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USA. “An Abstinence-Based State”—Utah Harm Reduction Faces Unique Challenges

Deaths involving opioids, methamphetamine and other drugs have reached record highs in Utah. The state government passed legislation in 2016 to create syringe exchanges, but harm reduction advocates still battle against stigma from conservatives and liberals alike to implement programs in a unique cultural context. (Filter, USA, 09.01.2020)

https://filtermag.org/harm-reduction-utah/

Europa. Final conference of the SOLIDIFY project in Lisbon: exchange on the role of local authorities and visit of harm-reduction schemes

The Efus-led SOLIDIFY European project on the implementation of Supervised Drug Consumption Facilities (SDCFs) in several European cities and the assessment of their local impact held its final conference in Lisbon, on 5-6 December. (EFUS – European Forum for Urban Security, Dezember 2019)

https://efus.eu/en/topics/activity/18223/

Global State of Harm Reduction 2019

The 2019 update to Harm Reduction International’s flagship publication, the Global State of Harm Reduction, includes updates to some of the key data in the report, including the opening of new drug consumption rooms, availability of needle and syringe programs, and references to harm reduction in national policy documents, among many other things. (HRI – Harm Reduction International, November 2019)

https://www.hri.global/global-state-of-harm-reduction-2019

Snus: a compelling harm reduction alternative to cigarettes.

Clarke, E., Thompson, K., Weaver, S. et al. 

Harm Reduct J 16, 62 (2019) doi:10.1186/s12954-019-0335-1

https://harmreductionjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12954-019-0335-1

“We don't get much of a voice about anything”: perspectives on photovoice among people who inject drugs. Drainoni, M., Childs, E., Biello, K.B. et al. 

Harm Reduct J 16, 61 (2019) doi:10.1186/s12954-019-0334-2

https://harmreductionjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12954-019-0334-2

The Evolution of Addiction Treatment and Harm Reduction Programs in Iran: A Chaotic Response or a Synergistic Diversity?. 

Ekhtiari, H., Noroozi, A., Farhoudian, A., Radfar, R., Hajebi, A., Sefatian, S., Zare‐bidoky, M., Razaghi, E. M., Mokri, A., Movaghar, A. R., and Rawson, R. ( 

2019) 

Addiction, doi.org/10.1111/add.14905. 

Abstract

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/add.14905

Harm reduction drug policy in Israel: what has been accomplished and what still needs to be done?

Bonny-Noach H.

Isr J Health Policy Res. 2019 Oct 16;8(1):75. doi: 10.1186/s13584-019-0343-3.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6796456/

Alex Wodak - History and development of harm reduction (Video)

Alex Wodak (Australia) delivered a presentation "History and development of harm reduction" in Melbourne on 3rd October 2019. (City Health International, 23.10.2019, Video, 35:22)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTIKJGq4i0U

Global patterns of opioid use and dependence: harms to populations, interventions, and future action

Degenhardt, Louisa et al.

The Lancet, Volume 394, Issue 10208, 1560 - 1579 

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(19)32229-9/fulltext

Strategies to reduce drug-related harm: responding to the evidence base

Degenhardt, Louisa et al.

The Lancet, Volume 394, Issue 10208, 1490 - 1493 

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(19)32232-9/fulltext

HCV, injection drug use, and the importance of harm reduction in Kenya

Zaller, Nickolas et al.

The Lancet Infectious Diseases, Volume 19, Issue 11, 1158 - 1159 

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/laninf/article/PIIS1473-3099(19)30407-4/fulltext

Kanada. Cannabis Legalization: Year One Observations

Provides the first summary of Canada’s experience in the first year of retail sales after cannabis legalization, with a focus on the public health and safety objectives of the Cannabis Act. Canada’s relationship with legal cannabis is evolving and the market is still developing. With the Act in effect for less than a year, any discussion of impact is limited to preliminary observations. (Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction, 2019)

https://www.ccsa.ca/cannabis-legalization-year-one-observations

'Communities are attempting to tackle the crisis': a scoping review on community plans to prevent and reduce opioid-related harms.

Leece P, Khorasheh T, Paul N, Keller-Olaman S, Massarella S, Caldwell J, Parkinson M, Strike C, Taha S, Penney G, Henderson R, Manson H.

BMJ Open. 2019 Sep 12;9(9):e028583. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-028583.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6747643/

What is harm reduction? - Drugreporter's Just Say Know Series, Episode 4.  (Video)

(Drugrepporter, Ungarn, 09.09.2019, Video, 04:01)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymFhWbSiPOs&feature=em-lsp

Mitigating opioids’ harm

Ideally, opioid addiction could be prevented altogether. But failing that, strategies to make drug use safer can curb opioid-related death. (Nature, USA, 10.09.2019)

