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Factors associated with perceived decline in the quality of drugs during the COVID-19 pandemic: Evidence from community-recruited cohorts of people who use drugs in Vancouver, Canada. 

McAdam E, Hayashi K, Dong H, Cui Z, Sedgemore KO, Dietze P, Phillips P, Wilson D, Milloy MJ, DeBeck K. 

Drug Alcohol Depend. 2022 Jul 1;236:109471. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2022.109471. Epub 2022 Apr 25. PMID: 35489180; PMCID: PMC9043624.


How COVID has deepened inequality — in six stark graphics 

Troubling data show how the pandemic has exacted an unequal toll, pushing tens of millions into poverty and having the greatest effects on already-disadvantaged groups. (Nature, USA, 22.06.2022)


Economic burden of drug overdose deaths before and during the COVID-19 pandemic in the USA. 

Lui B, White RS, Aaronson J, Hoyler M. 

J Comp Eff Res. 2022 Jun;11(9):643-648. doi: 10.2217/cer-2021-0314. Epub 2022 May 6. PMID: 35521648; PMCID: PMC9149781.


EMCDDA. Drogenanalyse im Abwasser »In der Pandemie nahm der Konsum von Ecstasy ab – der von Kokain zu« 

Nahezu in Echtzeit kann die Europäische Beobachtungsstelle für Drogen und Drogensucht über Abwasserproben die Hotspots des Betäubungsmittelkonsums verfolgen. Nun ist der neue Bericht erschienen. (Spiegel online, 18.03.2022)


Drug markets and COVID-19: A spatiotemporal study of drug offence detection rates in Brisbane, Australia. 

Payne JL, Langfield CT. 

Int J Drug Policy. 2021 Dec 9;101:103561. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2021.103561. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34965491.


Impact of the COVID-19 epidemic on drug markets, substance use patterns, and delivery of harm reduction and treatment services in Georgia and Ukraine 

David Otiashvili, Irma Kirtadze, Tetiana Kiriazova, Kostyantyn Dumchev 

UIPHP – Ukrainian Institute on Public Health Policy

The study was funded by the 'EU4Monitoring Drugs‘ project funded by the European Commission and implemented by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction 


WHO. WHO: Pandemie führt zu riesigem Berg an Medizinmüll

Genf – Infolge der Coronapandemie haben sich nach Einschätzung der Weltgesundheitsorganisation (WHO) inzwischen weltweit mehr als als 200.000 Tonnen medizinischen Abfalls angehäuft. Vieles davon ist Plastikmüll. (aerzteblatt.de, 01.02.2022)


The effect of mandatory COVID-19 certificates on vaccine uptake: synthetic-control modelling of six countries

Mills, Melinda C et al.

The Lancet Public Health, Volume 0, Issue 0 


120 Unternehmen weltweit könnten mRNA-Impfstoff herstellen

Genf – Mindestens 120 Pharmaunternehmen in Asien, Afrika und Lateinamerika wären nach einer Analyse von Human Rights Watch (HRW) zur Produktion von mRNA-Impfstoffen in der Lage. Ihnen fehle nur die Technologie der Unternehmen, die mRNACorona-Impfstoffe entwickelt haben, berichtete die Menschenrechtsorganisation heute. (aerzteblatt.de, 15.12.2021)


Hand Sanitizer Intoxication in the Emergency Department. 

Pourmand A, Ghassemi M, Frasure SE, Kreisman A, Shesser R. 

Cureus. 2021 Sep 12;13(9):e17906. doi: 10.7759/cureus.17906. PMID: 34660101; PMCID: PMC8509113.


Assessing face mask littering in urban environments and policy implications: The case of Bangkok. 

Tesfaldet YT, Ndeh NT, Budnard J, Treeson P. Assessing 

Sci Total Environ. 2021 Oct 16:150952. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.150952. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34666092; PMCID: PMC8519780.


