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Half the picture – beyond drug overdose as a cause of death in opioid using people

While overdoses remain the largest cause of death in opioid users there are other causes which providers, commissioners and policy makers need to be conscious of particularly amongst older drug users, including liver disease, smoking related diseases, homicide and suicide.

Published
5 hours ago
From
DrugScope
Could a Syriza Win Spell Good News for Harm Reduction in Greece?

Greece's left-wing Syriza party looks set to win the country's upcoming election on the platform of alleviating the economic crisis that has brought Greece to its knees and stoked an HIV epidemic among drug users. Could this mark a turning point for harm reduction services and marginalized groups?

Published
26 January 2015
From
Talking Drugs
HIV sweeps across eastern Europe amid economic crisis

HIV is spreading at a dangerous rate in nations around the Black Sea, passing a record 100,000 new cases yearly. Hotspots for the HIV rise are Ukraine and Russia - two countries facing economic crisis and armed conflict, factors which could provoke a further surge in the virus.

Published
26 January 2015
From
EUobserver
Ukrainian drug addicts dying due to treatment ban, says UN

As many as 100 drug users in Crimea may have died since the peninsula was annexed by Russia, according to a top UN official, due to fact that the “substitution therapy” they were receiving from Ukrainian authorities being illegal under Russian law.

Published
23 January 2015
From
The Guardian
New EMCDDA review studies the effectiveness of overdose antidote, naloxone

Can naloxone provided in the community help reduce the thousands of drug-induced deaths recorded in Europe every year? This is the question explored by the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA) in a new paper released today: Preventing fatal overdoses: a systematic review of the effectiveness of take-home naloxone.

Published
20 January 2015
From
European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA)
Skin Vs. Needle: IV Drug Use, Scars & Healing

Often viewed as one of the most telltale signs of a true "junkie," there is no doubt about the stigma that comes with track marks.

Published
16 January 2015
From
Talking Drugs
2013 could have been a turning point in drug treatment in England

Public Health England cautions that the gains of recent years in reduced drug use, lower demand for treatment for heroin and crack problems, improved treatment performance, and curbing drug-related harm, have all stalled or gone in to reverse. It might be a blip, or might prove to be the start of a trend up in problem drug use and down in the ability of the treatment system to cope. Includes new five-year treatment journey analysis.

Published
09 January 2015
From
Drug & Alcohol Findings
First of its kind HIV/hepatitis C (HCV) co-infection guide to help curb increasing prevalence and mortality in the UK launched

The ChemSex and hepatitis C: a discussion guide for HCPs has been developed by 56 Dean Street's David Stuart, who has a wealth of experience in providing drug addiction services to HIV/HCV co-infected MSM. The guide, endorsed by The Hepatitis C Trust, is based on over 500 conversations with MSM, aims to inform healthcare professionals and services providers across the UK around ChemSex (the use of recreational drugs for sex) and HIV/HCV co-infection to empower them to use the terminology that will most resonate with these at-risk groups, and to ensure they are being diagnosed and treated effectively.

Published
29 December 2014
From
56 Dean Street, via Medical News Today
Occasional heroin use may worsen HIV infection

Occasional heroin use by HIV-positive patients may be particularly harmful to the immune system and worsens HIV disease, compared to persistent or no heroin use, an international team of researchers reports.

Published
17 December 2014
From
Science Daily
Ukraine’s capital is facing an explosive TB epidemic

Kiev may be facing an unprecedented tuberculosis crisis. This is according to Larissa Kanarovskaya, the Head of the Kiev City Union of health workers. On December 1, 2014, at a press conference (a video in Russian can be seen here), she announced that on the average, 100 people die every day in Ukraine’s capital, of which one case is from active tuberculosis.

Published
17 December 2014
From
TB Europe Coalition
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