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Responses to the new drug strategy

A new drug strategy was released by the Home Office on 14 July – here are some early responses and we will add more as they come in.

Published
17 July 2017
From
Drink & Drug News
Why Did the Opioid Epidemic Develop and How Do We Stop It?

In the 1980s, evidence from acute pain and end-of-life palliative care was applied to prescribing opiates for chronic long-term pain. Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of oxycodone (OxyCotin), spent $10 million to advertise the drug during its first year of sales, increasing that amount to $28 million by the fifth year after the drug was approved in the U.S.

Published
28 June 2017
From
The Body PRO
Washington DC reports sharp decline in new HIV infections

In 2007, D.C. residents were diagnosed with HIV at a rate of nearly four per day. That rate dropped to less than one resident per day in 2016. The 73 percent decline in new cases — from 1,333 in 2007 to 347 in 2016 — can be attributed to factors that include a needle-exchange program, condom distribution and increasing use of preventive medication to halt the spread of the disease, city officials said Tuesday.

Published
28 June 2017
From
Washington Post
Why opioid deaths are this generation’s Aids crisis

The soaring numbers of deaths from overdoses in the US and UK require a radical and fast rethink of drugs policy.

Published
27 June 2017
From
The Guardian
Covering America's 'testing ground' for responses to drug use, HIV risk

IT’S NOT NEWS THAT KENTUCKY, West Virginia and Ohio are staggering under an epidemic of drug abuse. But the looming health threat of a related explosion of HIV infections is a story that needs to be told often, and loudly.

Published
26 June 2017
From
Columbia Journalism Review
America's Latest Drug Epidemic Is Weirdly Nonviolent

Despite an unprecedented epidemic of opioid overdose deaths that began way back in the late 90s, US crime rates have been declining for decades, and are now less than half their 1991 peak. Criminalization only makes addiction worse. When addiction—and the supply of drugs—are medicalized, on the other hand, their connection with crime is greatly reduced.

Published
20 June 2017
From
Vice
The opioid epidemic is making the fight against HIV more difficult

Thanks to the opioid economic, hard-won gains in bringing down the US HIV infection rate may be reversed. Hoping to prevent future outbreaks and to drive the HIV infection rate to zero, public health experts are holding a Capitol Hill summit Wednesday. Federal funding for harm reduction programmes has helped to contain recent outbreaks among drug users, but they could be endangered if the Affordable Care Act is repealed.

Published
14 June 2017
From
Washington Post
Heroin's use rising, costing society more than $51 billion

Heroin use in the United States was estimated to cost society more than $51 billion in 2015, according to new research at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Published
09 June 2017
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
Almost one in three drugs overdoses in Europe recorded in UK

Britain has Europe’s highest proportion of heroin addicts and problematic use of novel psychoactive substances, say reports by the European drugs agency.

Published
07 June 2017
From
The Guardian
Drug deaths on the rise in Europe for third year: report

Drug overdose deaths in Europe rose six percent to 8,441 in 2015, rising for the third consecutive year, driven by increasing use of synthetic opioids like fentanyl, Europe's Lisbon-based drug monitoring agency said on Tuesday.

Published
07 June 2017
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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