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USA. Public Health: Cities Planning Supervised Drug Injection Sites Fear Justice Department Reaction

In parts of the country hit hard by addiction, some public health officials are considering running sites where people can use heroin and other illegal drugs under medical supervision. Advocates say these facilities, known as supervised injection sites, save lives that would otherwise be lost to overdoses and provide a bridge to treatment.

There are at least 13 efforts underway in U.S. cities and states to start an official supervised injection site — with advocates in several cities saying they want to be the first. And the forms vary. Seattle is planning a safe injection van; Philadelphia is considering pop-up tents; some elected officials in places like Denver, Vermont, Delaware and San Francisco, are trying to gather support for proposals. (npr – National Public Radio, 12.07.2018)


Iran. Iranian man flogged 80 times for drinking alcohol as a child

Amnesty International has condemned the Iranian authorities for publicly flogging a man who was convicted of consuming alcohol when he was 14 or 15. (BBC, 12.07.2018)


Kanada. Nach monatelanger DebatteKanada legalisiert Cannabis

Schon im Wahlkampf hatte Justin Trudeau die Legalisierung von Cannabis in Kanada versprochen. Dann dauerte es doch länger als geplant - aber jetzt ist die letzte parlamentarische Hürde überwunden. (Spiegel, 20.06.2018)


Staying Safe at Music Festivals

Who doesn’t love music?And there’s nothing better than putting away the records and mp3 players, shutting off the stereo, and hitting the road to see a favorite band live. A live music show is a whole different experience compared to listening to your stereo. (Cooney&Conway, oD)


Portugal. Portugals radikale Antwort

Europas grösste offene Drogenszene war nicht der Zürcher Platzspitz, sondern Casal Ventoso in Lissabon. Portugal reagierte damals mit einem überraschenden Schritt auf die Heroinkrise. Davon können andere heute noch lernen – auch die Schweiz. (Republik, Schweiz, 21.05.2018)


UK. UK Drug Policy is Fuelling an HIV Outbreak in Scotland

The UK Government’s continued opposition to the introduction of drug consumptions is fuelling an HIV outbreak in Scotland.

Scotland is enduring some of the worst consequences of the UK’s national drug policy. The rate of drug-related deaths in Scotland is eight-times the EU average, and close to three-times the rates of England, Wales, or Northern Ireland. Alongside this spiralling number of deaths, Glasgow – Scotland’s most populous city – is now seeing a resurgence in HIV, with people who use drugs bearing the brunt of the outbreak. Over 100 cases of HIV among people who inject drugs have been linked to this outbreak so far. (Talking Drugs, UK, 09.07.2018)


USA. Attorney General Jeff Sessions Announces Uttam Dhillon as New Acting Administrator Of Drug Enforcement Administration

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the appointment of Uttam Dhillon as Acting Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration.  Dhillon will replace Robert Patterson, who has retired after 30 years of service.

"With one American dying of a drug overdose every nine minutes, there can be no doubt that we are facing the deadliest drug epidemic in our history," Attorney General Sessions said. (DEA, 02.07.2018)


USA. Drug company lawsuit stalls Nevada inmate's opioid execution

A Nevada execution, which would have been the first in the US to use the synthetic opioid fentanyl, has been delayed by a judge.

Pharmaceutical firm Alvogen argued the state had illegitimately obtained one of its drugs and that the proposed drug combination was untested in executions. (BBC, 11.07.2018)


Russland. AIDS deaths surge in Russia as global health officials say 'they did it all wrong' (Video)

Central Asia and Eastern Europe have the world’s fastest growing HIV epidemic, and Russia accounts for more than 80 percent of those infections. As at-risk groups like injection drug users are stigmatized and ignored, health officials say the death toll will soon top 30,000 lives per year. William Brangham reports in the first of the NewsHour series, "The End of AIDS: Far from Over." (PBS, 11.06.2018, Video, 09:57)


USA. Drug company lawsuit stalls Nevada inmate's opioid execution

A Nevada execution, which would have been the first in the US to use the synthetic opioid fentanyl, has been delayed by a judge.

Pharmaceutical firm Alvogen argued the state had illegitimately obtained one of its drugs and that the proposed drug combination was untested in executions. (BBC, 11.07.2018)


Philippinen. Philippines Proposes Drug Testing All Children Aged 10 or Over

The Philippines drugs agency has proposed mandatory drug testing for all schoolchildren aged 10 and over.

Aaron Aquino, director of the Philippines Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), has called for the mandatory drug testing of all private and state school students from Grade 4 (aged 9-10) and above. The proposal, if implemented, would also force all schoolteachers to submit to drug testing. (Talking Drugs, UK, 22.06.2018)


Amnesty International movement adopts new policy positions on abortion and drug control

Amnesty International has adopted new proposals to tackle the devastating human rights consequences of misguided attempts by countries to criminalise and restrict abortion and to punish people for using drugs. (amnesty international, 09.07.2018)



Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, Juni 2018


Merxiko. Incoming Mexican president to seek negotiated peace in drug war

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s transition team unveiled a plan on Friday to shake up the fight against crime, including reduced jail time but stiffer controls on weapons, as the country reels from a militarized drug war. 

