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Schweiz. Cannabis regulieren statt verbieten, aber wie genau? Ein erstes Modell liegt vor

Der Groupement des Etudes d’Addiction (GREA) und die Interessengemeinschaft (IG) Hanf haben gemeinsam ein Modell zur Cannabisregulierung veröffentlicht. Das Modell zeigt, wie genau Cannabis verkauft, besteuert und rückverfolgt wird, um gleichzeitig gefährdete Gruppen zu schützen und mögliche Schäden des Konsums zu mindern. Der Fachverband Sucht begrüsst das Modell und die Eröffnung der Debatte um das «Wie» der Cannabisregulierung. Genauer hingeschaut werden sollte noch bei der Zusammenarbeit zwischen Spezialgeschäften und Sucht-Fachleuten. (Fachverband Sucht, Schweiz, 29.10.2018)

https://fachverbandsucht.ch/de/news/cannabis-regulieren-statt-verbieten-aber-wie-genau-ein-erstes-modell-liegt-vor

Irland. Injecting centre for heroin and cocaine addicts will damage tourism, publicans warn

Plans have been lodged for the redevelopment of Merchant’s Quay that will include seven medically supervised injecting rooms. (Dublin live, 08.11.2018)

https://www.dublinlive.ie/news/dublin-news/injecting-centre-heroin-cocaine-addicts-15385124

USA. FDA Considers Requiring Co-Prescribing Overdose Antidote to Go Along With Opioids

The Food and Drug Administration is considering requiring doctors to prescribe an overdose reversal drug with prescription painkillers such as OxyCodone, Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced Tuesday. (AT Forum, USA, 29.10.2018)

http://atforum.com/2018/10/fda-considers-requiring-co-prescribing-overdose-antidote-to-go-along-with-opioids/

UK. Pill-testing: budget office finds it would cost $16m to put services in major cities 

Greens say hardline drugs policy ‘has destroyed thousands of lives and wasted billions of dollars’. (The Guardian, UK, 08.11.2018)

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/nov/09/pill-testing-budget-office-finds-it-would-cost-16m-to-put-services-in-major-cities

USA. Prescribing opioids and antidote at the same time to prevent overdose deaths

A growing number of states are requiring doctors to prescribe a drug overdose antidote alongside prescription opioid painkillers to try to reduce drug deaths. (Washington Examiner, 08.05.2018)

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/healthcare/prescribing-opioids-and-antidote-at-the-same-time-to-prevent-overdose-deaths

Mexiko. Despite El Chapo Arrest, Sinaloa Cartel Still Reigns 

Days before the trial against drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman begins, a new analysis shows the crime group he used to lead, the Sinaloa cartel, still dominates Mexican crime. (The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), 01.11.2018)

https://www.occrp.org/en/daily/8836-despite-el-chapo-arrest-sinaloa-cartel-still-reigns

USA. What's included in the opioids bill signed by President Trump 

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump signed a landmark bill Wednesday intended to deal with the nation's opioid epidemic, a bipartisan breakthrough for a crisis claiming tens of thousands of U.S. lives every year. (USA Today, 24.10.2018)

https://eu.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/10/24/donald-trump-opioids-bill-includes-changes-trafficking-treatment/1752329002/

Niederlande. Erstes Verfahren in den Niederlanden wegen Sterbehilfe

Den Haag – Die niederländische Justiz hat erstmals seit der Legalisierung der Sterbehilfe in dem Land vor 16 Jahren ein Verfahren gegen eine Ärztin wegen der Tötung einer Demenzpatientin eingeleitet. Das Verfahren richte sich gegen die Ärztin eines Pflegeheims, die im April 2016 bei einer dementen 74-Jährigen Sterbehilfe geleistet habe, teilte die Staatsanwaltschaft heute mit. Wann der Prozess in Den Haag beginnt, wurde nicht mitgeteilt. (aerzteblatt.de, 09.11.2018)

https://www.aerzteblatt.de/nachrichten/99039/Erstes-Verfahren-in-den-Niederlanden-wegen-Sterbehilfe

USA. Trump’s New Opioid Package Is Gift-Wrapped for Indivior—At What Cost?

On October 24, President Donald Trump signed a package of bills into law aimed at addressing the overdose crisis, dubbed the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act. But critics say it might as well be called the SUPPORT Indivior Act—a reference to the maker of Suboxone (active ingredients: buprenorphine and naloxone) and Sublocade, the recently approved injectable version of the drug, designed to last a month. (Indivior projects Sublocade’s annual sales will eventually reach $1 billion annually.) (Filter, USA, 29.10.2018)

https://filtermag.org/2018/10/29/trumps-new-opioid-package-is-gift-wrapped-for-indivior-at-what-cost/

Schweiz. Pilotprojekt zum stationären Drug Checking in Basel-Stadt

Die Einnahme von psychoaktiven Substanzen mit unklarer Herkunft stellt ein hohes Gesundheitsrisiko dar. Im Sinne der Prävention und Schadensminderung lanciert der Regierungsrat deshalb ein dreijähriges Pilotprojekt mit einem stationären Drug Checking-Angebot. Ein entsprechender Anzug von Otto Schmid (SP) soll stehen gelassen werden. (Gesundheitsdepartement des Kantons Basel-Stadt , 16.10.2018)

http://www.sucht.bs.ch/nm/2018-pilotprojekt-zum-stationaeren-drug-checking-in-basel-stadt-rr.html

