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Medication for Opioid Use Disorder After Nonfatal Opioid Overdose and Association With Mortality: A Cohort Study.

Larochelle MR, Bernson D, Land T, Stopka TJ, Wang N, Xuan Z, Bagley SM, Liebschutz JM, Walley AY.

Ann Intern Med. 2018 Aug 7;169(3):137-145. doi: 10.7326/M17-3107. 


Changes in Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths by Opioid Type and Presence of Benzodiazepines, Cocaine, and Methamphetamine - 25 States, July-December 2017 to January-June 2018.

Gladden RM, O'Donnell J, Mattson CL, Seth P.

MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2019 Aug 30;68(34):737-744. doi: 10.15585/mmwr.mm6834a2.


Notes from the Field: Unintentional Fentanyl Overdoses Among Persons Who Thought They Were Snorting Cocaine - Fresno, California, January 7, 2019.

Armenian P, Whitman JD, Badea A, Johnson W, Drake C, Dhillon SS, Rivera M, Brandehoff N, Lynch KL.

MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2019 Aug 9;68(31):687-688. doi: 10.15585/mmwr.mm6831a2. 


EMCDDA. Prevention of drug-related deaths

Introduction: Worldwide, overdose is the leading cause of avoidable death among people who inject drugs. It accounts for nearly half of all deaths among people who inject heroin, exceeding HIV and other disease-related deaths (UNODC, 2017).

More than 9 000 lives were reported to be lost to drug overdoses in Europe (28 EU Member States, Norway and Turkey) in 2017, the latest reporting year, and this is an underestimate. The number of drug-related deaths in Europe has been rising for 5 years (EMCDDA, 2019a). Reducing drug-related deaths therefore remains a major challenge for European public health policy. (EMCDDA, September 2019)


USA. CDC Director’s Statement on the first death related to the outbreak of severe lung disease in people who use e-cigarette or “vaping” devices

We are saddened to hear of the first death related to the outbreak of severe lung disease in those who use e-cigarette or “vaping” devices. CDC’s investigation is ongoing. We are working with state and local health departments and FDA to learn the cause or causes of this ongoing outbreak. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA, 23.08.2019)


USA/Kanada. Addiction Policy Forum launches overdose awareness toolkit in collaboration with University of Waterloo

Today Addiction Policy Forum released a comprehensive Overdose Awareness Toolkit in collaboration with the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy (Ontario, Canada). This toolkit comes ahead of International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31st. (University of Waterloo, School of Pharmacy, Kanada, 23.08.2019)


Changes in Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths by Opioid Type and Presence of Benzodiazepines, Cocaine, and Methamphetamine — 25 States, July–December 2017 to January–June 2018.

Gladden RM, O’Donnell J, Mattson CL, Seth P. 

MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2019;68:737–744. doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6834a2


Australien. Drug overdoses kill one Australian every five hours 

Unintentional deaths increased 38% between 2001 and 2017, annual report reveals. (The Guardian, UK, 26.08.2019)


Rising opioid-related deaths in England and Scotland must be recognised as a public health crisis

Kimber, Jo et al.

The Lancet Psychiatry, Volume 6, Issue 8, 639 - 640 


The Drug Overdose Epidemic and Deceased-Donor Transplantation in the United States: A National Registry Study.

Durand CM, Bowring MG, Thomas AG, Kucirka LM, Massie AB, Cameron A, Desai NM, Sulkowski M, Segev DL.

Ann Intern Med. 2018 May 15;168(10):702-711. doi: 10.7326/M17-2451.


31. August: International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD)

Der Aktionstag wird 2019 mit dem Titel „Überdosierung kann jeden betreffen“ erstmalig in Deutschland bundesweit stattfinden!

Mit einigen Beispielen für Aktionen, die Ihr in Eurer Einrichtung anbieten könnt. (akzept e.V., JES, DAH u.a., 28.07.2019)


Deaths related to drug poisoning in England and Wales: 2018 registrations

Deaths related to drug poisoning in England and Wales from 1993 onwards, by cause of death, sex, age and substances involved in the death. (ONS – Office of National Statistics, UK, 15.08.2019)


Number of drug-related deaths rises to highest on record, the UK Government must now declare a public health emergency

The Office for National Statistics data released today shows 4,359 drug poisoning (i.e. ‘overdose’) deaths registered in 2018 in England and Wales, of which over two thirds (2,917) related to ‘drug misuse’. Drug misuse deaths are defined by the ONS as deaths: where the underlying cause is drug abuse or drug dependence; or deaths where the underlying cause is drug poisoning and where any of the substances controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 are involved.