‘I hope you die’: how the COVID pandemic unleashed attacks on scientists

Dozens of researchers tell Nature they have received death threats, or threats of physical or sexual violence. (Nature, 13.10.2021)


UK. Women Who Dressed as Couriers With Pink Backpacks to Deliver Drugs Over Lockdown Jailed

Four women and their male boss jailed for 37 years after selling party drugs, including their own heart-shaped ecstasy, while disguised as delivery riders during London lockdowns. (Vice, UK, 15.10.2021)


The value of open-source clinical science in pandemic response: lessons from ISARIC

The Lancet Infectious Diseases, Volume 0, Issue 0 


Kratom Use Within the Context of the Evolving Opioid Crisis and the COVID-19 Pandemic in the United States. 

Prozialeck WC, Lamar PC, Krupp M 2nd, Moon M, Phelps LE, Grundmann O. 

Front Pharmacol. 2021 Aug 26;12:729220. doi: 10.3389/fphar.2021.729220. PMID: 34512353; PMCID: PMC8427750.


Serious health threats of novel adulterants of the street heroin: a report from India during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Mahintamani T, Ghosh A, Jain R. 

BMJ Case Rep. 2021 Aug 25;14(8):e242239. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2021-242239. PMID: 34433525; PMCID: PMC8388263.


'Empathy Fatigue' in Clinicians Rises With Latest COVID-19 Surge

(…) Amid yet another surge in COVID-19 cases around the United States, clinicians are speaking out about their growing frustration with this preventable crisis.

Some are using the terms "empathy fatigue" and "compassion fatigue" — a sense that they are losing empathy for unvaccinated individuals who are fueling the pandemic.

Erickson says she is frustrated not by individual patients but by a system that has allowed disinformation to proliferate. Experts say these types of feelings fit into a widespread pattern of physician burnout that has taken a new turn at this stage of the pandemic. (Medscape, USA, 16.09.2021)


A Global Survey on Changes in the Supply, Price, and Use of Illicit Drugs and Alcohol, and Related Complications During the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic. 

Farhoudian A, Radfar SR, Mohaddes Ardabili H, Rafei P, Ebrahimi M, Khojasteh Zonoozi A, De Jong CAJ, Vahidi M, Yunesian M, Kouimtsidis C, Arunogiri S, Hansen H, Brady KT; ISAM Global Survey Consortium (ISAM-GSC), Potenza MN, Baldacchino AM, Ekhtiari H. 

Front Psychiatry. 2021 Aug 6;12:646206. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2021.646206. PMID: 34421664; PMCID: PMC8377291.


Law, criminalisation and HIV in the world: have countries that criminalise achieved more or less successful pandemic response?

Kavanagh MM, Agbla SC, Joy M, et al.

BMJ Global Health 2021;6:e006315. doi:10.1136/bmjgh-2021-006315


UK. A Social Media Toolkit for Healthcare Practitioners – desktop - Tackling COVID-19 misinformation

Ensuring communities have access to lifesaving public health information from trusted sources and are not misled by misinformation is essential to ending the COVID-19 pandemic.
In an effort to empower doctors and nurses – some of the most effective and trusted messengers of public health information – to actively address COVID-19 misinformation and build vaccine confidence globally, the WHO welcomes this social media toolkit for healthcare practitioners, developed by the Government of the United Kingdom. (WHO, 04.08.2021)


New Psychoactive Substances consumption and their monitoing during Covid-19 pandemic. 

Di Trana A, La Maida N. 

Clin Ter. 2021 Jul 5;172(4):271-272. doi: 10.7417/CT.2021.2330. PMID: 34247209.


Changes in illicit drug use and markets with the COVID-19 pandemic and associated restrictions: findings from the Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System, 2016–20.

