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SARS-CoV-2: Mehr als eine Million Tote weltweit

Washington/Berlin – Weltweit sind nach Zahlen von US-Wissenschaftlern inzwischen mehr als eine Million Menschen nach einer Infektion mit dem Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 gestorben. Das geht aus Daten hervor, die die amerikanische Johns-Hopkins-Universitätgestern in Baltimore veröffentlichte. (aerzteblatt.de, 29.09.20202)


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)


Russland. Russian Drug Users Describe Life and Trends During the Pandemic

Drug use is globally interconnected. Just thinking of the routes illegal drugs take up to the point of consumption—from being grown or synthesized in producer countries, refined and produced in secondary locations, then often smuggled across borders and oceans—often makes you wonder, as a drug user, about people elsewhere in the world, doing pretty much what you’re doing.

While the desire for different substances and their effects is near-universal, cultural and policy landscapes vary greatly, which was one reason we wished to present Russian drug users’ experiences to Filter’s readers. (Filter, USA, 15.09.2020)


Economics: The impact of banning alcohol during Covid-19

Some countries have experimented with alcohol prohibition during the pandemic to keep hospitals emptier. What was the impact? (BBC, 20.09.2020)


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. 


COVID-19 and Global Health: Interview with Virologist Christian Drosten and World Health Summit President Detlev Ganten

Christian Drosten: "Germany has done nothing better than other countries, it just acted earlier.”
Detlev Ganten: "Education and international cooperation are crucial for global health.”

(World Health Summit, 23.09.2020)


COVID-19 und Weltgesundheit: Virologe Christian Drosten und World Health Summit Präsident Detlev Ganten im Interview

Christian Drosten: „Deutschland hat nichts besser gemacht als andere Länder, nur früher.“
Detlev Ganten: „Bildung und internationale Zusammenarbeit sind entscheidend für globale Gesundheit.“ (World Health Summit, 23.09.2020)


WHO: Alarmierender Anstieg von Coronainfektionen in Europa

Kopenhagen – Die Weltgesundheitsorganisation (WHO) sieht den Anstieg der Coronainfektionen in Europa als „alarmierend“ an. „Die Zahlen vom September sollten ein Alarmsignal für uns alle sein“, sagte heute WHO-Europadirektor Hans Kluge bei einer Online-Pressekonferenz in Kopenhagen. (aerzteblatt.de, 17.09.2020)


Welttag für Patientensicherheit: Mehr Schutz für Gesundheitspersonal

Dtsch Arztebl 2020; 117(39): A-1800 / B-1537

Reichardt, Alina


USA. Lost on the frontline: Hundreds of US healthcare workers have died fighting Covid-19. We count them and investigate why. 

1256 US healthcare worker deaths are under investigation by the Guardian and KHN. 

Did they have to die? (Guardian and Kaiser Health News, 23.09.2020)


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


WHO Europa würdigt Gesundheitspersonal

Kopenhagen – Das Europabüro der Weltgesundheitsorganisation WHO hat die Arbeit von Krankenschwestern, Ärzten und weiteren Mitarbeitern des Gesundheitssektors im Coronakampf gewürdigt.

„Wie in jeder Katastrophe haben wir Opfer und Helden“, sagte WHO-Regionaldirektor Hans Kluge heute zum Auftakt der diesjährigen Hauptversammlung der in Kopenhagen ansässigen WHO Europa. (aerzteblatt.de, 14.09.2020)


#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. Addiction treatment shrinks during the pandemic, leaving people with nowhere to turn 

COVID-19 has overshadowed the U.S. opioid crisis, but that doesn’t mean opioid addiction has gone away. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the opioid crisis has gotten worse. Drug overdose death rates rose 13% in the first half of 2020. COVID-19 threatens to dismantle an already frayed addiction treatment system, creating a crisis on top of a crisis. (Conversation, USA, 03.09.2020)


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)


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)


COVID-19 and Substance Use Disorders: Recommendations to a Comprehensive Healthcare Response. An International Society of Addiction Medicine Practice and Policy Interest Group Position Paper. 

Farhoudian A, Baldacchino A, Clark N, et al.

Basic Clin Neurosci. 2020;11(2):133-150. doi:10.32598/bcn.11.covid19.1


USA. Drug Users think – Covid-19

Ausgabe Sommer 2020


Philippinen. Alarm over drug-related killings in Manila during Covid-19 (Video)

There’s alarm in the Philippines over an escalation in shadowy killings during the pandemic in a suburb of the capital, Manila. (BBC, 11.09.2020, Video, 02:28)


Global: Amnesty analysis reveals over 7,000 health workers have died from COVID-19

New analysis by Amnesty International has found that at least 7,000 health workers have died around the world after contracting COVID-19. At least 1,320 health workers are confirmed to have died in Mexico alone, the highest known figure for any country. (Amnesty International, 03.09.2020)


COVID-19 exacerbates violence against health workers

Devi, Sharmila

The Lancet, Volume 396, Issue 10252, 658 


EASL Policy Statement: Drug use and the global hepatitis elimination goal 

(European Association for the Study of the Liver, 2020)


Mexiko. The Jalisco New Generation Cartel uses drones armed with C-4 explosive to kill its rivals

This is not the first time the Jalisco New Generation Cartel uses drones. (El Universalt, Mexiko, 30.08.2020)


Reformulated OxyContin's benefit against abuse remains unclear a decade later

A decade after Purdue Pharma LP changed OxyContin in an attempt to make it more difficult to abuse, U.S. health officials found there isn't enough evidence to show an overall benefit. (MedicalXpress, USA, 09.09.2020)


Schweiz. The Incredible Story of Zürich’s Journey to Harm Reduction

André Seidenberg, Zürich, in: Filter, USA, 09.09.2020


USA/Kalifornien. Safe consumption sites bill killed at the worst possible time

Overdose deaths in SF rose 70% in one year, but legislators have yet to create meaningful change. (San Francisco Examiner, USA, 02.09.2020)


Kanada. Safe drug supply key to fighting overdoses: Trudeau

VANCOUVER — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Ottawa is moving forward “aggressively” on ensuring a safe drug supply amid an ongoing overdose crisis that’s claimed more than 900 lives in B.C. alone this year. (The Canadian Press, Kanada, 02.09.2020)