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Vereinte Nationen warnen vor gefälschten Schutzmasken

Wien – Die Vereinten Nationen (UN) sehen das Leben von Menschen durch den Verkauf gefälschter Coronaschutzprodukte in Gefahr. Wie das UN-Büro für Drogen- und Verbre­chensbekämpfung (UNODC) gestern mitteilte, nutzt das organisierte Verbrechen die Co­ronapandemie aus, um untaugliche Masken und andere medizinische Produkte unter die Leute zu bringen. (aerzteblatt.de, 09.07.2020)


Why we should all be more careful in drawing conclusions about how COVID-19 is changing drug markets

Giommoni L. 

[published online ahead of print, 2020 Jul 3]. Int J Drug Policy. 2020;102834. doi:10.1016/j.drugpo.2020.102834


USA. ‘It just weighs on your psyche’: Black Americans on mental health, trauma, and resilience

Being Black in the U.S. during the dual epidemics of Covid-19 and racism is difficult. A photo essay by Crystal Milner explores that theme. (Stat, USA, 06.07.2020)


Mexiko. Coronavirus: How Mexican cartels are taking advantage of pandemic (Video)

Mexico is one of the countries most badly affected by coronavirus in Latin America. 

A months long shutdown has left many unable to work, with the government accused of not doing enough to help. 

Now, some of Mexico’s powerful drug cartels are trying to step in to fill the void. 

The BBC secured exclusive access to one cartel trying to win over the hearts and minds of Mexico’s poor. (BBC, 10.07.2020, Video, 03:22)


Mexiko. Opinion: How Mexico’s Drug Cartels Are Profiting From the Pandemic

Lockdown exacerbated addiction in the U.S., while in Mexico, cartels dig into their turfs with charity and curfews, and put violent pressure on a vulnerable government. (New York Times, USA, 07.07.2020)


Telehealth for Substance-Using Populations in the Age of Coronavirus Disease 2019: Recommendations to Enhance Adoption. 

Lin L, Fernandez AC, Bonar EE. 

JAMA Psychiatry. Published online July 01, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2020.1698


Questionable Paperwork Lets Fake and Faulty Masks Flood Europe

Europe’s dodgy market for “certified” COVID-19 protective equipment — Fake and substandard personal protective equipment (PPE) is being sold with a veneer of legitimacy thanks to the rise of another business: misleading compliance certificates. (OCCRP - Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, 02.06.2020)


EMCDDA. EU Drug Markets — Impact of COVID-19
(May 2020) What effect is COVID-19 having on the drug market in the EU? This joint publication from the EMCDDA and Europol analyses the impact of the pandemic on the market for the main drug types (cannabis, heroin, cocaine, amphetamines, NPS), including demand, production, trafficking and availability. It reports higher prices, local shortages and reduced purity for some drugs, while noting continued violence among suppliers and distributors. It also shows how organised crime groups remain active and resilient, by adapting transportation models, trafficking routes and concealment methods, even during the pandemic. (EMCDDA, Mai 2020)


Digital tools against COVID-19: taxonomy, ethical challenges, and navigation aid

Gasser, Urs et al.

The Lancet Digital Health, Volume 0, Issue 0 


UNO rechnet mit Zunahme des weltweiten Drogenkonsums

Wien – Die Vereinten Nationen (UNO) rechnen wegen der Coronakrise mit einer Zunahme des weltweiten Drogenkonsums. Von steigenden Arbeitslosenzahlen bis hin zu Einsparungen bei Präventionsprogrammen und weniger Drogenrazzien nannte das UN-Büro für Drogen- und Verbrechensbekämpfung (UNODC) in seinem heute in Wien veröffentlichten Weltdrogenbericht 2020 eine Vielzahl von Gründen für seine Prognose. (aerzteblatte.de, 25.06.2020)


Global Drug Survey: Alkohol aus Langeweile

Was macht die Corona-Krise mit Menschen, für die Alkohol, MDMA und weitere Drogen alltäglich sind? Erste Ergebnisse der weltweit größten Drogenumfrage zeigen einen Wandel. (zeit.de, 04.06.2020)


COVID-19 and Illicit Markets (Podcast)

The potential impact of COVID-19 on economic markets is well known and widely discussed. But what about the markets we know less about, namely illicit markets? Drug markets, policymakers and people who use drugs are facing an unprecedented situation. Join this discussion - a blend of on-the-ground narratives and broader policy perspectives - to hear how we might best respond.

Speaker(s):Naomi Burke-Shyne, Jason Eligh, Gabriel Feltran, Kasia Malinowska, Alexander Söderholm

(LSE – London School of Economics, UK, 02.06.2020, Audio, 34:00)


USA/SAMHSA. Training and Technical Assistance Related to COVID-19

SAMHSA is committed to providing regular training and technical assistance (TTA) on matters related to the mental and substance use disorder field as they deal with COVID-19.

Our TA programs are delivering great resources during this time. 


Lateinamerika. Corona Hits the Cocaine Supply Chain

The global pandemic has destabilized the delicate balance in the Andes that the mercurial drug trade relies on. (North American Congress on Latin America, 27.05.2020)



Professor Corné van Walbeek, Samantha Filby, Kirsten van der Zee

University of Cape Town, Research Unit on the Economics of Excisable Products 


Webinar. Outreach Work during the COVID19 epidemic - Exchange of Experiences & Paths Forward

(…) On June the 3rd, Correlation – European Harm Reduction Network, organized a webinar to which experts in the field of outreach, Harm Reduction professionals, community members, drug users rights representatives attended. During the two hours of sessions, participants had the opportunity to share insights and to inform each other on recent developments in their practice, the challenges experienced by their communities and the impact of COVID19 on the operational capacity of outreach in Europe. Further, the webinar offered participants the opportunity to discuss models of good practice and to reflect on the lessons learned upon which to develop a more sustainable provision of outreach services during and beyond the COVID19 pandemic.

