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  • Why opioid deaths are this generation’s Aids crisis

    The soaring numbers of deaths from overdoses in the US and UK require a radical and fast rethink of drugs policy.

    27 June 2017 | The Guardian
  • Covering America's 'testing ground' for responses to drug use, HIV risk

    IT’S NOT NEWS THAT KENTUCKY, West Virginia and Ohio are staggering under an epidemic of drug abuse. But the looming health threat of a related explosion of HIV infections is a story that needs to be told often, and loudly.

    26 June 2017 | Columbia Journalism Review
  • America's Latest Drug Epidemic Is Weirdly Nonviolent

    Despite an unprecedented epidemic of opioid overdose deaths that began way back in the late 90s, US crime rates have been declining for decades, and are now less than half their 1991 peak. Criminalization only makes addiction worse. When addiction—and the supply of drugs—are medicalized, on the other hand, their connection with crime is greatly reduced.

    20 June 2017 | Vice
  • Heroin's use rising, costing society more than $51 billion

    Heroin use in the United States was estimated to cost society more than $51 billion in 2015, according to new research at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

    09 June 2017 | Eurekalert Medicine & Health
  • Healing Austin, Indiana: How town raced to stop America's worst rural HIV plague (three-part series)

    Critics say Mike Pence was slow to react as a festering blight, then HIV gripped Austin, Indiana. This tiny city off Interstate 65 is the epicenter of a medical disaster. Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, confirms Austin contains the largest drug-fueled HIV outbreak to hit rural America in recent history, and "the largest concentrated outbreak ever documented in the United States."

    24 April 2017 | Kentucky Courier-Journal
  • TAG Statement in Opposition to the Nomination of Tom Price for HHS Secretary

    Tom Price’s questionable fitness to head a multi-agency cabinet-level department charged with the health of U.S. residents can simply be ascertained from his own record as a Congressional representative to parts of Atlanta’s northern suburbs – a district and metro area with extremely high rates of HIV and a flourishing opioid epidemic.

    24 January 2017 | Treatment Action Group
  • The Philippines: No country for poor men

    Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines won his presidency with a promise of a brutal crackdown on drugs. But six months and more than 4,000 deaths later, a troubling picture of the profile of those being targeted is emerging.

    05 December 2016 | BBC
  • NICE one? Is NHS guidance on substance misuse fit for purpose?

    2007 was the last time the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence published guidance on psychosocial interventions for substance misuse. Is the guidance published a decade ago fit for purpose in 2016?

    28 November 2016 | The Mental Elf
  • How Much of a Disaster Will Trump's Drug Policies Be?

    Those of us who care about helping people with addiction and using science to guide more humane approaches to drugs should be bracing for a tough fight ahead.

    24 November 2016 | Vice
  • It's time to decriminalize drugs, commission report says

    World leaders called for the decriminalization of drugs on Monday, in a report released by a commission that includes the former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan and former presidents of Colombia, Mexico and Brazil. Their proposals for how to address the problem come amid a shift in global politics toward rightwing populism. This changing political climate could have a harmful impact on decriminalization efforts because conservative policy is rooted in ideology.

    22 November 2016 | The Guardian
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