Price, O., Man, N., Bruno, R., Dietze, P., Salom, C., Lenton, S., Grigg, J., Gibbs, D., Wilson, T., Degenhardt, L., Chan, R., Thomas, N., and Peacock, A. (2021) 

Addiction, XXX, doi.org/10.1111/add.15620


UN-Bericht: Coronakrise treibt mehr Menschen zum Drogenmissbrauch

Wien – Die Coronakrise treibt einem UN-Bericht zufolge mehr Menschen zum Drogenmissbrauch. Durch die Pandemie verstärkte Faktoren für Drogensucht wie Ungleichheit, Armut und psychische Probleme würden die Lage voraussichtlich „auf Jahre hinaus“ verschlimmern, warnt das UN-Büro für Drogen- und Verbrechensbekämpfung (UNODC) in seinem Weltdrogenbericht 2021, der heute in Wien vorgestellt wurde. (aerzteblatt.de, 24.06.2021)


Open science saves lives: lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Besançon, L., Peiffer-Smadja, N., Segalas, C. et al. 

BMC Med Res Methodol 21, 117 (2021). doi.org/10.1186/s12874-021-01304-y


Mehr Fälle von Kindesmissbrauch und Rassismus während Coronapandemie

Wien – Die EU-Agentur für Grundrechte (FRA) hat als Folge der Coronapandemie beispiellose und tiefgreifende Auswirkungen auf die Menschenrechte im Jahr 2020 festgestellt. Fälle von häuslicher Gewalt und Kindesmissbrauch sowie Rassismus hätten zugenommen und besonders ohnehin gefährdete Gruppen getroffen, erklärte die Agentur heute in ihrem Jahresbericht. In Deutschland stieg die Zahl der Anrufe bei der Hotline für Betroffene von häuslicher Gewalt zwischen März und Juni des vergangenen Jahres um 20 Prozent, wie die Agentur mitteilte. (aerzteblatt.de, 09.06.2021)


Markt für illegale Drogen widerstandsfähig gegen Corona

Lissabon – Der europäische Markt für illegale Drogen hat sich als widerstandsfähig gegen Störungen durch die Coronapandemie erwiesen. Die Risiken für die öffentliche Gesundheit nahmen sogar eher noch zu, da mehr Stoffe mit teils sehr hoher Wirksamkeit und Reinheit registriert wurden, wie die EU-Drogenbeobachtungsstelle (EMCDDA) in ihrem heute in Lissabon vorgestellten Europäischen Drogenbericht 2021 betonte. (aerzteblatt.de, 09.06.2021)


Evolution of the Illegal Substances Market and Substance Users' Social Situation and Health during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

Gaume J, Schmutz E, Daeppen JB, Zobel F.

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 May 7;18(9):4960. doi: 10.3390/ijerph18094960. PMID: 34066941; PMCID: PMC8125553.


Changes in drug use in European cities during early COVID-19 lockdowns - A snapshot from wastewater analysis. 

Been F, Emke E, Matias J, Baz-Lomba JA, Boogaerts T, Castiglioni S, Campos-Mañas M, Celma A, Covaci A, de Voogt P, Hernández F, Kasprzyk-Hordern B, Laak TT, Reid M, Salgueiro-González N, Steenbeek R, van Nuijs ALN, Zuccato E, Bijlsma L. 

Environ Int. 2021 Aug;153:106540. doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2021.106540. Epub 2021 Mar 26. PMID: 33838618; PMCID: PMC7997602.


How harm reduction advocates and the tobacco industry capitalized on pandemic to promote nicotine 

Scientific papers suggesting that smokers are less likely to fall ill with COVID-19 are being discredited as links to the tobacco industry, reveals an investigation by The BMJ today. (BMJ – British Medical Journal, UK, 02.06.2021)


Changes in substance supply and use characteristics among people who use drugs (PWUD) during the COVID-19 global pandemic: A national qualitative assessment in Canada. 

Ali F, Russell C, Nafeh F, Rehm J, LeBlanc S, Elton-Marshall T. 

Int J Drug Policy. 2021 Apr 10:103237. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2021.103237. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33893026.