Items tagged with drug consumption rooms

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Calls for drug law reform in Sweden as drug deaths continue unabated [18.04.2019] The debate around Sweden’s zero-tolerance drug policy has been reignited in recent months, due to the approach’s failure to reduce drug deaths. Swede...
Demand for supervised injection sites steady as funding decisions loom [11.03.2019] As toxic and often deadly fentanyl began popping up in the city's illicit drug supply fatal overdoses surged. Despite strong opposition, four supervi...
Drug consumption rooms 'should be considered' in NI [07.03.2019] Consideration should be given to providing rooms where people can safely inject themselves with illegal drugs, NI's chief medical officer Dr Michael ...
Safe injection site for opioid users faces Trump administration crackdown [06.02.2019] The Justice Department is suing to stop a Philadelphia group from opening what some public health experts and mayors consider the next front in fight...
A safe fix for Bristol’s drug users and the city [25.01.2019] Unlike in Bristol, in 66 cities around the world, drug users don’t have to take their drugs in public or down an alleyway. Instead they do it in a cl...
Safer opioids actively being reviewed for epidemic: chief public health officer [12.12.2018] Public health officials across Canada are seriously considering increasing the supply of safer opioids to quell a crisis that newly released data sho...
A promising way to help drug users is ‘severely lacking’ around the world, report says [11.12.2018] Global funding for harm reduction programs is in “crisis,” according to the latest Global State of Harm Reduction report, potentially threatening the...
Harm reduction is the right way to treat drug abuse [24.11.2018] Portugal’s policies are based on “ harm reduction ” approaches pioneered in countries such as Switzerland in the 1980s. The idea is to emphasise trea...
How 'fixing rooms' are saving the lives of drug addicts [21.11.2018] All over Europe, every day, many thousands of people will inject heroin in drug consumption rooms. But none of these will be in the UK, where drug ad...
IDPC response to the INCB Annual Report for 2017 [08.10.2018] In the approach to the 2019 Ministerial Segment and its review of international drug control, the INCB’s Annual Report for 2017 is arguably of specia...
‘An argument that made no sense at all’ [05.10.2018] Former Gov. Ed Rendell announced that he is incorporating a nonprofit, called Safehouse, that will work to open a safe injection site in Philadelphia...
Refuting science, Jerry Brown vetoes safe injection plan [01.10.2018] Democratic California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would have allowed San Francisco to open what could have been the nation’s first supervised...
A major study questioned the evidence for safe injection sites. It’s now been retracted [27.09.2018] A major meta-analysis published earlier this year that questioned the empirical evidence for supervised drug consumption sites has been retracted by ...
Cities defiant after Justice Department’s threat on ‘supervised injection sites’ [04.09.2018] Cities seeking to open sites where illegal drug users are monitored to prevent overdoses responded defiantly to a Justice Department threat to take “...
Watchful eyes: At peer-run injection sites, drug users help each other stay safe [13.07.2018] People who use injection drugs in Vancouver, British Columbia, can do so, if they choose, under the watchful eyes of someone trained to help them if ...
Police commissioners urge Home Office to drop opposition to addicts’ ‘fix rooms’ [02.07.2018] There are renewed calls for the UK government to allow the opening of a drug consumption room in Glasgow after three police and crime commissioners b...
Melbourne's first safe injecting room, clean, sterile and 'will save lives' [29.06.2018] Up to 300 people a day are expected to use Victoria's first medically supervised drug injecting room when it opens in the coming days. The Victorian ...
Sweden's zero-tolerance drug policy should be reviewed: narcotics officer [14.06.2018] Sweden's current policy is based on the goal of a " drug-free society" and makes no distinction between "hard" and "soft" drugs. Those found guilty o...
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...
Supervised injection facilities are illegal in the United States [30.04.2018] Several major cities are trying to open “ safe injection sites ” for drug abusers — even though they are technically illegal. With recent evidence th...
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...
Drugs should not be in the hands of organized crime [25.02.2018] Drug overdoses are one of the leading causes of death in the United States and are contributing to decline in life expectancy. The opioid epidemic ha...
Let cities open safe injection sites [24.02.2018] One of the most consistent patterns in the more than 64,000 deaths attributed to opioid and other drug overdoses in 2016 was that the victims’ last m...
Plans for heroin to be prescribed to addicts in West Midlands [12.02.2018] Doctors in the West Midlands could soon be prescribing heroin for addicts, who would be invited to inject themselves with clean syringes in drug cons...
To cut drug deaths, city considers sanctioned places to shoot up [09.02.2018] In 2016, the opioid epidemic claimed 1,374 lives in New York City. That’s roughly four drug overdose deaths each day. One death every seven hours. Ne...
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...
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...
Desperate cities consider 'safe injection' sites for opioid users [10.01.2018] Philadelphia officials are advocating to become the first in the U.S. city to open a supervised injection site, where people suffering from heroin or...
Portugal’s radical drugs policy is working. Why hasn’t the world copied it? [05.12.2017] In 2001, Portugal became the first country to decriminalise the possession and consumption of all illicit substances. Rather than being arrested, tho...
Supervised injection sites could stop untold opioid-related deaths [01.12.2017] In addition to the legal issues, the heavy stigma around heroin and other opioids driving the nation's overdose crisis can push individuals into the ...
Ottawa approves temporary overdose-prevention sites in bid to address opioid crisis [16.11.2017] Ottawa will let provinces and territories open temporary sites for drug-overdose prevention while their applications for permanent facilities are pro...
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., ...
Money on the table for a safe drug consumption site in Seattle [07.11.2017] Despite the backlash from various King County cities against the idea of establishing safe drug consumption sites, the Seattle City Council is moving...
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...
Are UK drug consumption rooms likely? [12.10.2017] What does the Home Office really think about drug consumption rooms - safe and supervised places where addicts can inject or inhale illicit substance...
Commission makes recommendations for tackling opioid crisis in North America [03.10.2017] The Global Commission on Drug Policy has issued recommendations on tackling North America's opioid crisis, calling for the immediate expansion of har...
IDPC response to the INCB Annual Report for 2016 [30.09.2017] The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) Annual Report for 2016 is, as usual, a mixed bag of high quality data and sometimes doubtful politic...
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...
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...
Drug consumption rooms ruled out by government [26.07.2017] The UK government has dismissed a call from its own advisory body to consider introducing drug consumption rooms. The Advisory Council on the Misuse ...
Health Canada approves supervised consumption of oral and intra-nasal substances at two Surrey sites [27.06.2017] Health Canada approved Fraser Health’s request to provide supervised consumption of oral and intra-nasal substances — the first time such an exemptio...
Montreal opens first mobile supervised injection clinic in North America [19.06.2017] Montreal has launched the first mobile supervised injection clinic in North America, as part of a package of services aimed at fighting back against ...
Copenhagen’s drug injection rooms a success story, mayor says [14.06.2017] The lives of drug addicts who overdose can often be saved, provided they are using a drug injection room, figures show. Since two fixerums were opene...
Support users, don't punish them: Ex-AFP boss' radical ideas to beat the drug trade [13.06.2017] For over half a century governments in Australia have relied heavily on law enforcement to curb the drug trade and reduce drug use. But despite huge ...
Canada’s mayors call for speedy approval of proposals to address overdose crisis [25.05.2017] Canada’s big-city mayors are calling for the expedited approval of new supervised drug-consumption sites, improved data collection and the expansion ...

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