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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)


UK. Supervised Dispensing after COVID-19

Following the relaxations to the way in which opiate substitute treatment has been subscribed and delivered during the COVID-19 pandemic - as a sector we now have a challenge:

“How do we incorporate the lessons learned from the changes to supervised dispensary during the pandemic?  And can we move towards a fully risk based, individualised dispensing system?” (NHS Substance Misuse Provider Alliance blog, UK, Juni 2020)


USA (Arizona). How Stavros 24-7 Clinics Handle the Pandemic

When the pandemic hit the epicenter of New York City in mid-March, Nicholas Stavros’ 24-7 clinics across the country were already preparing. “We got in front of this right away,” said Mr. Stavros, CEO of Community Medical Services (CMS), based in Scottsdale, Arizona. (atforum.com, USA, 27.05.2020)


Australien/Sydney. Ever wondered what it's like to work in a supervised injecting centre?

Inside the first supervised injecting centre in the English Speaking World - a light hearted video but a serious topic. Since opening in 2001 these staff, and those before them, have reversed nearly 9000 overdoses without a single death, and made a difference to individuals, families and our local community. Filmed one afternoon on our phones during the global pandemic, and edited with a sense of fun. (Uniting.org, Australien, 18.06.2020, Video, 03:23)


Kanada. Methadose class-action lawsuit filed against B.C.

Laura Shaver had abstained from using illicit opioids for about seven years when British Columbia replaced its supply of methadone with a new version called Methadose.

The change in 2014, which affected all of the province’s roughly 15,000 methadone patients at the time, led Ms. Shaver to experience debilitating withdrawal symptoms that she thought she had left behind for good.

Ms. Shaver is now the lead plaintiff in a proposed class-action lawsuit filed against the B.C. Ministry of Health, the College of Pharmacists of B.C., and the maker of Methadose. (Globe and Mail, Kanada, 06.06.2020)


USA. Even with private insurance, black overdose patients are half as likely as whites to get addiction treatment, Penn study finds

Opioid overdose patients with private insurance are rarely connected to addiction treatment after visiting the emergency department, a new national study from the University of Pennsylvania has found.

And the problem is particularly severe among black and Hispanic patients, more evidence of deep racial disparities in health care generally and addiction treatment in particular. (The Philadelphia Inquirer, USA, 27.05.2020)


Philippinen. UN report decries human rights violations in Philippines' war on drugs

The UN said that President Duterte's war on drugs in the Philippines has sparked widespread killing with "near impunity" for offenders. The report called for an independent probe into human rights abuses in the country. (Deutsche Welle, 04.06.2020)


USA. A Native American tribe plans to build an opioid treatment center, but neighbors have vowed to block it

A classic not-in-my backyard fight has erupted in the Pacific Northwest over a recovery and medical center for an area hit hard by addiction and overdose deaths. (Washington Post, USA, 18.08.2020)


Schweiz. Grünes Licht für Cannabis-Versuche

Rund 200 000 Schweizer kiffen regelmässig. Um mehr darüber zu erfahren, erlaubt der Nationalrat Pilotversuche mit der weichen Droge. Die Gegner sehen darin einen ersten Schritt zur Liberalisierung von Cannabis. (NZZ – Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 02.06.2020)


Mexiko. Mexico Wants to Decriminalize All Drugs and Negotiate With the U.S. to Do the Same

Mexico's president released a new plan last week that called for radical reform to the nation's drug laws and negotiating with the United States to take similar steps.

The plan put forward by the administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, often referred to by his initials as AMLO, calls for decriminalizing illegal drugs and transferring funding for combating the illicit substances to pay for treatment programs instead. It points to the failure of the decades-long international war on drugs, and calls for negotiating with the international community, and specifically the U.S., to ensure the new strategy's success. (Newsweek, USA, 05.09.2020)


Niederlande. Wanted: 10 marijuana farmers with experience and integrity

Growers who wish to take part in the Dutch government’s regulated marijuana experiment can sign up to apply from July 1, the justice ministry said on Tuesday. The aim of the experiment, which will see a maximum of 10 growers licenced to produce a range of marijuana products, is to remove the grey area between coffee shops, which have permits to sell marijuana, and the illegal circuit of suppliers. (DutchNews.nl, Niederlande, 09.06.2020)


Kolumbien. US Forces Deployed to Colombia to Help Wage Futile War on Cocaine

Diplomatic officials announced May 27 that the US is sending an armed forces unit to Colombia. From June, the Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) begins a four-month operation, training Colombian military forces in fighting that country’s drug war. (Filter, USA, 01.06.2020)


Kolumbien. Violence Rages On in Colombia’s Cauca Department

A wave of violence has struck Colombia’s southwestern Cauca department, in the form of targeted killings and armed groups battling for control of coca crops and trafficking routes — a deadly mix. (InSight Crime, USA, 10.06.2020)


A Shallow Flood: The Diffusion of Heroin in Eastern and Southern Africa

The flow of heroin from Asian production points to the coastal shores of eastern and southern Africa is not new. Whereas the first heroin transit routes in the region in the 1970s relied heavily on maritime transport to enter the continent, a number of transport modes and urban centres of the interior have increasingly become important features in the current movement of heroin in this region. Interior transit hubs and networks have developed around air transport nodes that use regular regional and international connections to ship heroin. As regional air routes proliferated and became more efficient, their utility and value for the heroin trade increased as well. Heroin is also consolidated and shipped over a frequently shifting network of overland routes, moving it deeper into the African interior in a south-westerly direction across the continent. (globalinitiative.net, Schweiz, 28.05.2020)


USA. SF gives methadone, alcohol, cannabis to some addicts and homeless isolating from coronavirus in hotels

