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Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh publishes report on drug-related deaths in Scotland
The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh has launched a new report on drug-related deaths in Scotland, based on the views of leading experts.
Why the US Has Embraced Drug Law Reform, But the UK Won't
In the US, drug reform is at the centre of political debate while in Britain politicians continue to shove the issue under the carpet. Here’s why
UNODC Supports Harm Reduction in Viet Nam Through Take-Home Methadone Doses
A UNODC initiative marked a critical step forward in the implementation of HIV harm reduction in Viet Nam around a decade ago, when the very first doses of methadone were administered in the country through the Opioid Substitution Therapy programme. Today, a brand new UNODC programme to be launched early this year, promises to expand its predecessor’s reach by offering take-home methadone doses.
Publications
Opioid agonist treatment could substantially reduce drug related deaths if used more widely New evidence that opioid agonists such as methadone and buprenorphine could substantially reduce drug related deaths if more widely used in the community and prison, and for longer, has been published in Lancet Psychiatry.
Association between county jail incarceration and cause-specific county mortality in the USA, 1987–2017: a retrospective, longitudinal study Mass incarceration has collateral consequences for community health, which are reflected in county-level health indicators, including county mortality rates. County jail incarceration rates are associated with all-cause mortality rates in the USA. We assessed the causes of death that drive the relationship between county-level jail incarceration and mortality.
Accelerated Overdose Deaths Linked With COVID-19 More than 81 000 people died of drug overdoses in the US between June 2019 and May 2020, a record-breaking number that CDC officials suggested is related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.