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IDHDP gets ECOSOC status
22 Jun 2017
The UN has granted IDHDP Special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council.
We have waged war on drugs for a century. So who won?
31 May 2017
Extrajudicial killings in the Philippines show how prohibition has made a global problem far worse.
Jane Philpott says pharmaceutical heroin a potential lifesaver in opioid epidemic
30 May 2017
'It works,' the health minister says. 'It gets people's lives back on track.'
Seven countries have been effective in reducing overdose deaths - How?
29 May 2017
While other countries are succeeding in reducing the number of opioid overdose deaths, U.S. rates are rising.
Witness: A doctor’s struggle to bring relief to dying patients
28 May 2017
Guatemala’s red tape stops physicians from prescribing pain medication.
Better analysis needed on non-medical use of opioids
21 May 2017
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
19 May 2017
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
17 May 2017
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.
Calls to make heroin available on the NHS to treat addiction
14 May 2017
ITV News revealed the number of people who have died as a result of drug use in Bristol has doubled in the last two years, from 33 in 2014, to 65 in 2016.
As Africa's urban areas and middle class grows, so does its drug-related deaths
1 May 2017
Despite relatively low consumption of drugs, Africa is responsible for 1/5 of global drug-related deaths. Why? Lack of "practice". Seriously.
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