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HHS Releases New Buprenorphine Practice Guidelines, Expanding Access to Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder
In an effort to get evidenced-based treatment to more Americans with opioid use disorder, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is releasing new buprenorphine practice guidelines that among other things, remove a longtime requirement tied to training, which some practitioners have cited as a barrier to treating more people.
One in five pharmacies blocks access to key medication to treat addiction
The study, published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, was conducted by researchers at Oregon Health & Science University and the Oregon State University College of Pharmacy.
Review urges rethink of mandatory meth treatment programs
Mandatory treatment programs for methamphetamine users have limited, if any, success, according to researchers at The University of Western Australia.
Decreasing Trends in Opioid Prescribing on Discharge to Hospice Care
There are concerns that policies aimed to prevent opioid misuse may unintentionally reduce access to opioids for patients at end-of-life.
Trends in Drug-Induced Deaths in Australia, 1997-2019
Preliminary estimates indicate that there were 1,865 drug-induced deaths among Australians in 2019. This is equivalent to over five drug-induced deaths per day. This is the fifth year in a row where the number of deaths is higher than the earlier peak in the late 1990s.
Death Penalty For Drug Offences: Global Overview 2020
Harm Reduction International has monitored the use of the death penalty for drug offences worldwide since our first ground-breaking publication on this issue in 2007. This report, our tenth on the subject, continues our work of providing regular updates on legislative, policy and practical developments related to the use of capital punishment for drug offences, a practice which is a clear violation of international law.
Pathways to 'recovery' and social reintegration: The experiences of long-term clients of methadone maintenance treatment in an Irish drug treatment setting
This paper examines the experiences of long-term clients of methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) in one area of Dublin in the context of a recent emphasis on rehabilitation and recovery in Irish drug policy.
There is a current focus on stigmatising language
The subtle stigma that erodes people’s right to health
Harm Reduction Responses in the Age of COVID-19
Documenting the experiences of people who use drugs in South Africa
Drugs in the Time of COVID: Interim Report
Since the beginning of the first national coronavirus lockdown, Release has operated a public, online survey designed to monitor how people are buying their drugs. The purpose of this survey, which is open to anyone residing in the UK over the age of 18, is to determine the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic, and corresponding restrictions, have had on buying illegal substances.
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