Aufzeichnung des Webinars vom 03.06.2020. (Correlation – Harm Reduction Network)


EMCDDA. Resources on COVID-19 and drug markets

The EMCDDA is producing a series of special reports and briefings on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on drug markets. COVID-19 and the related government responses are likely to precipitate impacts that have never been observed before and have therefore not been studied. Currently, there is a lack of data and research to inform the understanding at European and international level on the measures taken by drug producers, traffickers and suppliers, when significant global events cause disruption to the supply chain. Such disruptions can have important implications for patterns of drug use within the EU, the associated health, social and security problems, and for policy and operational responses. (EMCDDA, Lissabon, 28.05.2020)


UNODC. Report on illicit drug cultivation, trafficking and consumption during COVID-19

A report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has outlined global changes in drug cultivation, transport and consumption patterns. Many substances traditionally transported by air, such as methamphetamines, or by land, such as heroin, have been increasingly transported by sea to avoid detection. The report also highlights issues related to drug cultivation, including shortages of labour for the opium poppy harvest in Afghanistan and difficulties obtaining gasoline for coca processing in Columbia. (UNODC, 2.05.2020)


Webinar: ‘Outreach work during the Covid-19 crisis – exchange of experiences and potential ways forward’

Date: 3rd of June | 15.00h

The aim of the webinar is to discuss the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on outreach work and how this affects the situation of people who use drugs (PWUDs). More specifically, we will address specific challenges and limitations and share experiences and good practice examples. The exchange is supposed to provide insights and will inform the development of practice and policy recommendations to ensure sustainable outreach activities during and beyond the Covid-19 pandemic.

Veranstalter: Correlation Network, Amsterdam


EMCDDA webinar: Prevention of drug-related problems in the time of COVID-19: what can we learn?

4th June, 13.00 -14.00. The EMCDDA is offering a new series of webinars around the theme of COVID-19. The purpose of the webinars is to help those working in the drugs field understand how drug users, and those supporting them, are coping with the pandemic and to share knowledge and experience. (EMCDDA, Portugal, Mai 2020)


USA. Changes In Opioid Supply Create New Risks As Stay-At-Home Rules Ease 

There is no national data yet on the pandemic's impact on drug supply and overdose rates in the United States, but experts in addiction and law enforcement say availability and prices of illegal drugs have changed in different areas of the country. And as drug users adjust to new patterns of use, that's creating a patchwork of new overdose risk as well. (NPR – National Public Radio, USA, 18.05.2020)


UK. PPE and contactless delivery: drug dealers reveal how they are adapting to coronavirus

While the COVID-19 lockdown might have brought most parts of the economy to a halt, it seems to have had little affect on drug dealers. They have even found opportunity in the situation. They wear personal protective equipment (PPE) to avoid infection, finding a neat way to cover their faces to avoid police surveillance in the process. (Conversation, UK, 21.05.2020)


What Lockdown? World’s Cocaine Traffickers Sniff at Movement Restrictions

(…) OCCRP reporters have found that the world’s cocaine industry — which produces close to 2,000 metric tons a year and makes tens of billions of dollars — has adapted better than many other legitimate businesses. The industry has benefited from huge stores of drugs warehoused before the pandemic and its wide variety of smuggling methods. Street prices around Europe have risen by up to 30 percent, but it is not clear how much of this is due to distribution problems, and how much to drug gangs taking advantage of homebound customers. (OCCRP - Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, 20.05.2020)


Alcohol consumption in times of COVID-19

While bars, restaurants and pubs are closed nearly across the EU and some companies are switching their production to hand sanitizers, there are some reports that alcohol consumption might actually be going up. (Eurocare – European Alcohol Policy Alliance, April 2020)


EU-wide rapid respons study on alcohol consumption during the COVID-19 pandemic

TUD, Germany and FCRB, Spain, with the support of a number of public health and research institutes in Europe, are launching a European-wide brief rapid response survey, aimed at the general population, to study personal experiences and drinking behaviour (and abstention) during the current pandemic of COVID-19.


EMCDDA. Impact of COVID-19 on drug services and help-seeking in Europe 

EMCDDA trendspotter briefing May 2020


Somalia's coronavirus khat bans leaves chewers in a stew

Flights carrying the mild stimulant khat have been banned from entering Somalia, leaving chewers of the leaves in a stew. (BBC, 14.05.2020)


Kompetenznetz Public Health COVID-19 veröffentlicht Empfehlungen zum Umgang mit Corona-Falschnachrichten 

Falsche Informationen zu COVID-19 verbreiten sich in sozialen Medien immer schneller. Was man zu Inhalten und Häufigkeit solcher Falschnachrichten weiß und was sich im Umgang mit Fake News bewährt hat, das fasst jetzt ein Fact Sheet des Kompetenznetzes zu COVID-19 zusammen. (Ärztliches Zentrum für Qualität in der Medizin, 11.05.2020)


Crisis and opportunity: Impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on illicit drug markets.

The implications of the coronavirus pandemic for governance and law enforcement will be profound and, from the perspective of illicit drug markets, the global disruption caused by COVID-19 can be seen as both a crisis and an opportunity. (globalinitiative.net, Schweiz, 13.05.2020)


Coronavirus pandemic is pushing up the price of illegal drugs, U.N. says

VIENNA (Reuters) - Coronavirus-related border controls, lockdowns and flight shortages are making illegal drugs more expensive and difficult to obtain around the world, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime said in a report published on Thursday. (Reuters, 07.05.2020)