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Harm reduction approaches predicted to reduce rates of new hepatitis C infection for people who inject drugs

A combination of providing clean needles and syringes and offering safer oral therapy, such as methadone, reduced the predicted risk of becoming infected with hepatitis C virus by 71%. Providing both services to people who inject drugs was likely to be cost-effective and has the potential to be cost-saving in some parts of the UK, depending on the size of the local population of people who inject drugs and underlying rates of infection.

Published
08 December 2017
From
National Institute for Health Research
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.

Published
05 December 2017
From
The Guardian
Harm reduction on a knife edge

Disinvestment in harm reduction is hurting services and failing clients, say those struggling to maintain life-saving provision.

Published
04 December 2017
From
Drink & Drug News
Shooting Up: Infections among people who inject drugs in the UK, 2016

A briefing for directors of public health, commissioners and service providers in England.

Published
30 November 2017
From
Public Health England
New HIV guideline outlines cost-effective prevention strategies for high-risk people

A new Canadian guideline outlines how new biomedical strategies to prevent HIV infection can best be used in high-risk populations both before and after exposure to the virus. The guideline, published in CMAJ, applies to adults at risk of HIV infection through sexual activity or injection drug use.

Published
27 November 2017
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
Guerrilla public health

Saying no doesn't always work, and many people who use illegal drugs just want non-judgemental help and advice. From safe-use graphic guides, to safe places to exchange needles, this is a potted (and sometimes controversial) history of drug harm reduction in the UK from the 1980s on.

Published
22 November 2017
From
Wellcome Collection
Harm Reduction Beyond Numbers

How cultural attitudes, the political environment, and donor expectations shape harm reduction – and how they can divert it from its original mission as a movement.

Published
20 November 2017
From
Drug Reporter
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.

Published
15 November 2017
From
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.

Published
13 November 2017
From
Evening Times
Trump administration begins to confront the opioid crisis

As the Presidential Commission releases its recommendations, Trump moves closer to defining his policies against the opioid epidemic. Susan Jaffe, The Lancet Washington correspondent, reports.

Published
10 November 2017
From
The Lancet (free registration required)
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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