COVID-19: news and opinion (links)

First published: 22/05/2020 | Last updated: August 7th, 2020

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News and opinion A-Z

Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) COVID-19 drives ‘astonishing’ quit rate among young smokers: Experts ask if trend will survive loosening lockdown

ADFAM Blog Adapting our support to families affected by a parent’s alcohol dependency in Swindon

Addiction journal editorial: mitigating and learning from the impact of COVID‐19 infection on addictive disorders: click here

Alcohol Change UK blog: drinking during lockdown headline findings: New research reveals UK drinking habits: click here

Alcohol Change UK: changing your drinking in lockdown: be kind to yourself

Alcohol Health Alliance UK blog: Alcohol and COVID-19: why now is the time to tackle alcohol harm

Annals of Internal Medicine, when epidemics collide: COVID-19 and the opioid crisis: click here

BMJ blog by Ian Hamilton about the harms for vulnerable people: click here

BMJ blog by Ian Hamilton: Is alcohol really “essential” during covid-19? click here

BMJ blog ‘Covid-19 and addiction—a secret burden during this pandemic’: click here

BMJ blog: COVID-19 – we must take urgent action to avoid an increase in problem gambling and gambling related harms: click here

BMJ blog reducing alcohol harm during self-isolation needs a measured approach

BMJ blog: Sharon Cox asks how we are assisting our most disadvantaged during COVID-19? click here

BMJ blog on the role of smoking cessation during respiratory virus epidemics: click here

BMJ blog on water-pipes and tobacco: click here

BMJ editorials Covid-19 and alcohol—a dangerous cocktail

BMJ Tobacco Control blog about smoking and COVID-19: click here

BMJ Tobacco Control blog on smokeless tobacco use and the COVID-19 pandemic Dr Arjun  Singh and Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi: click here

BMJ Tobacco Control blog: Smoking history is an important risk factor for severe COVID-19: click here

BMJ Tobacco Control blog: the two faces of the tobacco industry during the COVID-19 pandemic

BMJ Tobacco Control editorial: the tobacco industry in the time of COVID-19 – time to shut it down?

Canadian Centre of Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) Canadians Under 54 Drinking More While at Home Due to COVID-19 Pandemic: click here

Canberra Times: will COVID-19 change our drinking habits long term? click here

Club Soda: drinking and wellbeing in lockdown – findings from survey

Collective Voice Blog: Two months into lockdown, what have we learned so far?

Drink and Drugs News : The lockdown may be having a disproportionate effect on female service users, warns Gordon Hay.

Drinking Studies Network’s blog by Phil Cain explores how approaches to COVID-19 put our approach to alcohol under the microscope

Drinking Studies Network: does COVID-19 mean alcohol is now considered a drug? click here

Drinking Studies Network: from Ebola to COVID-19. Is all nicotine bad nicotine? An epidemiologist’s reflections: click here

Drug Reporter: Surviving the COVID-19 Era: Stories of People Who Use Drugs from Russia, Ukraine and Norway

Forbes article about US treatment services: click here

Global Drug Survey: COVID-19 Conversations with Prof. Alison Ritter from University of New South Wales, Sydney – video: click here

Huffington Post UK Opinion: Has The Coronavirus Pandemic Killed Social Smoking?

Ian Hamilton shares some information from Alcohol Change UK’s survey which provides insights alcohol consumption during Covid-19

Independent: The tobacco industry is trying to get cigarettes classified as an ‘essential’ item during lock-down: click here

Independent: : Coronavirus and drug addiction are both a public health crisis – but only one is being taken seriously –  Ian Hamilton -Voices

Institute of Alcohol Studies Blog COVID-19 and alcohol – consumption data strengthens case for ambitious alcohol policy

International Journal of Drug Policy – Participation of the nursing workforce to address COVID-19 among people who use alcohol, tobacco, and drugs Viewpoint

JAMA Psychiatry Telehealth for Substance-Using Populations in the Age of Coronavirus Disease 2019 Recommendations to Enhance AdoptionViewpoint

Mental Elf Blog: Cheers Covid-19: Will we consume more alcohol during this crisis? click here

NHS Substance Misuse Provider Alliance: The NHS SMPA New Happy Hour campaign supports sensible alcohol consumption during the pandemic

NHS Substance Misuse Provider Alliance: Moving To A Digital Service During Lockdown – What Have We Learned?

News GP: People with a dependency a hidden cost of lockdown Some of Australia’s most vulnerable have been at real risk, Dr Hester Wilson writes

NIH Directors Blog ‘Coping with the Collision of Public Health Crises: COVID-19 and Substance Use Disorders’: click here

Phoenix Futures: Chief Exec Karen Biggs writes about the impact of COVID-19 on the people who rely on drug and alcohol treatment services

Points: the blog of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society: how people find pot, a global perspective

Recovery Review: redesigning addiction and recovery services in a COVID-19 world (US): click here

RSPH ‘Covid-19 and Smoking: Act Now to Prevent a Health Calamity from Happening’

Statnews (US) on the implications for methadone programmes: click here

Talking Drugs: COVID-19 decarceration, the detention centres nobody is talking about: click here

Talking Drugs: The Crisis behind Bars: Global Policy Responses to COVID-19 in Prisons

The Conversation: How lockdown changed people’s feelings about drinking and going back to the pub

The Conversation Australia: Drive-in music festivals allow you to social distance. But what happens when you add drugs and alcohol?

The Conversation Australia: Getting back on the beers after lockdown? Here’s what you should know

The Conversation: how COVID-19 is changing the market for illegal drugs: click here

The Conversation: how to spot COVID-19 fake news – an expert guide: click here

The Conversation: Ian Hamilton on “Coronavirus: why the law on morphine should be loosened

The Conversation: Ian Hamilton on ‘How the coronavirus is putting our relationship with alcohol to the test’: click here

The Conversation UK: nicotine therapy for coronavirus: the evidence is weak and contradictory

The Conversation US: people with substance use disorders face greater challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic –

The Guardian: Millions in UK smoking more amid COVID-19 crisis, study suggests

The Lancet Public Health –Correspondence ‘Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: preventing collateral damage from COVID-19’ Jonathan Sher

The Network for Public Health Law COVID-19 Pandemic and Tobacco Sales in the United States: blog

University of Bedfordshire: addiction researcher has warned that lockdown could reverse UK’s ten year drop in alcohol consumption

University of Kent: online gambling risks during COVID-19 lock-down: click here

YouGov: how are British drinking habits shifting under lockdown? click here



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