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”.
Kirketon Road Centre (KRC)
Delivering direct acting antiviral therapy for hepatitis C to highly marginalised and current drug injecting populations in a targeted primary health care setting
Hepatocellular carcinoma risk following direct-acting antiviral HCV therapy: A systematic review, meta-analyses, and meta-regression
Risk of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) occurrence or recurrence following direct-acting antiviral (DAA) HCV therapy remains unclear. This study however concludes there is no evidence to support withholding DAA therapy in patients with HCV-related cirrhosis or after curative HCC management.
US regional and demographic differences in prescription opioid and heroin-related overdose hospitalizations
US opioid overdose death rates have increased between 2000 and 2014. This study documents the differences in trends in prescription opioid overdose-related (POD) and heroin overdose related (HOD) hospitalizations.
Does exposure to opioid substitution treatment in prison reduce the risk of death after release?
People with opioid use disorder (OUD) in prison face an acute risk of death after release. We estimated whether prison-based opioid substitution treatment (OST) reduces this risk.
Women's drug deaths soaring across England and Wales as their needs are overlooked
Women’s deaths as a result of drug misuse have increased by a staggering 82 per cent in England and Wales over the last decade.
Language matters
The use of inappropriate language and words can be a barrier to access to medicines for the legitimate use of opioids, such as treatment of pain and opioid dependence.
Hepatitis C ‘giant’ still growing
In 1993 what was at the time Britain’s magazine for the drug misuse sector alerted readers to an invisible “sleeping giant” – hepatitis C.
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