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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

Women and harm reduction - Global State of Harm Reduction 2018 briefing

Women are estimated to account for one third of the 275 million people who use drugs globally. Women who use drugs are consistently reported to have less access to harm reduction services and to be at higher risk of HIV and hepatitis C infection than men who use drugs. Despite these reports, robust data on this subject is scarce, and research on drug use and related health issues rarely produces information about women. The Global State of Harm Reduction 2018 identifies a number of key issues and themes reflected across the world that limit women’s access to harm reduction services, and highlights cases of good practice. (HRI – Harm Reduction International, 2019)

http://fileserver.idpc.net/library/women-harm-reduction-2018.pdf

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

https://www.globaldrugsurvey.com/gds-2019/gds2019cannabis-health-information-labels-why-its-time-to-have-mandatory-warnings-as-part-of-any-legal-cannabis-market-and-how-theyll-help-keep-the-cannabis-industry-on-the-straigh/

SAFER USE: ALTERNATIVE MÖGLICHKEITEN ZUM INTRAVENÖSEN DROGENKONSUM (Poster)

UP YOUR BUM/DIE PO-INJEKTION - SMOKE-IT/FOLIE RAUCHEN – SNIEFEN/DURCH DIE NASE ZIEHEN (AIDS-Hilfe NRW, 2019)

http://www.landesstellesucht-nrw.de/tl_files/images/pages/PDFs/2018_rz_plakate_saferuse_online.pdf

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)

https://www.homeless.org.uk/sites/default/files/site-attachments/Supporting%20people%20who%20use%20drugs%20in%20homelessness%20services.pdf

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)

https://www.lawsonresearch.ca/researchers-verify-new-method-hiv-transmission

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

https://substanceabusepolicy.biomedcentral.com/articles/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)

https://www.linz.at/medienservice/2019/201903_100431.php

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)

http://atforum.com/2019/04/increasing-access-mat-harm-reduction/

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 

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpub/article/PIIS2468-2667(19)30038-6/fulltext

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)

https://english.mainline.nl/page/home

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)

http://www.unaids.org/en/resources/presscentre/pressreleaseandstatementarchive/2019/march/20190313_drugs_report

UNAIDS. HEALTH, RIGHTS AND DRUGS - HARM REDUCTION, DECRIMINALIZATION AND ZERO DISCRIMINATION FOR PEOPLE WHO USE DRUGS

(UNAIDS, 2019)

http://www.unaids.org/sites/default/files/media_asset/JC2954_UNAIDS_drugs_report_2019_en.pdf

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.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6328983/

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.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6380657/

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

https://www.infodrog.ch/files/content/nightlife/de/konferenz2019/praesentationen/ws2a-quednow-freizeitdrogenkonsum-neubad19.pdf

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

Abstract

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10826-018-1288-9