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Greece: new HIV cases fall in 2013 due to halving of infections in injecting drug users

Health authorities in Greece say the number of HIV infections fell in 2013 for the first time since the start of the financial crisis. In its annual report issued Tuesday, Greece's Center for Disease Control and Prevention said the number of new infections nationwide fell by 20%, from 920 last year from 1,188 in 2012. This is largely due to a 52% decline in infections in people who inject drugs after a sharp spike in infections in 2012.

Published
26 November 2014
From
Greek Centre for Disease Control and Prevention
Why the UK’s drug strategy should remain a Home Office responsibility

Handing the reins to the Department of Health might seem a liberal-minded approach, but it could mean less is spent on treatment. Drug use simply doesn’t cause as much ill-health as other risky behaviours, so isn't prioritised by health officials. But it is seen as a major cause of crime.

Published
25 November 2014
From
The Guardian
DrugScope responds to Iain Duncan Smith's comments about methadone

A response to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions' article "Now fight the methadone industry that keeps addicts hooked".

Published
25 November 2014
From
DrugScope
Why heroin has made a comeback in America

Last year nearly 700,000 Americans took the drug, twice as many as a decade ago. It is now more popular than crack, by some measures. What explains heroin’s return?

Published
24 November 2014
From
The Economist
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
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