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USA. In den USA erzielt ein Vergleich über Opioid-Vermarktung einen neuen Rekord

Der britische Konzern Reckitt Benckiser lässt die Abwehr einer Strafklage 1,4 Milliarden Dollar kosten. Es geht um das Medikament Suboxone, das zur Suchtbehandlung angeboten wurde. Die Anklage fordert in einem weiteren Fall zum gleichen Medikament mindestens drei Milliarden Strafe. (Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 12.07.2019)

https://www.nzz.ch/international/vergleich-ueber-opioid-vermarktung-in-usa-erzielt-neuen-rekord-ld.1495714

Hitting the High Notes

Sally Marlow investigates why many jazz musicians turned to heroin in the post-war period, exploring the contribution they made to the science of addiction. (BBC, Radio 3, 27.05.2018)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/b08k4s1k

Philippinen. Philippines drugs war: UN votes to investigate killings

The UN Human Rights Council has voted to set up an investigation into alleged crimes committed during the Philippine government's war on drugs. (BBC, UK, 11.07.2019)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48955153

World Hepatitis Day, 28.07.2018

World Hepatitis Day (WHD) takes places every year on 28 July bringing the world together under a single theme to raise awareness of the global burden of viral hepatitis and to influence real change. (World Hepatitis Alliance 2019)

http://www.worldhepatitisday.org/

Europa. THE FIGHT AGAINST HIV AND HEPATITIS: OUR VISION OF A EUROPE FOR HEALTH

Significant progress has been made in addressing HIV and hepatitis in terms of knowledge, treatment and tools. International commitments have also been made to put an end to these epidemics1. However, the European Union and Europe more widely2 continue to face many challenges in terms of access to prevention and care, and respect of fundamental rights. (correlation-net u.a., April 2019)

https://www.correlation-net.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/BROCHURE_EUROPE_SANTE_2019_EN.pdf

USA. Reckitt Benckiser zahlt Milliardenstrafe in den USA

London – Reckitt Benckiser legt den Streit mit den US-Behörden wegen verbotener Marketingmethoden für sein Kombinationspräparat Suboxone Film mit einer Milliardenzahlung bei. (aerzteblatt.de, 11.07.2019)

https://www.aerzteblatt.de/nachrichten/104566/Reckitt-Benckiser-zahlt-Milliardenstrafe-in-den-USA

USA. Reefer Madness or Pot Paradise? The Surprising Legacy of the Place Where Legal Weed Began

Colorado’s first-in-the-nation experiment with legalized marijuana has infused the drug into almost every corner of life. (New York Times, 30.06.2019)

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/30/us/marijuana-colorado-legalization.html

USA. Will Nearly 2,000 Pending Opioid Lawsuits End In A Master Settlement? 

Attorneys are attempting to put together a settlement that would make a "meaningful impact on the deeply tragic opioid crisis." (The Fix, USA, 11.07.2019)

https://www.thefix.com/opioid-lawsuits

Comparing alcohol taxation throughout the European Union.

Angus, C., Holmes, J., and Meier, P. S. ( 2019) 

Addiction, 114: 1489– 1494. doi.org/10.1111/add.14631.

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/add.14631

US teens may be finding it harder to buy cannabis after legalisation

Does legalising cannabis make it easier for teenagers to access the drug? The largest study to date suggests not – and it may even have the opposite effect.

In US states that have legalised recreational use of marijuana, fewer teenagers reported taking the drug after the laws were passed. (New Scientist, UK, 08.07.2019)

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2209053-us-teens-may-be-finding-it-harder-to-buy-cannabis-after-legalisation

Philippinen: Mögliche Verbrechen gegen die Menschlichkeit müssen untersucht werden

Neuer Amnesty-Bericht: Erschreckendes Ausmaß der außergerichtlichen Hinrichtungen im sogenannten Anti-Drogenkrieg legt nahe, dass es sich dabei um Verbrechen gegen die Menschlichkeit handelt.

