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Kolumbien/USA. US announces $160 mn 'peace' funding payment to Colombia

The US government announced Monday it will provide $160 million in funding to Colombia to help implement the historic peace accord signed between the state and now-disarmed FARC rebels. (France24, 14.05.2019)


Contemporary Asian Drug Policy: Insights and Opportunities for Change. 

Pardo, Bryce, Beau Kilmer, and Wenjing Huang,

Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2019.


USA. Former Billionaire John Kapoor Convicted In Opioid Bribery Trial 

After more than three weeks of deliberation, a federal jury has found Insys Therapeutics founder John Kapoor, as well as three former Insys managers, guilty of racketeering conspiracy. (Forbes, 02.05.2019)


Mexiko/USA. Mexico president says no to US security plan

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Tuesday he wants the United States to end a security assistance program called the Merida Initiative and instead invest in economic development in Mexico and Central America. (afp, 08.05.2019)


Niederlande. Booby trap scuppers police raid on Dutch floating crystal meth lab 

Forensic experts were forced off cargo ship when it suddenly began taking on water. (The Guardian, UK, 13.05.2019)


Gilead startet Programm zur Förderung der Elimination von Hepatitis C - Geeignete Organisationen werden mit bis zu 100.000 Pfund über 12 Monate unterstützt

Das neue Förderprogramm „COMMIT“ von Gilead Sciences Inc im Rahmen der LEGA-C Initiative (Local Elimination programs leading to Global Action in HCV) unterstützt Projekte mit dem Ziel der Elimination von Hepatitis C mit bis zu 100.000 Pfund über 12 Monate. Die Organisation muss als Non-Profit-Organisation klassifiziert sein, mit Sitz in Europa, Australien oder dem Nahen Osten. Außerdem muss ein Ziel der Organisation „Public Health“ sein.

Speziell inkludiert sind auch kleinere Programme die nur eine kleine Population betreffen. Zum Beispiel Programme speziell für Gefängnisinsassen, Programme begrenzt auf bestimmte Gebiete oder Städte, Programme für Koinfektionen mit Hepatitis C und HIV, und weitere. 

Bewerbungsfrist für eine Förderung ist der 28. Juni 2019. (hepatitisandmore.de, 04.04.2019


Watch and share the shortlisted films, launched by the Asian Network of People who use drugs. #ChangePerspectives. (ANPUD – Asian Network of People who use Drugs, 2019)


USA/Denver. Denver first in U.S. to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms 

Psilocybin possession would remain illegal but would become police’s “lowest law-enforcement priority” (Denver Post, USA, 08.05.2019)


Schottland. Glasgow has 'most compelling case in Europe' for safe drug injecting room

GLASGOW has the “most compelling case in Europe” for a Safer Drug Consumption Room, MPs have been told. (Glasgow Evening Times, UK, 07.05.2019)


Brasilien. The Brazilian Harm Reduction Community Is Calling for Help

The renewed commitment to the war on drugs approach of president Bolsonaro is threatening the achievements of the Brazilian harm reduction movement. Watch our videos! (Drug Reporter, Ungarn, 07.05.2019)


Sri Lanke / EU. Joint statement on the death penalty 

Colombo. The Delegation of the European Union (EU) issues the following statement in agreement with the Embassies of France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Romania and the UK High Commission, the Embassies of Norway and Switzerland, as well as the High Commissions of Canada and Australia. (Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and Maldives, 08.04.2019)


“Liquid Handcuffs”—A Documentary to Free Methadone (Homepage und Trailer)

Filmed in six countries: Afghanistan, Britain, India, Portugal, Russia, United States

In 2017, the opioid-related overdose crisis killed 70,000 people in the US. Methadone is the most successful treatment for opioid addiction and is proven to cut the death rate by half or more. So why is it easier to get heroin than methadone?

Liquid Handcuffs: A Documentary to Free Methadone, shines a spotlight on the closed world of methadone clinics. An international cast of methadone users, activists, and healthcare providers explain the benefits and the barriers to getting the medication. And drug policy expert Deborah Small provides commentary on the politics of methadone.

