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Lessons learned from the Amsterdam Cohort Studies among people who use drugs: a historical perspective. 

van Santen, D.K., Coutinho, R.A., van den Hoek, A. et al. Harm Reduct J 18, 2 (2021). doi.org/10.1186/s12954-020-00444-6


Cooking heroin the Turkish way: chemical investigation on an unusual heroin preparation method.

Dahm, G., Allar, C., Schaaf, R. et al. 

Harm Reduct J 18, 8 (2021). doi.org/10.1186/s12954-020-00457-1


Having a voice and saving lives: a qualitative survey on employment impacts of people with lived experience of drug use working in harm reduction. 

People with Lived Expertise of Drug Use National Working Group., Abele, B., Bowser, J. et al. 

Harm Reduct J 18, 1 (2021). doi.org/10.1186/s12954-020-00453-5


Harm reduction in Europe: a framework for civil society-led monitoring. 

Rigoni, R., Tammi, T., van der Gouwe, D. et al.

Harm Reduct J 18, 3 (2021). doi.org/10.1186/s12954-020-00451-7


Drug Use in Street Sex worKers (DUSSK) study: results of a mixed methods feasibility study of a complex intervention to reduce illicit drug use in drug dependent female sex workers. 

Patel R, Redmond NM, Kesten JM, Linton MJ, Horwood J, Wilcox D, Munafo J, Coast J, Macleod J, Jeal N. 

BMJ Open. 2020 Dec 15;10(12):e036491. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-036491. PMID: 33323428; PMCID: PMC7745311.


USA. Partnership Research: Evidence Based Strategies for Abatement of Harms from the Opioid Epidemic

Jointly authored by leading experts in addiction, this report contains recommendations and evidence-based strategies for investment of litigation settlement funds to end the opioid crisis and mitigate future harms. (drugfree.org, November 2020)


Harm reduction via online platforms for people who use drugs in Russia: a qualitative analysis of web outreach work. 

Davitadze, A., Meylakhs, P., Lakhov, A. et al. 

Harm Reduct J 17, 98 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12954-020-00452-6


USA. Leaked FBI Report: Drug Sellers Practice Harm Reduction

The recognition that people who sell drugs can play a crucial role in reducing the harms caused by drug criminalization is not limited to reformers, syringe service workers and researchers. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is also aware—although the evidence of this comes from a leaked intelligence report, rather than any public FBI acknowledgment. (Filter, USA, 02.12.2020)


Burning Issues: The Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction 2020

 It’s the second in our GSTHR series which documents the development of tobacco harm reduction and use, availability and regulatory responses to safer nicotine products around the world, and comes two years after No Fire, No Smoke, our first GSTHR report (2018). (GSTHR, UK, November 2020)


A qualitative study of diphenhydramine injection in Kyrgyz prisons and implications for harm reduction. 

Meyer, J.P., Culbert, G.J., Azbel, L. et al. 

Harm Reduct J 17, 86 (2020). doi.org/10.1186/s12954-020-00435-7


An international multidisciplinary consensus statement on the prevention of opioid‐related harm in adult surgical patients. 

Levy, N., Quinlan, J., El‐Boghdadly, K., Fawcett, W.J., Agarwal, V., Bastable, R.B., Cox, F.J., de Boer, H.D., Dowdy, S.C., Hattingh, K., Knaggs, R.D., Mariano, E.R., Pelosi, P., Scott, M.J., Lobo, D.N. and Macintyre, P.E. (2020), 

Anaesthesia. doi:10.1111/anae.15262


Understanding the crisis in harm reduction funding in Central and Eastern Europe. 

Miovský, M., Miklíková, S., Mravčík, V. et al. 

Harm Reduct J 17, 83 (2020). doi.org/10.1186/s12954-020-00428-6


Women and barriers to harm reduction services: a literature review and initial findings from a qualitative study in Barcelona, Spain.

Shirley-Beavan, S., Roig, A., Burke-Shyne, N. et al. 

Harm Reduct J 17, 78 (2020). doi.org/10.1186/s12954-020-00429-5


Toward a human-centered use of technology: a stakeholder analysis of harm reduction and CBO staff. 

Aronson, I.D., Bennett, A.S. & Freeman, R. 

