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  • Rising death rates and burden of liver disease requires urgent hepatitis C treatment in people who inject or have injected drugs

    Treating hepatitis C in people who inject drugs is the most cost effective way to address the sharp increase in liver disease and death resulting from hepatitis C infection, new research presented at a conference in Sydney today reveals.

    07 October 2015 | Kirby Institute press release
  • Beyond the fear factor

    Often very little is done to help people with serious drug problems unless it is closely associated with making the world a safer place for the rest of us.

    06 October 2015 | Harry Shapiro (blog)
  • NYU researchers find development of serious liver damage in mid- to late-adulthood among people who inject drugs with untreated chronic hepatitis C infection

    Few people who inject drugs are engaged in needed care for chronic HCV infection; Early engagement in treatment needs to be a policy priority for these individuals.

    06 October 2015 | NYU press release
  • England: Take-home Naloxone from October 2015

    Naloxone, which can be effective in reversing heroin overdoses, is, from the 1 October 2015, more readily available for those that need it. Although naloxone will remain a prescription only medicine, the legislative change will crucially mean people working in drug treatment services are able to supply the drug, without a prescription, to anyone needing it to stop a heroin overdose.

    03 October 2015 | Naloxone Action Group
  • Primary care-based addiction treatment lowers substance dependence in people with HIV

    A program developed at Boston Medical Center, which integrates addiction treatment into primary care for patients with or at risk for HIV, has been shown to lower patients' substance dependence and encourage their engagement in treatment. The findings are published online in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment.

    30 September 2015 | Eurekalert Inf Dis
  • Dynamics and Demographics of Opiate Addiction Are Shifting

    The rates of heroin use as well as combined heroin / prescription painkiller use are rising among individuals who are white, employed and living in rural and small urban areas.

    25 September 2015 | Poz
  • How methadone is promoting ART adherence for drug users in Ukraine

    Globally, it is estimated that 1.65 million people who inject drugs are living with HIV*. Yet access to antiretroviral therapy remains a major problem. At the 24th International Harm Reduction Conference coming up in Malaysia in October, innovative ways in which harm reduction programmes are being shaped to help drug users access the antiretroviral treatment they need will be presented.

    23 September 2015 | International HIV/AIDS Alliance
  • What We Talk About When We Talk About Hepatitis C

    The cost of treatment is not really the issue. What we are really talking about when we talk about hep C is prejudice. Hepatitis C's association with drug use makes it easy to discriminate against those who have this disease.

    18 September 2015 | Huffington Post
  • Europe’s response to HIV: ECDC reports identify key areas for action

    In a set of reports published today, ECDC gives an overview on how European countries have been responding to the HIV epidemic since 2004 based on the commitments as outlined in the Dublin Declaration on Partnership to Fight HIV/AIDS in Europe and Central Asia.

    15 September 2015 | ECDC
  • UK sees huge rise in heroin and morphine-related deaths

    Heroin and morphine-related deaths have increased by almost two-thirds over the past two years, contributing to the mortality rate from drug poisoning rising to the highest level since comparable records began in 1983. Official figures show there were 952 deaths involving the substances last year – their highest level since 2001 – compared with 579 in 2012, bucking a decline in previous years

    04 September 2015 | The Guardian
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