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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.


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)


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 


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

Degenhardt, Louisa et al.

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


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 


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)


'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.


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

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


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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.


The State of Harm Reduction in Western Europe 2018

Sam Shirley-Beavan, Harm Reduction International, 2019


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.


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)


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


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


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)


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


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)


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)





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)


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