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Heroin combined with fentanyl is driving overdose crisis in US

New sources of heroin and increasing adulteration with fentanyl and other stronger analogues are contributing to a growing epidemic of opioid overdose deaths in several regions of

Published
24 May 2017
By
Liz Highleyman
Injecting drug use increases worldwide, but no increases in needle and syringe programmes

Despite reports of expanding rates of injecting drug use in a new list of countries around the world, no new countries have established needle and syringe programmes

Published
24 May 2017
By
Susie McLean
Indonesian buyers club helps people obtain generic hepatitis C treatment

A community-led buyers club in Indonesia has helped more than 100 people get generic direct-acting antiviral (DAA) drugs to treat hepatitis C and is seeing a high

Published
24 May 2017
By
Liz Highleyman
Pet care can connect people to health and harm reduction services

Providing free veterinary care can be a good way to bring homeless and marginally housed people into contact with health care, harm reduction and other services, according

Published
24 May 2017
By
Liz Highleyman
Philadelphia HIV Activist Paul Yabor Dies at 55

Paul Yabor, an HIV activist who spent much of his time helping injection drug users and advocating safe spaces for that community, passed away last week in Philadephia. He was 55.

Published
24 May 2017
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The Body
Use of psychedelic drugs may reduce the risk of suicide in female sex workers

Women sex workers who used psychedelic drugs such as LSD were less likely to think about or attempt suicide, while some other drugs increased the risk, according

Published
24 May 2017
By
Liz Highleyman
Canadian Minister of Health opens International Harm Reduction Conference amid controversy over overdose deaths

The 25th International Harm Reduction Conference (HR17) in Montréal, Canada, kicked off with a dramatic opening session last week, featuring Jane Philpott, Canadian Minister of

Published
22 May 2017
By
Susie McLean
People who use drugs may use cannabis and drug cocktails as a form of harm reduction

People who use drugs have come up with innovative strategies that help them reduce harm, including using marijuana to decrease crack use and mixing heroin with methamphetamine

Published
22 May 2017
By
Liz Highleyman
Canada: Streamlined injection-site conditions become law

A piece of legislation that makes it easier to open supervised injection sites has become law, replacing Harper-era regulations that effectively stalled the harm-reduction service as overdose deaths climbed.

Published
21 May 2017
From
Globe & Mail
Jane Philpott says pharmaceutical heroin a potential lifesaver in opioid epidemic

Giving people with severe addictions prescription heroin could save lives as Canada continues to struggle with an opioid overdose epidemic, says Health Minister Jane Philpott.

Published
21 May 2017
From
CBC
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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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