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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) among opioid-dependent patients in agonist treatment. A diagnostic study,

Grischott, T., Falcato, L., Senn, O., Puhan, M. A., and Bruggmann, P. ( 2019) 

Addiction, 114, 868– 876. doi.org/10.1111/add.14559.



Clearing theSmoke on Cannabis - Regular Use and Cognitive Functioning

Robert Gabrys, Ph.D., Amy Porath

Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction, 2019


Schottland. Alert: Wound botulism outbreak among people who inject drugs in Scotland

Four cases of wound botulism have recently been identified in Scotland. (SDF – Scottish Drugs Forum, April 2019)


Optimal treatment of opioid induced constipation in daily clinical practice - an observational study.

Neefjes ECW, van der Wijngaart H, van der Vorst MJDL, Ten Oever D, van der Vliet HJ, Beeker A, Rhodius CA, van den Berg HP, Berkhof J, Verheul HMW.

BMC Palliat Care. 2019 Mar 29;18(1):31. doi: 10.1186/s12904-019-0416-7.


Comparison of Therapeutic Approaches to Addicted Patients with Central Sleep Apnea.

Schoebel C, Ghaderi A, Amra B, Soltaninejad F, Penzel T, Fietze I.

Tanaffos. 2018 Mar;17(3):155-162.


Intravenous Drug Use-Related Complications of the Hand and Upper Extremity.

Pong TM, Oflazoglu K, Helliwell LA, Chen NC, Eberlin KR.

Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2019 Feb 8;7(2):e2116. doi: 10.1097/GOX.0000000000002116.


Tricuspid Valve Infective Endocarditis Due to Klebsiella pneumoniae in Intravenous Drug User.

Riangwiwat T, Dworkin J.

Hawaii J Med Public Health. 2019 Mar;78(3):98-102.


Sexual Dysfunction and Quality of Life in Chronic Heroin-Dependent Individuals on Methadone Maintenance Treatment.

Llanes C, Álvarez AI, Pastor MT, Garzón MÁ, González-García N, Montejo ÁL.

J Clin Med. 2019 Mar 7;8(3). pii: E321. doi: 10.3390/jcm8030321.


Opioids and Infectious Diseases: A Converging Public Health Crisis.

Schwetz TA, Calder T, Rosenthal E, Kattakuzhy S, Fauci AS.

J Infect Dis. 2019 Apr 3. pii: jiz133. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jiz133. 


A Pilot Crossover Trial of Sleep Medications for Sleep-disturbed Methadone Maintenance Patients.

Stein MD, Kurth ME, Anderson BJ, Blevins CE.

J Addict Med. 2019 Mar 9. doi: 10.1097/ADM.0000000000000531. 



The Heroin Epidemic in America: A Surgeon's Perspective.

Bauman ZM, Morizio K, Singer M, Hood CR, Feliciano DV, Vercruysse GA.

Surg Infect (Larchmt). 2019 Mar 22. doi: 10.1089/sur.2019.004.


Hoher THC-Gehalt erhöht Psychoserisiko von Cannabiskonsumenten deutlich

London – Junge Patienten in der ersten Episode einer Psychose gaben in einer internationalen Fall-Kontroll-Studie häufig einen täglichen und hochdosierten Cannabiskonsum an. Er könnte nach Berechnungen in Lancet Psychiatry(2019; doi: 10.1016/S2215-0366(19)30048-3) in London für 30 % und in Amsterdam sogar für 50 % aller Psychosen bei jüngeren Menschen verantwortlich sein. (aerzteblatt.de, 21.03.2019)


The contribution of cannabis use to variation in the incidence of psychotic disorder across Europe (EU-GEI): a multicentre case-control study

Di Forti, MartaAmoretti, Silvia et al.

The Lancet Psychiatry , Volume 0 , Issue 0 , Published:March 19, 2019, doi.org/10.1016/S2215-0366(19)30048-3


Quantifying harms to others due to alcohol consumption in Germany: a register-based study

Ludwig Kraus, Nicki-Nils Seitz, Kevin D. Shield, Gerrit Gmel and Jürgen Rehm

BMC Medicine, 2019, 17:59, doi.org/10.1186/s12916-019-1290-0


Health Risks Associated with Mephedrone Use: What We Know So Far

When mephedrone first hit the UK drug scene in 2009, there was hysteria in the media. It was a hardly-known, seemingly untested drug with potentially serious long-term health consequences. Despite being prohibited in the country in 2010, it has remained popular among certain groups – including the chemsex population – in the UK and other European countries.

So almost 10 years on from the ban, are we any clearer as to the risks? In this report for TalkingDrugs, Sam Iravani has combed through the data and spoken to the researchers. (Talking Drugs, UK, 06.03.2019)


A pragmatic harm reduction approach to manage a large outbreak of wound botulism in people who inject drugs, Scotland 2015.

