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The impact of heroin illicit market in the framework of COVID 19 pandemic. 

Marinelli E. 

Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci. 2020 May;24(10):5197-5198. doi: 10.26355/eurrev_202005_21299. PMID: 32495850.


Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020. Publishing Perspectives Talks: Academic Publishing Leaders (Video)

Top executives at the world's leading academic and scholarly publishing companies come together to exchange experiences and insights dealing with the most important issues facing their businesses today, including open access, transformative agreements, sustainability, and more.

Steven Inchcoombe, Chief Publishing and Solutions Officer Springer Nature

Michiel Kolman, Senior VP of Information Industry Relations Elsevier

Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief Publishing Perspectives (Moderator)

Jay Flynn, Chief Product Officer of Research, oversees Wiley’s portfolio of research products ranging from journals to digital platforms Wiley

(Buchmesse Frankfurt 2020, 14.10.2020, Video 60:00)


Kim Sledge rocks 73rd World Health Assembly with special edition cover of We Are Family (Video)

Kim Sledge, Grammy Award winning international artist and member of the legendary group Sister Sledge, and global social impact enterprise the World We Want, have joined forces with the World Health Organization and the WHO Foundation to promote global solidarity and health for all through the “We Are Family” campaign. Kim has released a special edition cover of the classic song, “We Are Family,” and a unique video for the song was prepared for the resumed 73rd World Health Assembly, and aired on 9 November 2020. (Video, 04:51)


Europa. Triage-Empfehlungen grenzüberschreitend betrachtet - Eine Befragung europäischer Intensivmediziner 

Die Belastung der Gesundheitssysteme durch die COVID-19-Pandemie hat eine grenzüberschreitende Debatte darüber angestoßen, wie über die Zuteilung intensivmedizinischer Ressourcen entschieden werden sollte, wenn diese nicht mehr für alle Behandlungsbedürftigen reichen (sog. Triage-Situation). Mittlerweile gibt es dazu verschiedene Leitlinien, Empfehlungen und Handreichungen. Unsere Befragung europäischer Intensivmediziner vermittelt einen Eindruck, welches Vorgehen in neun Ländern empfohlen wird. (Katja Gelinsky, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, 23.10.2020)


Susceptibility to misinformation about COVID-19 around the world

Jon Roozenbeek , Claudia R. Schneider , Sarah Dryhurst , John Kerr , Alexandra L. J. Freeman , Gabriel Recchia , Anne Marthe van der Bles and Sander van der Linden

R. Soc. open sci.7201199, doi.org/10.1098/rsos.201199


A global survey of potential acceptance of a COVID-19 vaccine. 

Lazarus, J.V., Ratzan, S.C., Palayew, A. et al. 

Nat Med (2020). doi.org/10.1038/s41591-020-1124-9


Kim Sledge and the World We Want partner with WHO Foundation to re-record unity anthem “We Are Family” in response to COVID-19 and to focus on global public health needs

The inspiration to release a special edition of the classic track came in March 2020 as communities around the world were left reeling from the impact of COVID-19.

Kim Sledge said: “From the doctors and nurses on the front lines, to the paramedics and police, from the midwives and scientists to the carers for the vulnerable, the We Are Family initiative will salute each and every one with a feeling of unity, strength and solidarity in response to the unprecedented challenges the world faces as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.”

Sie können mitmachen: „Record yourself singing We Are Family either alone, or with friends and family, whilst observing physical distancing guidelines. (…) Video clips will be selected based on age, geographical diversity, and appropriate physical distancing if the video includes groups of people beyond immediate family members and correct handwashing if singing along to the song while washing hands.“ (WHO, 22.10.2020)


Europe's COVID-19 Spending Spree Unmasked

As countries across Europe went into lockdown earlier this year to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, there was one early and obvious casualty: transparency. In the rush to obtain critical supplies, many countries suspended their usual public procurement rules, resulting in billions of euros of spending that remains largely hidden from the public.

So we at the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) decided to find out what happened to that money.

Along with media partners in 37 countries, we collected information from over 37,000 COVID-19 related tenders and contracts worth over 20.8 billion euros (U.S $24.5 billion), running from February to October this year. They cover key goods such as personal protective equipment (PPE), ventilators, tests, and medications.

