INPUD is very pleased to announce the appointment of Judy Chang as our new Executive Director. As of February 2017, Judy is responsible for leading INPUD towards its mission and purpose, responsible for the operationalisation of INPUD’s strategy, for overseeing the representation of INPUD, and is the key liaison with civil society and INPUD’s donors.
15 February 2017 | International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD)
The business case for Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership’s proposed safer consumption facility for heroin users has found that safer consumption facilities not only improve health outcomes for people who inject drugs, but are also ‘highly cost effective and contribute to savings’ for health services. Establishing a safer consumption facility would also create the potential for savings in other services in Glasgow.
08 February 2017 | Scottish Drugs Forum
Health Canada has approved three supervised consumption sites for Montreal – the first federal approvals for the harm-reduction facilities outside of Vancouver as Ottawa presses forward in its response to Canada’s overdose crisis.
07 February 2017 | Globe & Mail
This publication is adapted from a groundbreaking Dutch publication Slammen Do’s and Don’ts first published by Mainline Foundation in January 2016. The UK edition was adapted by Andrew Preston and Roy Jones, and superbly illustrated in the style of Tom of Finland by Michael Linnell.
06 February 2017 | Exchange Supplies
Elements of harm reduction are effective and, like PrEP, they are all components of our toolkit. Education, psychotherapy, peer support and a host of other interventions must work in tandem. Can we really afford not to utilize every tool we have to prevent HIV and HCV? For me, keeping clients safe while I work with them to become abstinent is essential. It's not necessary to wait for an HIV and HCV "hotspot" like the one in Indiana to emerge before we take action. Let's check our moral outrage, become fully informed and use every tool possible. Countless lives are at stake.
27 January 2017 | The Body Pro
98 percent of the 220 counties most at risk of HIV and hep C outbreaks voted for Trump.
29 December 2016 | Poz
Overall 14% of deaths among HIV-positive people were due to injury. In contrast, the figure among HIV-negative people was 6%. Furthermore, they stated that “the highest rates of injury among [HIV-positive] people were associated with falls and self-harm.” Among HIV-negative people, the top two causes of injury were “falls and motor vehicle accidents.”
19 December 2016 | CATIE
In 2015 at least 13,150 people died of heroin overdose, according to the CDC Wonder database, which houses public health data. That number was higher than the number of people killed in firearm homicides in the same year, which was 12,974, or the number of deaths attributed to HIV, which was 6,465, according to the CDC database.
14 December 2016 | ABC News
Scotland has witnessed a dramatic increase in overdose deaths and HIV infections among injecting drug users. Policy-makers in Glasgow are reported to be considering a proposal to open the first supervised injection site, in response to the epidemics. We interviewed David Liddell, the director of the Scottish Drugs Forum, to learn more about the situation!
13 December 2016 | Drug Reporter
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