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Crimea: Russian Law Corners Drug Users

As local authorities prepare to put an end to opioid substitution treatment (OST) programmes in the newly annexed Crimean peninsula, drug users there say they are being forced to choose between a return to addiction and becoming refugees.

Published
16 April 2014
From
Inter Press Service
The Global Drug Survey 2014 findings

The 2014 Global Drug Survey (GDS2014) conducted during November / December 2013 was the biggest survey of current drug use ever conducted. Published in 8 languages and promoted through media partners in 17 countries, it received almost 80,000 responses.

Published
14 April 2014
From
Global Drug Survey
Nurses help addicts inject heroin at controversial clinic battling HIV

British Columbia has successfully stemmed an epidemic of AIDS in one of the hardest to reach populations: intravenous drug addicts. Correspondent William Brangham examines the ways that medical professionals are taking on the spread of HIV, including a policy of 'HIV treatment as prevention' and a controversial facility where nurses help drug addicts inject illegal drugs.

Published
14 April 2014
From
PBS Newshour (video)
"Chemsex" in gay and bisexual men: what's going on?

Reflections on a recent study of 'chemsex' in London gay men, from a writer on addiction and recovery.

Published
14 April 2014
From
Recovery Review
LGBT drugs and sexual health services needed in London

The strong association with high-risk sexual behaviour and sexual ill-health, including the transmission of HIV and hepatitis C, has highlighted the need for better links between sexual health and drug services. However, very few integrated services exist, and those that do are now only available to local residents due to recent changes in NHS commissioning.

Published
11 April 2014
From
The Guardian
NICE seeks to limit the spread of blood-borne viruses among steroid users

With increasing numbers of people across the country injecting themselves with steroids, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has updated its guideline on the provision of needle and syringe programmes for adults and young people with new recommendations about services for those who use image and performance enhancing drugs.

Published
09 April 2014
From
NICE (press release)
NHS adviser calls for needle exchanges for steroid users

Nice says NHS should provide services at gyms and develop policies to help young people who inject performance drugs

Published
09 April 2014
From
The Guardian
First European Conference on Hepatitis C and Drug Use, Berlin, 23-24 October 2014

One of the highlights during the conference will be the presentation of the 'Berlin Declaration', a pressing call to national and European policy makers, to ensure better access and quality of HCV treatment for the most marginalised groups and individuals.

Published
07 April 2014
From
EATG
No simple relationship between drug use and risky sex in London gay men

Gay men involved in ‘chemsex’ (taking recreational drugs such as mephedrone, GHB/GBL and crystal methamphetamine during sex) have a range of experiences, with no single

Published
01 April 2014
By
Roger Pebody
Doctors criticise UN's approach to global drugs control

A high-level UN meeting on international drug policy came to a close last week with doctors lamenting the lack of progress on health issues. Ed Holt reports from Vienna.

Published
31 March 2014
From
The Lancet
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