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Opioid Maintenance Therapy Linked to Lower Hepatitis C Rates for People Who Inject Drugs

Young drug injectors who undergo opioid agonist maintenance therapy using buprenorphine or methadone have a lower likelihood of becoming infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) than those who continue injecting or use other types of substance use treatment, according to a study published in the October 27 edition of JAMA Internal Medicine.

Published
29 October 2014
From
HIVandhepatitis.com
Female drug users in Georgia face barriers to access therapy

Many women addicted to drugs in Georgia are unable to access harm-reduction programmes because of stigma and discrimination, including from health professionals.

Published
17 October 2014
From
The Lancet
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.

Published
17 October 2014
From
Russell Webster (blog)
Russia's harm reduction programs threatened by want of funds

Activists fear that due to new ceilings on the size of their grants from the Global Fund, which has been the main source of funding for harm reduction in the absence of government funds, the number of infections could drive higher.

Published
25 September 2014
From
Global Fund Observer
Why Are HIV Rates So High in Russia?

Russia is home to one of the fastest-growing HIV and AIDS epidemics in the world, abetted by policies that promote infections rather than curbing them.

Published
16 September 2014
From
International Business Times
World Leaders Call For Ending Criminalization of Drug Use and Possession and Responsible Legal Regulation of Psychoactive Substances

Former Presidents of Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Poland, Portugal and Switzerland Join With Kofi Annan, Richard Branson, George Shultz, Paul Volcker And Others To Make Bold, New Recommendations for Major Paradigm Shift in Global Drug Policy on the Road to UN Special Session on Drugs in 2016.

Published
10 September 2014
From
Global Commission on Drug Policy
Tips for supplying foil

So foil is now legal in the UK (since September 5th), needle programmes across the country are now (hopefully) stocking it and offering it as a possible tool for change or early engagement route for people who smoke rather than inject their drug of choice. So here's a bit of advice for those workers giving it out.

Published
09 September 2014
From
Injecting Advice
UK: Serious concerns expressed by DrugScope over sharp increase in drug related deaths

On 3 September, the Office for National Statistics released Deaths related to drug poisoning in England and Wales, 2013. The data relates to deaths registered in 2013 and shows a sharp rise in deaths as a consequence of drug misuse in England and Wales.In 2013, 1,957 drug misuse deaths were registered, up 20 per cent on the figure for 2012 (1,636).

Published
04 September 2014
From
DrugScope (press release)
Healthcare workers worry injecting heroin is on increase in South Africa

Health workers in Cape Town have warned of a possible increase in drug overdoses and the spread of infectious diseases, including HIV, if the use of needles to inject drugs increases. This comes as health workers have noticed drug users turning away from smoking towards injecting. In response, the TB/HIV Care Association (THCA) in Observatory are preparing to educate needle using drug users on the safe use of needles. Whereas once hardcore addicts chose to smoke their 'unga' on tinfoil and people who “spiked” the drug were shunned and looked down upon, this is no longer the rule.

Published
02 September 2014
From
Groundup
Global Fund Investment Guidance for Eastern Europe and Central Asia

The Global Fund, in collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders, has embarked on the development of a Global Fund Investment Guidance for EECA for the 2014-2016 allocation period. The aim of this guidance is to recommend strategic priorities for contributing to sustainable impact on HIV/AIDS and TB in the region and thereby help reverse the tide of the epidemics.

Published
21 August 2014
From
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria
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