Trayner KMA, Weir A, McAuley A, Godbole G, Amar C, Grant K, Penrice G, Roy K.

Harm Reduct J. 2018 Jul 11;15(1):36. doi: 10.1186/s12954-018-0243-9.


Bilateral Compartment Syndrome in Intravenous Drug Abuse.

Loloi J, Burton AT, Walsh LT, Sahu N, Jain R.

Cureus. 2018 Dec 4;10(12):e3683. doi: 10.7759/cureus.3683.


The Full Spectrum of Infective Endocarditis: Case Report and Review.

Rali AS, Al-Kofahi M, Patel N, Wiele B, Shah Z, Nath J.

Case Rep Cardiol. 2019 Jan 10;2019:7257401. doi: 10.1155/2019/7257401. 


Psychiatric Comorbidities among People Who Inject Drugs in Hai Phong, Vietnam: The Need for Screening and Innovative Interventions.

Pham Minh K, Vallo R, Duong Thi H, Khuat Thi Hai O, Jarlais DCD, Peries M, Le SM, Rapoud D, Quillet C, Nham Thi TT, Hoang Thi G, Feelemyer J, Vu Hai V, Moles JP, Pham Thu X, Laureillard D, Nagot N, Michel L, Study Team D.

Biomed Res Int. 2018 Oct 4;2018:8346195. doi: 10.1155/2018/8346195. 


Chasing the wrong dragon: A new presentation of heroin-induced toxic leukoencephalopathy mimicking anoxic brain injury.

Achamallah N, Wright RS, Fried J.

J Intensive Care Soc. 2019 Feb;20(1):80-85. doi: 10.1177/1751143718774714. 


Increased Methamphetamine, Injection Drug, and Heroin Use Among Women and Heterosexual Men with Primary and Secondary Syphilis - United States, 2013-2017.

Kidd SE, Grey JA, Torrone EA, Weinstock HS.

MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2019 Feb 15;68(6):144-148. doi: 10.15585/mmwr.mm6806a4.


Heroin Smoking and COPD: A Case for Targeted Screening Spirometry.

Tashkin DP.

Chest. 2019 Feb;155(2):247-248. doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2018.08.1039.


What we have learned from the Methadone Maintenance Treatment of Dual Disorder Heroin Use Disorder patients.

Maremmani AGI, Pacini M, Maremmani I.

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 Feb 3;16(3). pii: E447. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16030447.


Cardiac Arrest in the Airport Revealing Cocaine Body Packing: A Case Report.

Resiere D, Mehdaoui H, Megarbane B.

Case Rep Med. 2019 Jan 6;2019:6183154. doi: 10.1155/2019/6183154.


Case 6-2019: A 29-Year-Old Woman with Nausea, Vomiting, and Diarrhea.

Walley AY, Wakeman SE, Eng G.

N Engl J Med. 2019 Feb 21;380(8):772-779. doi: 10.1056/NEJMcpc1816407.


Metaanalyse: Früher Cannabiskonsum erhöht Depressions- und Suizidrisiko im Erwachsenenalter

Montreal. (...) Eine Metaanalyse inJAMA Psychiatry(2019; doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2018.4500) kommt zu dem Ergebnis, dass ein Cannabiskonsum vor dem 18. Lebensjahr das Risiko auf spätere Depressionen und Suizide erhöht. (aerzteblatt.de, 14.02.2019)


Khat-related liver disease in sub-Saharan Africa: neglected, yet important

Orlien, Stian Magnus Staurung et al.

The Lancet Global Health , Volume 7 , Issue 3 , e310 


USA. 5 Things We Now Know After 5 Years of Legal Marijuana in Colorado [FEATURE]

It's been five years since the era of legal marijuana sales began in Colorado, and that's been enough time to begin to be able to see what sorts of impact the freeing of the weed has had on the Rocky Mountain State. From the economy and the fiscal health of the state government to law enforcement and public safety, legalizing marijuana has consequences. (stopthedrugwar.org, USA, Issue #1055, 16.01.2019)


The impact of opiate substitution treatment on mortality risk in drug addicts: a natural experiment study.

Steer CD, Macleod J, Tilling K, Lim AG, Marsden J, Millar T, Strang J, Telfer M, Whitaker H, Vickerman P, Hickman M.

Southampton (UK): NIHR Journals Library; 2019 Jan.


Evaluation of Immunomodulatory and Hematologic Cell Outcome in Heroin/Opioid Addicts.

Guzel D, Yazici AB, Yazici E, Erol A.

J Addict. 2018 Dec 9;2018:2036145. doi: 10.1155/2018/2036145.