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Use of withdrawal management services among people who use illicit drugs in Vancouver, Canada

Sharon Vipler,Kanna Hayashi,M.-J. Milloy,Evan Wood,Ekaterina Nosova,Thomas Kerrand Lianping Ti 

Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy 2018, 13:27, doi.org/10.1186/s13011-018-0164-3


Pain as a risk factor for substance use: a qualitative study of people who use drugs in British Columbia, Canada

Pauline Voon,Alissa M. Greer,Ashraf Amlani,Cheri Newman,Charlene Burmeisterand Jane A. Buxton

Harm Reduction Journal 2018, 15:35, doi.org/10.1186/s12954-018-0241-y


WHO bringt ICD-11 auf den Weg

Die WHOstellt heute in Genf offiziell die 11. Revision der Internationalen Klassifikation der Krankheiten (ICD-11) vor. Dafür hat sie unter anderem ein neues Portal eingerichtet, das leichten Zugang zur ICD-11 und ihren Werkzeugen erlaubt. (DIMDI, 18.06.2018)


Joint versus separate inpatient rehabilitation treatment for patients with alcohol use disorder or drug use disorder: an observational study.

Bender S, Specka M, Buchholz A, Hölscher S, Rist F, Heinz TW, Schifano F, Scherbaum N.

Subst Abuse Rehabil. 2018 Jun 25;9:23-29. doi: 10.2147/SAR.S136523.


WHO. ICD-11: Classifying disease to map the way we live and die

Coding disease and death

There are few truer snapshots of a country’s wellbeing than its health statistics. While broad economic indicators such as Gross Domestic Product may skew impressions of individual prosperity, data on disease and death reveal how a population is truly faring.

The International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD) is the bedrock for health statistics. It maps the human condition from birth to death: any injury or disease we encounter in life − and anything we might die of − is coded. 
Not only that, the ICD also captures factors influencing health, or external causes of mortality and morbidity, providing a holistic look at every aspect of life that can affect health.

These health statistics form the basis for almost every decision  made in health care today − understanding what people get sick from, and what eventually kills them, is at the core of mapping disease trends and epidemics, deciding how to programme health services, allocate health care spending, and invest in R&D. 
ICD codes can have enormous financial importance, since they are used to determine where best to invest increasingly scant resources. In countries such as the USA, meanwhile, ICD codes are the foundation of health insurance billing, and thus critically tied up with health care finances. (WHO, Genf, Juni 2018)


Opioid Receptors Gene Polymorphism and Heroin Dependence in Iran.

Soleimani Asl S, Roointan A, Bergen H, Amiri S, Mardani P, Ashtari N, Shabani R, Mehdizadeh M.

Basic Clin Neurosci. 2018 Mar-Apr;9(2):101-106. doi: 10.29252/nirp.bcn.9.2.101.


WHO. ICD 11 is here!

This week WHO released a new version of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). The ICD is the bedrock for health statistics. It maps the human condition from birth to death: any injury or disease we encounter in life − and anything we might die of − is coded. 
Over a decade in the making, this completely electronic version of the ICD reflects progress in medicine and advances in scientific understanding.
New chapters have been added on traditional medicine and sexual health, and “gaming disorder” has been added to the section on addictive disorders.

Crucially, in a world of 7.4 billion people speaking nearly 7000 languages, the ICD provides a common vocabulary for recording, reporting and monitoring health problems. Fifty years ago, it would be unlikely that a disease such as schizophrenia would be diagnosed similarly in Japan, Kenya and Brazil. Now, however, if a doctor in another country cannot read a person’s medical records, they will know what the ICD code means. (WHO, Genf, 18.06.2018)


Evaluation of prodynorphin gene polymorphisms and their association with heroin addiction in a sample of the southeast Iranian population.

Hashemi M, Shakiba M, Sanaei S, Shahkar G, Rezaei M, Mojahed A, Bahari G.

Mol Biol Res Commun. 2018 Mar;7(1):1-6. doi: 10.22099/mbrc.2017.27182.1294.


Studie zur Fußball-Fanszene: Gewalt und Drogenkonsum hängen zusammen.

Wenn Fußball-Fans gewalttätig werden, hängt dies unter anderem mit dem Konsum illegaler Drogen wie Kokain, Speed und Cannabis zusammen. Dies zeigt eine nicht-repräsentative Studie des Deutschen Instituts für Sucht- und Präventionsforschung (DISuP) der Katholischen Hochschule NRW, für die knapp 800 Fußball-Fans in Onlineforen befragt wurden. Bisher gab es zu diesem Feld keine quantitativen Untersuchungen. (Katholische Hochschule Nordrhein-Westfalen, 21.06.2018)


Binge alcohol and substance use across birth cohorts and the global financial crisis in the United States. 

Yang JC, Roman-Urrestarazu A, Brayne C (2018) 

PLoS ONE 13(6): e0199741. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0199741


Broschüre. Umsicht! Vorsicht! Dann sticht ES nicht!

Diese Broschüre richtet sich an Personen, die in ihrer beruflichen Tätigkeit in Kontakt mit Drogenkonsumierenden oder Drogenutensilien kommen...

... hauswartspersonal, reinigungspersonal, Angestellte im strassenunterhalt, Lehrkräfte, Polizistinnen, sicherheitspersonal, Geschäftsleute usw. (infodrog (Schweiz), Fixpunkt (Berlin), aktualisierte Auflage, 2017)


A non-coding CRHR2SNP rs255105, a cis-eQTL for a downstream lincRNA AC005154.6, is associated with heroin addiction. 

