On this page you will find the latest relevant updates on a broad range of health and policy related topics, including HIV, hepatitis C, drug use, overdose prevention, harm reduction, drug treatment and criminal justice.

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.
HCV - T.T.C...N.
1 May 2017
It is now over two years since there has been a 95% effective cure for hepatitis C - one tablet a day for three months with almost zero side effects.
Critic blames lack of drug choice for dropout rate from B.C.'s opioid substitution programs
25 Apr 2017
Record numbers of people who use opioids entered drug substitution programs in B.C. last year, but only one third stick with treatment for 12 months, according to a report issued by the provincial health officer.
In the Bronx, heroin woes never went away
22 Apr 2017
If the South Bronx were a state it would have the second-highest rate of drug overdose deaths — 34 per 100,000 people — in the country, after West Virginia.
2016 hep-CORE Report: Monitoring European policy responses to viral hepatitis
21 Apr 2017
Thoughts from Mark Korenjak Board Member, European Liver Patients Association and Prof. Jeffrey V. Lazarus, Associated Researcher, ISGlobal, Hospital Clínic, University of Barcelona, WHO Collaborating Centre on HIV and Viral Hepatitis and Editor-in-Chief, Hepatology, Medicine and Policy.
IDHDP Director, Prof Carl Hart saying it as it is about drugs
13 Apr 2017
Dr Carl Hart talks about how we create drug relate hysteria rather than give good information.
Deal reduces price of life-saving hepatitis C drugs for Canadians
12 Apr 2017
Tens of thousands of Canadian patients with mild versions of chronic hepatitis C could soon receive public funding for medications that cure the infection.
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