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Better analysis needed on non-medical use of opioids
A piece written for the Pain News Network by IDHDP board member Willem Scholten PharmD MPA. Willem is an independent consultant for medicines and controlled substances at Willem Scholten Consultancy in the Netherlands.
Rise in drug deaths and reducing them discussed at event
A conference in Swansea has looked at ways of tackling drug related deaths - which have risen by 50% in Wales over recent years.
Ten years of militarised drug policies in Mexico: more violence and human rights violations
51 people die on an average day in Mexico's war on drugs. But neither drugs nor drug trafficking are decreasing, while human rights violations have soared.
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Mortality risk during and after opioid substitution treatment: systematic review and meta-analysis of cohort studies The objective was to compare the risk for all cause and overdose mortality in people with opioid dependence during and after substitution treatment with methadone or buprenorphine and to characterise trends in risk of mortality after initiation and cessation of treatment.
Drug policy in Africa: Towards a human rights-based approach Global drug control is based on three international conventions from 1961, 1971 and 1988, which all open with a commitment to promote the ‘health and welfare of mankind’.Yet the 1961 and 1971 Conventions make no reference to human rights, and the term only appears once in the 1988 Convention in the context of crop eradication.
Drug-related deaths and deaths among drug users in Ireland: 2004–2014 The latest figures from the National Drug-Related Deaths Index (NDRDI) show that a total of 697 deaths in Ireland during 2014 were linked to drug use.