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GDS2019: Cannabis health information labels: why it’s time to have mandatory warnings as part of any legal cannabis market and how they’ll help keep the cannabis industry on the straight and narrow.

Professor Adam R Winstock Consultant Psychiatrist & Founder, Global Drug Survey, Mai 2019





Working with people who use drugs - Guidance for homelessness accommodation services

There is no legal requirement for homelessness services to provide specific support to individuals who use drugs, although it is common for people experiencing homelessness to be using drugs. Homelessness services vary in their tolerance to drug use, and the use of drugs can cause challenges for clients who are expected to adhere to organisational policies and procedures. This can be equally challenging for the organisation. There is, however, an opportunity for homelessness services to work with people using drugs, in order to help reduce harm, improve future prospects and increase opportunities of re-integration in to wider society. (homeless link, UK, Mai 2019)


Researchers verify new method of HIV transmission among injection drug users and effective prevention technique

“Cook your Wash” campaign reduces risk of HIV transmission

LONDON, ON – New studies from Lawson Health Research Institute and Western University have found for the first time that HIV can be transmitted through the sharing of equipment used to prepare drugs before injection and that a simple intervention – heating the equipment with a cigarette lighter for 10 seconds – can destroy the HIV virus, preventing that transmission. The findings, used to inform a public health campaign called ‘Cook Your Wash,’ have helped reduce rates of HIV transmission in London, Ontario. (Lawson Health Research Institute, Kanada, 25.04.2019)


High levels of alcohol intoxication and strong support for restrictive alcohol policies among music festival visitors

Kristin Feltmann, Tobias H. Elgán and Johanna Gripenberg

Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy, 2019, 14:15, doi.org/10.1186/s13011-019-0203-8


Linz/Österreich. Ersatzfläche für Alkohol- und Suchtkranke: Konflikte im öffentlichen Raum minimieren und Aufenthaltsbereich für Alkoholkranke ermöglichen 

(...) „Gemeinsam mit Sucht-Experten, der Polizei und SozialarbeiterInnen wollen wir den Versuch unternehmen, den Alkohol- und Suchtkranken eine Ersatzfläche zur Verfügung zu stellen. Ein konkreter Vorschlag liegt vor, etwaige notwendige Adaptierungsmaßnahmen werden derzeit geprüft“, so Bürgermeister Klaus Luger. 

„Die Erfahrungen am Hessenpark und am Südbahnhofmarkt haben gezeigt, dass die Konflikte vor Ort mit Sozialarbeit alleine nicht zu lösen sind. Es braucht daher einen entsprechenden, niederschwellig betreuten Aufenthaltsbereich für Alkoholkranke, um das Konfliktpotenzial zu minimieren und gleichzeitig der Zielgruppe eine entsprechende Fläche zu bieten“, betont Sozialreferentin Vizebürgermeisterin Karin Hörzing. (Stadt Linz, 19.03.2019)


USA. Increasing Access to MAT: What Is the Role of Harm Reduction?

There are moves—important and funded ones—to support the expansion of medication-assisted treatment (MAT), but those moves apply mostly to office-based opioid treatment (OBOT) providers, not to opioid treatment programs (OTPs). (Addiction Treatment Forum, USA, 07.04.2019)


A public health approach to alcohol use and its related harms in Iran

Shokoohi, Mostafa et al.

The Lancet Public Health , Volume 4 , Issue 4 , e175 - e176 


Mainline – It is Mainline's mission to improve the health and rights of people who use drugs.

Mainline provides harm reduction services, training, consultancy and a lifestyle magazine. We work with partner organisations domestically and abroad through various projects. We have been dedicated to the principle of harm reduction, for 28 years. (Mainline, Niederlande, 2019)


UNAIDS. Promises to improve health outcomes for people who inject drugs remain unfulfilled as 99% do not have adequate access to harm reduction services 

New report by UNAIDS highlights the urgent need to implement a human rights and evidence-informed approach to reach people who inject drugs with essential health services. (UNAIDS, Genf, 13.03.2019)



(UNAIDS, 2019)


Veiled Truths: Iranian Women and Risky Sexual Behavior in the Context of Substance Use.

Merghati Khoei E, Jamshidimanesh M, Emamian MH, Sheikhan F, Dolan K, Brady KT.

J Reprod Infertil. 2018 Oct-Dec;19(4):237-246.


Navigating Blind in the Green Rush: Clinical Considerations and Harm Reduction Practices for Cannabis.

Meffert BN, Morabito DM, Mosich MK, Loflin MJ, Sottile J, Heinz AJ.

