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Prescription opioids and longitudinal changes in cognitive function in older adults: A population-based observational study.

Warner, NS, Hanson, AC, Schulte, PJ, Habermann, EB, Warner, DO, Mielke, MM. 

J Am Geriatr Soc. 2022; 1- 12. doi:10.1111/jgs.18030



Israel. Earliest evidence of opium use found in burial site in Israel

Evidence of the earliest use of the narcotic opium has been found in an ancient burial site in Israel.

Traces were discovered by archaeologists in pottery vessels at the complex in Yehud, about 11km (7 miles) south-east of Tel Aviv.

They say the containers date back about 3,400 years, apparently having been used in local burial rituals. 

The site was used by inhabitants during the period when the land was known as Canaan. (BBC, UK, 20.09.2022)


Could Opium Gum be the Solution to the Overdose Crisis?

The prohibitionist regime surrounding the adult use of drugs has had devastating impacts on individuals, communities, and entire regions, spurring corruption, deteriorating the rule of law, and resulting in numerous human rights violations.  The harms of prohibition have been broadly documented and yet, policy makers and politicians continue to uphold the status quo, even as policy innovations demonstrate a new and progressive way forward. 

The illegal heroin market has dramatically transformed in the last few years, with the substitution or adulteration of fentanyl “poisoning” the market and spurring an overdose crisis tragically seen in the United States and Canada, among other nations. Within this context, as overdose deaths rise, the price of opium gum, as it is known before it is transformed into heroin, has fallen by 80% since 2018. This drop in prices directly impacts cultivating communities in Mexico, which use poppy crops as a complementary cultivation along with subsistence farming. 

As researchers and advocates for drug policy reforms centred on people, human rights, sustainable development, harm reduction, pleasure, and social justice, we have been working in Mexico to highlight how opium gum could become one of several opiate-based products offered within a legal market that simultaneously combats the poverty of cultivating communities and prevents overdoses of people who inject drugs. (Talking Drugs, UK, 22.08.2022)


Dynamic recognition of naloxone, morphine and endomorphin1 in the same pocket of µ-opioid receptors. 

Zhang X, Sun MY, Zhang X, Guo CR, Lei YT, Wang WH, Fan YZ, Cao P, Li CZ, Wang R, Li XH, Yu Y, Yang XN. 

Front Mol Biosci. 2022 Aug 16;9:925404. doi: 10.3389/fmolb.2022.925404. PMID: 36052166; PMCID: PMC9424762.


Ptchd1 mediates opioid tolerance via cholesterol-dependent effects on μ-opioid receptor trafficking. 

Maza, N., Wang, D., Kowalski, C. et al.

Nat Neurosci (2022). doi.org/10.1038/s41593-022-01135-0


Characterizing the Experience of Tapentadol Nonmedical Use: Mixed Methods Study. 

Vosburg SK, Dailey-Govoni T, Beaumont J, Butler SF, Green JL. 

JMIR Form Res. 2022 Jun 10;6(6):e16996. doi: 10.2196/16996. PMID: 35687397; PMCID: PMC9233245.


Novel Synthetic Opioids (NSO) Use in Opioid Dependents Entering Detoxification Treatment. 

Specka M, Kuhlmann T, Bonnet U, Sawazki J, Schaaf L, Kühnhold S, Steinert R, Grigoleit T, Eich H, Zeiske B, Niedersteberg A, Steiner K, Schifano F, Scherbaum N. 

Front Psychiatry. 2022 Jun 1;13:868346. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2022.868346. PMID: 35722574; PMCID: PMC9198264.


The Problematic Use of Tramadol Is Increasing in France

Caroline Guignot

Medscape - Apr 18, 2022.


