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Neither Justice Nor Treatment
Drug courts in the United States routinely fail to provide adequate, medically-sound treatment for substance use disorders, with treatment plans that are at times designed and facilitated by individuals with little to no medical training.
Lack of access to treatment and prescribing practice contribute to drug death figures.
"Lack of access to treatment and prescribing practice contribute to drug death figures."
Malaysia to decriminalise drug use, says health minister
Malaysia has some of the world's most punitive drug policies, but the new government is reviewing the approach.
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Co-design of harm reduction materials for people who inject drugs to implement research findings Equipment used by people who inject drugs (PWID) either has a needle which is fixed to the syringe or can be detached and replaced. Detachable low dead space syringes (LDSS) have been developed, with less space between the needle and plunger (referred to as dead space) than traditional detachable equipment. This equipment can help protect PWID from harm of infection as less blood is transferred if equipment is shared.
Drugs in syringes from six European cities: results from the ESCAPE project 2017 This report presents the results of an innovative method for gathering information on the substances used by people who inject drugs. In this pilot study, chemical analysis of the contents of used syringes collected from exchange sites reveals the drugs and drug combinations injected in the six participating European cities. This approach can provide local and timely information that can be used for city-level monitoring and interventions.
Testing of illicit drugs in the Netherlands could be a model for the UK As the UK Home Office issues its first licence for a pill testing scheme based in Weston-super-Mare, Tony Sheldon considers two decades of Dutch experience in offering such services, which aim to reduce harm among people who take illegal drugs