Items tagged with heroin assisted treatment

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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...
Seek drug reform within international law: Tom Blickman [01.10.2018] Dating back to the latter part of 1800s, precisely in 1894-95, the Indian Hemp Drugs Commission consisting of medical experts of Indian and British o...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Recognized for controversy, Vancouver's former drug czar says the fentanyl crisis requires legalizing heroin [11.10.2017] “Heroin at your corner store.” That was the title of a speech that Donald MacPherson delivered in acceptance of the 2017 Nora and Ted Sterling Prize ...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
It’s time to kick our addiction to the war on drugs [25.04.2017] As New Jersey Governor Chris Christie takes the lead in crafting the Trump administration’s response to the opioid crisis, he and his colleagues need...
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...
Durham police will give addicts heroin to inject in 'shooting galleries' [05.03.2017] Heroin addicts will be given supplies to inject in specially designated “shooting galleries” under radical plans to tackle drug-related crime in Durh...
Heroin-assisted treatment in Switzerland [11.01.2017] A number of countries – including Switzerland, the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Australia and Canada – prescribe heroin for use under medical superv...
Make heroin available on prescription, official UK drug advisers say [11.12.2016] Heroin on prescription and supervised injecting rooms are among a range of measures that the government’s drug advisers have suggested to reverse the...
Drug deaths now 'a public health emergency' [21.10.2016] “The lessons of a failing national policy need to be learnt,” is the conclusion experts drew about the surge in drug deaths. Deaths from heroin more ...
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...
Health Canada overturns ban on medical heroin [12.05.2016] Health Canada has moved to allow doctors to apply for special access to prescribe pharmaceutical-grade heroin to severe addicts, which would overturn...
Vancouver prescriptions for addicts gain attention as heroin and opioid use rises [20.04.2016] Vancouver’s Crosstown Clinic, the only medical facility in North America permitted to prescribe heroin at the center of an epidemic raging across the...
Heroin addiction: How to smack it down [06.11.2015] Ireland would establish " medically supervised injecting facilities" where heroin addicts can take their drugs, using clean equipment, under doctors’...
Pot legalization looks certain for Canada [20.10.2015] Carrying a torch for marijuana legalization, the Liberal Party of Canada emerged like a phoenix from parliamentary election to an absolute majority i...
Junk policy [08.05.2015] A century ago, in 1914, the United States banned heroin and cocaine, and it then gradually used its diplomatic might to impose this ban across the wo...
Drug users should be able to get heroin from the health system [13.04.2015] No fewer than six randomised controlled trials – in Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Canada, and England – concluded that heroin assiste...
An injecting room worked for heroin. Let's have one to help beat ice [30.03.2015] In its report on the methamphetamine market, the Australian Crime Commission identified ice as the illicit drug posing the highest risk to Australia....
Global State of Harm Reduction 2014 [04.03.2015] In 2008, Harm Reduction International released the Global State of Harm Reduction, a report that mapped responses to drug-related HIV and hepatitis C...
Why Canada is no longer a leader in global drug policy [26.02.2015] Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s statement about the failures of Canada's drug policy is mostly on point. It’s just the last bit he gets wrong: “I thi...
Norman Baker reveals drugs proposals Theresa May stripped from report [25.12.2014] Under pressure from the Lib Dems, the Home Office commissioned a report looking at the international evidence on the impact of legislation on drug us...
Drugs policy in Canada: Local heroin [05.12.2014] Some European countries prescribe heroin for the most severe cases of addiction. Patients taking heroin are less likely to use illicit drugs and drop...
As B.C. heroin flap shows, drug laws are not about improving health [28.11.2014] If you’ve ever had surgery, you owe a debt to heroin-assisted therapy, and not because you were probably doped up on morphine in post-op. Rather, it’...
The great American relapse [21.11.2014] The face of heroin use in America has changed utterly. Forty or fifty years ago heroin addicts were overwhelmingly male, disproportionately black, an...
Vancouver addicts soon to receive prescription heroin [21.11.2014] In a North American first, heroin addicts in Vancouver will soon receive prescription heroin outside of a clinical trial. Doctors at the Providence C...
The war on drugs is lost – legalise the heroin trade [25.06.2014] When Tony Blair deployed British troops in Afghanistan, ending the illicit production and supply of opium was cited as a key objective. In 2001 the p...
Ortsbeiräte fordern legale Verkaufsstellen [29.04.2014] Vor zehn Jahren startete in Frankfurt der Modellversuch, Heroin an schwerkranke Junkies abzugeben. Nun diskutieren Stadtparlamentarier über die Verte...
‘Federal dealer’ on 20 years of heroin scheme [13.02.2014] The abject drug misery that held sway at Zurich’s Platzspitz park, known popularly as “Needle Park”, spurred Switzerland in 1993 to opt for a pragmat...
Heroin addicts launch Charter challenge to prescription ban [12.11.2013] Five people severely addicted to heroin are launching a constitutional challenge to the federal government’s ban on the prescription version of the d...
Injection room saves 30 lives [03.04.2013] Staff at Copenhagen’s first legal drug injection room have saved 30 lives since it opened last autumn, according to metroXpress newspaper.The deputy ...
Norway mulls decriminalising heroin smoking [28.02.2013] The Norwegian government it wants to decriminalise the inhalation of heroin, a method considered less dangerous than injecting it, to reduce the numb...
Decriminalise heroin and cocaine says Belfast drugs worker [14.02.2013] One of Northern Ireland's most senior drugs workers has said that class A drugs like heroin should be decriminalised, regulated and made available on...
David Cameron urged to take 'now or never' step on drugs reform [09.12.2012] David Cameron should urgently set up a royal commission to consider all the alternatives to Britain's failing drug laws, including decriminalisation ...
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...
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...
EMCDDA report presents latest evidence on heroin-assisted treatment for hard-to-treat opioid users [18.04.2012] A small population of chronic heroin users, once thought to be ‘untreatable’, is now benefiting from a novel type of therapy using medicinal heroin a...
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...

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