USA. Challenges in Identifying Novel Psychoactive Substances and a Stronger Path Forward

The importance of non-targeted testing to keep pace with a rapidly evolving synthetic opioid market. (NIJ – National Institute of Justice, USA, 11.06.2022)


P300 Event-Related Potentials as a Marker of Craving in Opioid Use Disorder: a Systematic Literature Review 

Skrenes A., Labonté L.E., Muñoz-Violant S., Khehra J., Krigolson O., and Schütz C


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Opioidreport 2022 (begleitender Foliensatz)

Gerd Glaeske 

unter Mitarbeit von Andrea Ernst, Friederike Höfel, Elisabeth Horn, Mona Lorenz, Julia Misonow, Lutz Muth, Anna Nymbach-Dietrich, Jonas Poskowsky 

März 2022, Universität Bremen, SOCIUM, Mary-Somerville-Str. 5, 28359 Bremen 

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Opioidreport 2022 

Gerd Glaeske 

unter Mitarbeit von Andrea Ernst, Friederike Höfel, Elisabeth Horn, Mona Lorenz, Julia Misonow, Lutz Muth, Anna Nymbach-Dietrich, Jonas Poskowsky 

März 2022, Universität Bremen, SOCIUM, Mary-Somerville-Str. 5, 28359 Bremen 


Zu früh, zu oft: Werden Opioide von Ärzten unterschätzt? Studie unter Leitung des Arzneimittelexperten Prof. Dr. Gerd Glaeske

Forscherteam der Universität Bremen ermittelt steigende Vergabe bei zweifelhaften Indikationen - trotz hoher Suchtgefahr

Kritik: Leichtfertige Verordnung von Opioiden wie Fentanyl

Aktionstag gegen den Schmerz am 7. Juni

(HKK - Handelskrankenkasse, Bremen, 02.06.2022)


Kamini, a little recognised source of illicit opioid: A case series of 12 patients. 

Khan T, Ariyawansa P, Quinn J, Hayllar J. 

Drug Alcohol Rev. 2022 May 12. doi: 10.1111/dar.13475. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35555819.



Trace residue identification, characterization, and longitudinal monitoring of the novel synthetic opioid β-U10, from discarded drug paraphernalia. 

West H, Fitzgerald JL, Hopkins KL, Leeming MG, DiRago M, Gerostamoulos D, Clark N, Dietze P, White JM, Ziogas J, Reid GE. 

Drug Test Anal. 2022 May 13. doi: 10.1002/dta.3284. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35562123.


Non-fentanyl-derived synthetic opioids emerging during recent years. 

Hasegawa K, Minakata K, Suzuki M, Suzuki O. 

Forensic Toxicol. 2022 Apr 29:1-10. doi: 10.1007/s11419-022-00624-y. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35528111; PMCID: PMC9052731.


Kanada. CCENDU Drug Alert - Nitazenes

What Are Nitazenes?

Nitazenes are potent synthetic opioids from a drug class known as benzimidazole-opioids.

Some nitazenes are estimated to be several times more potent than fentanyl.

They were developed 60 years ago as potential pain relief medication, but were never approved for clinical use.

They were first identified in the unregulated drug supply in Canada in 2019.

They typically appear unexpectedly in drugs expected to contain other, more traditional opioids (e.g., fentanyl, oxycodone tablets or “down”), often alongside non-medical benzodiazepines (NMBs). (Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction, 2022)


New Synthetic Opioids Use among Patients in Treatment for an Opioid Use Disorder in Barcelona. 

Alías-Ferri M, Marchei E, Pacifici R, Pichini S, Pellegrini M, Pérez-Mañá C, Papaseit E, Muga R, Fonseca F, Farré M, Torrens M. 

Eur Addict Res. 2022 Apr 4:1-8. doi: 10.1159/000524011. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35378545.


New Synthetic Opioids Use among Patients in Treatment for an Opioid Use Disorder in Barcelona. 

Alías-Ferri M, Marchei E, Pacifici R, Pichini S, Pellegrini M, Pérez-Mañá C, Papaseit E, Muga R, Fonseca F, Farré M, Torrens M. 

Eur Addict Res. 2022 Apr 4:1-8. doi: 10.1159/000524011. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35378545.


Unspecified opioids among opioid overdoses in Oslo, Norway. 

