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Associations of substance use, psychosis, and mortality among people living in precarious housing or homelessness: A longitudinal, community-based study in Vancouver, Canada.

Jones AA, Gicas KM, Seyedin S, Willi TS, Leonova O, Vila-Rodriguez F, et al. (2020) PLoS Med 17(7): e1003172., doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.1003172

Associations of substance use, psychosis, and mortality among people living in precarious housing or homelessness: A longitudinal, community-based study in Vancouver, Canada.


A cohort study evaluating the association between concurrent mental disorders, mortality, morbidity, and continuous treatment retention for patients in opioid agonist treatment (OAT) across Ontario, Canada, using administrative health data. 

Morin, K.A., Eibl, J.K., Gauthier, G. et al. 

Harm Reduct J 17, 51 (2020). doi.org/10.1186/s12954-020-00396-x

A cohort study evaluating the association between concurrent mental disorders, mortality, morbidity, and continuous treatment retention for patients in opioid agonist treatment (OAT) across Ontario, Canada, using administrative health data.

High prevalence of injection drug use and blood-borne viral infections among patients in an urban emergency department. 

Anderson ES, Russell C, Basham K, Montgomery M, Lozier H, Crocker A, et al. (2020) 

PLoS ONE 15(6): e0233927. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0233927


Competing forces of withdrawal and disease avoidance in the risk networks of people who inject drugs. 

Ready E, Habecker P, Abadie R, Khan B, Dombrowski K (2020) 

PLoS ONE 15(6): e0235124. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0235124


Spontaneous Recurrent Pneumoperitoneum due to Opioid-Induced Constipation: A Case Report. 

Kaushal V, Amoozgar B, Garala P, Bayanzay K, Sen S. 

Cureus. 2020;12(5):e8205. Published 2020 May 20. doi:10.7759/cureus.8205


Toxicological analysis of serious drug-related harm among electronic dance music festival attendees in New South Wales, Australia: A consecutive case series 

Black E, Govindasamy L, Auld R, et al. 

[published online ahead of print, 2020 May 28]. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2020;213:108070. doi:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2020.108070


Heroin-induced headache in female heroin addicts. 

Li L, Yu S. 

J Int Med Res. 2020;48(6):300060520925353. doi:10.1177/0300060520925353


When is an abscess more than an abscess? Syringe services programs and the harm reduction safety-net: a case report.

Castillo, M., Ginoza, M.E.C., Bartholomew, T.S. et al. 

Harm Reduct J 17, 34 (2020). doi.org/10.1186/s12954-020-00381-4


Risk factors of infective endocarditis in persons who inject drugs.

Shah, M., Wong, R., Ball, L. et al. 

Harm Reduct J 17, 35 (2020). doi.org/10.1186/s12954-020-00378-z


Abdominal pain related to adulterated opium: An emerging issue in drug addicts. 

Vahabzadeh M, Mégarbane B. 

World J Psychiatry. 2020;10(5):95‐100. Published 2020 May 19. doi:10.5498/wjp.v10.i5.95


Lead poisoning; a neglected potential diagnosis in abdominal pain. 

Shabani M, Hadeiy SK, Parhizgar P, et al. 

BMC Gastroenterol. 2020;20(1):134. Published 2020 May 6. doi:10.1186/s12876-020-01284-1


Frequency of health‐care utilization by adults who use illicit drugs: a systematic review and meta‐analysis. 

Lewer, D., Freer, J., King, E., Larney, S., Degenhardt, L., Tweed, E. J., Hope, V. D., Harris, M., Millar, T., Hayward, A., Ciccarone, D., and Morley, K. I. (2020) 

Addiction, 115: 1011– 1023. doi.org/10.1111/add.14892


Co-occurring opioid and sedative use disorder: Gender differences in use patterns and psychiatric co-morbidities in the United States

Ellis, Jennifer D. et al.

Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, Volume 114, 108012


2,200 deaths, 32,000 hospital admissions, 15.7 billion dollars: what opioid misuse costs Australia in a year

In a single year, extra-medical opioid use caused more than 2,200 deaths, 32,000 hospital admissions and resulted in the loss of over 70,000 years of life in Australia. (Conversation, Australien, 13.05.2020)


The Effect of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation on Relapse, Anxiety, and Depression in Patients With Opioid Dependence Under Methadone Maintenance Treatment: A Pilot Study.

Sadeghi Bimorgh M, Omidi A, Ghoreishi FS, Rezaei Ardani A, Ghaderi A, Banafshe HR.

Front Pharmacol. 2020 Apr 3;11:401. doi: 10.3389/fphar.2020.00401. 


High prevalence of albuminuria amongst people who inject drugs: A cross-sectional study.

