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  • Anabolic steroids

    Anabolic steroids are artificial (synthetic) versions of the male hormone testosterone that help build muscle. They also enhance masculine characteristics. Because they can help the body...

    From: Factsheets

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  • Cannabis

    Cannabis or marijuana is an illegal drug derived from the leaves and flowers of the cannabis plant. It is smoked, eaten or drunk in tea. Cannabis...

    From: HIV treatments directory

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  • Cocaine

    Cocaine is an illegal stimulant drug that is made from the leaves of the South American coca shrub. It comes in the form of a...

    From: HIV treatments directory

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  • Ecstasy

    Ecstasy is an illegal drug whose chemical name is 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA). It is an artificial derivative of amphetamine, having first been manufactured in 1912. Ecstasy induces...

    From: HIV treatments directory

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  • Injecting drug use

    Injecting drug use was one of the earliest routes of HIV transmission identified in the early 1980s, because epidemiologists quickly noticed that HIV infection was...

    From: HIV transmission & testing

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  • Addiction services in England: in need of an intervention

    With change comes both opportunity and chaos: an assertion nowhere more true than with England's addiction services. Over the past 5 years, government initiatives to increase cost-effectiveness have opened up bidding for local services to third-party providers. With increased competition, the thinking went, bloated NHS trusts would sharpen their edges and the quality of care would be improved.

    10 November 2014 | The Lancet Psychiatry
  • Michelle Thornber-Dunwell, the Mother of Vauxhall

    She took in lost boys when she owned her Tanning Shop, and now she writes to educate doctors on drugs.

    31 October 2014 | QX
  • No link between tough penalties and drug use - UK government report

    There is "no obvious" link between tough laws and levels of illegal drug use, a government report has found. Liberal Democrat Home Office minister Norman Baker said the report, comparing the UK with other countries, should end "mindless rhetoric" on drugs policy. He accused the Conservatives of "suppressing" the findings for months.

    31 October 2014 | BBC News
  • The mind-bending politics of drugs

    Perhaps the only thing more mind-bending than drugs is the politics of drugs. Politically, there are a number of factors at play.

    31 October 2014 | Conservative Home
  • UK: Funding cuts for drug and alcohol treatment

    Earlier this month (October 2014) Public Health England and the Association of Directors of Public Health published a joint review of drug and alcohol commissioning in England and Wales. This Department of Health funded review was based on a series of interviews with Directors of Public Health (94% of the 152 Upper Tier authorities participated) and Drugscope and looked at current and future commissioning plans for drug and alcohol treatment.

    17 October 2014 | Russell Webster (blog)
  • Antiretroviral therapy benefits HIV-infected stimulant users, UCSF study shows

    Patients with HIV who use stimulants and other substances often experience difficulties with accessing antiretroviral therapy, partially due to the concerns of healthcare providers that they will not be able take their medications as directed. Findings from this study demonstrate that many stimulant users take their antiretroviral therapy at levels sufficient to avoid negative clinical outcomes. When we look at overall mortality, antiretroviral therapy leads to similar clinical benefits for both stimulant users and non-users.'

    10 October 2014 | Eurekalert Inf Dis
  • Poppers maculopathy

    A case report of irreversible visual damage in a 30-year old man, one of an increasing number linked to use of poppers (isobutyl nitrite).

    10 July 2014 | The Lancet
  • Gay Shamelessness, Beyond the Crystal Meth Crisis

    For many gay men, meth spoiled the pleasures of drugs in the way that AIDS had spoiled sex. A decade after meth use peaked, what can the sheer resilience of one generation offer the next?

    24 June 2014 | Substance.com
  • New report on drug & alcohol treatment for LGB&T people

    ‘Out of your mind’ is a new report examining how drug and alcohol treatment services can be improved for lesbian, gay, bisexual & trans (LGBT) people. The report aims to encourage commissioners and providers of drug and alcohol treatment services to be more mindful of the support needs of LGBT people when planning and delivering services.

    02 June 2014 | London Friend
  • Drug experts issue warning over 'chem-sex' parties

    Trend towards injecting synthetic drugs such as cathinones and crystal meth in British cities prompts concern from EU experts.

    27 May 2014 | The Guardian
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