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.
Combining heroin and commonly prescribed non-opioid pain killers leads to a significant rise in overdose deaths
A multi-disciplinary study has shown that the recent substantial increase in prescriptions for two drugs, pregabalin and gabapentin is closely correlated with a rise in the number of overdose deaths in England and Wales.
Implementing comprehensive HIV and HCV programmes with people who inject drugs
Practical guidance for collaborative interventions.
The rights of drug treatment patients: Experience of addiction treatment in Poland from a human rights perspective
Drug dependence is a recognized medical condition and therefore, right to health applies in the same way to drug dependence as it does to any other health condition.
Overdose deaths in the UK: crisis and response
In January 2015 this hot topic tentatively relayed some good and not so good news: “The year 2013 may prove to have been a turning point in drug-related deaths in the UK.."
An opioid epidemic in this society, a pain crisis in others
Non-medical use of prescription opioids is now the fourth most-prevalent form of substance use in Canada; it trails only alcohol, tobacco, and cannabis.
Snapshot of addiction
10 interesting stats on the treatment of drug dependency across Australia, including uptake of opioid pharmacotherapy.
Spectrum: Drugs, addiction and the brain
For the fourth year running, the number of drug-related deaths in Germany has risen.
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