Philippinen. Duterte puts Customs under military control, citing drugs 

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president put the Bureau of Customs temporarily under military control after two large shipments of illegal drugs slipped past the agency through the port of Manila. (AP – Associated Press, 29.10.2018)

https://www.apnews.com/88188daeb0744ea2a7ab4ce02a2d0b21

USA. «Wir haben keine Opioid-Krise. Wir haben eine Krise der Ignoranz»

Nicht die Wissenschaft spielt bei der Drogenpolitik eine Rolle, sondern struktureller Rassismus und die finanziellen Interessen einer Abhängigkeitsindustrie aus Forschern, Medien und Polizei. Das sagt Carl Hart, weltweit führender Abhängigkeitsforscher. (Republik, Schweiz, 16.10.2018)

https://www.republik.ch/2018/10/16/wir-haben-keine-opioid-krise-wir-haben-eine-krise-der-ignoranz

UK. Drogen mit Drohnen in Gefängnisse geflogen - Haftstrafen 

Eine Bande soll in England Drogen im Wert von 550.000 Pfund in Gefängnisse geschmuggelt haben. Nun sind mehrere Mitglieder zu Haftstrafen verurteilt worden. (Spiegel online, 26.10.2018)

http://www.spiegel.de/panorama/justiz/grossbritannien-drogen-mit-drohnen-in-gefaengnisse-geflogen-haftstrafen-a-1235441.html

Open Society Foundations (OSF) – Harm Reduction (Themenseite)

Harm reduction is a range of evidence-based approaches that recognize that people unable or unwilling to abstain from illicit drug use can still make positive choices to protect their own health in addition to the health of their families and communities. The Open Society Foundations advocate for policies and practices that advance the health and human rights of people who use drugs. (OSF, USA, November 2018)

https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/topics/harm-reduction

Ecuador/Kolumbien. Drei tote Journalisten und eine Frage 

Mitarbeiter einer ecuadorianischen Tageszeitung recherchieren zum eskalierenden Drogenkrieg - und bezahlen mit ihrem Leben. Was geschah im Dschungel zwischen Ecuador und Kolumbien? (sueddeutsche.de, 24.10.2018)

https://www.sueddeutsche.de/medien/tote-journalisten-ecuador-drogenkrieg-1.4183138

USA. How Vilification of George Soros Moved From the Fringes to the Mainstream

A loose network of nationalists has used anti-Semitic imagery to cast the billionaire Democratic donor George Soros as the shadowy leader of a globalist cabal. In the process, they have pushed their version of Mr. Soros from the dark corners of the internet and talk radio to the center of the political debate. (New York Times, 31.10.2018)

George Soros ist Mäzen der Open Society Foundations (OSF). OSF unterstützt Harm-Reduction-AktivistInnen in mehreren Ländern. Der Redakteur dieses Informationsdienstes hat mit Unterstützung von OSF Gesundheitsämter in Polen bei der Einführung von Substitutionsprogrammen beraten (Anm. Forum Substitutionspraxis).

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/31/us/politics/george-soros-bombs-trump.html

Kanada. Legaler Handel: Kanada kifft

Kanada gibt als erstes großes Industrieland Marihuana als Genussmittel frei. Die Branche hofft auf ein Milliardengeschäft – und die Börse ist im Rausch. (faz.net, 15.10.2018)

http://www.faz.net/aktuell/wirtschaft/mehr-wirtschaft/legaler-handel-kanada-gibt-marihuana-als-genussmittel-frei-15838248.html

The elegant way to end global cannabis prohibition: Inter se modification (Video)

Around the world, a growing number of countries have realised that cannabis prohibition has done more harm than good. It has led to heavy burdens on criminal justice systems, discrimination and marginalisation of various social groups, as well as damaging impacts on public health and security. Since the 1970s, governments around the world have begun experimenting with lenient approaches toward cannabis. A number of U.S. states decriminalised cannabis possession for personal use, followed by a "quiet revolution” of decriminalisation and of legalisation of medical cannabis in Europe and the Americas. In 2013, Uruguay became the first country in the world to introduce an all-encompassing system of legal regulation for cannabis use, distribution, and production. This major achievement coincided with similar victories in the U.S. states of Colorado and Washington, and a few years later in several more states. Canada’s bill C-45 to regulate cannabis will come into effect on October 17th, pilot projects for a regulated cannabis supply will soon start in the Netherlands and Switzerland, and several more countries are now considering to move in the same direction. However, countries that embrace legal regulation find themselves in breach of international law. In this video, we explain a strategy to resolve those treaty tensions and to enable progressive and sustainable change at the global level. (Transnational Institute. Niederlande, 17.10.2018)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GDAmkioz5g

Uruguay. Cannabis in Uruguay "Das kann eine Erfolgsgeschichte werden"

Uruguay ist das erste Land der Welt, das Cannabis weitgehend legalisiert hat. Seit einem Jahr kann man die Droge in Apotheken kaufen. Ein Gespräch darüber, wie das das Land verändert hat. (sueddeutsche.de, 20.08.2018)

https://www.sueddeutsche.de/politik/interview-am-morgen-cannabis-in-uruguay-das-kann-eine-erfolgsgeschichte-werden-1.4104733

Brasilien. Drug Policies of the Brazilian Presidential Candidates

(...) Jair Bolsonaro, currently leading the polls, is a polarising figure in the country – known among some as the “Trump of Brazil” because of his right-wing, populist views. He unequivocally favours intensifying the crackdown on people involved with drugs.

