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There needs to be more than a change in language if our care of people who use drugs is to improve
The Global Commission on Drug Policy report identifies doctors and healthcare staff as the ones who can champion this change in language, recommending they take the lead in challenging misperceptions of this patient group
Opioid Hysteria Comes to Massachusetts Courts
This month, Massachusetts became the first state to ban fentanyl and carfentanil from being brought into courthouses as exhibits, out of concern that these substances are simply too dangerous to be in public places.
The Stories of Women in Prison for Drug Related Crimes
This series of short films about women imprisoned for drug offenses in Mexico documents the human cost of current drug policies and the specific conditions by which these laws disproportionately impact women and their families.
Publications
Ukraine Expands Opioid Substitution Therapy to Reduce HIV The Ukrainian government is increasing the scope of the country’s state-funded opioid substitution therapy (OST) programme – a harm reduction tool which reduces the risk of overdose and disease transmission.
There needs to be more than a change in language if our care of people who use drugs is to improve Could the stigmatising language often used to describe people who use drugs or develop problems with drugs simply be the symptom of a belief that is wrong?
How OTPs Can Help Reduce Stigma: The Boston Experience “But I don’t think education is as helpful as we hope it will be, because people come with pre-existing opinions.”