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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
Taking stock: A decade of drug policy - A civil society shadow report ‘Taking stock: A decade of drug policy’ evaluates the impacts of drug policies implemented across the world over the past decade, using data from the United Nations (UN), complemented with peer-reviewed academic research and grey literature reports from civil society.
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