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19 July 2019

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Bipartisan push in U.S. Congress to support access to OUD treatment in correctional facilities
U.S. Senators Edward J. Markey  and Lisa Murkowski recently introduced the Community Re-Entry through Addiction Treatment to Enhance (CREATE) Opportunities Act, legislation to help expand access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) like Suboxone for justice-involved individuals. This legislation would create a new grant program within the Department of Justice for state and local governments to provide MAT in their correctional facilities. The program would require grantees to provide more than one MAT option and to develop a plan for connecting individuals to continued treatment upon release into the community. Data indicates recently released individuals are 129 times more likely to die from opioid overdose in first two weeks of release.
Companion legislation has been reintroduced in the House of Representatives by Reps. Ann McLane Kuster, Lisa Blunt Rochester, Mike Turner, and Jackie Walorski. 
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

UN Annual World Drug Report says overdose death toll is increasing
The United Nations' Office on Drugs and Crime's (UNODC) annual drug anthology, published today, reports that drug use and dependency is rising around the world. Cannabis continues to be the most widely used drug worldwide.
"Globally, some 35 million people, up from an earlier estimate of 30.5 million, suffer from drug use disorders and require treatment services. The death toll is also higher: 585,000 people died as a result of drug use in 2017. Prevention and treatment continue to fall far short of needs in many parts of the world. This is particularly true in prisons, where those incarcerated are especially vulnerable to drug use and face higher risks of HIV and hepatitis C transmission," states the report. Read more

CDC releases report on second tobacco smoke exposure in the workplace
What is already known about this topic?
Secondhand tobacco smoke (SHS) exposure contributes to diseases including heart disease, lung cancer, and stroke. Implementation of smoke-free laws has reduced SHS exposure.
What is added by this report?

Nonsmoking workers residing in states without comprehensive smoke-free laws and workers employed in certain industries were more likely to be frequently exposed to workplace SHS. Industry subcategories with the highest prevalences of SHS exposure, and the industry category with the highest number of exposed workers (construction), include outdoor workplaces and other settings unlikely to be protected by smoke-free laws.
What are the implications for public health practice

Implementation of workplace smoke-free policies can help reduce SHS exposure among workers and protect workers’ health. Read more
From our partners at Proyecto Homre:

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

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 Fall Meeting on 10-11 September, 2019 at the Liaison Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. TCA will also honor U.S. Rep. Karen Bass 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!
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