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Efforts to Tackle Illegal Drugs ‘Spectacular’ Failure
As we approach 2019 – the year set out by the UN a decade ago as the target date by which to “eliminate or reduce significantly and measurably” illegal drug markets – the International Drug Policy Consortium, a global coalition of 170 nongovernmental organizations working on drug policy issues, argues that this goal has been “spectacularly missed.”
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.
Publications
Defining dosing pattern characteristics of successful tapers following methadone maintenance treatment: results from a population-based retrospective cohort study. Based on detailed treatment records kept by the Canadian province of British Columbia, a slow taper liberally interspersed with stabilisation periods offers the best chance of sustainably withdrawing from methadone without severe relapse, but still very few manage to avoid this risk – an argument for careful consideration and informed consent before making the attempt.
Opioid harm in Australia: and comparisons between Australia and Canada Opioid use and its associated harms is an issue of great public health interest, both within Australia and internationally. This report shows that opioid harms are an issue in both Australia and Canada.
Expecting Better Improving Health and Rights for Pregnant Women Who Use Drugs