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  • FDA approves first buprenorphine implant for treatment of opioid dependence

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Probuphine, the first buprenorphine implant for the maintenance treatment of opioid dependence.

    27 May 2016 | FDA
  • Outside the biomedical box of hepatitis C research

    Interview with Magdalena Harris, Lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, on how she came to work with viral hepatitis, how the field has been changing, and what new research is called for.

    17 May 2016 | BioMed Central blogs
  • The Drugs Consensus Is Not Pretty - It's Been Ripped Apart at the Seams

    The UNGASS was certainly not a success for the defenders of the status quo. The consensus on punitive prohibition has been well and truly ripped apart at the seams. This UNGASS demonstrates the impact civil society pressure can achieve. The drug policy reform movement will continue to grow into a formidable global social movement towards 2019. The collective demand for change will grow ever louder leading to sustainable and seismic break-throughs at national, regional and ultimately UN levels.

    04 May 2016 | International Drug Policy Consortium
  • 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
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