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Auto-Disable Syringes Are Not For Needle Programmes

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has launched new guidelines on medical injections and a global campaign to switch all medical and vaccination injections to syringes that cannot be used more than once. However, these recommendations and this campaign explicitly do not apply to needle and syringe programmes for people who inject drugs.

Published
26 February 2015
From
National Needle Exchange Forum
ChemSex Support videos

11 short films (two mins each) including tips on playing safe, making changes, managing cravings, harm reduction and relapse prevention, and better sober sex.

Published
24 February 2015
From
56 Dean Street
Africa: HIV Rises in Injecting Drug Users

HIV infections are on the rise among people in Africa who inject illegal drugs. A new report recommends scaling-up programs designed to prevent the spread of the AIDS virus among drug users.

Published
23 February 2015
From
Voice of America
Global State of Harm Reduction 2014 Report

The 2014 report, produced by UK based NGO Harm Reduction International (HRI), says that the programmatic scale up of harm reduction services in a few sub-Saharan countries has marginally improved since its last report in 2012, but it had not grown in proportion to the HIV epidemic among people who inject drugs.

Published
18 February 2015
From
Harm Reduction International
Malaysia is ‘world leader’ in battling HIV spread with needles, says UK report

Harm Reduction International (HRI), a non-governmental organisation that promotes the prevention of harm as opposed to the prevention of drug use itself, said in its Global State of Harm Reduction 2014 report that Malaysia, along with Iran and Australia, had made the largest increase in the number of needle and syringe exchange programmes.

Published
18 February 2015
From
Malay Mail
Ireland: Radical legislation to allow for supervised injecting centres for heroin users

The aim of the centres, where users are given clean needles to use in a supervised environment, is to get drug addicts into treatment while keeping the streets safe for the general public.

Published
17 February 2015
From
Herald
Rise in UK Steroid Use Brings Severe Health Risks

Steroid misuse is thought to be rising in the UK, increasing concerns over the spread of blood-borne viruses among this emerging population of injecting users.

Published
16 February 2015
From
Talking Drugs
Half the picture – beyond drug overdose as a cause of death in opioid using people

While overdoses remain the largest cause of death in opioid users there are other causes which providers, commissioners and policy makers need to be conscious of particularly amongst older drug users, including liver disease, smoking related diseases, homicide and suicide.

Published
30 January 2015
From
DrugScope
Could a Syriza Win Spell Good News for Harm Reduction in Greece?

Greece's left-wing Syriza party looks set to win the country's upcoming election on the platform of alleviating the economic crisis that has brought Greece to its knees and stoked an HIV epidemic among drug users. Could this mark a turning point for harm reduction services and marginalized groups?

Published
26 January 2015
From
Talking Drugs
HIV sweeps across eastern Europe amid economic crisis

HIV is spreading at a dangerous rate in nations around the Black Sea, passing a record 100,000 new cases yearly. Hotspots for the HIV rise are Ukraine and Russia - two countries facing economic crisis and armed conflict, factors which could provoke a further surge in the virus.

Published
26 January 2015
From
EUobserver
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