Drei Jahre nach dem Beginn des so genannten Anti-Drogenkrieges der philippinischen Regierung nimmt die Zahl der Opfer außergerichtlicher Tötungen weiter dramatisch zu. Unter ihnen sind vor allem Menschen aus den armen Stadtvierteln und Regionen des Landes. Die Verantwortlichen gehen straffrei aus oder werden versetzt. Dies dokumentiert der Amnesty-Bericht „‘They just kill‘ – Ongoing extrajudicial executions and other violations in the Philippines“. Das Ausmaß der Gewalt legt nahe, dass es sich um Verbrechen gegen die Menschlichkeit handelt. (amnesty international, 08.07.2019)

https://www.amnesty.de/allgemein/pressemitteilung/philippinen-philippinen-moegliche-verbrechen-gegen-die-menschlichkeit

Philippinen. ‘THEY JUST KILL’ - ONGOING EXTRAJUDICIAL EXECUTIONS AND OTHER VIOLATIONS IN THE PHILIPPINES’ ‘WAR ON DRUGS’

In towns and cities across the Philippines, the lethal policy that the government calls the“war on drugs” continues. In the three years since President Rodrigo Duterte took office, thousands of poor people suspected of using or selling drugs, or otherwise linked to drugs, have been killed by police and unknown armed persons. While during thefirst year of Duterte’s tenure as president these killings were fairly well-documented, they often go unreported now, contributing to a perilous normalisation of extrajudicial executions, police abuses, erosion of the rule of law and victimisation of the poor in the country. This situation leavesthe victims’ families feeling even more powerless and isolated than before.

Amnesty International 2019

https://www.amnesty.org/download/Documents/ASA3505782019ENGLISH.PDF

Mexiko. Mexican Opium Prices Plummet, Driving Poppy Farmers to Migrate

The drop in prices is leading poppy farmers to seek work in the United States and other places.

(...) Some evidence is emerging that fentanyl, a powerful and highly addictive synthetic opiate, is replacing heroin and other drugs, particularly on the East Coast. The soaring production of heroin in recent years may also have accounted for the recent drop. (New York Times, 07.07.2019)

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/07/world/americas/mexico-drugs-migration.html

Australien. Testing festival goers’ pills isn’t the only way to reduce overdoses. Here’s what else works

The NSW (New South Walse, Anm.) inquest into recent drug deaths at music festivals is due to start this week. So focus is turning to how to make music festivals safer by reducing drug-related incidents. 

We know that prohibition doesn’t work to reduce either harms or drug use. But what does? (The Conversation, Australien, 08.07.2019)

https://theconversation.com/testing-festival-goers-pills-isnt-the-only-way-to-reduce-overdoses-heres-what-else-works-118827

USA. What to expect when your city is expecting a supervised injection site: Lessons from around the globe | Perspective

Philadelphia, where another 1,100 people died of an overdose in 2018, is slowly navigating toward opening a supervised injection site, a move that has prompted a debate among harm reduction advocates and law-and-order types about the best way to address the overdose crisis. Safehouse, a nonprofit, has been incorporated with the sole purpose of opening a site to save lives. After incorporating, the U.S. attorney sued Safehouse, arguing that the site is illegal, in an attempt to prevent them from opening. The suit is currently in court, but Safehouse has made progress. In March they announced a potential location. (The Philadelphia Inquirer, USA, 29.06.2019)

https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/safe-injection-sites-philadelphia-dublin-ottawa-toronto-mexicali-20190629.html

Philippinen. Philippines: ‘Drug War’ Devastates Children’s Lives - Kids Suffer in President Duterte’s Brutal Campaign

(Geneva) – The Philippine government’s brutal “war on drugs” has devastated the lives of countless children, Human Rights Watch said today in a new web feature. The United Nations Human Rights Council, whose 41st session began on June 24, 2019, in Geneva, should adopt the resolution initiated by Iceland that asks the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to report on the Philippines’ “drug war” and human rights crisis. (Human Rights Watch, USA, 27.06.2019)

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/06/27/philippines-drug-war-devastates-childrens-lives

Ukraine. The Harm Reductionist Imprisoned by Ukraine Separatists for Carrying Bupe

For 10 months now, a Ukrainian harm reduction activist has been illegally detained by the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR), an illegitimate Russian-allied occupation “government” in eastern Ukraine, for alleged large-scale drug trafficking. In reality, he was simply carrying his 10-day supply of legally-prescribed buprenorphine, the opioid subsitution therapy medication. (Filter, USA, 26.06.2019)

https://filtermag.org/2019/06/26/the-harm-reductionist-imprisoned-by-ukraine-separatists-for-carrying-bupe/

Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka president signs four death warrants to end decades long moratorium 

The Sri Lankan president on Wednesday signed the death warrants of four prisoners jailed on drug-related offenses, to end a 43-year moratorium on the island. (The Telegraph, UK, 26.06.2019)

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/06/26/sri-lanka-president-signs-four-death-warrants-end-decades-long/

Kanda. Canada passes law to speed pardons for pot possession

TORONTO. The Canadian government passed a law late on Wednesday that would allow its citizens with a criminal record for marijuana possession to be pardoned without any cost and expedite a process that previously could take up a decade. (Reuters, 20.06.2019)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-canada-marijuana/canada-passes-law-to-speed-pardons-for-pot-possession-idUSKCN1TL1XQ

Mexiko. Do Mexican drug cartels make $500 billion a year?