Levran O, Correa da Rosa J, Randesi M, Rotrosen J, Adelson M, Kreek MJ (2018) 

PLoS ONE 13(6): e0199951. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0199951


Fußball WM 2018. Cocaine, the captain & the frozen mummies: Paolo Guerrero's World Cup journey

Back in 1999, on the mountainous border between Chile and Argentina, the frozen bodies of three Inca children were discovered on top of a volcano.

Perfectly preserved amid freezing conditions 6,000 metres in the sky, they had lain undisturbed since they were sacrificed around five centuries earlier. 

Nearly two decades have passed, but the discovery is still teaching us about the world they left behind. 

And over the past year, these three mummies played an unlikely role in getting Peru's record goalscorer and captain to the World Cup in Russia despite his doping ban. 

This is the story of how that came to be. (BBC, 15.06.2018)


Women and opioids: something different is happening here

Mazure, Carolyn M et al.

The Lancet , Volume 392 , Issue 10141 , 9 - 11 


Can deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (DTMS) be used to treat substance use disorders (SUD)? A systematic review.

Kedzior KK, Gerkensmeier I, Schuchinsky M.

BMC Psychiatry. 2018 May 18;18(1):137. doi: 10.1186/s12888-018-1704-0.


USA. New clinician screening tool available for substance use

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Clinical Trials Network has unveiled a new scientifically validated, online screening tool designed to assess a patient’s risk for substance misuse and substance use disorder, and assist the health care provider with prevention and treatment strategies. The Tobacco, Alcohol, Prescription medication, and other Substance use (TAPS) Toolis available on the NIDAMED Web Portal and consists of a comprehensive screening component followed by a brief assessment for those who screen positive. NIDAMED disseminates science-based resources to health professionals on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction, and advances in pain management. NIDA is part of the National Institutes of Health. (NIH/NIDA, USA, 28.06.2018)


USA. Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center

SAMHSA is committed to improving prevention, treatment, and recovery support services for mental and substance use disorders.

This new Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center aims to provide communities, clinicians, policy-makers and others in the field with the information and tools they need to incorporate evidence-based practices into their communities or clinical settings. The Resource Center contains a collection of scientifically-based resources for a broad range of audiences, including Treatment Improvement Protocols, toolkits, resource guides, clinical practice guidelines, and other science-based resources. (SAMHSA - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2018)


Datenreport Frühe Hilfen, Ausgabe 2017

Nationales Zentrum Frühe Hilfen (NZFH), Forschungsverbund Deutsches Jugendinstitut (DJI) und TU Dortmund (Hrsg.), (2018): Datenreport Frühe Hilfen, Ausgabe 2017, Köln.


Drogennachweis mittels Abwasser

Jeder Mensch muss mal. Was beim Gang auf die Toilette in die Kanalisation gelangt, wird von Forschenden in ganz Europa regelmäßig unter die Lupe genommen. Dabei kommt so manch überraschender Befund zum Vorschein. (drugcom.de, Topthema Juni 2018)


Berlin. Notdienst für Suchtmittelgefährdete und –abhängige Berlin e.V. mit neuem Internet-Auftritt


Europa. DROGENPERSPEKTIVEN Abwasseranalyse und Drogen – eine europäische städteübergreifende Studie

(EMCDDA, 2018)


Sucht und Sexualität - Sucht und Sexualität - Mann (S)sucht Liebe

Wie wichtig sind gelingende Partnerschaft und Sexualität für ein Leben frei von Sucht? Über die Hälfte der Suchtrehabilitanden ist alleinstehend. Die meisten wünschen sich eine Partnerschaft. Im Fachkrankenhaus Vielbach wurde deutlich, dass diesem wichtigen Lebensbereich der Rehabilitanden bislang zu wenig Aufmerksamkeit geschenkt wurde. Deshalb hat die Klinik eine umfassende, anonyme Befragung zum Thema „Partnerschaft und Sexualität“ durchgeführt und begonnen, die Behandlungsangebote entsprechend der Ergebnisse zu verändern. Joachim J. Jösch berichtet über die Entwicklungen in Vielbach und über eine neue Perspektive in der Behandlung von Suchtkranken. (Konturen online, 28.06.2018)


EMCDDA releases its first analysis on monitoring drug-related homicide in Europe

An EMCDDA Paper released today provides an overview of the information available on drug-related homicide (DRH) in Europe. This first snapshot provides practitioners and policymakers with the current state of the art on this topic. It is part of the EMCDDA’s efforts to expand its monitoring in the drug-related crime area in order to fully comprehend the broader ramifications of the drugs phenomenon. (EMCDDA, Lissabon, 25.05.2018)


ICD-11: WHO stellt neuen Diagnoseschlüssel vor

Genf – Die Weltgesundheitsorganisation hat einen Entwurf für die neue elfte Version ihres Klassifikationssystems für medizinische Diagnosen (International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, kurz ICD) vorgestellt. Die ICD-11 soll im nächsten Jahr auf der Weltgesundheitsversammlung verabschiedet und offiziell ab Januar 2022 gelten. (aerzteblatt.de, 19.06.2018)


USA. Mussels in Washington's Puget Sound test positive for opioids, other drugs

Shellfish in the Puget Sound, an inlet of the Pacific Ocean along the northwest coast of Washington, tested positive for the prescription opioid oxycodone. (CNN, 26.05.2018)


Europa. Mehr Europäer wegen Drogen in Behandlung

2016 mussten über 150.000 Menschen in der EU wegen Cannabis-Sucht behandelt werden, mehr als die Hälfte von ihnen zum ersten Mal. Die meisten neuen Patienten kommen aus drei Ländern – unter anderem aus Deutschland. (faz.net, 07.06.2018)