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15 March 2019

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Southeast Asia's lomming drug crisis threatens regional security

This week, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released its much-anticipated report on synthetic drugs in East and Southeast Asia.

For the most part, UNODC assessments tend to be rather conservative, which ought to make the revelations contained in this report of even greater concern for Australian authorities. In short, it makes clear that regional law-enforcement efforts have failed to curtail the unprecedented growth in the production of synthetic drugs like methamphetamine in the Mekong subregion.

In 2017, authorities seized 82 tons of methamphetamine in East and Southeast Asia—a new record. By the third quarter of 2018, that record had already been surpassed, with seizures totalling 116 tons.
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Newly approved fast-acting depression drug could help millions

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved Spravato as a fast-acting treatment for patients who have failed to find relief with at least two antidepressants.

Critics are worried, however, that the drug will have a high potential for abuse, like its cousin ketamine. Both drugs can induce psychotic episodes in people who are at high risk for them. But many advocates are hopeful that the treatment can bring relief to the most desperate patients.
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The opioid dilemma: saving lives in the long run can take lives in the short run

Limiting prescriptions seems logical, but a simulation study shows it would actually increase deaths, not decrease them, in the initial years.

The unavoidable tension in attacking the opioid crisis is which time frame you’re talking about.

In the short term, many policies that would limit opioid prescriptions for the purpose of saving lives would cause people to turn to heroin or fentanyl.

In fact, over a 5-to-10-year period, that would increase deaths, not decrease them, according to a simulation study published in the American Journal of Public Health. The study was conducted by three Stanford University researchers, Allison Pitt, Keith Humphreys and Margaret Brandeau.

“This doesn’t mean these policies should not be considered,” said Mr. Humphreys, a former senior policy adviser at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy during the Obama administration. “Over longer periods, they will reduce deaths by reducing the number of people who initiate prescription opioids.”
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Treatment Communities of America (TCA) will hold its Spring Meeting on 18-19 June, 2019 in Washington, DC.
 


The European Federation of Therapeutic Communities (EFTC) will hold its 17th Annual Meeting from Sept. 19-20 in Thessaloniki, Greece.
 

From our partners at Proyecto Hombre
Special event at the 62nd Session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs

UNODC and Afghan Authorities visit Proyecto Hombre
Responsibles for UNODC and Afghan authorities have chosen Valencia City for a training on programs of support and rehabilitation of drug dependencies.

 
From our partners at Dianova International

Building a Therapeutic Alliance
Dianova participated in the 2nd edition of the "International Symposium on Drug Policy and Public Health" in Istanbul

 
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