Items tagged with harm reduction

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It’s time to talk about MDMA [10.08.2014] Another summer festival season, another slate of tragic overdoses and a few overwrought reactions about the need to ban electronic music parties. “Pa ...
Expert seminar: Global experiences with harm reduction for stimulants and New Psychoactive Substances [04.08.2014] The Expert Seminar on the Global Experiences with Harm Reduction for Stimulants and New Psychoactive Substances (NPS), an initiative of the Transnati ...
Let's look again at Sweden's 'successful' drug policies [25.06.2014] Sweden is often portrayed as a success story in relation to drugs policy, not least by its own diplomats on the international stage and by the UN. Bu ...
Decriminalize drug use and public health [27.05.2014] Canada's war on drugs has caused serious harm, particularly for the nation's most vulnerable, according to a Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA ...
Global Experiences with Harm Reduction for Stimulants and New Psychoactive Substances [14.05.2014] The objective of this seminar is to compare the findings on innovative tools for the prevention of problematic cocaine use patterns, with experiences ...
Bouncing Back [30.04.2014] TNI's indepth examination of the illegal drug market in the Golden Triangle, which has witnessed a doubling of opium production, growing prison popul ...
Crack cocaine is king in Brazil: What Sao Paulo is doing about it [25.04.2014] São Paulo's Cracolândia has been here for 15 years. Its population hovered around 1,500. The city recently took over a collection of flophouses aroun ...
Cocaine: towards a self-regulation model [07.03.2014] By taking cues from users’ self-regulation strategies, it is possible to design innovative operational models for drug services as well as drug polic ...
Human rights and drug control: an irreconcilable contradiction? [15.10.2013] This week both the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna and the UN General Assembly 3rd Committee in New York discuss new drug control res ...
Expert seminar: "Innovative cocaine and multi drug abuse prevention" [19.06.2013] The expert seminar “Innovative cocaine and poly drug abuse prevention programme”, organized by the Forum Droghe, took place in Florence, gathering ov ...
Report calls for decriminalizing both ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ drugs [23.05.2013] The personal use of illegal drugs, including heroin and crack cocaine, should be decriminalized as part of a federal-provincial strategy to tackle dr ...
Inside Denmark's 'fixing rooms', where nurses watch as addicts inject in safety [04.05.2013] Since the launch of the room, the quantity of drug paraphernalia collected from gutters, playgrounds, stairwells and doorways in the area has halved. ...
The real driver behind most drug use is pleasure, not dependence [18.04.2013] Harm minimisation, harm reduction, drug-related harm, drug overdose, addiction: these are the dominant narratives that are used when we talk about dr ...
Wider use of antidote could lower overdose deaths by nearly 50% [04.02.2013] Around 15,000 people die each year by overdosing on opioid pain relievers such as Oxycontin, a rate that has more than tripled since 1990. The govern ...
Doctors say UK drug policy should focus more on health [15.01.2013] Although illicit drug use has been declining in the UK, long-term problem drug use and drug-related deaths are not decreasing, says the British Medic ...
Portuguese drug policy shows that decriminalisation can work [09.12.2012] The Home Affairs Select Committee in the United Kingdom report on drug policy draws on lessons from Portugal’s decriminalisation of drug possession a ...
Bogotá’s medical care centres for drug addicts (CAMAD) [31.10.2012] In September 2012, the mayor of Bogotá, Gustavo Petro, launched the first centre for drug addicts in the Bronx, a marginalised city-centre neighbourh ...
Overdose kits to be distributed to drug users [04.10.2012] From the beginning of next year, the government will launch a new initiative in the struggle against drug-related deaths. In collaboration with far-l ...
Drug use is an issue for society, not the criminal justice system [10.09.2012] There is no reliable evidence that tougher criminal sanctions deter drug use or offending. On the contrary, criminalisation worsens the health and we ...
Crises and radical thinking on drug policy [16.08.2012] It’s sad that drug policy reform must always be wrapped tragedy but alas – in the context of drugs – crisis has historically been the mother of inven ...
Once a model, crisis imperils Portugal's drug programme [13.08.2012] Portugal's famously liberal drug policy has been held up as a model for other countries - Norway is considering adopting parts of it and countries as ...
AIDS 2012 – Time for courage if we are going to turn the tide [01.08.2012] As a participant at last week’s 19th International HIV/AIDS Conference, I was reminded of President Fernando Henrique Cardoso’s and UNDP Administrato ...
“In Portugal, We Fight the Illness, Not the People Who Suffer from It” [30.07.2012] Portugal’s anti-drug policies have been gaining international visibility since this country's 2001 decision to eliminate all criminal penalties for p ...
Czech Republic exemplifies smart and humane drug policy [02.07.2012] There is nothing politically easier in most countries than scapegoating drugs and drug users as the source of all social problems. Politicians can ex ...