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-02689-z

Afghanistan. The Empowering and Dangerous Work of Harm Reduction in Afghanistan

dris Azizi speaks softly when he relates how, as a person living with HIV, he was told to sit in the trunk of a car, with the door open, when traveling to a 2017 Global Fund committee meeting in Kabul, Afghanistan. The two doctors from the Ministry of Public Health with whom he was traveling sat in the car cabin. (Filter, USA, 10.09.2019)

https://filtermag.org/harm-reduction-afghanistan/

Nepal. Harm reduction in Nepal

For many years, Youth Vision (Nepal) and Mainline worked together to support people who inject drugs in Nepal. Under the Bridging the Gaps programme, Youth Vision grew into a true harm reduction expert. (MAINline, Niederlande, 23.08.2019)

https://vimeo.com/354665069

USA/Kanada. Addiction Policy Forum launches overdose awareness toolkit in collaboration with University of Waterloo

Today Addiction Policy Forum released a comprehensive Overdose Awareness Toolkit in collaboration with the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy (Ontario, Canada). This toolkit comes ahead of International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31st. (University of Waterloo, School of Pharmacy, Kanada, 23.08.2019)

https://uwaterloo.ca/pharmacy/news/addiction-policy-forum-launches-overdose-awareness-toolkit

Kanada. Vancouver’s overdose task force calls for safer supply of drugs

Vancouver’s overdose emergency task force wants support from other Canadian cities and the federal government for expanded access across Canada to a safer supply of drugs. (Globe And Mail, Kanada, 22.07.2019)

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/british-columbia/article-vancouvers-overdose-task-force-calls-for-safer-supply-of-drugs/

Co-design of harm reduction materials for people who inject drugs to implement research findings.

Hussey D, Trinder-Widdess Z, Dee C, Bagnall D, Bojangles T, Kesten JM.

Harm Reduct J. 2019 Jun 7;16(1):36. doi: 10.1186/s12954-019-0300-z.

https://harmreductionjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12954-019-0300-z

The State of Harm Reduction in Western Europe 2018

Sam Shirley-Beavan, Harm Reduction International, 2019

https://www.hri.global/files/2019/05/20/harm-reduction-western-europe-2018.pdf

Harmreduction measures employed by people using opioids with suspected fentanyl exposure in Boston, Baltimore, and Providence.

Rouhani S, Park JN, Morales KB, Green TC, Sherman SG.

HarmReduct J. 2019 Jun 24;16(1):39. doi: 10.1186/s12954-019-0311-9.

https://harmreductionjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12954-019-0311-9

HR19 PowerPoint Presentations Now Available to View Online

As promised, presentations from major and concurrent sessions at HR19 are now available to view online. (Harm Reduction International, Juni 2019)

https://www.hri.global/hr19-programme

Injecting-related trust, cooperation, intimacy, and power as key factors influencing risk perception among drug injecting partnerships.

Morris MD, Andrew E, Tan JY, Maher L, Hoff C, Darbes L, et al. (2019) 

PLoS ONE 14(5): e0217811. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0217811

https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0217811

Reducing injection intensity is associated with decreased risk for invasive bacterial infection among high-frequency injection drug users

Salequl Islam, Damani A. Piggott, Alberto Moriggia, Jacquie Astemborski, Shruti H. Mehta, David L. Thomas and Gregory D. Kirk

Harm Reduction Journa,  2019, 16:38, doi.org/10.1186/s12954-019-0312-8

https://harmreductionjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12954-019-0312-8

Kanada. Overdose deaths would be at least twice as high without emergency harm reduction and treatment response 

The rapid expansion of harm reduction services in response to B.C.’s overdose crisis prevented more than 3,000 possible overdose deaths during a 20-month period, suggests new research led by the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC). (BCCDC, Kanada, 05.06.2019)

http://www.bccdc.ca/overdose-deaths-would-be-at-least-twice-as-high

ACMD Report -Drug-related harms in homeless populations and how they can be reduced

ACMD - Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, UK, 19.06.2019

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/810284/Drug-related_harms_in_homeless_populations.pdf

Gesundheitliche Begleiterscheinungen&Schadensminderung - Workbook Harms and Harm Reduction - Bericht 2018 des nationalen REITOX-Knotenpunkts an die EMCDDA (Datenjahr 2017/2018)

Esther Dammer, Franziska Schneider&Tim Pfeiffer-Gerschel, IFT Institutfür Therapieforschung; Gabriele Bartsch, Deutsche Hauptstelle für Suchtfragene.V. (DHS); Maria Friedrich, Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung(BZgA) (2019)

https://www.dbdd.de/fileadmin/user_upload_dbdd/05_Publikationen/PDFs/REITOX_BERICHT_2018/07_WB_Gesundheitliche_Begleiterscheinungen_2018.pdf

Kanada. Without harm reduction, overdoses would have killed thousands more, B.C. analysis finds

A B.C. Centre for Disease Control review calculates that supervised injection and other harm-reduction programs prevented more than 3,000 fatal overdoses during a 20-month period beginning in April 2016. (The Georgia Straight, Kanada, 10.06.2019)

https://www.straight.com/news/1252756/without-harm-reduction-overdoses-would-have-killed-thousands-more-bc-analysis-finds

STATE OF HARM REDUCTION IN WESTERN EUROPE 2018

HARM REDUCTIONINTERNATIONAL, 2019

https://www.hri.global/files/2019/05/20/harm-reduction-western-europe-2018.pdf