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The Strongest Evidence Yet for a Highly Controversial Addiction Treatment
When other approaches fail, the most effective way to fight a heroin addiction can be heroin itself.
Rejected by A.A.
How the 12 Step program and its decades-old philosophy are exacerbating the opioid crisis
The Crucial Role of Mothers in Reforming Drug Policy
Mothers in the UK, US, Canada, and beyond are advocating for drug policy reform; for many, their advocacy follows the death or incarceration of their child as a result of the drug war.
Publications
Words matter: a call for humanizing and respectful language to describe people who experience incarceration Words matter when describing people involved in the criminal justice system because language can have a significant impact upon health, wellbeing, and access to health information and services. However, terminology used in policies, programs, and research publications is often derogatory, stigmatizing, and dehumanizing.
Drug consumption rooms: an overview of provision and evidence. Refreshing its overview of the use of drug consumption rooms, the European Union’s drug misuse monitoring centre says the evidence still contradicts concerns that such facilities encourage drug use, delay treatment entry, or aggravate problems arising from local drug markets – finding instead that both the users and the community stand to benefit.
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.