On this page you can find relevant researchs on drug-related health topics, including HIV, hepatitis C, drug and overdose prevention, harm reduction and drug treatment. You can also find our Clinical Guidelines.

Fighting opioid addiction requires a sea-change in attitudes
Canada’s current opioid crisis is a health emergency that has been growing for some time. Last year there were 2,816 reported opioid-related deaths in Canada. In 2018, public health experts estimate this number will exceed 4,000.
A City Without Stigmatization – Amsterdam
From the perspective of activists from Eastern-Europe, Amsterdam is the symbol of humane drug policies. Our Russian speaking reporters visited the city to explore its harm reduction scene – and meet with Eastern-Europeans who live there. Watch their video and find out more!
Changing the way we talk about people who use drugs is a step towards challenging stigma
In a recent BMJ Opinion article, Ian Hamilton expressed his scepticism that “adopting a new vocabulary to describe people who have problems with drugs will reduce the stigma they experience.” I agree that language alone cannot reduce this kind of stigma or prejudice, but it’s a good place to start.
Training in addiction medicine should be standardised and scaled up
Most health systems lack sufficient doctors trained in addiction medicine to reduce the public health consequences of this increasing societal problem, writes J Klimas
A global picture of injecting drug use, HIV and anti-HCV prevalence among people who inject drugs, and coverage of harm reduction interventions
Understanding how many people inject drugs is critically important for the effective provision of public health and harm reduction services.
Palliative care makes only limited gains in Africa
Palliative care has increased in Africa over the past 12 years but only in a small subset of countries, according to a review published today in Lancet Oncology.
Staff regard towards working with substance users: a European multi-centre study
To compare regard for working with different patient groups (including substance users) among different professional groups in different health-care settings in eight European countries.
Avoid stigmatising language for people who use drugs, global commission urges
The report recommended that clinicians and healthcare professionals should be vocal in promoting evidence based prevention, treatment, and harm reduction services and should tackle perception based stigmas in healthcare settings.
IDUIT - Brief Guide for People who Use Drugs
This IDUIT Brief Guide for People who Use Drugs is intended to outline the key concepts of Implementing Comprehensive HIV and HCV Programs with People who Inject Drugs:
A Public Health Guide to Developing a COMMUNIT Y OVERDOSE RESPONSE PLAN
The purpose of this guide is to outline four key elements of a public health overdose response and suggest a process for implementing a community overdose response plan.
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