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9 August 2019

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Boom in overdose-reversing drug is tied to fewer opioid deaths
Prescriptions of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone are soaring, and experts say that could be a reason overdose deaths have stopped rising for the first time in nearly three decades. The number of naloxone prescriptions dispensed by U.S. retail pharmacies doubled from 2017 to last year, rising from 271,000 to 557,000, health officials reported Tuesday.
The United States is in the midst of the deadliest drug overdose epidemic in its history. About 68,000 people died of overdoses last year, according to preliminary government statistics reported last month, a drop from the more than 70,000 in 2017. Read more

Data from Germany provide more reasons for policy to shift from prescription pills to harm reduction
Researchers in Germany have provided more evidence to pour cold water on the idea of any relationship between the volume of opioid prescribing and the incidence of opioid use disorder. Publishing in the German Medical Association’s international science journal, they found that “the number of persons addicted to opioids in Germany has hardly changed over the past 20 years,” with an average of 3.1 persons per 1000 inhabitants across Germany. This compares to data from the U.S. National Survey on Drug Use And Health showing no significant change in “pain reliever use disorder” in persons aged 12 and above from 2002-2014. Read more
From our partners at Dianova International
49th General Assembly of the OAS
Dianova participates in the most important governmental meeting in Latin America to demand that drug policies respect human rights Read more

Drugs: Addressing the needs of vulnerable populations
Dianova attends the second WHO Forum on Alcohol, Drugs and Addictive Behaviours Read more

World Drug Report 2019
The World Drug Report reveals that prevention and treatment continue to fall short, with only 1 in 7 people with drug use disorders receiving treatment each year Read more
Global Commission on Drug Policy calls for a reclassification on drugs including cocaine, heroin and cannabis
Illegal drugs including cocaine, heroin and cannabis should be reclassified to reflect a scientific assessment of harm, according to a report by the Global Commission on Drug Policy. The commission, which includes 14 former heads of states from countries such as Colombia, Mexico, Portugal and New Zealand, said the international classification system underpinning drug control is “biased and inconsistent”.
A “deep-lying imbalance” between controlling substances and allowing access for medicinal purposes had caused “collateral damage”, it said. Such damage included patients in low- and middle-income countries forced to undergo surgery without anaesthetic, to go without essential medicines and to die in unnecessary pain due to lack of opioid pain relief. Read more

Proyecto Hombre Observatory releases 2018 report on the profile of people with addiction problems in treatment
The objective of this study is to analyse and identify the psychological, epidemiological and sociodemographic characteristics of people with addiction problems attended to in the Proyecto Hombre Centres throughout Spain. It also incorporates the analysis of possible influential factors in the problem of addictions: personal aspects, risk behaviours, emotional circumstances and social relationships. With this initiative, Proyecto Hombre demonstrates the effort made, not only in the treatment and prevention of addictions, but also in their study and investigation. Read the report

Treatment Communities of America (TCA) will hold its Fall Meeting on 10-11 September, 2019 at the Liaison Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. TCA will also honor U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee at a special reception for her work on behalf of treatment communities and patients.
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!

United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs releases multi-year workplan, "Strengthening Our Actions at the National, Regional and International Levels to Accelerate the Implementation of our Joint Commitments to Address and Counter the World Drug Problem"

Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs introduces the UN System's new Common Position on supporting the implementation of the international drug control policy through effective inter-agency collaboration
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