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Needle exchange and the HIV epidemic in Vancouver: Lessons learned from 15 years of research

Fifteen years of research into Vancouver’s needle and syringe programme leads to the conclusion that such programmes can stop the spread of HIV and do not increase harms. However, they can only be effective if their policies allow sufficient sterile equipment to be distributed to ensure injectors always have fresh supplies.

Published
21 November 2014
From
Drug & Alcohol Findings
Practical steps to eliminating hepatitis C: a consensus for London

The aim of this document is to reinforce the need for urgent leadership from the Department of Health, PHE and NHS England and concerted action from Local Authorities, Health and Wellbeing Boards, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and service providers to improve hepatitis C testing and treatment services in London for people with a history of using drugs – the group most affected by chronic hepatitis C – in order to find and treat significantly more people affected by the disease.

Published
17 November 2014
From
London Joint Working Group on Substance Use and Hepatitis C
Young drug injectors on opioid maintenance therapy have lower risk of hepatitis C infection

Young people who inject drugs (PWID) who undergo opioid agonist maintenance therapy with methadone or buprenorphine have more than a 60% reduced risk of acquiring hepatitis C

Published
11 November 2014
By
Liz Highleyman
More naloxone programmes to prevent the increasing opiate-overdose deaths in England are ungently needed

Blenheim and IDHDP were appalled by the alarming 32% increase in opiate-overdose deaths in 2013 in England, so they called a Naloxone Action Summit to see what could be changed to reduce this number of unnecessary deaths.

Published
11 November 2014
From
International Doctors for Healthier Drug Policies
Addiction services in England: in need of an intervention

With change comes both opportunity and chaos: an assertion nowhere more true than with England's addiction services. Over the past 5 years, government initiatives to increase cost-effectiveness have opened up bidding for local services to third-party providers. With increased competition, the thinking went, bloated NHS trusts would sharpen their edges and the quality of care would be improved.

Published
10 November 2014
From
The Lancet Psychiatry
Official drug advisers reject time limit on methadone substitution for addicts

Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs says time limits advocated by Iain Duncan Smith would lead to high rates of relapse.

Published
06 November 2014
From
The Guardian
Half of people with hepatitis C unaware

Dr Vivian Hope of Public Health England said: "With around half of those people living with hepatitis C still unaware of their infection, we need to do more to increase diagnosis rates. Ultimately, this will help reduce the current high level of infection we’re still seeing among people who inject drugs."

Published
05 November 2014
From
Public Health England press release
No link between tough penalties and drug use - UK government report

There is "no obvious" link between tough laws and levels of illegal drug use, a government report has found. Liberal Democrat Home Office minister Norman Baker said the report, comparing the UK with other countries, should end "mindless rhetoric" on drugs policy. He accused the Conservatives of "suppressing" the findings for months.

Published
31 October 2014
From
BBC News
The mind-bending politics of drugs

Perhaps the only thing more mind-bending than drugs is the politics of drugs. Politically, there are a number of factors at play.

Published
31 October 2014
From
Conservative Home
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
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