What we found was often fascinating. (OCCRP - Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, 21.10.2020)


Wissenschaftler befürchten breites Misstrauen gegen Coronaimpfstoff

Paris – Wissenschaftler befürchten ein breites Misstrauen in der Bevölkerung gegen einen Coronaimpfstoff. In einer gestern veröffentlichten Studie zeigen die Forscher, dass sich weltweit Millionen Menschen gegen eine Coronaimpfung entscheiden könnten. (arzteblatt.de, 21.10.2020)


SARS-CoV-2: Bereitschaft zur Impfung ist international unterschiedlich

Barcelona – Nicht alle Menschen würden sich impfen lassen, wenn es morgen einen sicheren und effektiven Impfstoff gegen SARS-CoV-2 gäbe. In einer internationalen Umfrage in 19 Ländern signalisierten 72 % ihre Bereitschaft. (aerzteblatt.de, 23.10.2020)


USA. CDC: Trick or Treating and Other Halloween Activities - Steps to Take when Trick or Treating

Traditional Halloween activities are fun, but some can increase the risk of getting or spreading COVID-19 or influenza. Plan alternate ways to participate in Halloween. (CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA, 09.10.2020)


Mexiko. Mexican Cartels Pose New National Security Threat Post-COVID: Study

Rising youth unemployment will provide a “fertile field” for the expansion of Mexico’s crime cartels in the aftermath of COVID-19, predict three researchers who studied the impact of the pandemic on crime rates in Mexico City. (The Crime Report, USA, 05.10.2020)


COVID-19, comics, and the visual culture of contagion

Callender, Brian et al.

The Lancet, Volume 396, Issue 10257, 1061 - 1063


Global Drug Survey: High allein zu Hause macht keinen Spaß 

Die weltweit größte Drogenumfrage zeigt: In Zeiten von Corona trinken und kiffen mehr Menschen aus Langeweile. Pandemie heißt aber auch: weniger Platz für Partydrogen. (Zeit online, 09.09.2020)


Structural Racism, Social Risk Factors, and Covid-19 — A Dangerous Convergence for Black Americans

Leonard E. Egede, M.D., and Rebekah J. Walker, Ph.D.

September 17, 2020, N Engl J Med 2020; 383:e77, DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp2023616


How has COVID-19 changed the use of illegal drugs? An overview of the results so far

by Martine Skumlien and Dr Will Lawn

“Among people with an existing mental health condition who increased their cannabis use, 26% reported that their mental health had improved, while 24% reported that it had worsened.”

(SSA – Society for the Studies of Addiction, UK, 28.09.2020)


Harvard medical student knocks down a big barrier to COVID-19 info

Indigenous communities are some of the hardest hit by the pandemic, but until recently, many were largely without public health guidance in their languages. (Boston Globe, USA, 26.09.2020)


EMCDDA trendspotter briefing: Impact of COVID-19 on drug markets, drug use, drug-related harms and responses in east European Neighbourhood Policy countries


Since the beginning of 2020, the world has been experiencing an unprecedented public health emergency caused by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, which has led to the progressive introduction of social distancing and other control measures by national governments. To investigate the effects of the pandemic on and the implications for drug markets, drug services and people who use drugs in the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) countries, the EMCDDA launched a trendspotter study. This briefing provides a snapshot of the state of play with respect to the impact of COVID-19 on drug markets, drug services and people who use drugs in east ENP countries between March and May 2020.

A summary of the report is available in Azerbaijani, Armenian, Belarussian, Georgian, Ukrainian and Romanian. (EMCDDA, Lissabon, September 2020)


Australien. Impacts of COVID-19 and associated restrictions on people who use illicit stimulants in New South Wales: Findings from the Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on travel and gathering have likely had major impacts on drug supply, use and harms and there have been significant challenges with delivery of drug treatment and harm reduction services. People who use drugs may also be at increased risk of COVID-19 transmission because of the social nature of drug procurement and use. There have been urgent calls for evidence regarding the experiences of people who use drugs during the COVID-19 pandemic to inform public health efforts. Recognising the critical need for information, the Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS) project has been adapted to collect important data on people’s experiences during COVID-19. As such, this bulletin represents findings from 103 interviews undertaken in Sydney, NSW between 13 May and 23 June 2020, as part of the EDRS. (UNSW Sydney, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, September 2020)


2020 goalkeepers Report: COVID-19 - A global perspective

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, September 2020

As we write, COVID-19 has killed more than 850,000 people. It has plunged the world into a recession that is likely to get worse. And many countries are bracing for another surge in cases.

(…) In this report, we track 18 indicators included in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In recent years, the world has improved on every single one. This year, on the vast majority, we’ve regressed. 


