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Scotland May Now Have Highest Rate of Drug-Related Deaths in the EU

Data published on August 15 by the National Records of Scotland suggest that Scotland now has the highest rate of drug-related deaths of any country in the European Union. Across Scotland, the report says, there were 160 drug-related deaths per one million people in 2016. This compares with an estimated 65.8 per million in England and Wales, and a European average of 20.3 per million.

16 August 2017
Talking Drugs
IAS 2017 highlights innovative approaches to overcome stigma and discrimination against key populations

Experts say global HIV response needs better strategies to meet the needs of sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender people and people who inject drugs.

25 July 2017
International AIDS Society
Gay Black Men Confront Crystal Meth

After experiencing the death of a friend who became addicted to crystal meth, Micheal Rice, a US film maker started asking gay black meth users -- many of whom inject the drug in addition to smoking it from a glass pipe -- whether they'd be willing to talk about their experiences on camera. That led to parTy boi, a raw and heartbreaking documentary Rice has made in which New York City gay black men talk (sometimes incoherently) about both using and dealing meth, sometimes while doing those things.

06 July 2017
The Body
Australian NSP Survey National Data Report 2012 – 2016

Nationally, the proportion of respondents who reported recent (last 12 months) initiation of HCV treatment was low and stable at 1-3% between 2011-2015, but increased significantly to 22% in 2016, with substantial increases observed in all jurisdictions.

04 July 2017
Kirby Institute
Why Did the Opioid Epidemic Develop and How Do We Stop It?

In the 1980s, evidence from acute pain and end-of-life palliative care was applied to prescribing opiates for chronic long-term pain. Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of oxycodone (OxyCotin), spent $10 million to advertise the drug during its first year of sales, increasing that amount to $28 million by the fifth year after the drug was approved in the U.S.

28 June 2017
The Body PRO
Why opioid deaths are this generation’s Aids crisis

The soaring numbers of deaths from overdoses in the US and UK require a radical and fast rethink of drugs policy.

27 June 2017
The Guardian
Covering America's 'testing ground' for responses to drug use, HIV risk

IT’S NOT NEWS THAT KENTUCKY, West Virginia and Ohio are staggering under an epidemic of drug abuse. But the looming health threat of a related explosion of HIV infections is a story that needs to be told often, and loudly.

26 June 2017
Columbia Journalism Review
America's Latest Drug Epidemic Is Weirdly Nonviolent

Despite an unprecedented epidemic of opioid overdose deaths that began way back in the late 90s, US crime rates have been declining for decades, and are now less than half their 1991 peak. Criminalization only makes addiction worse. When addiction—and the supply of drugs—are medicalized, on the other hand, their connection with crime is greatly reduced.

20 June 2017
Uganda fails to target gay men and sex workers in fast-track HIV initiative

Activists have criticised the Ugandan president for failing to cater for gay men in his new plan to end HIV by 2030. President Yoweri Museveni launched his ambitious initiative last week, but did not specifically mention gay people, sex workers and drug users – who bear a disproportionate share of the HIV burden.

15 June 2017
The Guardian
The opioid epidemic is making the fight against HIV more difficult

Thanks to the opioid economic, hard-won gains in bringing down the US HIV infection rate may be reversed. Hoping to prevent future outbreaks and to drive the HIV infection rate to zero, public health experts are holding a Capitol Hill summit Wednesday. Federal funding for harm reduction programmes has helped to contain recent outbreaks among drug users, but they could be endangered if the Affordable Care Act is repealed.

14 June 2017
Washington Post
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap

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