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This Is How The Justice System Is Trying To Stop The Chemsex Crimewave

Alarmed by chemsex rapes and murders, the prison and probation service decided to act. “We hear some of the most disturbing stories you can imagine,” Stephen Morris told BuzzFeed News.

Published
01 November 2018
From
BuzzFeed
California Governor Is 'Missing The Point' With Veto Of Nation's First Safe Injection Site

The proposed San Francisco facility was meant to keep people safe and alive, not cure their addictions.

Published
12 October 2018
From
Huffington Post
Brian Paddick was one of Britain's most senior police officers. Now he's speaking out about his ex-boyfriend dying from a chemsex drug

Five years after his ex died, Paddick is breaking his silence to warn others about the dangers of GHB. “I should apologise to him for not doing something earlier.”

Published
01 October 2018
From
BuzzFeed News
The Crucial Link Between Drug Policy and HIV Rates

The evidence that a government’s posture toward drug use affects HIV rates is compelling, and there are a number of case studies from around the world that suggest a therapy-first approach could significantly lower HIV transmission rates among PWID.

Published
18 September 2018
From
MD Magazine
New model drug law launched in western Africa

Unjust laws can prevent people from accessing the services they need to prevent or treat HIV, and people who use drugs need help and care, not punishment—these are two of the messages from the new Model Drug Law for West Africa. Launched on11 September in Dakar, Senegal, the model drug law aims to guide policy-makers in the region on how to better frame their drug laws.

Published
14 September 2018
From
UNAIDS
Safe-injection legal battle brewing in SF — health intervention or drug den?

If Gov. Jerry Brown goes along, San Francisco plans to establish what could be the nation’s first legal, supervised safe injection site for drug users. But there’s a potentially serious legal obstacle: a 3-decade-old federal law that was directed at shutting down dens of crack cocaine dealers and users.

Published
07 September 2018
From
San Francisco Chronicle
Ukraine’s war on drugs drives HIV epidemic

Punitive approachs to opioid users across Ukraine and the wider region are driving an epidemic.

Published
24 July 2018
From
New Internationalist
From Needle Exchanges to Supervised Injection

Today, supervised injection sites for intravenous drug users are trapped in much the same quandary that needle exchanges were in the mid-80s. The same cadre of powerful interests — politicians, law enforcement, community advocates — remain staunchly opposed, declaring that supervised sites will promote drug use and boost crime. Public support is inconsistent, and government lawyers appear poised to kill any initiatives before they get off the ground.

Published
27 June 2018
From
Infectious Disease Advisor
UK Government accepts drugs fix rooms WILL work - but won't allow Glasgow to open one

The UK Government has accepted the benefits of a safe drug injecting room for Glasgow - but is still refusing to give it the go ahead.

Published
04 June 2018
From
Glasgow Evening Times
Swiss HIV prevention policy for intravenous drug users is a model for success

Switzerland's pragmatic HIV prevention policy for intravenous drug users has been extremely successful. Thousands of HIV infections and AIDS cases have been prevented thanks to harm reduction measures, as shown by an analysis by the University of Zurich, the University Hospital Zurich and the Swiss HIV Cohort Study.

Published
30 May 2018
From
MedicalXpress
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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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