Weekly news - 12th June 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:

Covid-19 addiction and recovery response fund to provide over £330k to frontline charities

This response fund will provide emergency funding to grassroots treatment and recovery voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector organisations delivering vital services at the frontline of the Covid-19 pandemic response. The funding comes from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (which covers civil society in its brief) and the Department of Health and Social Care and will be distributed by Collective Voice | Collective Voice, UK

Smoking ban proposals: Full analysis of consultation on smoking outside hospitals

The majority of respondents to a consultation on banning smoking near hospital buildings support a 15-metre enforcement zone to protect people from the dangers of second-hand smoke | Scottish Government, UK

Getting in early, supporting families, and stopping the stigma of addiction

A survey commissioned by Action on Addiction, indicates that the COVID-19 lockdown may have unwittingly facilitated a significant increase in alcohol consumption and other problems associated with addiction in the UK | Action on Addiction, UK

Lifesaving potential of mounting a large-scale harm reduction programme

Highly detailed surveillance data in the Canadian province of British Columbia offered an opportunity to study the impact of the public health response to the opioid crisis. How many deaths were averted by take-home naloxone, opioid substitution therapy, and drug consumption rooms? | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Alcohol labelling policies: most countries lagging behind in promoting healthier choices

According to a new report, labelling of alcoholic beverages is not consistent or even considered in many countries in the WHO European Region. The new Health Evidence Network (HEN) synthesis report on alcohol labelling across the Region is the first systematic study that covers the different ways countries label alcoholic beverages and sets out policy options for authorities to consider | WHO, Denmark

Spotlight on adolescent health and well-being. Findings from the 2017/2018 Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) survey in Europe and Canada. International report. Summary

Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC), a WHO collaborative cross-national study, has provided information about the health, well-being, social environment and health behaviour of 11-, 13- and 15-year-old boys and girls for over 30 years. The 2017/2018 survey report presents data from over  220 000 young people in 45 countries and regions in Europe and Canada | WHO, Denmark

Statistical analysis of off-trade alcohol sales in the year following MUP published

Building on an earlier report on per adult off-trade sales, Public Health Scotland today published an analysis showing a decline in population alcohol consumption following the introduction of MUP | Public Health Scotland, UK

Alcohol off-sales drop credited to minimum unit pricing

A report published by Public Health Scotland said there had been a reduction of between 4% and 5% in Scotland's shops in the year after minimum unit pricing was introduced | BBC, UK

Lockdown could reverse UK’s ten year drop in alcohol consumption

An addiction expert from the University of Bedfordshire has warned about the escalation of alcohol consumption which is likely to occur in light of Covid-19 | University of Bedfordshire, UK

Naloxone: Prisoners

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of prisoners with a history of opioid misuse were provided with Naloxone when released from prison in the latest 12 month period for which information is available; and from which prisons those prisoners were released | They work for you, UK

Coronavirus: Drug and alcohol referrals down 57% since lockdown, says charity

Kaleidoscope said the "significant reduction" came after it closed non-clinical bases and recovery hubs on 18 March | BBC, UK

Report: Covid So Far, Lockdown and the Lost Children

In ordinary circumstances the effect of parental drinking can have a profound effect on their children’s mental and physical health. They are six times more likely to experience abuse and violence in the home and as the Covid-19 lockdown continues, and many of our vital public services closed, these troubled families and their children have been left to fend for themselves with many of their safety nets, like school, having been sharply withdrawn | NACOA, UK

Statistics on Alcohol

This note provides a summary of statistics on alcohol consumption among adults and children in England. Data on alcohol-related hospital admissions in England and alcohol-related deaths in England, the UK and worldwide is also shown | House of Commons Library, UK

ACMD accepting written evidence on naloxone provision and young people’s drug use

Collective Voice will be submitting evidence to both workstreams and we are inviting stakeholders to feed in information as part of our submission | Collective Voice, UK

Flexible responses during the Coronavirus crisis: Rapid evidence gathering (PDF)

The MEAM coalition has published new research examining the flexibilities that homelessness, substance misuse, mental health and criminal justice services have put in place to support people during the Covid-19 crisis, and how some of the positive aspects of these changes might be maintained in the future. [More information here] | MEAM, UK