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  • From Needle Exchanges to Supervised Injection

    Today, supervised injection sites for intravenous drug users are trapped in much the same quandary that needle exchanges were in the mid-80s. The same cadre of powerful interests — politicians, law enforcement, community advocates — remain staunchly opposed, declaring that supervised sites will promote drug use and boost crime. Public support is inconsistent, and government lawyers appear poised to kill any initiatives before they get off the ground.

    27 June 2018 | Infectious Disease Advisor
  • UK Government accepts drugs fix rooms WILL work - but won't allow Glasgow to open one

    The UK Government has accepted the benefits of a safe drug injecting room for Glasgow - but is still refusing to give it the go ahead.

    04 June 2018 | Glasgow Evening Times
  • Swiss HIV prevention policy for intravenous drug users is a model for success

    Switzerland's pragmatic HIV prevention policy for intravenous drug users has been extremely successful. Thousands of HIV infections and AIDS cases have been prevented thanks to harm reduction measures, as shown by an analysis by the University of Zurich, the University Hospital Zurich and the Swiss HIV Cohort Study.

    30 May 2018 | MedicalXpress
  • Portugal’s radical drugs policy is working. Why hasn’t the world copied it?

    The Long Read: Since it decriminalised all drugs in 2001, Portugal has seen dramatic drops in overdoses, HIV infection and drug-related crime.

    05 December 2017 | The Guardian
  • How Drug Users Would Solve the Opioid Crisis

    Users say they want to end prohibition, seek reparations, and get invested in pain alternatives like weed. In Vancouver, that’s already happening.

    15 November 2017 | Vice
  • Glasgow's heroin shooting gallery plans rejected by Lord Advocate

    Plans to open a safe injecting facility for heroin addicts in Glasgow City Centre have suffered a serious setback after the Lord Advocate refused to give legal backing to the scheme. The project relied on prosecutors being willing to accept a 'tolerance zone' in the neighbourhood of the facility where the authorities would turn a blind eye to people on their way there in possession of drugs. However the Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC said drug users would not be allowed to bring street drugs to the facility.

    13 November 2017 | Evening Times
  • Canada: Debate over drug consumption sites might be coming to end

    In the space of two years, the number of supervised consumption sites approved to operate in Canada has gone from one to 22. "Whereas it took many, many years of advocacy and civil disobedience to establish a supervised injecting site in Vancouver, it's become a lot less politicized, a lot less controversial and I think there are no really sane actors who are sitting around questioning whether there is a role for these initiatives anymore," says Dr. Thomas Kerr, a researcher at the University of British Columbia.

    06 November 2017 | CBC
  • People Are Dying Because of Ignorance, not Because of Opioids

    The president also claimed that the opioid crisis “is a worldwide problem.” It isn't. Throughout Europe and other regions where opioids are readily available, people are not dying at comparable rates as those in the U.S., largely because addiction is treated not as a crime but as a public health problem.

    18 October 2017 | Scientific American
  • I used to support legalizing all drugs. Then the opioid epidemic happened.

    America’s worst drug crisis shows what can happen when a dangerous, addictive substance is made easily accessible.

    25 September 2017 | Vox
  • Heroin addiction: Why we took on this 7-day project

    We undertook this work – spreading our staff throughout courtrooms, jails, treatment facilities, finding addicts on the streets and talking to families who have lost love ones – to put the epidemic in proportion. It is massive. It has a direct or indirect impact on every one of us. It doesn’t discriminate by race, gender, age or economic background. Its insidious spread reaches every neighborhood, every township, every city, regardless of demographics.

    12 September 2017 | Cincinnati.com
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