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  • How Drug Users Would Solve the Opioid Crisis

    Users say they want to end prohibition, seek reparations, and get invested in pain alternatives like weed. In Vancouver, that’s already happening.

    15 November 2017 | Vice
  • Glasgow's heroin shooting gallery plans rejected by Lord Advocate

    Plans to open a safe injecting facility for heroin addicts in Glasgow City Centre have suffered a serious setback after the Lord Advocate refused to give legal backing to the scheme. The project relied on prosecutors being willing to accept a 'tolerance zone' in the neighbourhood of the facility where the authorities would turn a blind eye to people on their way there in possession of drugs. However the Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC said drug users would not be allowed to bring street drugs to the facility.

    13 November 2017 | Evening Times
  • Canada: Debate over drug consumption sites might be coming to end

    In the space of two years, the number of supervised consumption sites approved to operate in Canada has gone from one to 22. "Whereas it took many, many years of advocacy and civil disobedience to establish a supervised injecting site in Vancouver, it's become a lot less politicized, a lot less controversial and I think there are no really sane actors who are sitting around questioning whether there is a role for these initiatives anymore," says Dr. Thomas Kerr, a researcher at the University of British Columbia.

    06 November 2017 | CBC
  • People Are Dying Because of Ignorance, not Because of Opioids

    The president also claimed that the opioid crisis “is a worldwide problem.” It isn't. Throughout Europe and other regions where opioids are readily available, people are not dying at comparable rates as those in the U.S., largely because addiction is treated not as a crime but as a public health problem.

    18 October 2017 | Scientific American
  • I used to support legalizing all drugs. Then the opioid epidemic happened.

    America’s worst drug crisis shows what can happen when a dangerous, addictive substance is made easily accessible.

    25 September 2017 | Vox
  • Heroin addiction: Why we took on this 7-day project

    We undertook this work – spreading our staff throughout courtrooms, jails, treatment facilities, finding addicts on the streets and talking to families who have lost love ones – to put the epidemic in proportion. It is massive. It has a direct or indirect impact on every one of us. It doesn’t discriminate by race, gender, age or economic background. Its insidious spread reaches every neighborhood, every township, every city, regardless of demographics.

    12 September 2017 | Cincinnati.com
  • Seven Days of Heroin: This is what an epidemic looks like

    The Enquirer sent more than 60 reporters, photographers and videographers into their communities to chronicle an ordinary week in this extraordinary time.

    12 September 2017 | Cincinnati.com
  • 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 | Vice
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