A- A A+

Schweiz. Wegen Corona: Heroinabhängige können sieben Dosen aufs Mal mitnehmen

Der Bundesrat lockert wegen der Pandemie die Bestimmungen des Betäubungsmittelgesetzes. Schwerstsüchtige erhalten die Wochendosis nun auf ein Mal und müssen nicht mehr täglich vorsprechen. (Luzerner Zeitung, Schweiz, 25.09.2020


Kanada. B.C. moves to dramatically increase access to safe alternatives to illicit drugs

(…) “We know the pandemic has only made the street drug supply in B.C. more toxic than ever, putting people who use drugs at extremely high risk for overdose,” Dr. Henry said in a statement. “Giving physicians and nurse practitioners the ability to prescribe safer pharmaceutical alternatives has been critical to saving lives and linking more people to treatment and other health and social services.” (The Globe and Mail, Kanada, 17.09.2020)


UK. Prescription of alcohol in emergency homeless hotel accommodation during the COVID-19 lockdown

by Dr Emmert Roberts and Dr Emily Finch

During the COVID-19 lockdown in London, a number of people experiencing rough sleeping were temporarily housed in emergency hotel accommodation across the capital. As part of the city-wide substance misuse approach, individuals at risk of unplanned alcohol withdrawal were prescribed, provided with and purchased alcohol as a means of harm reduction. This allowed professionals to engage with individuals around their alcohol intake, provide education and advice on safe reduction regimens, and allowed time to build up relationships which we hope may have longer term impacts on individual drinking habits. (SSA – Society for the Study of Addiction, UK, 24.09.2020)


USA. This Trio Took Care of the Bronx’s Homeless Drug Users Through the Worst Months of COVID-19

New York City has boasted low COVID-19 numbers throughout the summer, but in March through May, the virus ravaged the city, killing more than 20,000 and leaving many homeless folks scared to go into crowded shelters—then additionally bereft when the city began closing the subway system, a reliable nighttime refuge for homeless folks, between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. Additionally, many harm-reduction agencies that serve the sizable, heavily Puerto Rican drug-using population of Upper Manhattan and the Bronx shut their doors, cutting folks off from much-needed daytime sources of food, shelter, services, showers, laundry, case management, and other services.

That’s precisely why Tamara Oyola Santiago, Alexis Del Rio, and Nelson Gonzalez, the trio that started Bronx Móvil, risked their own health to hit the Bronx streets at night to make sure folks had what they needed to stay safe from both injection-drug-related illnesses (such as HIV, hepatitis C, and, of course, overdose) and COVID. (The Body, USA, 26.08.2020)


An Isolation Hotel for People Experiencing Homelessness. 

MacKenzie OW, Trimbur MC, Vanjani R. 

N Engl J Med. 2020;383(6):e41. doi:10.1056/NEJMc2022860


KANADA. Why the Drug User Liberation Front Gave Out Free, Checked Drugs in Vancouver

The Drug User Liberation Front, a Vancouver-based activist group, made a serious statement on June 23. During a protest in the city’s Downtown Eastside, they gave out free, checked and illegal drugs to their community. They did this in response to British Columbia’s monthly overdose death numbers reaching a then–record high of 170 in May. Over 200 people are estimated to have received small quantities of drugs, including opium and cocaine, at the event. (Filter, USA, 11.08.2020)

KANADA. Why the Drug User Liberation Front Gave Out Free, Checked Drugs in Vancouver

Schottland. Mobile Injection Equipment Provision van is saving lives across Glasgow

DRUG users in Glasgow have been receiving lifesaving support from volunteers running a mobile injection van amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Glasgow Evening Times, 02.08.2020)


Harm reduction during the COVID-19 outbreak in Iran

Karimi-Sari, Hamidreza et al.

The Lancet Psychiatry, Volume 7, Issue 8, e57 

Harm reduction during the COVID-19 outbreak in Iran

Care during COVID-19: Drug use, harm reduction, and intimacy during a global pandemic

Allison Schlosser, Shana Harris

International Journal of Drug Policy, Available online 30 July 2020, 102896, doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2020.102896


An urgent impetus for action: safe inhalation interventions to reduce COVID-19 transmission and fatality risk among people who smoke crack cocaine in the United Kingdom 

Harris M. 

[published online ahead of print, 2020 Jun 22]. Int J Drug Policy. 2020;102829.


EMCDDA Trendspotter briefing: impact of COVID-19 on patterns of drug use and drug-related harms in Europe

(June 2020) Since the start of 2020, European countries have been experiencing an unprecedented public health threat with the emergence of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). In order to investigate the effects and implications of this pandemic for people who use drugs in Europe, the EMCDDA instigated a mixed-method trendspotter study to investigate the current situation. This briefing provides a snapshot of the state of play with respect to the impact of COVID-19 on drug consumption patterns and drug-related harms during the early stages of the pandemic. (EMCDDA, Juni 2020)


Russland. “Challenges Drive Us Foward”—Harm Reduction in St. Petersburg, Russia 

“It’s been a hell of a month,” said Alesya Shagina, a peer outreach coordinator for Humanitarian Action, of their recent work in St. Petersburg. “But we’re really proud of how we managed to adapt to these circumstances. (Filter Magazine, USA, 11.05.2020)


COVID 19: Chronicles of harm reduction -- Episode: Russia
ENPUD, DrugReporter and DUNews are launching a series of short videos with English subtitles on the situation with coronavirus in countries and cities in the EECA region.