Liquid Handcuffs: A Documentary to Free Methadone explores the intersection of methadone with race, class, social control, and stigma. This is the first feature-length documentary that uses the lens of harm reduction to examine the methadone clinic system. (liquidhandcuffsdoc.com, USA, April 2019)


Wall Street Market: Ermittler stoppen weltweit zweitgrößten Darknet-Markt 

Kokain, Cannabis, gefälschte Ausweise oder ausgespähte Daten: Das BKA hat die Betreiber des Wall Street Market festgenommen und die Server beschlagnahmt. (Zeit Online, 03.04.2019)


Drug deaths could rise if Bristol Mayor’s Office forces people off methadone.

Bristol City Council is consulting on a proposal to cut up to 10% of the budget for GPs and pharmacists to prescribe methadone or buprenorphine (Opiate Substitution Treatment – OST) to people dependent on heroin. This is to be done “by ensuring that client management and prescribing…is focused on a recovery approach (actively supporting clients to become free of a dependency on prescribed drugs as a substitute) rather than a maintenance approach (where clients are on prescriptions long term)”. (Talking Drugs, UK, 02.05.2019)


USA. Data show the first supervised injection site in the U.S., although illegal, prevented overdose deaths

American advocates calling for supervised injection sites as a life-saving measure to prevent overdose deaths have been forced to rely on data from Canada and elsewhere to show that the sites are a valid public health intervention – until now.

New data, released Monday at a major international harm reduction conference in Porto, Portugal, provide the first look at a supervised injection site (SIS) situated on American soil. The research involves data collected from the U.S. site – a secret, illegal one as such sites are not permitted under U.S. law. (Globe and Mail, Kanada, 29.04.2019)


Niederlande. How the World’s Oldest Drug Checking Service Makes High-Risk Pills “Unsellable”

Don’t sit on your day job,” Daan van der Gouwe advised people who operate drug checking services. By which he meant, getting information out there greatly amplifies the public health benefit of what you’re doing.

The Drugs Monitoring and Information System (DIMS) in the Netherlands can proudly claim to be the oldest drug checking service in the world. It began unauthorized operations back in 1989, a time when use of “club drugs” was increasing in the country, and was formalized in 1992. (Filter, USA, 01.05.2019)


MDMA: Why it's 'impossible' to know how the drug affects you

It's impossible to predict how MDMA affects users even with on-site testing at festivals, researchers are warning. (BBC, 01.05.2019)


USA. Amid Opioid Prescriber Crackdown, Health Officials Reach Out To Pain Patients

A pharmacist in Celina, Tenn., was one of 60 people indicted on charges of opioid-related crimes last week, in a multistate sting. John Polston was charged with 21 counts of filling medically unnecessary narcotic prescriptions.

He was also Gail Gray’s pharmacist and the person she relied on to regularly fill her opioid prescriptions. (KHN – Kaiser Health News, USA, 24.04.2019)


Strassbourg. European symposium and study visit on drug consumption rooms in Strasbourg

Some 250 participants took part in a European symposium on “Low Risk Drug Consumption Rooms in Europe – Assessment and Prospects” co-organised by Efus, the City  of Strasbourg, the association Ithaque and the MILDECA, and held at the European Parliament on 3-4 April. The meeting brought together elected officials, representatives from international and national institutions, municipal health and security practitioners, doctors and nurses, social workers, police officers and researchers from across Europe and beyond. They discussed the development of local harm reduction policies and the role of supervised Drug Consumption Rooms (DCRs) in protecting fundamental rights and fostering public health, security and social cohesion at local level. (EFUS - European Forum for Urban Security, Frankreich, 24.04.2019)


The Changing Face of the Death Penalty for Drug Offences: An Interview with Aurélie Plaçais (Director of the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty)

Drug offences are punishable by death in at least 35 countries and territories worldwide, and that number may grow. 

Over the past year, authorities in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have reintroduced the death penalty as a possible punishment for drug offences, while the presidents of the Philippines and the US have expressed support for executing people involved in the drug trade. At the same time, Iran and Malaysia have made moves to reduce the use of the death penalty for non-violent drug offences.

