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Opinion of health professionals and drug users before the forthcoming opening of the first drug consumption room in Paris: a quantitative cross-sectional study

Grégoire Cleirec, Maeva Fortias, Vanessa Bloch, Virgile Clergue-Duval, Frank Bellivier, Thomas Dusouchet, Céline Debaulieu and Florence Vorspan

Harm Reduction Journal 2018, 15:53 | Published on: 25 October 2018, doi.org/10.1186/s12954-018-0260-8

https://harmreductionjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12954-018-0260-8

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/

Irland. First ever state-funded heroin injection centre will cater for 60 addicts a day 

The planned new State-funded injecting centre for chronic heroin and cocaine addicts in Dublin’s inner city is to cater for around 60 addicts each day and is to open at 6.30 each morning. (Irish Examiner, Irland, 22.10.2018)

https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/first-ever-state-funded-heroin-injection-centre-will-cater-for-60-addicts-a-day-878351.html

USA. Safer Consumption Spaces: Three Underground Models

“For years, the idea of a safe consumption space captivated the imagination of drug users everywhere,” says Isaac Jackson, president of the San Francisco chapter of the Urban Survivors Union. “It was like the promised land. A place where we would take care of each other and no one would get busted or get sick or die from an overdose. I hope folks aren’t going to get too disappointed when they finally open.” (Filter, USA, 18.10.2018)

https://filtermag.org/2018/10/18/what-do-we-want-from-safer-consumption-spaces-seattle-has-three-underground-models/

USA. Feds bid to stop Philly safe injection site may be test for rest of U.S. 

The options U.S. Attorney William McSwain described offered the most concrete outline yet of the federal government’s potential response should the proposal’s backers move forward on a supervised drug-injections site. 

(...) “Nobody is above the law — and by that I mean nobody,” McSwain said. “I mean the leaders who would be involved in setting up this proposed deadly drug-injection site, the board members … the city officials who would be involved in supporting it, the medical personnel who might be staffing it or the folks who might be using the drugs.”(Seattle Times, USA, 13.10.2018)

https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/feds-bid-to-stop-philly-safe-injection-site-may-be-test-for-rest-of-u-s/

Berlin. UN-Vertreter ruft zu mehr Anstrengungen gegen Aids auf

Berlin – Der Vize-Chef des HIV/Aids-Programms der Vereinten Nationen, Tim Martineau, hat Deutschland zu mehr Anstrengungen im Kampf gegen Aids aufgefordert. Deutschland könne Neuinfektionen verhindern und durch Drogenkonsum verursachte Schäden vermindern, sagte er heute bei einem Besuch von Einrichtungen der Drogenhilfe in Berlin. (aerzteblatt.de, 15.10.2018)

https://www.aerzteblatt.de/nachrichten/98498/UN-Vertreter-ruft-zu-mehr-Anstrengungen-gegen-Aids-auf

USA. San Francisco mayor weighs drug injection site despite veto

SAN FRANCISCO—A veto by California Gov. Jerry Brown blocking a supervised drug injection site in San Francisco has left the mayor deciding whether to go it alone on the issue.

Driven in part by a family tragedy, Mayor London Breed has long pledged to open what could be the first such site in the country to provide space for people to inject drugs and a “chill” room where they could recover. (The Star, Kanada, 02.10.2018)

https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2018/10/02/san-francisco-mayor-weighs-drug-injection-site-despite-veto.html

USA. ‘An argument that made no sense at all’: Why Ed Rendell supported needle exchange during the AIDS epidemic and safe injection sites today

On Tuesday, former Gov. Ed Rendell announced that he is incorporating a nonprofit, called Safehouse, that will work to open a safe injection site in the city. Responding to a recent threat by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that federal law enforcement would crack down on a site if one were to open, Rendell told WHYY: "My address is in the offices of the Bellevue and he [Rosenstein] can come and arrest me first." (The Philadelphia Inquirer, USA, 05.10.2018)

http://www2.philly.com/philly/opinion/commentary/opioids-safe-injection-sites-needle-exchange-ed-rendell-safehouse-20181005.html

USA. 'Come And Arrest Me': Former Pa. Governor Defies Justice Department On Safe Injection

In Philadelphia, a battle between local officials and the Trump administration is heating up. (NPR – National Public Radio, USA, 05.10.2018)

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/10/10/656268815/come-and-arrest-me-former-pa-governor-defies-justice-department-on-safe-injectio

Schweiz. Lausanne eröffnet zweiten Fixerraum in der Romandie

Nach jahrelangem politischen Widerstand können Süchtige in Lausanne bald in einem sauberen und geschützten Rahmen illegale Drogen konsumieren. Am Montag wird dort das erste "Fixerstübli" eröffnet. (swissinfo.ch, 28.09.2018)

https://www.swissinfo.ch/ger/lausanne-eroeffnet-zweiten-fixerraum-in-der-romandie/44433806

USA. California's Jerry Brown rejects supervised drug injection plan

California Gov. Jerry Brown rejected legislation on Sunday that would have allowed San Francisco to open what could be the nation's first supervised drug injection site under a pilot program. Advocates of "safe injection" sites say the locations would save lives by preventing drug overdoses and providing access to counseling.

But the U.S. government and other critics say taxpayers should not be helping users shoot up heroin, methamphetamine or other illegal drugs. (CBS News, USA, 01.10.2018)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/californias-jerry-brown-rejects-supervised-drug-injection-plan/

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)

https://pointsadhsblog.wordpress.com/2018/09/20/special-response-over-100-researchers-and-practitioners-respond-to-rod-rosenstein-on-safe-injection-sites/

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)

https://www.aerzteblatt.de/nachrichten/98047/Diakonie-eroeffnet-ersten-Alkoholkonsumraum-fuer-Suchtkranke

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

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

https://www.infodrog.ch/files/content/schadensminderung_de/Monitoring_KA_DE_2017.pdf

DCR – Drug Consumption Rooms Worldmap

(Correlation – European Harm Reduction Network, September 2018

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1oIVCpKGUFdChAcoOEJi4s8fYpmGUcfPI/view

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)

https://vimeo.com/281211709

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) 

https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Health-intervention-or-drug-den-Legal-battle-13199486.php

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)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tees-45393692

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)

http://www.drugpolicy.org/press-release/2018/08/groundbreaking-supervised-consumption-services-bill-passes-california-senate

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)

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/27/opinion/opioids-heroin-injection-sites.html

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)

https://www.kron4.com/news/bay-area/senate-passes-bill-to-permit-safe-injection-sites-in-san-francisco/1386608540

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)

https://ajp.com.au/columns/opinion/melbourne-injecting-room-already-saving-lives/

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

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(18)31469-7/fulltext

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)

https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/special-policing-need-for-injectioncentre-says-charity-organiser-tony-geoghegan-862455.html

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)

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-08-opioid-safe-consumption-sites-overdose.html

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)

http://landesstellesucht-nrw.de/neues/items/DKR_Jahresbericht_2017.html

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)

https://www.straight.com/news/1103766/assisted-injection-trial-means-vancouvers-most-marginalized-drug-users-could-soon

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)

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/07/12/628136694/harm-reduction-movement-hits-obstacles

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)

https://www.talkingdrugs.org/uk-drug-policy-fuelling-an-hiv-outbreak-in-scotland

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)

https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/opinion/topic/2018/07/07/the-long-fight-safe-injecting-rooms/15308856006516