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Meet the 91-Year-Old Doctor Who's the Granddaughter of Slaves
Dr Melissa Freeman is a Bronx-born medical doctor who finished medical school in 1955, and has practiced medicine since 1961. Her grandfather, Albert B. Walker, was born a slave in the 1850s. She attended Howard University College of Medicine. She is one of the first doctors to treat women with opioid addiction.
Three Reasons Why Scientific Advice on Drugs is Ignored
David Nutt, along with many other leading scientists, published a study a few years ago that showed how the overall harms associated with some legal drugs, such as alcohol and tobacco, dramatically exceed the harms of some illegal drugs, such as cannabis, ecstasy and LSD – and even the harms of heroin and cocaine.
Drug policy - a human rights issue.
Major shift in global drug policies: the Human Rights Council catches up with the Commission on Narcotic Drugs
Publications
The Death Penalty for Drug Offences: Global Overview 2017 This is the tenth year that Harm Reduction International (HRI) has been working on the death penalty for drug o ences and, regrettably, prohibitionist and punitive approaches to drugs continue to result in the execution of hundreds of people for non-violent drug o ences every year.
Human rights and the practice of medicine The United Nations Special Rapporteur, Dainius Pūras, reflects on his career as a medical professional and why human rights in the day to day care of his patients became a powerful tool to strengthen his practice and ensure the dignity and well-being of those he served.
HIV and AIDS among adolescents who use drugs: opportunities for drug policy reform within the sustainable development agenda Drug injection remains one of the drivers of new HIV infections due to punitive responses and lack of harm reduction resourcing. In the midst of this situation, adolescents are a forgotten component of the global response to illegal drugs and their link with HIV infection.