TalkingDrugs spoke with Aurélie Plaçais, the director of the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, to gain insight on how the use of the death penalty for drug offences is changing. (TalkingDrugs, UK, 29.04.2019)


Russland. Half of Russia’s Alcohol Sold Illegally, Regulators Say

Almost half of the alcohol products sold in Russia last year were on the market illegally, the state Federal Alcohol Market Regulation Service (Rosalkogolregulirovanie) said this week. (Moscow Times, Russland, 19.04.2019)


USA. HHS launches program to cut opioid overdoses by 40 percent in three years

The Trump administration announced an ambitious program Thursday to reduce deaths from opioid overdoses by 40 percent over three years in hard-hit communities across several states. (Washington Post, USA, 18.04.2019)


Früheren US-Pharma-Managern droht wegen verantwortungslosen Opioidhandels Haft

New York – Weil sie inmitten der Schmerzmittel-Suchtkrise in den USA verdächtige Opioidbestellungen nicht bei den Behörden meldeten, ist gegen zwei ehemalige Pharmamanager ein Ermittlungsverfahren eingeleitet worden. (aerzteblatt.de, 24.04.2019)


Philip Morris gründet Lebensversicherung mit Prämienrabatten für eigene Produkte

London – Philip Morris International (PMI) steigt in das Lebensversicherungsgeschäft ein. Britischen Medienberichten zufolge will der Tabakkonzern auf diesem Weg Rauchern, die aufhören zu rauchen oder auf E-Zigaretten und Tabakerhitzer umsteigen, Rabatte anbieten. (aerzteblatt.de, 30.04.2019)


USA. In Memory of Dr. Herman Joseph

Herman Joseph, Researcher, New York State Division of Substance Abuse

Herman Joseph was involved in methadone research, evaluation and treatment since the inception of the modality. In 1968, he co-authored, with Dr. Vincent Dole, the first article about methadone which was written for the general public. He had been a constant and indefatigable advocate for methadone patients and programs. (Marc Parrino, President, American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD), 25.04.2019)


Bangla Desh. Yaba: The cheap synthetic drug convulsing a nation

Hundreds of thousands of people in Bangladesh have become hooked on yaba - a mixture of methamphetamine and caffeine sold as cheap red or pink pills. The official response has been harsh, with hundreds of people killed in alleged incidents of "crossfire". (BBC, 25.04.2019)


Schweiz. Heroin: Die Basler Idee, die stach – ein Wagnis etablierte sich in der ganzen Schweiz

Vor 25 Jahren sagte Basel ja zur versuchsweisen Abgabe von Heroin an Süchtige. Was zunächst als Wagnis galt, etablierte sich nach und nach in der ganzen Schweiz. (bz-Basellandschaftliche Zeitung, Schweiz, 28.04.2019)


USA. 'I don’t want to overdose and die:' one woman's death, one country's shame 

Saige Earley, who was found dead of a heroin overdose in a toilet stall at Syracuse airport, is the face of ‘real people’ devastated by the worst drug epidemic in American history. (The Guardian, UK, 29.04.2019)


People Before Politics: 4 Key Points in HR19’s Opening Ceremony

The Harm Reduction International Conference 2019 (HR19) has begun in Porto, with several influential speakers delivering inspiring and poignant remarks at the opening ceremony.

HR19 comes at a crucial moment in the development of drug policies across the globe. Many countries find themselves at a drug policy crossroads; do they pursue health and human rights-oriented approaches that reduce potential drug harms, or maintain policies of criminalisation and repression that have long-characterised the global drug war?

Here are four key points from the opening ceremony that highlight the need for a harm reductionist approach: Failed drug policies continue to kill millions around the world - Governments’ complacency is fuelling drug harms - Governments continue to commit egregious human rights abuses in the name of drug policy - Drug consumption rooms (DCRs) have arrived in Portugal! The country continues to serve as an important example of how countries can move forward in their drug policy. (TalkingDrugs, UK, 28.04.2019)


USA. Trump to Keep Fighting Opioids 'Until Our Job Is Done'

President Donald Trump is pledging to continue battling the deadly epidemic of opioid drug abuse "until our job is done." (usnews.com, 24.04.2019)