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North Korea using crystal meth to keep exhausted population working
According to experts, the drug is now highly prevalent in North Korea and comes at a time when the economy is being squeezed.
A doctor tries to lower barriers to methadone treatment
Dr Austin O’Carroll holds regular clinics in a meet-people-where-they-are spirit – trying to erode some of the barriers that prevent Dublin’s homeless from accessing the methadone treatment they need.
Scotland has the highest drug-related death rate in the EU
New figures show that Scotland's rate of drug-related deaths per head is more than double that for England and Wales.
Publications
Reframing the War on Drugs – a Conversation with German Lopez “In the middle of us continuing mass incarceration and a tough war on drugs we are having the worst drug epidemic in US history. If these policies actually worked we would never had this epidemic, let alone the worst one ever. Yet here we are….” – German Lopez, Vox
Interventions to enhance testing, linkage to care and treatment uptake for hepatitis C virus infection among people who inject drugs: A systematic review The burden of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is escalating among people who inject drugs (PWID), yet testing and treatment remains suboptimal. The aim of this systematic review was to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions to enhance HCV testing, linkage to care, and treatment uptake among PWID.
Elimination of hepatitis C virus infection among PWID: The beginning of a new era of interferon-free DAA therapy This special issue published in the International Journal of Drug Policy includes original research articles, systematic and expert reviews, and commentaries focused on the “Elimination of hepatitis C virus infection among PWID: the beginning of a new era of interferon-free DAA therapy”.