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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
Portugal’s radical drugs policy is working. Why hasn’t the world copied it?

The Long Read: Since it decriminalised all drugs in 2001, Portugal has seen dramatic drops in overdoses, HIV infection and drug-related crime.

Published
05 December 2017
From
The Guardian
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.

Published
15 November 2017
From
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.

Published
13 November 2017
From
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.

Published
06 November 2017
From
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.

Published
18 October 2017
From
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.

Published
25 September 2017
From
Vox
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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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