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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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.