The concept of “transitional justice” is part of the incoming government’s integral security strategy, Olga Sanchez, Lopez Obrador’s proposed interior minister, told Reuters in an interview before her team unveiled the plan. (Reuters, 06.07.2018)


Philippinen. Poor Filipinos most vulnerable in Duterte's drug war: study

MANILA (UPDATED) - Poor Filipinos are the most vulnerable in President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs, according to a research analysis by some of the country's top schools. 

The study focused on the 5,021 drug-related killings from May 10, 2016 to September 29, 2017 reported by various media organizations. May 10 is the day Duterte won the presidential elections. (ABS-CBN, Philippinen, 25.07.2018)


Australien. Alex Wodak: The long fight for safe injecting rooms

Last Saturday, the second medically supervised injecting centre (MSIC) in Australia opened its doors in Melbourne’s North Richmond. It was a long time coming. (The Saturday Paper, Australien, 07.07.2018)


ANPUD statement: The war on drugs is a war on us - June 26th is the reminder


“People do not lose their human rights because they use or sell drugs”

– UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. (ANPUD – Asian Network of People who use Drugs, 27.06.2018)


Mosambik. How WhatsApp has helped heroin become Mozambique’s second biggest export

As many as 40 tonnes of heroin could be passing through Mozambique every year, making it the country's second biggest export, in a trade that is boosted by the use of mobile phone apps, writes Mozambique analyst Joseph Hanlon. (BBC, 09.07.2018)


Mexiko. In bloody drug war, Mexico's new leader may try negotiating

CHILPANCINGO, Mexico (Reuters) - For the past 12 years, Mexico has fought violent drug gangs by deploying thousands of police, soldiers and intelligence officers to crack down on cartels and their leaders. 

If its new president-elect gets his way, however, negotiation may replace the hard-line strategy that critics say has only perpetuated violence. (Reuters, 02.07.2018)


Philippinen. Duterte is Assassinating Opponents Under the Cover of the Drug War, Philippine Rights Groups Say

The assassination of two provincial mayors in two days has raised fresh fears that law and order in the Philippines—already in a fragile state as the result of a bloody war on drugs—is deteriorating further.

(...) Their deaths have brought to at least 10 the number of mayors who have been killed since President Rodrigo Duterte took office in 2016. (Time, USA, 05.07.2018)


US supports Colombia’s decision to resume aerial fumigation of coca

The United States government on Thursday reportedly expressed its support for the resumption of the aerial fumigation of coca, the base ingredient for cocaine, in Colombia.

According to Spanish news agency EFE, a spokesperson of the US Department of State said that “the United States believes that all tools must be used to “reverse the sharp increase in cocaine production.” (Colombia Reports, 28.06.2018)


Support – don’t punish 2018: Record-breaking Global Day of Action!

Once more, on 26 June 2018, our movement rocked the world! More people, more cities(220+) and more countries(98) than ever joined this worldwide demonstration against the war on drugs.


Australien. Melbourne's first safe injecting room, clean, sterile and 'will save lives'

Up to 300 people a day are expected to use Victoria's first medically supervised drug injecting room when it opens in the coming days. 

The Victorian Government committed to a two-year trial at the North Richmond Community Health Centre, after three separate coroners called for a supervised space. 

Mental Health Minister Martin Foley said it would save lives. (abc.net, Australien, 29.06.2018)


Schweiz. Sorgen wir endlich für mehr Sicherheit und Gesundheit: Schaffen wir einen regulierten Markt!

Poster und Postkarte von ARUD - Arud Zentrum für Suchtmedizin, Zürich, Juni 2018


China. China Executes 10 People for Non-Violent Drug Offences

Chinese authorities have executed ten people for non-violent drug offences immediately after a public sentencing hearing.

On 23 June, the group – who had been convicted of drug trafficking offences earlier this year – lost their appeal against their death sentences, and were swiftly killed by the state. According to China Daily, all ten people were convicted of producing, owning, and trafficking large quantities of illegal drugs in the appeal trial. The hearing took place in public in the city of Lufeng - in Guangdong province, a coastal region in the southeast of the country. (Talking Drugs, UK, 25.06.2018)


Schweiz. ARUD – Jahresbericht 2017

Unser Jahresbericht veranschaulicht die Unterschiede zwischen einem Schwarzmarkt und einem regulierten Markt. (ARUD - Arud Zentrum für Suchtmedizin, Zürich, Juni 2018)