Items tagged with heroin

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Norway to give free heroin to 400 addicts: report [09.08.2018] Health Minister Bent Høie has asked the Norwegian Directorate of Health to draw up a list of which addicts were most suitable to receive so-called " ...
Dutch cut overdose deaths by dispensing pure heroin [15.07.2018] Public-health experts in the Netherlands say free distribution of government-funded heroin is one reason that drug-related deaths are far less common...
More drugs, more deaths, more damage... [26.06.2018] In 2012, Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos, referred to current drug control efforts as something akin to riding a stationary bicycle. " One ke...
Report highlights continued rise in drug-related crime in Germany [23.05.2018] The head of the BKA, Holger Münch, suggested during a joint press conference with Germany's Commissioner on Drugs, Marlene Mortler, that decriminaliz...
Is Sweden's zero-tolerance approach to drugs a failing model? [17.05.2018] Sweden is accustomed to being praised for its forward-thinking approach, but there's one area where many feel it lies behind the curve. The country's...
An opioid crisis foretold [21.04.2018] Today’s opioid crisis is already the deadliest drug epidemic in American history. Opioid overdoses killed more than 45,000 people in the 12 months th...
U.S. has been quietly helping Mexico with new, high-tech ways to fight opium [15.04.2018] In the past few opiate-soaked years, U.S. officials say, nearly all the heroin coursing through American cities has come from one place: Mexico. “The...
Narcopisos: Spain's 'drug flats' give focus for fight against heroin threat [12.03.2018] Empty properties in El Raval (Barcelona), many of which are owned by banks and investment funds following Spain’s property crash, serve as distributi...
Poppies, opium, and heroin [01.03.2018] Poppy cultivation in Mexico and Colombia is part of a local economy geared almost exclusively toward the illegal market abroad: it is driven by deman...
Philadelphia aims to become first US city to legalize safe injection sites [06.02.2018] Philadelphia officials are pushing an effort to make the city the first in the U.S. to allow drug users to shoot up at a medically supervised facilit...
The secret housing program giving safe drugs to addicted residents [05.02.2018] Canada’s opioid crisis has hit British Columbia harder than anywhere else. Last year, 1,422 people across the province died after taking drugs accoun...
A huge step backward on opioids [24.01.2018] The latest statistics on the overdose crisis -- roughly 64,000 deaths in the United States in 2016 -- also reveal that fentanyl and other synthetic o...
On the hunt for poppies In Mexico — America's biggest heroin supplier [14.01.2018] Mexico's southwestern Guerrero state is now the top source of heroin for the American drug epidemic, which resulted in more than 64,000 overdose deat...
How the heroin trade explains the US-UK failure in Afghanistan [09.01.2018] A fter fighting the longest war in its history, the US stands at the brink of defeat in Afghanistan. How could this be possible? How could the world’...
The opioid crisis is getting worse, particularly for black Americans [22.12.2017] The epidemic of drug overdoses, often perceived as a largely white rural problem, made striking inroads among black Americans last year — particularl...
B.C. pilot project to distribute clean opioids to people at high risk of overdose [20.12.2017] Ottawa has approved a pilot project that will allow health officials in B.C. to distribute clean opioids to drug users to use as they please, marking...
White House says true cost of opioid drug epidemic in 2015 was $504bn [20.11.2017] The White House says the true cost of the opioid drug epidemic in 2015 was $504bn. In an analysis, the Council of Economic Advisers says the figure i...
Toronto's first permanent supervised injection site opens downtown [08.11.2017] Toronto's first sanctioned, permanent supervised injection site officially opened its doors. The site, located inside The Works at 277 Victoria St., ...
The truth about the US ‘opioid crisis’ – prescriptions aren’t the problem [07.11.2017] T he news media is awash with hysteria about the opioid crisis (or opioid epidemic). But what exactly are we talking about? If you Google “opioid cri...
Melbourne heroin injecting room trial gets green light [30.10.2017] The Andrews government has approved a trial run of a safe injecting room for heroin addicts. Key upper house MP James Purcell confirmed that his vita...
Heroin is driving a sinister trend in Afghanistan [30.10.2017] Afghanistan has long been one of the world's biggest producers of opium and the Taliban has made a lucrative business from taxing and providing secur...
People are dying because of ignorance, not because of opioids [19.10.2017] The vast majority of opioid users do not become addicts. Users’ chances of becoming addicted increase if they are white, male, young and unemployed a...
Victorian Parliament can save lives by trialling safe injecting room [18.09.2017] Dozens of people have fatally overdosed on heroin in the gutters, laneways and front gardens of Richmond. Not a single person has ever died in a safe...
Toronto's guerrilla war on drug overdoses [15.09.2017] Nurses and volunteers watch over drug users at the Toronto's first pop-up supervised drug-use site. In the month since the site started operating in ...
The Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users looks back on 20 years fighting for human rights [04.09.2017] In the late summer of 1997, a poster with a message aimed at drug users appeared on electrical poles around the Downtown Eastside in Vancouver. “Meet...