WHO. The Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator

The Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, is a groundbreaking global collaboration to accelerate development, production, and equitable access to COVID-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines. (WHO, 2020)


Self-Reported Alcohol, Tobacco, and Cannabis Use during COVID-19 Lockdown Measures: Results from a Web-Based Survey. 

Vanderbruggen N, Matthys F, Van Laere S, Zeeuws D, Santermans L, Van den Ameele S, Crunelle C, L

Eur Addict Res 2020. doi: 10.1159/000510822


European Drug Report 2020

COVID-19: How is the COVID-19 pandemic affecting drug use, supply and services?
Drug use and harms: What are the health costs of drug use in Europe today?
Drug markets : What do the latest data tell us about drug production and trafficking trends?

These and other questions are explored in the 2020 European Drug Report, our annual overview of the drug situation in Europe, launched on 22 September. (EMCDDA, Lissabon, 22.09.2020)


USA. Cannabis Consumption Surges During Pandemic As Sleep Issues And Anxieties Mount, Says New Poll

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a nearly double-digit increase in cannabis consumption among users as well as a "massive, lasting uptick" in those turning to cannabis delivery services to deal with sleep issues and rising anxieties. These are two key findings according to a new poll conducted by California-based Ganja Goddess, an online shopping, delivery and lifestyle brand that caters to cannabis consumers statewide. (Forbes, USA, 18.09.2020)



In: Europäischer Drogenbericht 2020: KERNTHEMEN 

Europäische Beobachtungsstelle für Drogen und Drogensucht (2020), Amt für Veröffentlichungen der Europäischen Union, Luxemburg. September 2020


#CovidCrimeWatch – August - The monthly newsletter exploring existing and emerging interactions between COVID-19 and the illicit economy

(…) This month’s #CovidCrimeWatch newsletter focuses on the continued (and in some cases increasing) use of government violence against civilians and the increasing tendency of authoritarian regimes to silence opposition. Alongside August’s newsletter, the GI-TOC has published a policy brief, ‘Reforming the Response Paradigm,’ on the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as a blog on violence in Brazil. There is also a special edition of the GI-TOC’s podcast series, ‘The Impact: Coronavirus and Organized Crime,’ focusing on how COVID-19 has impacted and shaped security and organized crime in Brazil.

Finally, the GI-TOC has also published a blog exploring the impact of the pandemic on market for counterfeit goods and the ways in which new technologies can safeguard supply chains in the long term. (CovidCrimeWatch, Schweiz, 15.09.2020)


USA. ‘Covid Will Not Win’: Meet the Force Powering Brooklyn Hospital Center

During the surge of Covid-19 cases this spring that filled the Brooklyn Hospital Center’s emergency room and intensive care unit with the critically ill and the dying, the staff went in day after day, trying to save as many lives as they could. Now they are bracing for a second wave.
These portraits of the hospital staff were taken during the grueling first wave. In interviews in recent months, the workers reflected on that period — what they had lived through and how they had coped, what they had learned and how it had changed them.
From the doctors and nurses to the workers serving behind the scenes, each had a vital role to play, and each knew that playing it could be fatal. Fighting this disease required sacrifice and courage from the laundry room and the supply depot, the laboratory and the security desk — throughout the hospital, all the way to the chief executive’s office. (New York Times, USA, 11.09.2020)


Faced with today's crisis, what would Gandhi do?. 

Bang A. 

Lancet. 2020;395(10242):e114-e115. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(20)31413-6


Kolumbien. Drug cartels kill people for breaking their COVID-19 rules in Colombia, group says 

Armed groups with ties to drug cartels are enforcing their own COVID-19 lockdown orders in Colombia, and killing people who don’t comply, a human rights organization says. (Miami Herald, USA, 15.072020)

Kolumbien. Drug cartels kill people for breaking their COVID-19 rules in Colombia, group says 

Infodemiologie: WHO will gesundheitsschädliche Informationsflut bekämpfen

Genf – Im Kampf gegen ein Virus, dass Millionen Menschen in aller Welt bedroht, gibt es eine zweite Front: die Informationsflut mit vielen falschen und missverständlichen Informationen, die das Vertrauen der Menschen in Behörden und Experten zu untergraben droht.

Die Weltgesundheitsorganisation (WHO) hat Wissenschaftler aus zahlreichen Disziplinen und Ländern zusammengebracht, die eine neue Forschungsdisziplin schaffen wollen: Infodemiologie. (aerzteblatt.de, 22.07.2020)

Infodemiologie: WHO will gesundheitsschädliche Informationsflut bekämpfen