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This report covers drug trends, explores the drivers behind drug related deaths and gives insight into the impact of the global pandemic and lockdown restrictions.
Methamphetamine overdose deaths rise sharply in USA
Methamphetamine overdose deaths surged in an eight-year period in the United States, according to a study published today. The analysis revealed rapid rises across all racial and ethnic groups, but American Indians and Alaska Natives had the highest death rates overall. The research was conducted at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health.
Shooting Up: infections among people who inject drugs in the UK, 2019
Drug use in the United Kingdom (UK) is among the highest reported in Western Europe and people who inject drugs (PWID) experience stark health inequalities, with increased morbidity and early mortality. Through this report, we explore infections, associated risks and behaviours among PWID in the UK to the end of 2019, as well as presenting preliminary data on the impact of COVID-19 on PWID and services in 2020.
COVID-19 and people who use drugs; seizing opportunity in times of chaos
COVID-19 holds the world in a tight grip. In these unprecedented times, health and health-system capacities have been on the top of the global agenda for several months. Many countries have rolled out far-reaching prevention measure such as physical distancing and ‘lock-downs’ to prevent (further) overwhelming of health system capacities. In many contexts, people who use drugs are a vulnerable population, prone to poor access to health services compounded by criminalization, and stigmatisation in health-care settings.
Covid-19 and the impact on harm reduction in Europe
Launch of the special harm reduction journal edition
The Global State of Harm Reduction 2020
The Global State of Harm Reduction is the only report that provides an independent analysis of harm reduction in the world. Now in its the seventh edition, the Global State of Harm Reduction 2020 is the most comprehensive global mapping of harm reduction responses to drug use, HIV and viral hepatitis.
Report on Opioid-Related Deaths during the COVID-19 Pandemic
The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ontario led the province to declare a state of emergency on March 17, 2020. Physical distancing measures intended to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 (e.g., reduced hours of operation for pharmacies, outpatient clinics, and harm reduction sites providing care to people who use drugs) may have led to unintended harms in terms of opioid-related deaths.
80% of Americans can't accurately identify opioids, study finds
While three-quarters of Americans believe they can recognize whether or not they have been prescribed an opioid, only 1 in 5 of these participants could correctly identify seven commonly prescribed opioids.
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