Mexico’s violent drug cartels operate in the shadows, so it’s difficult to assess how much money they make. They’re not filing tax returns or getting audited. (Washington Post, 24.06.2019)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/06/24/do-mexican-drug-cartels-make-billion-year

Indivior Announces Validation of Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for SUBOXONE®(buprenorphine and naloxone) Sublingual Film

Slough, UK, 18 June 2019–Indivior PLC (LON: INDV) (the ‘Company’), a global specialty pharmaceutical company with a 20-year legacy of leadershipin developing medicines to treatopioid use disorder (OUD),today announced that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has completed formal validation of Indivior’s Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) for SUBOXONE Film. Validation of the MAA confirms that the submission is sufficiently complete to begin the formal review process.

http://www.indivior.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/EMEA-Suboxone-Film-Validation-approval-press-release_Final.pdf

Neuseeland. Drug History: What happened when Dunedin cancelled methadone

This article is about what can happen if a drug substitution programme is suddenly cancelled. (publicaddress.net, Neuseeland, 23.06.2019)

https://publicaddress.net/speaker/drug-history-what-happened-when-dunedin-cancelled/

Kolumbien/USA. US Secretary of State doubles down on backing aerial coca spraying in Colombia

The US still strongly supports the resumption of aerial spraying of pesticide on Colombian coca fields, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a Senate panel Tuesday. (colombiareports.com, 12.06.2019)

https://colombiareports.com/us-secretary-of-state-doubles-down-on-backing-aerial-spraying-of-coca-fields

The Philip Morris-funded Foundation for a Smoke-Free World: tax return sheds light on funding activities

Legg, Tess et al.

The Lancet, Volume 393, Issue 10190, 2487 - 2488 

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(19)31347-9/fulltext

The Drugreporter Video Database

Welcome to the Drugreporter Video Database! The database features hundreds of drug policy reform and harm reduction advocacy videos from all around the world. The videos produced by the Drugreporter – Rights Reporter Foundation team Péter Sárosi and István Gábor Takács (former HCLU Drug Policy Program) since 2008 are marked with blue. The videos produced by members of our Russian speaking blog   DUNEWS , Igor Kuzmenko, Alexander Levin and Alexey Kurmanaevskii, are marked with yellow. The videos produced by our Drugreporter Video Advocacy Network are marked with green. You can navigate the map and click on the markers to see the films. You can also use the filters below to find films by author, topic or country. (Drugreporter, Ungarn, 24.06.2019)

https://drogriporter.hu/en/video-database/

China. Beijing says US legalization of marijuana is a 'threat to China'

Beijing. Beijing's leading drug enforcement body has blamed the legalization of marijuana in Canada and parts of the United States for a spike in the amount of drugs smuggled into the country, describing it as a "new threat to China." (CNN, 17.06.2019)

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/06/17/asia/china-us-marijuana-smuggling-intl-hnk/index.html

USA. Woman With Opioid Addiction To Get Regular Methadone Treatment In Prison

A Massachusetts woman will become the first known person to win approval from the U.S. Justice Department’s Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to receive ongoing methadone treatment for her heroin addiction while she serves a sentence in federal prison. (ATForum, USA, 17.06.2019)

http://atforum.com/2019/06/woman-opioid-addiction-regular-methadone-treatment-prison/

Kanada. Free heroin? Unusual clinic offers 'chance at being human again' 

Low-dose drug program provides an alternative to potentially deadly street narcotics. (CBC, Kanada, 09.06.2019)

https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/national-heroin-treatment-program-crosstown-clinic-1.5137551

Tramadol, Methadone and Benzodiazepines added to Alcoholic Beverages.

Ghadirzadeh MR, Nazari SSH, Mirtorabi D, Fattahi A.

Alcohol Alcohol. 2019 Jun 4. pii: agz043. doi: 10.1093/alcalc/agz043. 

Abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31162528

Australien. Weekly Dose: Krokodil, the Russian ‘flesh-eating’ drug, makes a rare appearance in Australia

A young man recently turned up at a rural drug and alcohol service in New South Wales seeking help because of an infection in his arm. He said he had injected the drug Krokodil, which had not previously been reported in Australia. (The Conversation, Australien, 19.06.2019)

https://theconversation.com/weekly-dose-krokodil-the-russian-flesh-eating-drug-makes-a-rare-appearance-in-australia-117594