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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
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
Trump administration begins to confront the opioid crisis

As the Presidential Commission releases its recommendations, Trump moves closer to defining his policies against the opioid epidemic. Susan Jaffe, The Lancet Washington correspondent, reports.

10 November 2017
The Lancet (free registration required)
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
Programmes to prevent HIV/ hepatitis spread among PWID inadequate

Just over half (52%) of the countries with evidence of injecting drug use had needle syringe programs and medical treatment to encourage reductions in injecting – opioid substitution therapy – was available in less than half of all countries identified (48%).

02 November 2017
Medical Brief
No data to support claim that HIV/AIDS has spiked due to fentanyl and heroin use

Democratic Sen. Edward J. Markey said that the Trump administration’s plan to use funds from HIV and AIDS programs to fight the opioid addiction crisis is unsound. Specifically, the Massachusetts senator said that increased opioid abuse has led to an increase in HIV and AIDS. We wanted to know if increased use of heroin and fentanyl have led to increased rates of HIV and AIDS. We found some truth to Markey’s claim but not enough national data to fully back it.

01 November 2017
Melbourne safe injecting room trial set to get the go-ahead

Victoria will trial a safe drug-injecting room in inner Melbourne in a major turnaround for Premier Daniel Andrews, after calls to set up the centre amid a growing heroin crisis in the state.

31 October 2017
Trump declares health emergency over opioids but no new funds to help

The president’s announcement of an emergency over the opioid epidemic may be more symbolic, with no plan to assign money for state’s proposed measures.

30 October 2017
The Guardian
Indiana County Closes a Needle Exchange Despite HIV and Hepatitis C Risks

State officials reported that a clean needle program led to more drug use. The CDC called that conclusion “erroneous.”

26 October 2017
Hepatitis C testing linked to reduced opioid use among people who inject drugs

Getting tested for hepatitis C virus (HCV) was associated with reduced drug use, especially among those who tested positive, but even people who tested negative saw some

25 October 2017
Liz Highleyman
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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

This content was checked for accuracy at the time it was written. It may have been superseded by more recent developments. NAM recommends checking whether this is the most current information when making decisions that may affect your health.

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