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Calls for radical action to curb record drug deaths in Scotland
Addiction experts are calling for radical measures to tackle a crisis in fatal drug overdosing in Scotland, as they predict more than 1,000 drug-related deaths this year, the highest ever recorded.
Preventing overdose deaths in Europe
More than 9 000 lives were reported to be lost to drug overdoses in Europe (28 EU Member States, Turkey and Norway) in 2016, the latest reporting year, and this is an underestimate.
Campaign Pushes For Drug Policy Rethink
With drug induced deaths at a 20 year high in Australia, a coalition of 60 charity, community and health groups are launching a campaign to push for a rethink of current drug policy.
Publications
Emergency department-initiated buprenorphine/naloxone treatment for opioid dependence: a randomized clinical trial Unique trial tests what emergency doctors should do when screening identifies opioid dependence. More effective at promoting treatment and curbing opioid use than referral and brief advice was, it seems, actually initiating treatment in the form of buprenorphine maintenance.
The Role of Research in Driving Progressive Drug Policy Advocacy: Reconsidering Our Approach Despite statements from our governments that “evidence-based policy” is a priority, “evidence” is often selectively used, or, as is regularly the case with illicit drug policy, ignored all together
NOT CRIMINALS Underpinning a health-led approach to drug use