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7 June 2019

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INSOLA: One step further in labour insertion in Proyecto Hombre
 
Proyecto Hombre held last week its International Days focused on Labour Insertion. During two days, members from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, the European Federation of Therapeutic Communities, the European Social Fund and  the Ministry of Health, Consumer Affairs & Social Welfare attended this event in which 20 international organizations participated. Among them, Ashoka, Action Against Hunger and Red Cross.
 
If working is an important part of anybody’s life, for those who overcome an addiction it represents a double challenge: facing up to a new life with a past which is not easily accepted in society. Of the people who attend treatment at Proyecto Hombre, a high percentage have a job which, as a result of addiction, they tend to lose shortly before entering. This is why Proyecto Hombre, as well as helping users it receives to overcome addiction problems, it encourages and motivates them to keep learning in order to boost their socio-labour insertion.
 
Between 2016 and 2020, the the Socio-Labour Integration project for people with Addiction problems (INSOLA), carried out by the Proyecto Hombre Association together with the European Social Fund, will make it possible for more than 4,600 people to acquire job-orientated training and/or access to the work environment. And for those who have overcome an addiction process, incorporating into a new job empowers them and helps them to reactivate skills and activities they thought they had forgotten. Read more
 
All illegal drugs in Mexico could be decriminalized in radical government plan
 
Mexico has drafted plans to decriminalize all currently illegal drugs after admitting that the current “war on drugs” is endangering public safety.

 
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador sketched out the country’s radical change of plan in his administration’s National Development Plan for 2019-2024, released last week.

 
Under a new approach, drugs would not become legal, but arrests would be replaced by enforcing medical treatments including detoxification programs and attempts to break addictions. Read more
 
In midst of opioid crisis, FDA may block new addiction drug from market
 
More than 130 people in the U.S. die of an opioid overdose every day. One of the most effective ways to save lives is to get those struggling with addiction treated with medication to stop their cravings. But a loophole in federal law might block at least one new opioid-addiction drug from coming to market for years.

 
Many patients have to try several medications before finding one that works for them and that they can stick with.

 
"It's important to have multiple different treatment options for different patients, different circumstances," says Carolyn Bogdon, a family nurse practitioner who oversees outpatient medication-assisted treatment programs at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C.

 
Some use methadone, which they get every day. Others use Vivitrol, which can be injected once a month. And many use buprenorphine, which comes in tablets and a dissolvable film that people take once or twice a day. Buprenorphine is an opiate, but it blocks the cravings associated with addiction without giving people the same high.

 
A handful of patients at the university's clinics have moved to a form of buprenorphine called Sublocade that's injected just once a month. And if the company that makes Sublocade gets its way, the drug will be the only long-acting buprenorphine on the market for five more years.
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Drug-related Scottish hospital admissions highest recorded
 

Almost 8,000 people were admitted to hospital in Scotland in the year 2017/18 for drug-related reasons, according to new figures.
 
It is the highest rate of acute hospital stays recorded, and about four times higher than 20 years ago.

 
In total, there were 10,509 drug-related admissions - 90% of these due to a mental and behavioural diagnosis.

 
In 2017, it was estimated drug users cost about £100m per year in emergency hospital admissions.

 
The Information Services Division (ISD), which published the figures, said heroin and opioids were the most common cause of hospital admissions, accounting for 58% of drug-related stays, while approximately half involved people who lived in the most-deprived parts of Scotland.
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Why figures on cannabis dependence aren't reliable

 
Cannabis has an image of being a relatively harmless drug. But all drugs carry a degree of risk, and cannabis is no exception. One of those risks is dependence, which many people assume is only something that happens to those who use “hard drugs”, such as crack or heroin. In fact, the estimated risk of dependence on cannabis is about one in ten.

 
This risk may seem relatively low, but given that there are an estimated 200m cannabis users across the globe, the potential number of people who are dependent on the drug is around 20m – roughly, the population of Romania.

 
It’s worth exploring how this figure of one in ten is constructed.
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California may make anti-HIV drug available without prescription for 30 days

 
Pharmacies throughout California could soon dispense an HIV-prevention drug without a doctor’s prescription — a move a San Francisco state senator says is necessary to remove barriers to people’s access to medication that could end new infections.

 
Democratic Sen. Scott Wiener has proposed a bill that would allow people to receive their first 30 days of PrEP, an oblong blue pill sold under the trade name Truvada, over the counter if they first receive counseling and an HIV test.
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Earlier this year, at the 62nd Session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs, a special event, Evidence-based Treatment and Therapeutic Communities as an Integral Part of the Health System, was organized by the Governments of Greece and Spain, the Therapy Center for Dependent Individuals-KETHEA, Association Proyecto Hombre, the World Federation of Therapeutic Communities, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Read more
 
 
Treatment Communities of America (TCA) will hold its Spring Meeting on 18-19 June, 2019 at the Liaison Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
 
 
The European Federation of Therapeutic Communities (EFTC) will hold its 17th Annual Meeting from Sept. 19-20 in 
Thessaloniki, Greece. Find out more!
 

 
The Australasian Therapeutic Communities Association will hold its 2019 Conference from 28-31 October, 2019 in Adelaide, Australia. Find out more!
 
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