The first count of fentanyl deaths in 2016: Up 540% in three years [02.09.2017] Drug overdoses killed roughly 64,000 people in the United States last year, according to the first governmental account of nationwide drug deaths to ...
How the war on drugs fueled the fentanyl crisis [29.08.2017] A staggering 59,000 people died of drug overdose in 2016 according to a recent New York Times analysis. Annual overdose deaths in the US have already...
Ottawa rejects expert calls to decriminalize illegal opioids [28.08.2017] Ottawa says it has no plans to consider decriminalizing hard drugs, such as heroin, despite calls from local politicians, health officials and expert...
Secret supervised drug injection facility has been operating at US site for years [08.08.2017] For nearly three years, in an undisclosed US city, a social service agency has quietly been inviting people to inject illegal drugs at a clandestine ...
We already know how to stop people dying from drugs – but the Government refuses to do it [02.08.2017] Last year saw the highest number of drug-related deaths since records began in 1993. More than half of these deaths involved an opiate, such as heroi...
Illegal drug market is booming, says UN watchdog [22.06.2017] The world’s illicit drug economy is “thriving” owing to large increases in the production of heroin and cocaine and a wider spectrum of synthetic sub...
The case for prescription heroin [12.06.2017] As a deadly and devastating opioid epidemic ravages North America, the Providence Crosstown Clinic in Vancouver BC is giving their patients legal acc...
Drug deaths in America are rising faster than ever [05.06.2017] Drug overdose deaths in 2016 most likely exceeded 59,000, the largest annual jump ever recorded in the United States, according to preliminary data c...
In Mexico, the price of America’s hunger for heroin [30.05.2017] The opioid epidemic that has caused so much pain in the United States is also savaging Mexico, contributing to a breakdown of order in rural areas. H...
An experiment helps heroin users test their street drugs for fentanyl [16.05.2017] Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is "similar to morphine but can be 50 to 100 times more potent," according to the National Institute on Drug Abus...
Drug controls are 'absolutely pathetic,' activist says regulation will save lives [25.04.2017] A Vancouver based drug policy researcher has been working for decades to get the federal government to regulate illegal drugs like heroin and cocaine...
Legalize heroin for 'less overdose deaths,’ forensic psychologist tells Vancouver conference [25.04.2017] A forensic psychologist working with the Canadian prison system is calling for “radically different” approaches to B.C.’s overdose crisis, including ...
Is Md. ready for 'heroin assisted therapy'? [10.04.2017] The idea of giving heroin addicts heroin to keep them from crime and other dangers has never been popular with American politicians. Yet several West...
B.C. mulls framework for expanded heroin-assisted treatment [06.04.2017] Prescription heroin, a last-resort treatment for severe addiction currently restricted to only one clinic in all of North America, could one day be d...
How the opioid epidemic became America’s worst drug crisis ever [23.03.2017] America is in the middle of its deadliest drug crisis ever. In 2015, more than 52,000 people died of drug overdoses, nearly two-thirds of which were ...
Injecting drugs, under a watchful eye [18.01.2017] It has been nearly 30 years since the first needle exchange program opened in the United States. America has another epidemic now: overdose deaths fr...
Pills that kill: why are thousands dying from fentanyl abuse? [10.12.2016] Fentanyl is the latest and most disturbing twist in the epidemic of opioid addiction that has crept across the United States over the past two decade...
A brief history of war and drugs: From Vikings to Nazis [24.11.2016] Adolf Hitler was a junkie and the Nazis' narcotics intake gives new meaning to the term 'war on drugs'. But they weren't the only ones. Recent public...
Deaths involving fentanyl rise as curbing illicit supply proves tough [17.11.2016] To get in front of production, the State Department and a group of U.S. senators asked the United Nations in October to add to the list of tightly co...
Vancouver’s safer injection services stalled as overdose death toll mounts [30.09.2016] On Sept. 30, 2011, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in favour of Vancouver’s Insite, North America’s first legally authorized safer injection site. ...
Safe injection clinic says 90% of clients' heroin had dangerous drug additive [01.09.2016] North America’s only supervised injection site has found that 90% of its clients’ heroin contained the powerful synthetic fentanyl. Vancouver’s Insit...
DEA’s sudden 'herbal heroin' ban triggers stiff resistance from kratom community [31.08.2016] An increasingly popular plant product called "herbal heroin" by detractors is about to become illegal in the United States. The Drug Enforcement Admi...
Seattle’s potential solution for heroin epidemic: Places for legal drug use [24.08.2016] A task force established to combat a heroin epidemic in the Seattle metropolitan area has endorsed a strategy of establishing places where addicts wo...
Needle vs needle: a vaccine for drug addiction? [13.07.2016] Apparently they are working on a vaccine for drug addiction (specifically, opiate addiction). There are already studies into vaccinating against coca...
Plans for UK's first drug injecting centre in Glasgow [29.06.2016] Plans are being drawn up for the UK's first drug injecting facility in Glasgow city centre to tackle rising HIV cases and risk to the public from dis...

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