2018 is now the year with the highest number of registered drug poisoning deaths since records began and, with a 16 per cent increase in drug poisoning deaths since last year, the highest year-on-year increase in deaths. The number of drug misuse deaths is over 3 times the number of such deaths registered when records began in 1993. (Talking Drugs, UK, 15.08.2019)


The prevalence of non-fatal overdose among people who inject drugs: A multi-stage systematic review and meta-analysis.

Colledge S, Peacock A, Leung J, Larney S, Grebely J, Hickman M, Cunningham E, Trickey A, Stone J, Vickerman P, Degenhardt L.

Int J Drug Policy. 2019 Jul 24. pii: S0955-3959(19)30208-7. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2019.07.030.



Fatal misuse of transdermal fentanyl patches.

Geile J, Maas A, Kraemer M, Doberentz E, Madea B.

Forensic Sci Int. 2019 Jun 19:109858. doi: 10.1016/j.forsciint.2019.06.016.



Heroin Overdose-Related Child and Adolescent Hospitalizations: Insight on Comorbid Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorders.

Queeneth U, Bhimanadham NN, Mainali P, Onyeaka HK, Pankaj A, Patel RS.

Behav Sci (Basel). 2019 Jul 13;9(7). pii: E77. doi: 10.3390/bs9070077.


Free trade and opioid overdose death in the United States.

Dean A, Kimmel S.

SSM Popul Health. 2019 May 23;8:100409. doi: 10.1016/j.ssmph.2019.100409. 


Schottland. As Scotland’s ‘Trainspotting’ Generation Ages, the Dead Pile Up

What happens as opioid abusers hit middle age? “What your body tolerates at 18 it doesn’t tolerate at 38 or 48.” (New York Times, 07.08.2019)


How to save drug users’ lives 

Hurley Richard. 

BMJ 2019; 366 :l5050 


Notes from the Field: Unintentional Fentanyl Overdoses Among Persons Who Thought They Were Snorting Cocaine — Fresno, California, January 7, 2019. 

Armenian P, Whitman JD, Badea A, et al. 

MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2019;68:687–688. doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6831a2


Helmut Scheimann: Diskrepante Angaben zur Bedeutung der Opioide für Drogentodesfälle - Replik zur Studie „Analyse drogeninduzierter Todesfälle“ von Kraus et al. (2018).
Akzeptanzorientierte Drogenarbeit/Acceptance-Oriented Drug Work 2019;16:1-16 


OD Buster – Digitally Empowering the Response to Opioid Overdose

At the recent International Harm Reduction Conference in Porto, Portugal, Drugreporter interviewed Jean-Paul Grund and Luke Slater, the director and the software programmer of Stop Overdose Now. In the video, they explain how OD Buster works. (SON – Stop Overdose Now! Niederlande/USA, 06.08.2019)


EMCDDA. Latest update on drug-related deaths and mortality in Europe 

The EMCDDA has published today its latest update on Drug-related deaths and mortality in Europe. The information provided in the report is collected through the EMCDDA’s expert network on drug-related deaths (DRD). The updates presented shed light on important public health challenges faced by European policymakers and stakeholders, with regard to monitoring, prevention, risk assessment, harm reduction and drug treatment. (EMCDDA, Lissabon, 30.07.2019)


Take-Home Naloxone for the Emergency Interim Management of Opioid Overdose: The Public Health Application of an Emergency Medicine

Strang, J., McDonald, R., Campbell, G. et al. 

Drugs (2019). doi.org/10.1007/s40265-019-01154-5


Kanada. Vancouver’s overdose task force calls for safer supply of drugs

Vancouver’s overdose emergency task force wants support from other Canadian cities and the federal government for expanded access across Canada to a safer supply of drugs. (Globe And Mail, Kanada, 22.07.2019)


Characteristics of US Counties With High Opioid Overdose Mortality and Low Capacity to Deliver Medications for Opioid Use Disorder.

Haffajee RL, Lin LA, Bohnert ASB, Goldstick JE.

JAMA Netw Open. 2019 Jun 5;2(6):e196373. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.6373.


Heroin and healthcare: patient characteristics and healthcare prior to overdose.

Bohm MK, Bridwell L, Zibbell JE, Zhang K.

Am J Manag Care. 2019 Jul;25(7):341-347.


USA. Drug Overdose Deaths Drop in U.S. for First Time Since 1990

Three decades of ever-escalating deaths from drug overdoses in the United States may have come to an end, according to preliminary government data made public Wednesday. Total drug overdose deaths in America declined by around 5 percent last year, the first drop since 1990. (New York Times, 17.07.2019)


USA. Zahl der Drogentoten in den USA erstmals seit langem gesunken

Washington – In den USA ist die Zahl der Drogentoten durch Überdosis zum ersten Mal seit zwei Jahrzehnten zurückgegangen. 2018 sei die Opferzahl um 5,1 Prozent gesun­ken, teilten die US-Gesundheitsbehörden gestern mit. (aerzteblatt.de, 18.07.2019)