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  • The Crucial Link Between Drug Policy and HIV Rates

    The evidence that a government’s posture toward drug use affects HIV rates is compelling, and there are a number of case studies from around the world that suggest a therapy-first approach could significantly lower HIV transmission rates among PWID.

    18 September 2018 | MD Magazine
  • New model drug law launched in western Africa

    Unjust laws can prevent people from accessing the services they need to prevent or treat HIV, and people who use drugs need help and care, not punishment—these are two of the messages from the new Model Drug Law for West Africa. Launched on11 September in Dakar, Senegal, the model drug law aims to guide policy-makers in the region on how to better frame their drug laws.

    14 September 2018 | UNAIDS
  • Safe-injection legal battle brewing in SF — health intervention or drug den?

    If Gov. Jerry Brown goes along, San Francisco plans to establish what could be the nation’s first legal, supervised safe injection site for drug users. But there’s a potentially serious legal obstacle: a 3-decade-old federal law that was directed at shutting down dens of crack cocaine dealers and users.

    07 September 2018 | San Francisco Chronicle
  • Ukraine’s war on drugs drives HIV epidemic

    Punitive approachs to opioid users across Ukraine and the wider region are driving an epidemic.

    24 July 2018 | New Internationalist
  • 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
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