Global report claims war on drugs is driving spread of HIV [24.06.2012] Canada must embrace a public health approach to drug addiction rather than treating it as a criminal justice issue in order to curb the spread of HIV ...
The War on Drugs and HIV/AIDS [24.06.2012] The global war on drugs is driving the HIV pandemic among people who use drugs and their sexual partners. Throughout the world, research has consiste ...
Feds hike danger rating on ecstasy while health officers urge drug policy reform [23.06.2012] Several top public health officials are proposing a rethinking of current illegal-drug policies they assert spurs on a global problem involving ecsta ...
Saying No to Costly Drug Laws [11.05.2012] In the year 2000, as the president of Poland, I signed one of Europe’s most conservative laws on drug possession. Any amount of illicit substances a ...
Charities unite in opposition to government drugs policy [23.04.2012] An alliance of influential charities has condemned a key government drugs strategy document, calling it an "ideological attack" on proven addiction t ...
New heroin-assisted treatment [31.03.2012] The prescription of substitution drugs, such as methadone and buprenorphine, has become a mainstream, first-line treatment for opioid dependence, wit ...
Improving community health and safety in Canada through evidence-based policies on illegal drugs [28.03.2012] The use of illegal drugs remains a serious threat to community health. However, despite the substantial social costs attributable to illegal drugs, a ...
Salvadoran leader: I wasn't involved in gang truce [27.03.2012] President Mauricio Funes of El Salvador denied that his government had rewarded his country's two largest street gangs for striking a truce credited ...
Commanding general confidence? [11.03.2012] This note provides an overview of human rights and international law concerns raised by the 2011 Annual Report of the International Narcotics Control ...
Policing drug sales: Cleaning up the ’hood [02.03.2012] An approach known as drug-market intervention (DMI) was first used in High Point, North Carolina, in 2004 and since then has been tried in more than ...
Russia: Government shuts HIV-prevention group’s website [08.02.2012] The Russian government’s anti-drugs agency has ordered the blocking of the website of a public health organization, the Andrey Rylkov Foundation, for ...
Needle Park remembered [02.02.2012] The Platzspitz or “Needle Park” in Zürich was one of the world’s most notorious open drug scenes, attracting users from all over Europe. After its cl ...
Towards a smarter drugs policy [06.01.2012] The loudest voices in US drug policy debates call either for enforcing prohibition with ever-increasing ferocity or for giving up altogether by letti ...
Prescribing Cannabis for Harm Reduction [05.01.2012] Neuropathic pain affects between 5% and 10% of the US population and can be refractory to treatment. Opioids may be recommended as a second-line phar ...
Drug Policy in the Andes [15.12.2011] Fifty years after signing the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs and 40 years after the U.S. government declared a "war on drugs," ma ...
Obama Drug Policy: Reforming the Criminal Justice System [02.12.2011] The complexity and scale of our drug problem requires a nationwide effort to support smart drug policies that reduce drug use and its consequences. T ...
Clubbers should be able to test their ecstasy [28.11.2011] Media reports of two deaths at the weekend in the same party venue have once again been accompanied by police suggestions that the drug responsible i ...
ATS and Harm Reduction [04.11.2011] Problematic use of amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) has become a significant health and social problem in East and Southeast Asia, in particular the ...
The State of Harm Reduction in Europe [02.11.2011] The film crew of the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU) attended the first meeting of the European Harm Reduction Network (EuroHRN) in Marseille, ...
Legalizing drugs isn’t the answer [20.10.2011] Most of us can agree that current drug policy in North America is a disaster. The global war on drugs can’t be won. Locking up addicts in jail is bot ...
De Nederlandse kabinetsplannen in internationaal perspectief [02.10.2011] Na een lange periode van pragmatisme en gedurfde vernieuwingen van het drugsbeleid, waarmee Nederland ook internationaal een pioniersrol innam, is er ...
Amphetamine Type Stimulants and Harm Reduction [01.10.2011] Little is known about the methamphetamine market in the region, but there are strong indications that the situation is deteriorating with substances ...
Breaking the Silence [01.10.2011] This brief report outlines the links between cannabis prohibition in British Columbia (Canada) and the growth of organized crime and related violence ...
Mobile injection room rolls out [15.09.2011] Two out-of-service ambulances have been put back into service as mobile injection rooms for drug addicts in Copenhagen (Denmark). The vehicles will b ...
Bring back the free crack pipes [05.09.2011] When you hear that your government is helping addicts shoot up or smoke crack, it's normal to wonder: how can this possibly be good? Until recently, ...
Free crack cocaine pipes enable the saving of lives [21.08.2011] In 2008, Safeworks, an outreach program of Alberta Health Services, began a harm reduction program aimed at mitigating the effects of sharing crack p ...

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