Harm Reduct J 17, 77 (2020). doi.org/10.1186/s12954-020-00422-y


Towards Targeted Interventions in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Risk Profiles of People Who Inject Drugs in Haiphong (Vietnam). 

Riondel A, Huong DT, Michel L, Peries M, Oanh KTH, Khue PM, Thanh NTT, Giang HT, Vallo R, Cournil A, Rapoud D, Quillet C, Laureillard D, Vinh VH, Moles JP, Feelemyer J, Hammett T, Jarlais DD, Nagot N. 

Biomed Res Int. 2020 Sep 10;2020:8037193. doi: 10.1155/2020/8037193. PMID: 32964044; PMCID: PMC7502134.


Community Care in Reach: Mobilizing Harm Reduction and Addiction Treatment Services for Vulnerable Populations

Craig Regis, Jessie M. Gaeta, Sarah Mackin, Travis P. Baggett, Joan Quinlan and Elsie M. Taveras

Front. Public Health, 25 September 2020. doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2020.00501


USA. National Harm Reduction Coalition (neuer Auftritt)


Population estimation and harm reduction among people who inject drugs in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 

Deyessa, N., Senbete, B., Abdo, A. et al. 

Harm Reduct J 17, 61 (2020). doi.org/10.1186/s12954-020-00407-x


Schweiz. The Incredible Story of Zürich’s Journey to Harm Reduction

André Seidenberg, Zürich, in: Filter, USA, 09.09.2020


Perceptions about fentanyl-adulterated heroin and overdose risk reduction behaviors among persons seeking treatment for heroin use. 

Stein MD, Kenney SR, Anderson BJ, Bailey GL. 

J Subst Abuse Treat. 2019;104:144-147. doi:10.1016/j.jsat.2019.07.006


HaRePo (harm reduction by post): an innovative and effective harm reduction programme for people who use drugs using email, telephone, and post service. 

Torres-Leguizamon, M., Reynaud, E.G., Néfau, T. et al.

Harm Reduct J 17, 59 (2020). doi.org/10.1186/s12954-020-00403-1


USA. National Harm Reduction Coalition – neue Website


Kanada. Canadian Drug Users Need Us Doctors to Step Up With Safe Supply

(...) As overdose deaths skyrocket, associated with even higher concentrations of illicitly-produced fentanyl in the street drug supply, it’s time for physicians and nurse practitioners across Canada to step up and start prescribing a replacement “safe supply” of pharmaceutical-grade drugs. We can use the tools we already have, within models that meet our patients’ needs, while we advocate for decriminalization of drugs and access to a legal, regulated, non-toxic supply. (Claire Bodkin & Tommy Brothers, Filter, USA, 24.08.2020)


Bulgarien. The Oldest Harm Reduction Organisation in Bulgaria Shut Down

In June 2020, all harm reduction services with public funding stopped in Bulgaria for the second time in three (2017-2020) years. The oldest, biggest, and most experienced harm reduction organisation, Initiative for Health Foundation, shut down too. No needle and syringe programs remained open in the country. (Drug Reporter, Ungarn, 25.08.2020)


Social network support and harm reduction activities in a peer researcher-led pilot study, British Columbia, Canada. 

Elkhalifa, S., Jozaghi, E., Marsh, S. et al. 

Harm Reduct J 17, 57 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12954-020-00401-3


Global Fund. Technical brief: Harm reduction for people who use drugs


Global Fund. Technical brief: Harm reduction for people who use drugs

Normalised pain and severe health care delay among people who inject drugs in London: Adapting cultural safety principles to promote care

Magdalena Harris

Social Science & Medicine, Volume 260, September 2020, 113183, doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.113183


'A journey with harm reduction: compassion, public health, political wisdom and human rights' presentation at the City Health International 2020 Online Conference. (Video)

(City Health International, 15.06.2020, Video, 12:21)


Harm reduction for people who inject drugs in Ukraine and Tanzania associated with improved HIV prevention outcomes

NGO-delivered initiatives have tangible benefits for the health of people who inject drugs in terms of HIV and hepatitis C prevention and engagement with HIV care in Ukraine, according to research presented to the 23rd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2020: Virtual). Clients of NGOs were more likely to have been tested for HIV, use condoms and sterile needles, receive opioid agonist therapy, and if HIV positive, be on antiretroviral therapy. (aidsmap, UK,05.07.2020)


Harm reduction 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. 

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