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Bibliography on COVID-19 and Addiction

This downloadable document lists articles found in PubMed from searches on 06 July 2020 involving addiction-related topics and COVID-19. It is updated weekly and all publications prior to January 2020 have been removed.  The headings and search phrases are provided and results are organised into 1) research reports, 2) reviews and 3) editorials, commentaries, and letters.  Download the document here: /files/download/documents/06 July Covid-19 bibliography.docx

Botswana repeals ban on alcohol sports sponsorship following COVID-19 challenges

Bans on advertising alcohol products at sporting events, and on partnerships between sporting codes (associations) and the alcohol industry, have been lifted in Botswana. The bans were initially introduced to prevent children and young people from being exposed to alcohol advertising. The change has been linked to the need for the Botswanan government to raise funds following the high cost to the government of COVID-19 lock-down.

Source: https://movendi.ngo/news/2020/06/30/botswana-weakens-alcohol-laws-lifts-ban-on-alcohol-sports-sponsorship/

Netherlands bans vaping in public spaces

On 1 July 2020, the Netherlands banned vaping in indoor public spaces using existing legislation for tobacco products. The new regulations also mean that, as with tobacco products, vaping products must be hidden from view in shops and at the point of sale.

Source: https://nltimes.nl/2020/06/30/public-smoking-ban-extended-cover-e-cigarettes

Maldives reintroduces methadone treatment

The Maldives government has announced that methadone maintenance therapy will now be available to people seeking treatment for opioid dependency. Methadone treatment provision was halted 3 years ago under the country’s previous administration.

Source: https://edition.mv/news/17533

Cambodian drug arrests up 20%

The Cambodian Interior Ministry’s anti-drug department has announced a 20% increase in drug arrests during the first 6 months of 2020 compared with the same period in 2019. There were 10,512 drug-related arrests between January and July 2020. Cambodia does not have capital punishment for drugs offences; however, people found in possession of more than 80g of illicit drugs can face a life sentence.

Source: http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-07/01/c_139180444.htm

Colorado to pardon cannabis convictions

The governor of Colorado, Jared Polis, has signed a bill to approve official pardons for people with minor cannabis convictions. The pardons will apply to those with historic convictions for possessing under 2 ounces of cannabis. The move is intended to address inequalities in Colorado’s cannabis industry. Historically, black people have been disproportionately targeted for drugs arrests and the resultant convictions prevent many from working in Colorado’s cannabis industry.

Source: https://hightimes.com/news/colorado-to-start-pardons-for-cannabis-convictions/

South Korea introduces blockchain app to verify age for alcohol purchases

South Korea has introduced an app that uses blockchain technology to establish whether a person is old enough to buy alcohol. The app links personal ID data to the national driving license database to produce a QR code that retailers can scan to determine a customer’s age.

Source: https://micky.com.au/south-korea-using-blockchain-app-to-curb-underage-drinking/

Thailand bans online sales of alcohol following COVID-19 lock-down

The Thai government has announced a ban on online alcohol sales following a rise in underage drinking during COVID-19 lock-down. Shops selling alcohol were closed for 3 weeks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, with many people buying alcohol online during this time. Current sales regulations mean that online retailers rarely check the age of customers. Those found breaking the new ban could face a fine of up to THB10,000 ($321) and a prison sentence of up to 6 months.

Source: https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-health-coronavirus-thailand-alcohol/thailand-to-ban-online-alcohol-sales-to-curb-underage-drinking-idUKKBN2431OB

Singapore introduces standardised tobacco packaging

Tobacco products in Singapore must now be sold in standardised packaging that displays graphic health warnings. Logos, branded colours and promotional information are not permitted, and the mandatory size of graphic health warnings has increased from 50 to 75% of the package. The new regulations apply to all tobacco products including cigarettes, cigars and rolling tobacco. Retailers found breaching the regulations could be fined up to $10,000 ($7,170) and imprisoned for up to 6 months.

Source: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/standardised-packaging-bigger-graphic-health-warnings-cigarettes-12880650

Report on child killings in Philippines’ war on drugs

The World Organisation Against Torture (OLMCT) and the Children’s Legal Rights and Development Centre (CLRDC) have published a report documenting 122 child killings in the Philippines between July 2016 and December 2019. The report identifies that over half of the killings were carried out by Philippines police or affiliates and describes cases of mistaken identity, ‘collateral damage’ and killings where children were used as proxies when primary targets could not be located.

Sources: https://www.omct.org/rights-of-the-child/reports-and-publications/philippines/2020/06/d25937/

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/jun/30/war-on-drugs-blamed-for-deaths-of-at-least-122-children-in-philippines