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Kanada. Prescription Inhalable Heroin Is Coming to BC. Will the Province Embrace It?

Experts say it’s past time to expand life-saving therapy for drug users. (The Tyee, Kanada, 17.09.2021)


Nasal Opioid Agonist Treatment in Patients with Severe Opioid Dependence: A Case Series. 

Vogel M, Köck P, Strasser J, Kalbermatten C, Binder H, Dürsteler KM, Walter M, Falcato L, Krausz M, Kormann A. 

Eur Addict Res. 2021 Jul 26:1-6. doi: 10.1159/000516431. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34311466.



Heroin-Assisted Treatment and the United Nations international drug control apparatus

GDPO Working Paper Series Working Paper No. 7 (July 2021) - Christopher Hallam


Heroin auf Rezept (Audio)

(WDR 5 Quarks - Topthemen aus der Wissenschaft. 18.09.2019. 06:32, verfügbar bis 17.09.2024.)


UK. Middlesbrough heroin addiction clinic secures funding until March

A scheme which gives supervised diamorphine injections to heroin addicts is to be extended after securing new funding. (BBC, UK, 08.2021)


Schottland. Developing Heroin Assisted Treatment in Scotland – learning from current practice - SDF Webinar (Video)

The Scottish Government has made its intentions clear regarding the provision of Heroin Assisted Treatment across Scotland. This will add another important intervention in our response to the on-going public health emergency which is Scotland’s drug related deaths crisis. (SDF – Scottish Drugs Forum, Schottland, 28.06.2021, Video, 01:25:41)


'Apprentissage de l’élargissement des modalités de prescription de l’héroïne médicale avec le Covid-19', 

Calzada, G., Giustiniani, J., Gois, T., Kuntz, A., Khazaal, Y., Zullino, D. (2021). 

Rev Med Suisse 2021; volume 7. no. 742, 1111 - 1114 doi: 


Does Heroin-Assisted Treatment Reduce Crime? A Review of Randomized-Controlled Trials. 

Smart, R., and Reuter, P. (2021) 

Addiction, doi.org/10.1111/add.15601 



Advocating for diamorphine: Cosmopolitical care and collective action in the ruins of the 'old British system'. 

Dennis F. 

Crit Public Health. 2021;31(2):144-155. doi: 10.1080/09581596.2020.1772463. Epub 2020 Jun 4. PMID: 34079177; PMCID: PMC7610880.


UK. Cleveland's new Police and Crime Commissioner says he won't continue funding Middlesbrough's Heroin Assisted Treatment

Cleveland's new Police and Crime Commissioner Steve Turner has been told he is "making a mistake" by ending funding from his office for a trailblazing heroin addiction treatment (HAT) scheme. (ITV, 18.05.2021)


UK. Guidance: Injectable opioid treatment: commissioning and providing services 

Guidance on commissioning and providing injectable opioid treatment for people with opioid dependence who have not responded to oral treatment. (Government UK, Public Health England, 19.03.2021)


Service delivery models for injectable opioid agonist treatment in Canada: 2 sequential environmental scans. 

Eydt E, Glegg S, Sutherland C, Meador K, Trew M, Perreault M, Goyer MÈ, Le Foll B, Turnbull J, Fairbairn N. 

CMAJ Open. 2021 Feb 23;9(1):E115-E124. doi: 10.9778/cmajo.20200021. PMID: 33622764.


Are people with opioid use disorder interested in an innovative treatment option?

Opioid-involved overdose deaths are continuing to rise. A substantial proportion of individuals with opioid use disorder do not receive treatment and, for those that do, retention in treatment is low for those on medications for opioid use disorder with many still using illicit opioids. Innovative approaches are needed to address the opioid crisis. Injectable opioid agonist treatment (e.g., supervised injections of pharmaceutical substances similar to heroin) may be one such approach. In this study, researchers explored the perceptions of injectable opioid agonist treatment among people who regularly use opioids. (Recovery Research Institue, USA, Februar 2021)


Schweiz. Grünes Licht für Studie mit Diaphin zur intranasalen Anwendung


UK. John Marks, heroin prescribing and HAT (Audio)

This episode explores the issue of prescribing heroin to people with heroin problems, a practice with a long history and usually today termed Heroin Assisted Treatment or HAT. The episode draws on a recent research project exploring the controversial work of Dr John Marks in the late 1980s and early 1990s. (tobyseddon.com, UK, 25.01.2021, Audio: 30:32)


DROGENKURIER - magazin des jes-bundesverbands, dez. 2020 nr. 124 -- Wann wird die Diamorphin-substitution zur gleichwertigen Behandlung?


