Weekly news - 19th 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:

Alcohol-attributable fractions for England: an update

This report sets out estimates of the relative risks of alcohol on disease, as well as alcohol-attributable fractions for England | PHE, UK

Bristol rehab services sees rise in demand from city's homeless

More than 200 homeless people with addiction issues in Bristol have sought rehabilitation after lockdown restrictions reduced their supply of drugs, an NHS team has said | BBC, UK

Nitrous Oxide: Coronavirus

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the change in the level of the use of nitrous oxide during the covid-19 outbreak | They work for you, UK

Association of the US Outbreak of Vaping-Associated Lung Injury With Perceived Harm of e-Cigarettes Compared With Cigarettes

This survey study used data from the Smoking Toolkit Study, a monthly cross-sectional nationally representative survey of adults (aged >16 years) in England | JAMA Network, UK

COVID-19: Working with vulnerable people

Find out more about specific considerations you need to make when working with more vulnerable patients, such as older people or those who use drugs | RPSYCH, UK

MESAS monitoring report 2020

The Monitoring and Evaluating Scotland's Alcohol Strategy (MESAS) monitoring report 2020 presents all the latest available data on key alcohol indicators in Scotland | Public Health Scotland, UK

Fall in alcohol consumption in Scotland 'stalls' after minimum pricing

The drop in alcohol consumption in Scotland has stalled after an initial reduction sparked by minimum unit pricing (MUP), official data suggests | BBC, UK

Did payment-by-results really make things worse?

Alcohol-related findings on the UK government’s favoured mechanism for improving the performance of substance use treatment services | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Drugs offences up 27% in lockdown despite total crime falling by a quarter

Data obtained by the PA news agency under Freedom of Information laws showed that thousands more crimes linked to banned substances were recorded by police between March 23 and May 25 than in the same nine-week period last year | ITV, UK

Pleasant Lands

Volteface is delighted to announce the launch of Pleasant Lands, a campaign to unlock the hemp opportunity for UK farmers and small businesses. Hemp is a versatile, environmentally beneficial and high value crop that should be making a significant contribution to the UK economy. However, it remains classified as a niche crop – with UK cultivation estimated at only 800 hectares annually | Volteface, UK

Drinking outside pubs to be banned in central London post lockdown

[Free registration maybe required] Westminster Council wants to prohibit pubs from allowing customers doing 'vertical drinking' outside | Telegraph, UK

General Report of Activities 2019 – key achievements and governance: a year in review

The General Report of Activities is an annual publication providing a detailed progress report of the EMCDDA’s activities over a 12-month period. It catalogues the Centre’s achievements in each area of its annual work programme. The report is a useful information source for all those seeking comprehensive information on the Centre and its work | EMCDDA, Portugal

How London Has Changed Over 25 Years, Through the Eyes of a Drug Dealer

Eric survived a tough childhood to run cocaine sales in a string of north London pubs and bars. Along the way, he's seen the capital transformed by gentrification and new drug cultures. This is his story | VICE, UK

Alcohol-specific hospital admissions

Directly age and sex standardised admission rate for alcohol-specific conditions per 100,000 registered patients | NHS Digital, UK

Emergency admissions for alcohol related liver disease

Directly age and sex standardised rate of emergency admissions for alcohol related liver disease in adults aged 19 years and older, per 100,000 registered patients | NHS Digital, UK

Maternal smoking at delivery

The percentage of women who were smokers at the time of delivery, out of the number of maternities | NHS Digital, UK

Nitrous oxide use among young people is increasing in lockdown because it’s cheap and accessible

A common perception is that laughing gas is harmless, but medical experts warn of its dangers and call for better regulation | i news, UK

Online Drug Markets Are Entering a 'Golden Age' Despite the Lockdown

Darknet drug markets are thriving despite the coronavirus lockdown, with sales up, delivery times faster than Amazon and more robust defences against attack, according to analysis by VICE News | VICE, UK