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4 arrested in connection with southern Indiana HIV outbreak

Authorities say four men have been arrested after allegedly distributing drugs that have fueled the largest HIV outbreak in Indiana history.

Published
25 June 2015
From
Indianopolis Star
Paying drugs services for success leads to fewer successful treatments

A flagship government drug treatment initiative appears to have backfired in England, where pilot payment-by-results areas have registered fewer successful treatment completions and more prospective patients declining treatment.

Published
24 June 2015
From
Drug & Alcohol Findings
House Republicans Ease Opposition to Needle Exchanges

The annual health spending measure now taking shape in the House would still bar using federal dollars to buy sterile needles or syringes, but officials could use federal grant money to provide support for state and local drug treatment programs that include needle exchanges.

Published
18 June 2015
From
New York Times
HIV epidemic waning in southern Indiana county: officials

The number of new HIV cases in a rural southern Indiana county that has been the site of a recent epidemic has fallen dramatically, public health officials said on Wednesday.

Published
18 June 2015
From
Reuters
Drug decriminalisation in Portugal: setting the record straight

Portugal decriminalised the possession of all drugs for personal use in 2001, and there now exists a significant body of evidence on what happened following the move. Both opponents and advocates of drug policy reform are sometimes guilty of misrepresenting this evidence, with the former ignoring or incorrectly disputing the benefits of reform, and the latter tending to overstate them.

Published
12 June 2015
From
Transform
Physician waivers to prescribe buprenorphine increases potential access to treatment

In the past, many people living in rural counties have had no practical way to get treatment for opioid addiction. This study shows that the increased number and geographic distribution of physicians obtaining waivers to prescribe buprenorphine has widened potential access to effective treatment for those with addiction to heroin or prescription painkillers.

Published
09 June 2015
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
Drug consumption rooms

Supervised drug consumption facilities, where illicit drugs can be used under the supervision of trained staff, have been operating in Europe for the last three decades.

Published
05 June 2015
From
European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
Appalachia gripped by hepatitis C epidemic, bracing for HIV

Patton Couch, 25, is one of thousands of young Appalachian drug users recently diagnosed with hepatitis C. Yet public health officials warn that it could get much worse. Two hundred miles north, Scott County, Indiana, is grappling with one of the worst American HIV outbreaks among injection drug users in decades. Kentucky, with the nation's highest rate of acute hepatitis C, might be just a few dirty needles away from a similar catastrophe. "One person could be Typhoid Mary of HIV," said Dr. Jennifer Havens, an epidemiologist at the University of Kentucky's Center on Drug and Alcohol Research, who has studied Perry County drug users for years as the hepatitis rate spiraled through small-town drug circles there. An explosion of hepatitis C, transmitted through injection drug use and unprotected sex, can foreshadow a wave of HIV cases.

Published
04 June 2015
From
CNS
Reinfection after hepatitis C cure: prevention may require long-term support for people who have injected drugs

Reinfection rates after hepatitis C cure among people who inject drugs, as well as past drug users, are relatively low, according to findings from studies from Norway

Published
04 June 2015
By
Keith Alcorn
Police allow addicts to turn in drugs if they seek treatment

Heroin users seeking help for their addiction won't be arrested if they turn over their drugs and needles to police under a unique policy launched Monday in the Massachusetts city of Gloucester.

Published
02 June 2015
From
Associated Press
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