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Safe consumption sites: Study identifies policy change strategies and challenges

A new qualitative study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health identifies several key lessons from early efforts to establish sanctioned safe consumption sites in five US communities. The results offer insights on one approach some localities are exploring to address the escalating drug overdose crisis in the US.

Published
15 February 2019
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
Safe Injection Site for Opioid Users Faces Trump Administration Crackdown

A Philadelphia group was set to open the facility to help prevent overdose deaths. But the Justice Department says it would “normalize” the use of deadly drugs.

Published
07 February 2019
From
New York Times
Needle and syringe programs cost-effectively prevent hepatitis C transmission

Providing clean injecting equipment through needle and syringe programs is a highly cost-effective way of preventing hepatitis C (HCV) transmission among people who inject drugs and could save millions of pounds in infection treatment costs in the UK, according to research led by the University of Bristol and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Published
24 January 2019
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
Sexual minorities more likely to suffer severe substance use disorders

Researchers know that lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals are more likely than heterosexuals to use alcohol, tobacco or other drugs, but until now they didn't know to what degree.

Published
15 January 2019
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
Harm reduction worldwide has ‘stalled’, warns Harm Reduction International

The number of countries providing harm reduction initiatives has stalled in the last two years, according to Harm Reduction International’s (HRI) Global state of harm reduction 2018 report.

Published
13 December 2018
From
Drink & Drug News
Bulgarian Harm Reduction Drown in Bureaucracy: Interview with Yuliya Georgieva

The news came as a shock: all harm reduction programs were terminated this year in Bulgaria, an EU member state. Why? Yuliya Georgieva, a veteran Bulgarian harm reduction activist from the Centre for Humane Policy and the new co-chair of the Eurasian Harm Reduction Association, answered our questions.

Published
07 December 2018
From
Drug Reporter
8 Lessons Learned at the European Harm Reduction Conference

The 4th European Harm Reduction Conference took place in Bucharest on 21-23 November, 2018. Please watch the video report we made at the event – and read about some of the messages we could take home.

Published
04 December 2018
From
Drug Reporter
Mike Pence’s HIV/AIDS Hypocrisy

The vice president says he’s ready to fight HIV, but his record says otherwise.

Published
29 November 2018
From
Huffington Post (video)
Stigma means Russia risks HIV epidemic as cases rise

Stigma around homosexuality and drug use means Russia and some former Soviet Union countries risk developing out-of-control HIV epidemics, experts have said, after data showed a record number of new cases last year.

Published
29 November 2018
From
The Guardian
Russia risks HIV epidemic as cases rise - experts

Russia and some former Soviet Union countries risk developing out-of-control HIV epidemics, experts said on Wednesday, after data showed a record number of new cases last year.

Published
28 November 2018
From
Reuters
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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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