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.
CND IDHDP side event
“Hepatitis C among people who use drugs – the global state and recommendations”
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.”
Opioid Crisis: No Easy Fix to Its Social and Economic Determinants
The accepted wisdom about the US overdose crisis singles out prescribing as the causative vector. Although drug supply is a key factor, we posit that the crisis is fundamentally fueled by economic and social upheaval, its etiology closely linked to the role of opioids as a refuge from physical and psychological trauma, concentrated disadvantage, isolation, and hopelessness.
Eliminating Hepatitis C in Scotland: A Call to Action
A summary of evidence from the Hepatitis C Elimination Inquiry held by the cross-party Scottish Hepatitis C Parliamentary Champions group and The Hepatitis C Trust
The ’war on drugs’ is collapsing. Now let’s build the alternative.
The ‘war on drugs’ was built on shaky foundations. Now, countries around the world from Canada, to Uruguay, Portugal and many US states are beginning to dismantle it piece by piece.
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