Online Event. Heroin Assisted Treatment 

Wed, 27 January 2021, 14:00 – 15:30 GMT. Middlesbrough has been operating England's only Heroin Assisted Treatment programme for 18mths with some fantastic early findings. The programme has seen dramatic increase in individual participants health and well being and a significant reduction in crime. Come and listen to Daniel describe the programme in detail and talk about the impact its having in the lives of people who use it, their families and communities. (Recovering Justice, UK, 2021)


Diamorphingestützte Substitutionsbehandlung: Die tägliche Spritze

Bühring, Petra

Dtsch Arztebl 2020; 117(1-2): A-16 / B-18 / C-18


Heroin-assisted treatment of heroin-addicted patients normalizes regulatory T cells but does not restore CD4+ T cell proliferation. 

Hansen W, Luppus S, Barthel R, Chang DI, Broemstrup J, Zwarg T, Shibata J, Westendorf AM, Buer J, Scherbaum N. 

Addict Biol. 2020 Dec 17:e12998. doi: 10.1111/adb.12998. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33336491.


Schweiz. Heroingestützte Behandlung in der Schweiz

Seit 2001 gibt es ein regelmässiges Monitoring der heroingestützten Behandlung (HeGeBe) in der Schweiz. Dieser Bericht (pdf, 39S.) präsentiert die Ergebnisse der Erhebung 2019. Der Name HeGeBe ist historisch begründet, obschon die Bezeichnung diacetylmorphingestützte Behandlung korrekter ist. Im Jahr 2019 hatten 22 Institutionen in 13 Kantonen die Berechtigung Diacetylmorphin zu verabreichen. (Infodrog/Infoset, Schweiz, Newsletter Dezember 2020)


NRW/Holzwickede: Kontrollierte Heroinabgabe an Schwerstabhängige 

200 Suchtpatienten sollen künftig in einer Arztpraxis in Holzwickede im Kreis Unna kontrolliert mit Heroin versorgt werden. (WDR, 27.10.2020)


UK. Middlesbrough heroin injection scheme hailed a success

A pilot scheme which gives supervised diamorphine injections to heroin addicts has been hailed as a success by those behind it, one year on. The programme, based in Middlesbrough, focuses on high-risk addicts who are committing crimes to pay for drugs and for whom other treatments have failed. (BBC, UK, 09.11.2020)


Barriers and facilitators to a novel low-barrier hydromorphone distribution program in Vancouver, Canada: a qualitative study. 

Ivsins A, Boyd J, Mayer S, Collins A, Sutherland C, Kerr T, McNeil R. 

Drug Alcohol Depend. 2020 Nov 1;216:108202. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2020.108202. Epub 2020 Sep 15. PMID: 32948372; PMCID: PMC7490624.


NRW/Unna. Diamorphinambulanz in Holzwickede: Stellungnahme der Aidshilfe im Kreis Unna

Die Aidshilfe im Kreis Unna begrüßt die Pläne zur Eröffnung einer Diamorphin-Ambulanz in Holzwickede ausdrücklich. Mit dem Angebot wird in der Region eine wichtige Lücke im Versorgungssystem der suchtmedizinischen Hilfen geschlossen. (Aids-Hilfe Unna, 10.09.2020)


NRW/Unna. Geplante Diamorphin-Ambulanz für Süchtige sorgt für Diskussionen in Howi

Drogensüchtige sollen in Holzwickede über ein Diamorphin-Programm versorgt werden. Die geplante Praxis war gestern Gegenstand eines Informationsabends. (Rundblick-Unna, 07.10.2020)


NRW/Holzwickede: Pläne für Heroin-Ambulanz

In Holzwickede sind die Pläne für eine so genannte Heroin-Ambulanz vorgestellt worden. Die Gemeinde hatte zu dem Infoabend eingeladen, zu dem rund 40 Leute kamen. Die Ambulanz soll bis zu 200 Patienten am Tag mit Diamorphin versorgen. (Antenne, Unna, 07.10.2020)


Fifteen years of heroin-assisted treatment in a Swiss prison—a retrospective cohort study. 

Liebrenz, M., Gamma, A., Buadze, A. et al.

Harm Reduct J 17, 67 (2020). doi.org/10.1186/s12954-020-00412-0


Diamorphingestützte Behandlung in Deutschland – Stand 2020

Christian Plattner 

7. Alternativer Drogen- und Suchtbericht 2020, Seiten 47-49, Hrsg.: akzept e.V., Deutsche Aidshilfe, Berlin im Oktober 2020



UK. ‘Very promising’: UK’s first full heroin-prescribing scheme extended after reductions in crime and homelessness

‘Prison, increased sentencing, police crackdowns and all other efforts to break that cycle have failed,’ says police and crime commissioner. (Independent, UK, 24.08.2020)



Hospital Initiated Injectable Opioid Agonist Therapy for the Treatment of Severe Opioid Use Disorder: A Case Series

Brar R, Fairbairn N, Colizza K, Ryan A, Nolan S. 

[published online ahead of print, 2020, Aug 4]. J Addict Med. 2020;10.1097/ADM.0000000000000713. doi:10.1097/ADM.0000000000000713