Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines won his presidency with a promise of a brutal crackdown on drugs. But six months and more than 4,000 deaths later, a troubling picture of the profile of those being targeted is emerging.
05 December 2016 | BBC
Gay and bisexual men described wide-scale and systematic sexual violence, the deliberate drugging of vulnerable teenagers, the coaxing of impoverished men into a cloaked world of prostitution, frequent mental breakdowns from meth-induced psychoses, overdose victims routinely left to slip into comas, and a pile-up of sudden deaths. Almost no one is coming forward to report incidents to police. And most are not seeking help from services that treat substance abuse or tackle sexual exploitation.
04 December 2016 | Buzzfeed
Today, on World AIDS Day, you will repeatedly hear the mantra “leave no one behind,” referring to the concerted effort to end AIDS by 2030 pledged in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. But evidence shows that people who use drugs, a population at particular risk of HIV transmission, are in fact being left further and further behind.
02 December 2016 | Open Society Foundations
The United States’ ongoing opioid epidemic may be undoing the hard-fought public health gains of HIV/AIDS reduction, according to a U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention report published Tuesday.
30 November 2016 | Huffington Post
2007 was the last time the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence published guidance on psychosocial interventions for substance misuse. Is the guidance published a decade ago fit for purpose in 2016?
28 November 2016 | The Mental Elf
Services to reduce drug-related harms are failing to keep up with growing need, despite pledges to combat AIDS among people who inject drugs. The drive to scale-up needle and syringe programmes and opioid substitution therapy for people who inject drugs has stalled, according to a new report released today by Harm Reduction International (HRI).
17 November 2016 | Harm Reduction International
This report addresses the use of methamphetamine (crystal meth or tina) and slamming (intravenous use). These two phenomenona were never previously encountered or described in the Netherlands. Our study is based upon a desk review of statistical Dutch data, a literature review and 27 in-depth interviews with MSM that use crystal meth.
16 November 2016 | Mainline
With the opioid epidemic steamrolling through Appalachia, the new face of hepatitis C is increasingly young, white, and rural. In Kentucky, a state beset by hepatitis C rates seven times the national average, Harvoni and other new hepatitis C drugs remain largely out of reach.
14 November 2016 | STAT
With a British city on the brink of establishing an authorised injecting facility, this new hot topic examines the controversy and evidence surrounding drug consumption rooms, bringing you up to speed on what is turning into a touchstone issue for how serious the UK is about extending harm reduction in the recovery era.
09 November 2016 | Drug & Alcohol Findings
Data from the mid-1990s AIDS epidemic in Russia and Ukraine shows that the first month after infection is the key period to control the spread of the virus in drug-using populations, according to a new study by researchers at Oxford University. Crucially, needle exchange programmes and other 'harm reduction' approaches are the only measures that can target transmissions that happen within the first month.
09 November 2016 | Eurekalert Medicine & Health