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(MENAHRA - Middle East and North Africa Harm Reduction Association, 2016)


Prisoners in Salford are being routinely handed leaflets on how to ‘safely’ take dangerous illegal drugs such as Spice.

The pamphlet - distributed to inmates when they order items such as toiletries and cigarettes - details an 11-point checklist of ‘safety rules’ for taking ‘new psychoactive substances’, which were outlawed last April. (ITV, 16.02.2017)


PRISONERS are getting advice on how to take drugs safely amid fears that substance abuse is out of control in jails. (Angle News, 17.02.2017)


Sixteen years after Vancouver formally adopted a ‘four pillars’ approach to drug strategy, the city – and the province – finds itself in the grip of an overdose crisis. (The Globe and Mail, Kanada, 10.02.2017)


Angesichts des bleibend hohen Konsums von Kokain auch innerhalb der Gruppe von Drogengebraucher*innen, die ihre Drogen injizieren, besteht eine ganz spezielle Gefahr:

Bei den nicht seltenen aber gefährlichen bakteriellen Verunreinigungen des Kokains, etwa durch den Transport im Mund oder andere hygienische Defizite des Schwarzmarkts, kann sich die Tatsache, dass die Kokain/Wasser-Lösung von der Szene nur in den seltensten Fällen vor dem Spritzen aufgekocht wird, fatal auswirken. Dem lässt sich effektiv entgegen wirken, denn:

Kokain darf man kochen! Man sollte es vor der Injektion sogar unbedingt tun! Alles andere ist ein hartnäckiges Gerücht.

Dies gilt auch beim „Cocktail“ (Kokain und Heroin): Zum Schluss alles noch mal kurz aufkochen!

Viele Keime sind auf diese Weise abzutöten und die Qualität bzw. die Wirkung des Kokain`s leidet nicht.

Falls die Droge mit stark alkalischen Stoffen gestreckt wurde, kann zur Sicherheit auch beim reinen Kokain-Druck vor dem Aufkochen etwas Ascorbinsäure zufügt werden. So vermeidet man, dass aus einem Teil des Kokains freie Basen werden. Aber Letzteres ist wohl eher ein theoretisches Problem.

(JES NRW e. V., 06.02.017)


Responding to drug and alcohol use and related problems in nightlife settings

As of today, the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA) will be hosting an online Healthy Nightlife Toolbox (HNT), which collects and provides information on good-practice interventions targeting drug and alcohol use and related problems among young people in nightlife settings. The European database is designed to support prevention workers and local, regional and national policymakers in identifying and implementing effective responses in nightlife settings. (EMCDDA, 27.01.2017)


UK. Jon Derricott

A large and ever-growing archive of harm reduction based videos, covering  a wide area from heroin to tobacco, with pieces about politics, policy and practice as well. All of them made by me, with the generous help and support of others.


The mission of MENAHRA is to support, develop and advocate for harm reduction approaches in the field of drug use, HIV/AIDS, public health, and social inclusion by following the principles of humanity, tolerance and partnership with respect to human rights and freedoms.


Development of a filter to prevent infections with spore-forming bacteria in injecting drug users.

Alhusein N, Scott J, Kasprzyk-Hordern B, Bolhuis A.

Harm Reduct J. 2016 Dec 1;13(1):33.



Safer Use mit Hindernissen, Kerstin Dettmer, Fixpunkt e.V., Berlin

56. DHS Fachkonferenz Sucht vom 10. – 12. Oktober 2016 in Erfurt


Dr Ingrid van Beek (Kirketon Road Centre, Australia) asks how radical harm reduction can be.

City of Health, City of London, 19.09.2016, Video, 27:20


Professor Neil McKeganey (Centre for Substance Use Research) discusses the limits of harm reduction.

City of Health, City of London, 19.09.2016, Video, 23:16


WEDINOS is a harm reduction project, and reflects trends in substance use.

Public Health Wales, 2016


Harm Reduction International is very pleased to share with you the newly launched Global State of Harm Reduction 2016.

This is the fifth report in the Global State series, which provides the most up-to-date picture of harm reduction policy and practice around the world. 

The new data in this report shows a worrying slowdown in the provision of harm reduction services for people who use drugs, with no new countries introducing needle and syringe programmes since 2014.

Along with this, there has been a rise in injecting stimulant use across all regions of the world, and a dramatic increase in overdose deaths.

Harm reduction in prisons also remains vastly insufficient, with only a very small number of countries providing needle exchange or overdose training in at least one prison.

We would like to recognise the invaluable contribution of harm reduction advocates, networks and researchers, organisations of people who use drugs, activists, donors and multilateral agencies this year and throughout the life of this unique project. It is thanks to this collective effort that the Global State has become a key resource for so many in their work.


Thirty years ago we resorted to civil disobedience to start a needle exchange program and set an example for the world. Today we watch from the sidelines.

Alex Wodak, Kate Dolan, and Gino Vumbaca in: The Guardian, UK, 14.11.2016


Ausführlicher Bericht über Konsumräume, Nadel- und Spritzentausch und Schadensminderung in Berlin. (NHPR – New Hampshire Public Radio, USA, 30.08.2016)

Harm Reduction International (HRI) is urging governments and UN agencies attending the CND intersessionals, called to discuss the implementation of the UNGASS on Drugs outcome document, to push for targets which will turn the outcomes into real progress on harm reduction and the human rights of people who use drugs. (HRI, 10.10.2016)


Harm Reduction From Below: On Sharing and Caring in Drug Use

Inge Van Schipstal, Swasti Mishra, Moritz Berning, and Hayley Murray

Contemporary Drug Problems September 2016 43: 199-215, first published on July 29, 2016 doi:10.1177/0091450916663248


The Justice Ministry will seek the use of Section 44 under the interim charter to remove methamphetamine, or ya ba, from the dangerous narcotics list to allow health authorities to make medical use of the substance (Bangkok Post, 30.08.2016)