opioid overdoses are skyrocketing': as Covid-19 sweeps across US an old epidemic returns

The pandemic is creating the social conditions – no jobs, isolation, despair – that helped enable the opioid crisis to emerge in the first place. Now it’s back | Guardian, UK

Safe injection sites may curb opioid deaths, report suggests

A safe haven in the U.S. where people can give themselves heroin and other drugs has observed more than 10,500 injections over five years and treated 33 overdoses with none proving fatal, researchers reported Wednesday | Medical Xpress, USA