Bolsonaro has, on numerous occasions, said that police should kill people suspected of drug trafficking.

He draws his inspiration from President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, whose hard-line approach has led to over 12,000 deaths of people for alleged involvement with drugs. Bolsonaro has said that Duterte “did the right thing for his country”. (Talking Drugs, UK, 27.09.2018)

https://www.talkingdrugs.org/drug-policies-brazil-haddad-bolsonaro

Russland. Russia views opium poppy cultivation as response to sanctions 

A special commission of the Russian government has approved a draft law on the procedure for growing “narcotic” plants in Russia, in particular, the allowed varieties of hypnotic poppy (Papaver somniferum L). (...)

The Russian government’s website stresses that the international market for pharmaceutical substances for the production of opium drugs is controlled by a group of 10 companies, nine of which are under the jurisdiction of the states that imposed sanctions against Russia. (Belsat TV, Weißrussland, 23.10.2018)

https://belsat.eu/en/news/russia-views-opium-poppy-cultivation-as-response-to-sanctions/

UK. Pregabalin and gabapentin to be controlled as class C drugs - New controls over prescription drugs pregabalin and gabapentin following rising fatalities. 

Prescription drugs pregabalin and gabapentin are to be reclassified as class C controlled substances from next April, the government announced today.

Today’s move comes after experts highlighted rising numbers of fatalities linked to the drugs. The change means it will be illegal to possess pregabalin and gabapentin without a prescription and it will be illegal to supply or sell them to others.

The drugs, which are used to treat nerve pain, epilepsy and anxiety, can bring about an elevated mood in users but can also have serious side effects, particularly when used in combination with other drugs. (gov.uk/government, Home Office, 15.10.2018)

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pregabalin-and-gabapentin-to-be-controlled-as-class-c-drugs

Kanada. Ontario government to keep overdose-prevention sites

The Ontario government has decided to keep the province’s overdose-prevention sites and repurpose them as “consumption and treatment services,” a senior government official says. (Globe and mail, Kanda, 21.10.2018)

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-ontario-government-to-keep-overdose-prevention-sites/

USA. As Opioid Crisis Deepens, The Methadone Business Is Booming

The nation’s hardest hit communities are turning to the long-stigmatized opioid treatment. (Huffington Post, USA, 01.11.2018)

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/long-stigmatized-methadone-clinics-multiply-in-some_us_5bd9b3b2e4b0068a6baed78f

Bangla Desh. Narcotics Control Bill Placed at JS: Death penalty for carrying yaba, heroin 

The Narcotics Control Bill 2018 was placed in parliament last night, with provision for death sentence or life-term imprisonment for carrying, producing, trading and using more than five grammes of yaba, and more than 25 grammes of heroin and cocaine. (The Daily Star, Bangla Desh, 23.10.2018)

https://www.thedailystar.net/country/news/narcotics-control-bill-placed-parliament-bangladesh-1650514

USA. Social Stigma Is One Reason The Opioid Crisis Is Hard To Confront

There are many reasons why the opioid crisis is so hard to confront. One of them is social stigma. It often extends beyond users themselves, to their families. (NPR – National Public Radio, USA, 31.10.2018)

https://www.npr.org/2018/10/31/662009650/social-stigma-is-one-reason-the-opioid-crisis-is-hard-to-confront

USA. President Trump Signs Opioid Package Today -- DPA Statement: Opioid Package Makes Important Progress on Overdose Crisis, But Essential Funding and Evidence-Based Solutions Still Missing

This afternoon, President Trump is expected to sign a massive opioid package and tout the bill as a major accomplishment toward curbing the overdose crisis. The package is the product of bipartisan efforts to pass opioid legislation in both the House and Senate in recent months.  (DPA – Drug  Policy Alliance, USA, 24.10.2018)

http://www.drugpolicy.org/press-release/2018/10/president-trump-signs-opioid-package-today

USA. At Rikers Island, a Legacy of Medication-Assisted Opioid Treatment 

NEW YORK — For Dr. Ross MacDonald, every person who enters New York City’s main jail with an opioid addiction represents an opportunity for treatment, and the possibility of saving a life. 

As the medical director of the city’s correctional health program, he ensures that offenders who come in on methadone continue to receive it. And he and his staff try to persuade as many addicted inmates as possible to get started on methadone before they leave the jail. (Pew Trust, USA, 23.05.2016)

https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2016/05/23/at-rikers-island-a-legacy-of-medication-assisted-opioid-treatment