Curr Drug Res Rev. 2019;11(1):3-11. doi: 10.2174/2589977511666181109153958.


Schweiz. Ist risikoarmer Kokainkonsum möglich?

Boris B. Quednow, Experimental and Clinical Pharmacopsychology,Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and PsychosomaticsPsychiatric Hospital, University of Zurich

Konferenz Nightlife-und Freizeitdrogenkonsum, Luzern, 24.01.2019


Parenting Practices in the Context of Legal Marijuana: Voices from Seattle Parents

Eisenberg, N., Jones, T.M., Kosterman, R. et al. J 

Child Fam Stud (2019) 28: 587. doi.org/10.1007/s10826-018-1288-9



Parenting in the age of legal pot: Household rules, conversations help guide teen use 

When Washington voters legalized marijuana in 2012, many parents found themselves with a new teachable moment.

Though illegal for anyone under 21, the drug presented a dilemma similar to alcohol: Retailers sold it, people openly consumed it -- sometimes to excess -- and parents themselves struggled with how to talk to their kids about their own use, past or present.

Unlike with alcohol, research on the health and developmental effects of marijuana is still emerging. And the law's complexity, along with the accessibility of marijuana products and stores, has left parents thinking more deliberately about how and why to set some ground rules.

Most parents agree that marijuana should be off-limits to children and teenagers, but they want information and advice from trustworthy sources, said Nicole Eisenberg, a research scientist with the University of Washington's Social Development Research Group. Those findings come from a study published online Jan. 16 in the Journal of Child and Family Studies, by Eisenberg and a team of researchers. (University of Washington, USA, 07.02.2019) 


Europa. Street Support Project: National Report Germany (engl.)

Autor: Ralf Köhnlein [Fixpunkt]

Herausgeber: Correlation Network | De Regenboog Groep, Amsterdam, Niederlande, 2019-02-05


Europa. Street Support Project: “Homeless people are not the problem, the situation is.”

The Street Support Project is built on the idea that each person has the potential to learn and to do something meaningful. Adult learning, work and other activities can play a vital role in this context, as long as it is adapted to the specific needs and living conditions of the target group.

Our main aim is to tackle the situation and problems of homeless people with an inclusive strategy. We will approach the situation with a pro-active, supportive and comprehensive strategy, which is more effective than a repressive approach.

Homeless people are not the problem, the situation is.

We will develop best practices and tools to support your efforts to improve working will homeless people. (The Street Support Project, Februar 2019)


Europa. Alcohol consumption, harm and policy response fact sheets for 30 European countries (2018)

The 30 country fact sheets for EU Member States, Norway and Switzerland present data on consumption, harm and policy implementation for the year 2016, aiming to give guidance to national decision-makers for further priority-setting in the field of alcohol and public health. Besides trends in alcohol consumption, each fact sheet features a section on alcohol consumption and alcohol-attributable harm, with special attention to young people, and a section on the implementation of key alcohol control policies, including the three WHO “best buys” – price increase, limits on availability and bans on advertising of alcohol. This allows for a quick overview of important subsets of alcohol policy measures that will support countries to assess their own progress towards reducing the burden of noncommunicable diseases and their key risk factors. The fact sheets also present, for the first time, an individual overview of the composite indicator scores of the 10 areas of action to reduce the harmful use of alcohol. (World Health Organization 2018)


USA. More Companies Should Offer Bathroom Syringe Disposals Like Starbucks

(...) Starbucks recently began a pilot program of installing syringe disposal boxes in some of its bathrooms. The move follows a petition started by Starbucks employees, who are voicing concerns about filthy restrooms and accidental needle pricks on the job. (Filter Magazine, USA, 23.01.2019)


UK. Improving safety for people who inject drugs

An estimated 1 in 6 people who inject drugs share needles and syringes with other people, increasing their risk of infection with HIV, hepatitis B virus and hepatitis C virus. These infections are usually spread when blood from one person collects in the space between the needle and the plunger - the ‘dead space’ - and the injecting equipment is shared with someone else without having been cleaned. (NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care West (CLAHRC West), UK, Januar 2019)

Low dead space injecting equipment, which can come with fixed needles or needles that can be removed, has less space between the needle and the plunger when it’s fully pushed in. Research suggests that low dead space equipment could reduce the chance of spreading infections if it’s re-used or shared.

