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  • HIV PrEP currently too pricey to justify use in people who inject drugs

    The model suggested that over 20 years, enrolling a quarter of HIV uninfected injection drug users in a PrEP + screening + ART program would be the optimal approach for reducing HIV infection. However, at current drug prices this approach would cost the U.S. an additional $44 billion, which is equivalent to annually spending 10 percent of the current federal budget for domestic HIV/AIDS on PrEP for people who inject drugs.

    26 April 2016 | Medical Xpress
  • New HIV cases in Ireland up by a third last year

    There was a 33% increase in the number of people who tested positive for HIV in Ireland last year. The HSE reported 498 notifications of the virus, compared to 377 in 2014.

    08 April 2016 | RTE
  • Inside A Small Brick House At The Heart Of Indiana's Opioid Crisis

    In the spring of 2015, something was unfolding in Austin, Indiana. The town of about 5,000 people became home to one of the biggest HIV outbreaks in decades, with more than 140 diagnosed cases. At the root of the outbreak was a powerful prescription painkiller called Opana.

    02 April 2016 | NPR
  • Heroin Epidemic Is Yielding to a Deadlier Cousin: Fentanyl

    Fentanyl represents the latest wave of a rolling drug epidemic that has been fueled by prescription painkillers, as addicts continue to seek higher highs and cheaper fixes.

    29 March 2016 | New York Times
  • Glasgow HIV cases reach highest in decade as numbers quadruple

    NHS Greater Glasgow have seen the number of new cases through drug injection more than quadruple last year. They usually see an average of 10 cases a year – but in 2015 that figure soared to 47.

    29 March 2016 | Daily Record
  • Opioid Substitutes Do Not Impede Hep C Combo Drugs

    For patients with hepatitis C who are receiving opioid substitutes, the once-daily single-tablet combination of sofosbuvir plus ledipasvir (Harvoni Gilead Sciences) is well tolerated and effective, according to an analysis of data from the phase 3 ION studies.

    18 March 2016 | Medscape
  • The case for a harm reduction decade

    HIV-related deaths and new HIV infections among people who inject drugs could be almost entirely eliminated by 2030 with just a tiny shift in global drug control spending. The "Case for a Harm Reduction Decade" report shows that the redirection of just 7.5% of current drug control spending by 2020 would achieve a 94% cut in new HIV infections among people who use drugs by 2030, and a 93% drop in HIV-related deaths. Click to visit the Harm Reduction Decade website and to sign the Kuala Lumpur declaration.

    16 March 2016 | Harm Reduction International
  • Outflanking the war on drugs?

    In April, the UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) will adopt a consensus position on drug control, but few are expecting a shake-up to the current, conservative, global framework. However there are some other hopes for change.

    03 March 2016 | IRIN
  • Liz Evans And InSite’s Insightful Story

    Occasionally you meet someone whose life seems like a script from Hollywood movie. The inspirational Canadian woman Liz Evans is one of those people. One can’t help but find her story fascinating and be moved by her compassion for others. For over 20 years she has worked with members of society who are largely overlooked or looked down upon.

    01 March 2016 | Medium
  • Club Drug Use Among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) People

    This document has been written as part of the wider suite of clinical guidance and tools that aim to provide evidence-based knowledge to inform the management in clinical practice of harms related to the use of ‘club drugs’.

    25 February 2016 | NEPTUNE
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