On this page you will find the latest relevant updates on a broad range of health and policy related topics, including HIV, hepatitis C, drug use, overdose prevention, harm reduction, drug treatment and criminal justice.

There were 4,392 deaths related to drug poisoning in England and Wales in 2019, the highest ever total.
16 Oct 2020
The data in this release relate to deaths registered in 2019 and therefore do not cover deaths that occurred during the coronavirus pandemic. It is important to note that there will be a number of additional deaths not yet officially recorded (via inquests that have been delayed for instance) and the true figure will be even higher.
Drive to Free Black Woman With Marijuana Life Sentence Exposes “Habitual Criminal” Laws
20 Aug 2020
Give a mother the chance to hold her child again.” So reads a petition, launched on August 15, to free Tameka Drummer from prison in Mississippi. Drummer, a 46-year-old Black woman, is serving a life sentence after being caught in possession of marijuana.
Philippines death penalty: A fight to stop the return of capital punishment
19 Aug 2020
Capital punishment opponents expect a steep battle to prevent President Rodrigo Duterte from reimposing the death penalty, as he renews calls for the law as part of a "drug war" that has already killed thousands of Filipinos.
‘Saved from a horrible fate’: Legal heroin prescribed to hundreds of UK drug users, figures reveal
14 Aug 2020
‘Vital’ treatment threatened by cuts to addiction services, risking ‘untold damage’, expert warns.
TAKING BACK WHAT'S OURS! Documentary Series
14 Aug 2020
The Rights Reporter Foundation (Drugreporter) and the International Network of People who use Drugs (INPUD) produced this documentary film series that aims to document how the movement of people who use drugs have formed around the world, how they maintain momentum and mobilise, and how they undertake their work and show resilience in a context of criminalisation, marginalisation and oppression.
TAKING BACK WHAT’S OURS! – Episode 6. Australia and New Zealand
11 Aug 2020
In this video episode of the oral history of the movement of people who use drugs, we learn about the successes and challanges in Australia, from four veterans of the user movement
New peak of 71K US overdose deaths in 2019 dashes hopes
17 Jul 2020
Nearly 71,000 Americans died of drug overdoses last year, a new record that predates the COVID-19 crisis, which the White House and many experts believe will drive such deaths even higher.
'Opioid overdoses are skyrocketing': as Covid-19 sweeps across US an old epidemic returns
10 Jul 2020
The pandemic is creating the social conditions – no jobs, isolation, despair – that helped enable the opioid crisis to emerge in the first place. Now it’s back
Kentucky Challenge to “Casey’s Law” Strikes Against Involuntary Commitment
10 Jul 2020
One of the nation’s oldest involuntary commitment laws designed specifically to target people who use drugs is facing a court challenge in Kentucky.
The Marijuana Superweapon Biden Refuses to Use
7 Jul 2020
Legalizing marijuana is extremely popular. So why won’t Joe Biden embrace the idea?
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