Needle and syringe programmes supply sterile equipment to people who inject drugs. Introducing low dead space injecting equipment with detachable needles to these programmes could reduce risk of infection among people who share equipment. But this move would only be effective if people who inject drugs, needle and syringe programmes, and commissioners are willing to switch to this safer equipment. (National Institute for Health Research, UK, Januar 2019)



HIV knowledge and risk behaviors among drug users in three Vietnamese mountainous provinces.

Nguyen TMT, Tran BX, Fleming M, Pham MD, Nguyen LT, Nguyen ALT, Le HT, Nguyen TH, Hoang VH, Le XTT, Vuong QH, Ho MT, Dam VN, Vuong TT, Nguyen V, Nguyen HLT, Do HP, Doan PL, Nguyen HH, Latkin CA, Ho CSH, Ho RCM.

Subst Abuse Treat Prev Policy. 2019 Jan 15;14(1):3. doi: 10.1186/s13011-019-0191-8.


Risk thresholds for alcohol consumption: combined analysis of individual-participant data for 599 912 current drinkers in 83 prospective studies

Wood, Angela MWood, Angela M et al.

The Lancet , Volume 391 , Issue 10129 , 1513 - 1523 


Harm Reduction Strategies and Disinhibitors Among Women Who Use Heroin.

Kerley KR, DeShay RA, Copes H.

Int J Offender Ther Comp Criminol. 2018 Dec 12:306624X18818682. doi: 10.1177/0306624X18818682. 



Philippinen. Philippines Harm Reductionists Share Their Vision Amid a Murderous Drug War (Video)

“It has never been about drugs. It has always been about people.”

That’s the motto of NoBox Transitions, a courageous Philippines harm reduction organization working to provide services and advocacy for people who use drugs.

They do this in the context of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s murderous drug war, which has resulted in the extra-judicial executions of an estimated 27,000 people suspected of using or selling drugs since 2016. (Filter Magazine, USA, 02.01.2019, Video, 06:30)


Philippinen. NoBox (Harm Reduction Organisation):  "Harm reduction—kindness—simply put, saves lives. And isn’t that the whole point?"

Before we were NoBox, we were a small residential center in Cubao. Our services were grounded on the philosophy of harm reduction: doing what it takes to keep you alive and safe, and that there is no such thing as being too kind.

Realizing that problems go deeper and everything is connected, we expanded into a civil society organization. Still providing services, we are now also working on reforming drug-related policies and laws. We are advocating for ones that recognize and respect the human being on the receiving end: your inherent dignity should not and cannot be taken away. You deserve to be treated as a person simply because you are, and as a reason, we believe that’s more than enough.

The core of our philosophy is this: you are worthy of being alive. The world could be a little more logical, a little more scientific, and as always, a little kinder. (2019)


EMCDDA. m-Health applications for responding to drug use and associated harms


This paper presents results from a scoping study on the availability of smartphone-based applications in the drugs field within a European and global context.

It explores the range of m-health applications available to users and professionals seeking information, support and advice in a wide range of EU languages. (EMCDDA,Lissabon,Dezember 2018)


Correlation European Harm Reduction Network (neue Website)


USA. Blueprint – A Community Response to Crystal Meth

Presented by Harm Reduction Coalition in partnership with Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM) and The Counter Narrative Project, USA, 2018

Crystal methamphetamine use among Black and Latino gay and bisexual men is a growing phenomenon with few resources devoted to addressing it. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in 2015, over 10,000 young Black gay and bisexual men in the US were diagnosed with HIV, more than any other subgroup by race/ethnicity, age and gender. Also there have been anecdotal reports of Black and Latino MSM who are new initiates to crystal methamphetamine injection during sexual encounters, with potential for sharing injection equipment, thus increasing risks for HIV and Hep C contraction and the spread of new infections.

Harm Reduction is a proven strategy that can provide a framework with concrete tools to help providers support and engage Black and Latino gay and bisexual men who are using crystal ethamphetamine in conversations about how to reduce risks. These conversations can also focus in identifying the role that trauma, mental health, social isolation and personal/structural violence play in their lives and well-being.


Krebsforscher informieren über Gefahren von Wasserpfeifen, E-Zigaretten und Tabakerhitzern

Heidelberg – Das Deutsche Krebsforschungszentrum (DKFZ) in Heidelberg hat Informationsblätter zu Wasserpfeifen, E-Zigaretten und Tabakerhitzern herausgegeben. Hintergrund ist, dass viele insbesondere jugendliche Nutzer die gesundheitlichen Gefahren dieser Trendprodukte unterschätzten, hieß es aus dem Zentrum. (aerzteblatt.de, 13.12.2018)