Webinar: “Drug Consumption Rooms in the Covid-19 crisis – exchange of experiences and potential ways forward” – 28.05.2020, 15.00

Aim: The aim of the webinar is to discuss the impact of the current Covid-19 crisis on the operational capacity of DCR’s. Professionals and experts in the field will share experiences, challenges, good practice examples and lessons learnt. The exchange is supposed to provide insights and will inform the development of practice and policy recommendations to ensure a sustainable provision of DCR services during and beyond the Covid-19 pandemic.

Targetgroup: Manager and professionals operating DCR’s, interested researchers, drug user representatives

(Correlation Network, Mai 2020)




USA. Coronavirus Pandemic Naloxone by mail? What N.J. addiction help looks like during COVID-19

(…) the Harm Reduction Coalition, which had been mailing the overdose-reversing drug naloxone to residents, ramped up its efforts after Gov. Phil Murphy issued a statewide stay-at-home order to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

“If people have naloxone in their homes, they would be able to immediately have somebody reverse an overdose, as opposed to sort of having to be triaged for care during COVID-19, because we do need those first responders for the COVID patients.” (WHYY, USA, 24.04.2020)


Kanada. COVID-19 Harm Reduction Resources

As two public health crises collide, we’re gathering insight and guidance on best practices for people who use drugs and healthcare providers. (Canadian Drug Policy Coalition/Coalition canadienne des politique sur les drogues, 2020)


Kanada. Canada’s Safe-Supply Vending Machines Project Is Even More Important Now

Due to the drastic increase in opioid–involved overdoses, British Columbia declared a public health emergency in 2016. Fentanyl was in town, contributing to thousands of deaths. The nationwide overdose crisis killed about 11 Canadians a day between January 2016 and September 2019. Something had to change, and an innovation pioneered by Dr. Mark Tyndall—helpful for any community impacted by poverty and drug-related problems, but more relevant than ever amid COVID-19 social distancing—represents an important step forward.

Tyndall saw the need to provide a safe supply of drugs to people, removing the possibility of adulteration, in a way that supported drug-user autonomy. His idea was to make the opioid hydromorphone (Dilaudid) available to people who use opioids—in general, but ultimately through “vending machines” in a project called MySafe. (Filter, USA, 05.05.2020)


UK. The Provision of Needle and Syringe Programmes During the Covid-19 Lockdown

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many services are unable to operate at full capacity and pharmacies are facing unprecedented demand. Service users need the most basic of harm reduction services more than ever. Across NHS SMPA we are striving to support our service users by providing needle and syringe programmes in a number of innovative ways. (HHS – Substance Misuse Provider Alliance, UK, Mai 2020)


Public health messaging and harm reduction in the time of COVID-19

Karamouzian, Mohammad et al.

The Lancet Psychiatry, Volume 7, Issue 5, 390 - 391 



Herausgeber: Stadt Zürich, Soziale Einrichtungen und Betriebe


USA. San Francisco’s Frontline Harm Reductionists Persist Despite Pandemic

Grassroots harm reduction organizations in San Francisco are adapting their services to bypass limitations presented by the coronavirus pandemic while still meeting the needs of drug users, who are at high risk of COVID-19, as two videos produced by the Harm Reduction Coalition (HRC) depict. (Filter, USA, 22.04.2020)


USA. COVID-19 Resources for People Who Use Drugs and People Vulnerable to Structural Violence

HRC – Harm Reduction Coalition, USA, April 2020


British Columbia Centre for Disease Control - People who use substances - Harm reduction information for people who use substances in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak. 


INPUD. COVID-19 Crisis: Harm Reduction Resources for People who Use Drugs

This page is a hub for resources, guidelines, information and news for people who use drugs during the COVID-19 ("coronavirus") pandemic. We will be updating this page with more relevant links as we become aware of them. Please share, disseminate, and alter the information here as needed to fit the needs of your community. If you have information which you believe is crucial to share here, especially in multiple languages, please send it to Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!. (INPUD – International Network of People who Use Drugs, 01.04.2020)


USA. Baltimore Harm Reduction Grapples With the Crisis 

Last week, Baltimore City Councilmember Leon Pinkett saw the usual scene surrounding West Baltimore’s Pennsylvania Ave. and North Ave. The underground economy was functioning as usual, with dealing out in the open, the way it has been for decades. (Filter Magazine, USA, 30.03.2020)


EMCDDA. New COVID-19 hub page 

A new COVID-19 hub page on the EMCDDA website brings together a selection of resources on the disease and its impact on people who use drugs and those providing services to them. The resources include: publications, news material, documents and external links. (EMCDDA, Lissabon, März 2020)


International Drug Policy Consortium. Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Resources and information
Das Internationel Drug Policy Consortium bietet eine internationale Übersicht zu den wichtigsten Themen und Fragen rund um die Corona Krise: People who use drugs, Harm reduction provision, Human rights, People living with HIV, Rough sleeping, homelessness, shelters, Prison settings.


Transform/UK. Coronavirus and drug harm reduction
(Transform, Drug Poliy Foundation, UK, März 2020)