The city health department confirmed Wednesday that it is providing alcohol, tobacco, medical cannabis and other substances in an effort to prevent a handful of people quarantined or isolating in city-leased hotels from going outside to get the substances themselves. The hotel residents are receiving opioid maintenance medications such as methadone, delivered by methadone clinics. The city says it is using harm reduction to keep these people inside and curb the spread of the coronavirus. (San Francisco Chronicle, USA, 06.05.2020)


USA. Lost On The Frontline: Exclusive: Nearly 600 — And Counting — US Health Workers Have Died Of COVID-19

Nearly 600 front-line health care workers appear to have died of COVID-19, according to Lost on the Frontline, a project launched by The Guardian and KHN that aims to count, verify and memorialize every health care worker who dies during the pandemic. (Kaiser Health News/USA, The Guardian/UK, 06.06.2020)


Russland. “Challenges Drive Us Foward”—Harm Reduction in St. Petersburg, Russia 

“It’s been a hell of a month,” said Alesya Shagina, a peer outreach coordinator for Humanitarian Action, of their recent work in St. Petersburg. “But we’re really proud of how we managed to adapt to these circumstances. (Filter Magazine, USA, 11.05.2020)


COVID 19: Chronicles of harm reduction -- Episode: Russia
ENPUD, DrugReporter and DUNews are launching a series of short videos with English subtitles on the situation with coronavirus in countries and cities in the EECA region.

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)


Schweiz. Medizinische Empfehlungen für Opioidagonistentherapie (OAT) bei Opioidabhängigkeits-Syndrom 2020 

Erstellt durch Mitglieder der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Suchtmedizin, SSAM 

Verfalldatum: Januar 2025 


Schweiz. Kontakt- und Anlaufstellen in der Schweiz 

Kontakt- und Anlaufstellen (K+A) bieten Menschen, die auf den Konsum von illegalen Substanzen nicht verzichten wollen oder können, niederschwelligen Zugang zu Überlebenshilfe und Beratung. In beaufsichtigten Injektions-, Inhalations- und Sniffräumen können selber mitgebrachte psychoaktive Substanzen unter hygienischen Bedingungen und fachlicher Aufsicht konsumiert werden. (infodrog.ch, 2020)


Racism and Policing Are Global Problems. Drug Control is a Vehicle.

There is now substantial evidence that the war on drugs has disproportionately targeted Black and Brown communities in the US, resulting in profound racial injustice. For decades, politicians in the US have used fear and misinformation to perpetuate racist stereotypes and link Black and Brown people to drug offences, creating irreparable harm to individuals and communities. Nearly half of the people in US federal prisons serving sentences for drug offences are Black and almost 60 percent are Latino. This doesn’t include those in state prisons and local jails, where the disproportionate impact on communities is even clearer. (Talking Drugs, UK, 04.06.2020)



Unter ethnischem Profiling sind selektive ordnungsbehördliche Kontrollen zu verstehen, die aufgrund von Kriterien wie Ethnizität, Rasse, Religion und nationaler Herkunft, nicht jedoch aufgrund des persönlichen Verhaltens bzw. objektiver Indizien vorgenommen werden. (Open Society Foundations, Justice Initiative, 2020)


SARS-CoV-2: Pflegeverband wegen Ansteckungen alarmiert

Genf − Weltweit bewegt sich die Zahl der mit dem Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 infizierten Mitarbeiter im Gesundheits- und Pflegebereich nach Zählung des Internationalen Verbands der Pflegekräfte (ICN) auf 100.000 zu. Mehr als 260 von ihnen seien an der Infektion gestorben. (aerzteblatt.de, 15.05.2020)


USA. Treating an opioid epidemic during the coronavirus pandemic: University Hospitals pivots peer-support program to telehealth

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Back in March, University Hospitals was on the verge of rolling out a peer-support program at UH Parma Medical Center, where people recovering from opioid addiction could offer guidance to patients with substance use disorder. Then the coronavirus pandemic struck.

The hospital system suddenly faced a question health care providers across the U.S. have been dealing with throughout the COVID-19 crisis: How do you continue treating the opioid epidemic during a global pandemic? (cleveland.com, 30.05.2020)


Kanada. Dr. Bonnie Henry has a bold prescription for B.C.’s other public health crisis

British Columbia has wrestled down the coronavirus pandemic better than most places, and much of the credit has rightly gone to Bonnie Henry, the province’s Provincial Health Officer.


But as B.C. succeeds against one public health threat, the province continues its long struggle against another. Thousands of British Columbians have died, and are still dying, of drug overdoses.

It’s been four years since a provincial health emergency was declared. Last year, the situation appeared to be improving, but this spring saw a brutal reversal. In March, illicit drug toxicity killed 112 people. In April, 117 died. That death toll exceeds the 165 people in B.C. who have died of COVID-19. (Globe and Mail, Kanada, 03.06.2020)


Indien. How India Introduced Methadone Take-Homes in the Pandemic

“Dear Helen, You will be pleased to know that during the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown we in India have also started the practice of take-home methadone.”

It was one of the most welcome emails I’ve received recently. It came from Dr. Atul Ambekar—a professor and researcher at the National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre, and at the Department of Psychiatry of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. (Filter, USA, 01.06.2020)


Weltweit mindestens 600 Pflegekräfte nach Infektion mit SARS-CoV-2 gestorben

Genf – Weltweit sind mindestens 600 Pflegekräfte durch eine Infektion mit dem Corona­virus SARS-CoV-2 gestorben. Mehr als 230.000 hätten sich infiziert. Diese Zahlen nannte heute der Internationale Verband der Pflegekräfte (ICN) in Genf. (aerzteblatt.de, 03.06.2020)


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