McGowan CR, Wright T, Nitsch D, Lewer D, Brathwaite R, Scott J, Hope V, Ciccarone D, Dunn J, Gillmore J, Story A, Harris M.

Sci Rep. 2020 Apr 27;10(1):7059. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-63748-4.


Rapid development of pulmonary hypertension and right ventricular failure due to large vessel intravascular microcrystalline cellulosis in an intravenous drug user.

Amass T, Cumplido J, Aswad B, Whittenhall M, Ventetuolo C, Klinger J.

Pulm Circ. 2020 Apr 6;10(1):2045894020907871. doi: 10.1177/2045894020907871. 


Substance Induced Mood Disorders.

Revadigar N, Gupta V.

StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2020 Jan-.
2020 Mar 9.

PMID: 32310347


Opium use and subsequent incidence of cancer: results from the Golestan Cohort Study

Sheikh, Mahdi et al.

The Lancet Global Health, Volume 8, Issue 5, e649 - e660 


Sleeping Patterns in Patients with Opioid Use Disorder: Effects of Opioid Maintenance Treatment and Detoxification.

Chrobok AI, Krause D, Winter C, Plörer D, Martin G, Koller G, Adorjan K, Canolli M, Adam R, Wagner EM, Peles E, Paul D, Vogel T, Pogarell O.

J Psychoactive Drugs. 2020 Apr 17:1-8. doi: 10.1080/02791072.2020.1751900.



Dispensation of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medications in patients receiving opioid agonist therapy; a national prospective cohort study in Norway from 2015 to 2017.

Vold JH, Aas C, Skurtveit S, Odsbu I, Chalabianloo F, Halmøy A, Johansson KA, Fadnes LT.

BMC Psychiatry. 2020 Mar 12;20(1):119. doi: 10.1186/s12888-020-02526-y.


Prolonged Sleep Apnea in Two Patients with a History of Opium Abuse -A Case Report.

Asadpour H, Naghibi SM, Rahimi S, Sharafkhaneh A, Afshari Saleh L, Rezaee Talab F, Amini M, Nikzad F.

Iran J Otorhinolaryngol. 2020 Mar;32(109):127-131. doi: 10.22038/ijorl.2020.41832.2365.


Infected femoral pseudoaneurysms in intravenous drug abusers: a decade of experience from a Singapore tertiary centre.

Samarakoon LB, Ho DCY, Tan YK, Kum SWC, Lim DM.

Singapore Med J. 2020 Mar 9. doi: 10.11622/smedj.2020011. 


Acute Susac Syndrome in a Recent User of Adulterated Cocaine: Levamisole as a Triggering Factor?

De Baerdemaeker K, Mabiglia C, Hantson P, Di Fazio V, Duprez T, Kozyreff A, van Pesch V, Sellimi A.

Case Rep Neurol. 2020 Feb 21;12(1):78-83. doi: 10.1159/000506043. e


Comparing Medical Comorbidities Between Opioid and Cocaine Users: A Data Mining Approach.

Kim YM.

Addict Health. 2019 Oct;11(4):223-233. doi: 10.22122/ahj.v11i4.242.


PTSD and opioid use: implications for intervention and policy.

Dahlby L, Kerr T.

Subst Abuse Treat Prev Policy. 2020 Mar 16;15(1):22. doi: 10.1186/s13011-020-00264-8.


Marijuana Allergies on the Rise

"Cannabis sativa is a weed and it causes reactions just like any other pollen allergy," said William Silvers, MD, from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora.

Silvers' clinic began to see people with allergic reactions to the plant after the increase in direct exposure that accompanied the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado. For people with allergic tendencies, first- and second-hand exposure to C. sativa will increase "classic responses," such as allergic rhinitis, sneezing, wheezing, itching, and asthma, he told Medscape Medical News. (Medscape, 06.03.2020)


Long-term Opioid Use in Men Linked to Hypogonadism

NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland ― Long-term opioid use in men is linked to a significantly increased risk for hypogonadism, new research suggests.

Findings from a retrospective case-control study show that men who used long-acting opioids on a long-term basis had close to a 1.5-fold increased risk of developing the condition. Moreover, for every increase in 100 maximum morphine equivalent daily dose (MEDD), there was a 44% increase in risk. (Medscape Medical News, USA, 09.03.2020)


Fallberichte von drei Patienten mit akuter Lungenschädigung nach Gebrauch von E-Zigaretten

Three patients with acute pulmonary damage following the use of e-cigarettes—a case series

Dtsch Arztebl Int 2020; 117: 177-82; DOI: 10.3238/arztebl.2020.0177

Suhling, Hendrik; Welte, Tobias; Fuehner, Thomas