Weekly news - 11th September 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:

Support and informational needs of ‘at-risk’ groups highlighted in new SDF report

A new report that identifies specific risks and informational needs of certain ‘at-risk’ groups in Scotland has been published. The Scottish Government-funded report (PDF) presents research that was carried out with particular at-risk populations who engage transactional sex, chemsex, or the use of image and performance enhancing drugs (IPEDs), with the aim of identifying specific risks in terms of drug use and sexual health, treatment and information needs | SDF, UK

'Surprise and disappointment' at UK drug response

A cross-party group of MPs has accused the UK government of the almost "wholesale rejection" of moves to tackle Scotland's record drug deaths | BBC, UK

Give cannabis to elderly people with chronic pain, doctors say

[Limited number of free articles can be read per month] Experts say cannabis-based medicines, including those that contain THC, should be used instead of opioids | Telegraph, UK

Associations between a smoke-free homes intervention and childhood admissions to hospital in Scotland: an interrupted time-series analysis of whole-population data

In Scotland, a public health mass-media campaign was launched on March 24, 2014, called Take it Right Outside (TiRO), with a focus on reducing the exposure of children to domestic second-hand smoke. In this study, our aim was to establish whether the TiRO campaign was followed by a decrease in hospital admissions for childhood asthma and other respiratory conditions related to second-hand smoke exposure across Scotland | Lancet, UK

Sustainable Recovery - Our Strategy 2020

Our Chief Exec, Karen Biggs introduces Phoenix's 2020 strategy - Sustainable Recovery | Phoenix Futures, UK

Problem drug use in Scotland: Government response to the Committee’s First Report of Session 2019

Government responses to the committee's 19 recommendations on ways to address Scotland's drug problem | House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee, UK

DDN September 2020 out now

Service providers are telling us that six months into lockdown, there are opportunities in the ‘new normal’. One of the most exciting prospects is the government’s pledge to ‘end rough sleeping for good’ (p6). Will we get the next steps right to make the most of what Dame Louise Casey calls an ‘extraordinary opportunity’? | DDN, UK

Drug and Alcohol Education Lessons — Map to your scheme of work now

[Published in July ready for childrens' return to school this month] Developed for Public Health England, this resource pack will include several lesson plans and resources for each key stage, as well as a comprehensive teacher guidance document, including knowledge organisers and a briefing paper on the evidence base underpinning effective drug and alcohol education | PSHE, UK

The NHS addictions provider alliance

[New website] NHS APA is an alliance of NHS addictions service providers from across the UK. Working collaboratively with service users, carers and other organisations, NHS APA is committed to contributing positively to the ongoing development of the addictions field, including within drug and alcohol, gambling and gaming treatment and support services. Find out more about the alliance's work | NHSAPA, UK

Scotland’s first cannabis-based medicine approved for NHS

A cannabis-based medicine has been approved for use on the NHS in Scotland for the first time, giving hope in the treatment of rare types of childhood epilepsy | STV, UK

Alcohol-free and low-strength drinks: Understanding their role in reducing alcohol-related harms

This report examines the market for alcohol-free and low-strength beers, ciders, wines and spirits – “NoLo drinks” - in the UK. It looks at recent trends in the market for these products, the demographics of consumers that are drinking them and the potential impacts on health outcomes. In addition, the report considers the regulation of NoLo drinks in the UK and how this differs from other markets | Alcohol Change UK, UK

Response to the ACMD report on novel benzodiazepines

A letter from the Minister of State for Fire and Policing to the ACMD, in response to the ACMD report – Novel benzodiazepines: a review of the evidence of use and harms of novel benzodiazepines. News story here | ACMD, UK

Despite the tobacco industry blowing smoke, plain packs really work

On 20 May 2016, the UK (with France) became the second country in the world to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes and rolling tobacco. This meant that tobacco companies could no longer put brand logos, colours or promotional text on packs | University of Bath, UK

‘Dual diagnosis’: is the chasm in service provision getting bigger?

At the turn of the millennium government’s aim was not just to make progress on caring for people with both substance use and mental health problems, but to engineer a “radical rethink”. What happened, and does today’s Britain offer a more welcoming and effective response to the most troubled of its substance use patients? | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

UK's overall consumption of alcohol halved during lockdown, data finds

The overall UK consumption of alcohol halved during lockdown, data from Nielsen has suggested, despite staggering sales rises through the supermarkets | The Drinks Business, UK

European Drug Report 2020 — teaser video

How is the COVID-19 pandemic affecting drug use, supply and services? What are the health costs of drug use in Europe today? What do the latest data tell us about drug production and trafficking trends? Be the first to know when the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA) launches its European Drug Report 2020: Trends and Developments in a live online media event on 22 September | EMCDDA, Portugal

Almost half of Britons drinking more due to Covid, survey finds

Loneliness, depression and anxiety behind rise, with 44% of cannabis users also smoking more | Guardian, UK [See more in International and Blogs sections below]

Cancard: backed by police, designed with doctors, made for patients

From 1 November this year, over 1 million adults will be eligible to apply for a new exemption card, Cancard, which has been designed by medical cannabis patients to protect them from prosecution | CDPRG, UK

Drug Consumption (Safe Facilities Report)

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the United Kingdom Government regarding the Scottish Affairs Committee report on safe drug consumption facilities | They work for you, UK

Men and Alcohol: Key Issues

The Men and Alcohol: Key Issues report summarises the contributions and key findings and presents recommendations for research, policy and practice from the SHAAP and Institute of Alcohol Studies 2019/2020 'Men and Alcohol' seminar series | SHAAP, UK

GDS: the world’s largest drug survey

The GDS Special Edition on COVID-19 was developed as part of a global effort to better understand the impact of the pandemic on people’s lives with a specific focus on the use of alcohol and other drugs, mental health and relationships. Over 55,000 people took part. The survey ran for 7 weeks in (May – June 2020) See the GDS COVID-19 Special Edition: Key Findings Report| GDS, UK

Statistics on Women's Smoking Status at Time of Delivery: England - Quarter 1, 2020-21

This report presents statistics on mother’s smoking status at time of delivery, at Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP), Region and national levels. This release includes provisional data for quarter 1 of 2020-21. Data tables here | NHS Digital, UK

Recovery Street Film Festival - videos

Watch the shortlisted videos for this year's festival | RSFF, UK