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  • Transmission facts

    HIV can only be passed on when one person's body fluids get inside another person. HIV can be passed on during sex without a condom,...

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  • Safer drug use

    HIV and other blood-borne viruses can be transmitted via unsafe injecting practices. These unsafe practices include sharing injecting equipment such as water, spoons and filters, but the most...

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  • Injecting drug use

    Injecting drug use was one of the earliest routes of HIV transmission identified in the early 1980s, because epidemiologists quickly noticed that HIV infection was...

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  • Why the UK’s drug strategy should remain a Home Office responsibility

    Handing the reins to the Department of Health might seem a liberal-minded approach, but it could mean less is spent on treatment. Drug use simply doesn’t cause as much ill-health as other risky behaviours, so isn't prioritised by health officials. But it is seen as a major cause of crime.

    17 hours ago | The Guardian
  • DrugScope responds to Iain Duncan Smith's comments about methadone

    A response to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions' article "Now fight the methadone industry that keeps addicts hooked".

    22 hours ago | DrugScope
  • Why heroin has made a comeback in America

    Last year nearly 700,000 Americans took the drug, twice as many as a decade ago. It is now more popular than crack, by some measures. What explains heroin’s return?

    24 November 2014 | The Economist
  • Needle exchange and the HIV epidemic in Vancouver: Lessons learned from 15 years of research

    Fifteen years of research into Vancouver’s needle and syringe programme leads to the conclusion that such programmes can stop the spread of HIV and do not increase harms. However, they can only be effective if their policies allow sufficient sterile equipment to be distributed to ensure injectors always have fresh supplies.

    21 November 2014 | Drug & Alcohol Findings
  • Practical steps to eliminating hepatitis C: a consensus for London

    The aim of this document is to reinforce the need for urgent leadership from the Department of Health, PHE and NHS England and concerted action from Local Authorities, Health and Wellbeing Boards, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and service providers to improve hepatitis C testing and treatment services in London for people with a history of using drugs – the group most affected by chronic hepatitis C – in order to find and treat significantly more people affected by the disease.

    17 November 2014 | London Joint Working Group on Substance Use and Hepatitis C
  • More naloxone programmes to prevent the increasing opiate-overdose deaths in England are ungently needed

    Blenheim and IDHDP were appalled by the alarming 32% increase in opiate-overdose deaths in 2013 in England, so they called a Naloxone Action Summit to see what could be changed to reduce this number of unnecessary deaths.

    11 November 2014 | International Doctors for Healthier Drug Policies
  • Addiction services in England: in need of an intervention

    With change comes both opportunity and chaos: an assertion nowhere more true than with England's addiction services. Over the past 5 years, government initiatives to increase cost-effectiveness have opened up bidding for local services to third-party providers. With increased competition, the thinking went, bloated NHS trusts would sharpen their edges and the quality of care would be improved.

    10 November 2014 | The Lancet Psychiatry
  • Official drug advisers reject time limit on methadone substitution for addicts

    Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs says time limits advocated by Iain Duncan Smith would lead to high rates of relapse.

    06 November 2014 | The Guardian
  • Half of people with hepatitis C unaware

    Dr Vivian Hope of Public Health England said: "With around half of those people living with hepatitis C still unaware of their infection, we need to do more to increase diagnosis rates. Ultimately, this will help reduce the current high level of infection we’re still seeing among people who inject drugs."

    05 November 2014 | Public Health England press release
  • No link between tough penalties and drug use - UK government report

    There is "no obvious" link between tough laws and levels of illegal drug use, a government report has found. Liberal Democrat Home Office minister Norman Baker said the report, comparing the UK with other countries, should end "mindless rhetoric" on drugs policy. He accused the Conservatives of "suppressing" the findings for months.

    31 October 2014 | BBC News
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