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USA. Special Response: Over 100 Researchers and Practitioners Respond to Rod Rosenstein on Safe Injection Sites

In response to the current opioid crisis a number of cities in the United States are considering establishing safe injection sites for users of heroin and other illegal drugs. This is not a new idea. Cities in Canada and Europe currently have them, including a successful program in Vancouver. Safe injection sites provide a place for people to inject illicit drugs under medical supervision. In addition to a clean and warm space, they typically offer sterile injecting equipment and basic healthcare. Many also provide referrals to treatment, housing and other services. Critically, all safe injection sites include trained staff to respond to overdose, leading many experts to refer to them as “overdose prevention sites,” to better reflect this core aim. (Alcohol and Drugs History Society, USA, 20.09.2018)


Karlsruhe. Diakonie eröffnet ersten Alkoholkonsumraum für Suchtkranke

Karlsruhe – Der landesweit erste Alkoholkonsumraum für Suchtkranke ist heute in Karlsruhe eröffnet worden. In dem „Alkohol Akzeptierenden Aufenthaltsraum“ der Diakonie – so der offizielle Name – können Betroffene selbst mitgebrachtes Bier oder Wein trinken, aber nichts Hochprozentiges wie Schnaps. Zudem können Betroffene mit Sozialarbeitern sprechen. Die Örtlichkeit ist, zusammen mit dem vom nächstem Jahr an ebenfalls in Karlsruhe geplanten ersten Drogenkonsumraum im Südwesten, Teil des Konzepts zur Entschärfung der Situation am Karlsruher Werderplatz. (aerzteblatt.de, 21.09.2018)


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)


Schweiz. Monitoring des Substanzkonsums in den Kontakt- und Anlaufstellen - Jahresbericht 2017

Ein Projekt der Kontakt und Anlaufstellen Schweiz und von Infodrog. (infodrog, 2017/2018)


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. (Talkking Drugs, UK, 09.07.2018)


DCR – Drug Consumption Rooms Worldmap

(Correlation – European Harm Reduction Network, September 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)


Niederlande. Successes & Challenges: 20 years of Drug Consumption Rooms in The Netherlands (Video)

A documentary produced in collaboration with MAINline, with the generous support of AIDS Fonds. Recorded and edited by Visionary Minds. (Correlation Network, Niederlande, August 2018, Video, 05:36)


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)


USA. Safe-injection legal battle brewing in SF — health intervention or drug den?

If Gov. Jerry Brown goes along, San Francisco plans to establish what could be the nation’s first legal, supervised safe injection site for drug users. But there’s a potentially serious legal obstacle: a 3-decade-old federal law that was directed at shutting down dens of crack cocaine dealers and users. (San Francisco Chronicle, 03.09.2018) 


Baden-Württemberg. Sozial-und Integrationsminister Manne Lucha begrüßt Entscheidung der CDU-Landtagsfraktion, kein Veto für Drogenkonsumraum in Karlsruhe einzulegen



UK. Heroin addicts to get drug use clinic in Middlesbrough

Heroin users in Middlesbrough will be allowed to self-administer drugs at a new clinic. 

Cleveland Police said the scheme targets the most prolific offenders to break the cycle of drug use, crime and prison. (BBC, 03.09.2018)


Baden-Württemberg. Positionspapier zur Einführung von Drogenkonsumräumen in Baden-Württemberg

Die Landesstelle für Suchtfragen in Baden-Württemberg befürwortet die Einrichtung von Drogenkonsumräumen. (Landesstelle für Suchtfragen der Liga der freien Wohlfahrtspflege in Baden-

Württemberg e.V., Mai 2018)


USA. Groundbreaking Supervised Consumption Services Bill Passes the California Senate 

Senate Votes for AB 186 to Prevent Drug Overdose Deaths in San Francisco. (DPA – Drug Policy Alliance, 21.08.2018)


Kanada. Victoria's first permanent supervised consumption site to open mid-June

A permanent answer to B.C.’s raging overdose epidemic could open in Victoria in the next two weeks, pending final federal government approval. 

Victoria’s first brick-and-mortar supervised injection site is slated for a soft opening on June 14 with doors officially opening on June 18, according to officials with Our Place Society.

Island Health officials tell CTV News the opening is contingent on a final green light from the federal government. (vancouverisland.ctvnews, 05.06.2018)


USA. Opinion: Fight Drug Abuse, Don’t Subsidize It - Americans struggling with addiction need treatment and reduced access to deadly drugs. They do not need a taxpayer-sponsored haven to shoot up. 

By Rod J. Rosenstein

Mr. Rosenstein is the deputy attorney general of the United States. (New York Times, 27.08.2018)


EMCDDA. Drug consumption rooms: an overview of provision and evidence

Supervised drug consumption facilities, where illicit drugs can be used under the supervision of trained staff, have been operating in Europe for the last three decades. These facilities primarily aim to reduce the acute risks of disease transmission through unhygienic injecting, prevent drug-related overdose deaths and connect high-risk drug users with addiction treatment and other health and social services. (EMCDDA, Lissabon, 07.06.2018)


USA. Senate passes bill to permit safe injection sites in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO. The California State Senate on Tuesday passed Assembly Bill 186, which allows San Francisco, pursuant to a 3-year pilot program, to implement safe injection sites. (KRON, USA, 21.08.2018)


UK. Home Office has 'no plans for fix rooms'

Home Office officials have said they cannot support the creation of "fix rooms" for drug addicts in Glasgow.

