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The Success of Italy’s Community-Based Approach to Naloxone

The provision of naloxone by community-based harm reduction services, as takes place in Italy, is highly important for reducing the harms of opioid drugs, a report suggests.

Published
16 hours ago
From
Talking Drugs
Canada is paving the way to import prescription heroin in bulk

Canada’s health minister has said prescribing heroin could help reduce overdose deaths, so Ottawa is allowing large imports of the prescription drug.

Published
24 April 2017
From
Vice
Healing Austin, Indiana: How town raced to stop America's worst rural HIV plague (three-part series)

Critics say Mike Pence was slow to react as a festering blight, then HIV gripped Austin, Indiana. This tiny city off Interstate 65 is the epicenter of a medical disaster. Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, confirms Austin contains the largest drug-fueled HIV outbreak to hit rural America in recent history, and "the largest concentrated outbreak ever documented in the United States."

Published
24 April 2017
From
Kentucky Courier-Journal
A '60s survivor is giving away a drug that can save opioid users' lives—if they get it before it's too late

Negron runs the Suncoast Harm Reduction Project, a scrappy group that's pushing to make naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan, more accessible in Florida. The 68-year-old "former injection drug user cleverly disguised as a nice grandma" oversees a team of about 15 volunteers, mostly stylish suburban moms whose children have struggled with drug use. They give away free naloxone and conduct trainings on how to administer it, using Facebook to announce "pop up" distributions.

Published
03 April 2017
From
Mother Jones
Learning from Italy’s Lead on Naloxone

In Italy, the opioid overdose antidote naloxone has been available in pharmacies without a prescription for over 20 years; in 1996, Italy’s Health Ministry officially classified naloxone as an over-the-counter medication and obliged pharmacies to carry it in sufficient supplies. Perhaps even more importantly, harm reduction services there have distributed it since the early 1990s, thanks to doctors at the public drug addiction services who saw a dramatic rise in the number of overdose deaths at the time.

Published
03 April 2017
From
Open Society Foundations
US heroin use has increased almost fivefold in a decade, study shows

Researchers say increase is seen across all social groups, ages and sexes and highlight link between misuse of prescription opioids and heroin abuse.

Published
29 March 2017
From
The Guardian
Glasgow HIV outbreak ‘could spread’

Experts fear an HIV outbreak in Glasgow is out of control, with ten new cases already this year, and many of the drug users affected unable or unwilling to comply with treatment.

Published
29 March 2017
From
The Herald
Harm reduction should address the specific needs of couples who inject drugs

The sharing of drug injecting equipment most often occurs between sexual partners, but the ways in which couples manage risks and care for each other have been

Published
21 March 2017
By
Roger Pebody
Online ‘virtual counselling’ service launches for gay men struggling with drugs and chemsex

Two leading charities have launched an online counselling service for gay and bisexual men to get support around drugs, sex and alcohol. Terrence Higgins Trust and London Friend launched the new service via Friday/Monday, a website which offers information about sex and drugs for gay and bisexual men.

Published
13 March 2017
From
PinkNews
An excellent graphical history of drug treatment in the UK

Lifeline recently published an excellent infographic crammed with information on the way drug and alcohol treatment services have been funded over the last 30 years. It contains information on how the various cultural and political shifts over that time have altered the expectations on these services.

Published
02 March 2017
From
Russell Webster (blog)
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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