Iqbal ZZ, Nguyen TMT, Brekke M, Vallersnes OM. 

BMC Res Notes. 2022 Apr 9;15(1):134. doi: 10.1186/s13104-022-06022-2. PMID: 35397589; PMCID: PMC8994352.


Indien. 'Chitta' reaching Himachal via Punjab more lethal

Consuming ‘chitta’ regularly for three to four months could result in platelets falling below 10,000, which could prove fatal. (The Tribune, Indien, 15.04.2022)


Warnmeldung: Hochpotente synthetische Opioide im Umlauf, z.T. enthalten in gefälschten Medikamenten

Aus Deutschland liegen Berichte zu mindestens drei Todesfällen vor, bei denen der Verdacht auf eine (Misch-)Intoxikation mit synthetischen Opioiden aus der Gruppe der Benzimidazole besteht. (National Early Warning System, Adebar, IFT München, März 2022)

Warnmeldung Hochpotente synthetische Opioide im Umlauf, März 2022

Global, regional, and national consumption of controlled opioids: a cross-sectional study of 214 countries and non-metropolitan territories. 

Richards GC, Aronson JK, Mahtani KR, Heneghan C. 

Br J Pain. 2022 Feb;16(1):34-40. doi: 10.1177/20494637211013052. Epub 2021 May 4. PMID: 35111312; PMCID: PMC8801686.


Clinical Management of Opioid Withdrawal,

Torres-Lockhart, K., Lu, T. Y., Weimer, M. B., Stein, M. R., and Cunningham, C. O. (2022)

Addiction. doi.org/10.1111/add.15818. 



USA. New Opioids Called Nitazenes May Be 20 Times Stronger Than Fentanyl

A potent synthetic opioid class called nitazenes has been discovered after people overdosed on them.

The nitazene class of medication was created over 60 years ago as a potential pain-relief medication, according to the WHOTrusted Source.

Medical experts say this opioid may be up to 20 times more powerful than fentanyl. (Healthline, USA, 08.12.2021)


Etazene induces developmental toxicity in vivo Danio rerio and in silico studies of new synthetic opioid derivative. 

Kurach Ł, Chłopaś-Konowałek A, Budzyńska B, Zawadzki M, Szpot P, Boguszewska-Czubara A. 

Sci Rep. 2021 Dec 20;11(1):24269. doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-03804-9. PMID: 34931035; PMCID: PMC8688443.


USA/Kanada. Etodesnitazene — New Synthetic Opioid Identified During Forensic Death Investigations in the United States and Canada

Purpose: The objective of this announcement is to notify public health and safety, law enforcement, first responders, clinicians, medical examiners and coroners, forensic and clinical laboratory personnel, and all other related communities about new information surrounding the emergent synthetic opioid etodesnitazene. (NPS Discovery, USA, Dezember 2021)


USA/Kanada. NPS Alerts: New Synthetic Opioid and ‘Unusual’ Overdose Symptoms (protonitazene)

The Center for Forensic Science Research and Education (CFSRE) (…) warns of the emergence of protonitazene, an opioid that is approximately three times more potent than fentanyl. (CFSRE - Center for Forensic Science Research and Education, USA, 13.12.2021)


Info-Folder "Benzos + Opiate"

Dieser Info-Folder befasst sich mit den Risiken und Wirkungsweisen von verschreibungspflichtigen Medikamenten (Benzodiazepine und Opiate), die missbräuchlich zu Rauschzwecken konsumiert werden. Er wendet sich mit speziellen risikomindernden Hinweisen vorwiegend an Konsumierende und konsuminteressierte Jugendliche. (Mindzone, Dezember 2021)


Opioid Analgesia and Opioid-Induced Adverse Effects: A Review. 

Paul AK, Smith CM, Rahmatullah M, Nissapatorn V, Wilairatana P, Spetea M, Gueven N, Dietis N. 

Pharmaceuticals (Basel). 2021 Oct 27;14(11):1091. doi: 10.3390/ph14111091. PMID: 34832873; PMCID: PMC8620360.