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.

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.
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.
Canadian women’s experiences receiving a hepatitis C diagnosis
11 Apr 2017
The rate of hepatitis C is on the rise among Canadian women, in particular among women aged 15 to 29 years old. Approximately 60% of new infections in this age group are in women.
Learning from Italy’s lead on Naloxone
10 Apr 2017
In the U.S. where an epidemic of overdoses from heroin and other opioids is front-page news, it is becoming more widely accepted that people who use drugs and their communities should have access to naloxone, an overdose antidote, in case of an emergency.
First WHO prequalified hepatitis C virus (HCV) rapid test opens the door to expanded treatment
10 Apr 2017
WHO has just prequalified its first HCV rapid diagnostic test, a tool that will aid diagnosis of HCV in low- and middle-income countries and improve access to treatment.
Detailed profile of U.S.prison population
7 Apr 2017
The US locks up more people, per capita, than any other nation.
How hepatitis became a hidden epidemic in Africa
6 Apr 2017
The five strains of viral hepatitis affect 400 million people around the world. Hepatitis B and C are the most deadly; these infections are blood borne, transmitted mainly through unsafe medical practices or injection drug use.
Brazil’s illegal treatment of women in prison
29 Mar 2017
Under Brazilian law, women shall be held in prisons exclusively for women; in reality most of them are housed in wings within male prisons, where the risk of abuse is high. Alongside Brazil’s female prison population has increased by 161% in the last decade.
China vows to intensify drug war
29 Mar 2017
Chinese officials have called for an intensified crackdown on drug use, mistakenly believing that it will reduce drug use, after months of strengthening the country’s international drug control ties with neighbouring nations.
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