The department's drugs legislation team set out its reasons in a letter to Glasgow City Council, which has proposed the facility.

But the Home Office said it was aware of the public health benefits of drug consumption rooms. (BBC, 04.06.2018)


Australien. Melbourne injecting room already saving lives

After all the fracas, the Medically Supervised Injecting Room is hitting all KPIs, as NSW calls for more rooms in needy areas. (ajp.com.au, Australien, 21.08.2018)


Schottland. Queen’s physician in Scotland, Roy Robertson, backs call for shooting galleries for drug addicts in Glasgow amid rise in HIV cases

The Queen’s physician in Scotland has accused the UK and Scottish governments of failing vulnerable drugs users and urged ministers to back shooting galleries allowing them to inject safely amid a rise in cases of HIV.

Roy Robertson, professor of addiction medicine at Edinburgh University and apothecary to the royal household in Scotland, said the Home Office decision to reject safe injecting rooms in Glasgow is indicative of a policy failure on a large scale. (The Sunday Times (Registrierung erforderlich), UK, 27.05.2018)


The global health and equity imperative for safe consumption facilities

Leo Beletsky, Pieter Baker, Jaime Arredondo, Ashley Emuka, David Goodman-Meza, Joseph J Amon, Steffanie Strathdee, Carlos Magis-Rodriguez

The Lancet, Volume 392, ISSUE 10147, P553-554, August 18, 2018, doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(18)31469-7


Kanada. Tent erected in Vancouver as a rebel supervised drug-use site is now one of the busiest in B.C.

A tent erected by volunteers off a Downtown Eastside alley as a temporary measure to deal with a surge in overdoses has become one of the busiest supervised drug-consumption sites in the province nearly 20 months later. (The Globe and Mail, Kanada, 23.05.2018)


Irland. Special policing need for injection centre, says charity organiser Tony Geoghegan

A “dedicated” policing service must be part of a compensation package to communities and businesses affected by the State’s first injecting centre for heroin users, according to the head of the charity awarded the contract to run the service. (Irish Examiner, 16.08.2018)


Stellenwert von Drogenkonsumräumen im Gesamt-Versorgungskonzept für Heroinabhängige

Eva Gesigora, Kristin Hagemann (INDRO, Drogenhilfezentrum Münster)

Präsentation (Folien) von der DSÄ-Fortbildungsveranstaltung vom 14.04. in Köln-Sürth


Support increases when opioid 'safe consumption sites' called 'overdose prevention sites'

"Safe consumption sites," where people can use pre-obtained drugs with medically trained personnel on hand to treat overdoses, garner higher public support when they are called "overdose prevention sites," according to a study led by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. (Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, 08.08.2018)


Evidence and Issues Concerning Drug Consumption Rooms (May 21, 2018). 

Fortson, Rudi and McCulloch, Liz,

Queen Mary School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 279/2018,  (May 21, 2018).


The impact of medically supervised injection centres on drug-related harms: A meta-analysis

Tom May, Trevor Bennett, Katy Holloway

International Journal of Drug Policy

Volume 59, September 2018, Pages 98-107, doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2018.06.018



Schottland. Glasgow confirms 'shooting gallery' site for drug users has been chosen

THE controversial ‘fix room’ for heroin addicts to legally inject will be sited in one of Glasgow’s most deprived areas, social work chiefs have comfirmed. (The Herald, 10.05.2018)


NRW. Jahresbericht 2017- Die Arbeit der Drogenkonsumräume in NRW

In Nordrhein-Westfalen gibt es derzeit zehn Drogenkonsumräume. Die Inanspruchnahme und Nutzung der insgesamt 96 Konsumplätze wird entsprechend der gültigen Rechtsverordnung dokumentiert und evaluiert. Die Landesstelle Sucht NRW unterstützt im Auftrag des Ministeriums für Arbeit. Gesundheit und Soziales des Landes NRW die Drogenkonsumraum-betreiber*innen bei der Erhebung und Auswertung der Daten. Der Jahresbericht 2017 stellt die Ausstattung der Standorte sowie die Inanspruchnahme in 2017 dar. Darüber hinaus wurden Jahresvergleiche mit den Auswertungsjahren 2015 und 2016 durchgeführt. (Landesstelle Sucht NRW, 01.08.2018)


USA. NYPD backs supervised drug injection centers after visiting sites in Canada

NYPD officials saw crime and quality of life troubles around government-sanctioned drug injection sites they visited in Canada, Police Commissioner James O'Neill said Tuesday — but he still supports opening the centers in New York. (NY Daily News, 08.05.2018)


Kanada. Assisted-injection trial means Vancouver's most-marginalized drug users could soon access Insite

Federal drug laws have prevented Insite from providing supervision to people who require assistance injecting drugs. Now, 15 years after the facility opened, a Health Canada program could finally change that. (The Georgia Straight, Kanada, 17.07.2018)