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US relaxes rules for opioid substitutes during lockdowns
29 May 2020
In the past few months, US agencies have temporarily eased restrictions governing how doctors can prescribe drugs meant to help people wean themselves off heroin and other opioids.
COVID-19: UK Home Secretary Urged To Allow Pharmacists To Dispense Controlled Drugs
8 May 2020
More than 50 drug policy, public health and harm reduction experts have signed an open letter urging the UK Home Secretary to trigger legislation that is contained in the recently amended Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001.
Safe supply of drugs for DTES residents given green light, says Vancouver
30 Mar 2020
The federal government has given the green light for a safe supply of drugs for Vancouver's Downtown Eastside residents in light of the COVID-19 crisis, according to Mayor Kennedy Stewart
Announcing AIDS 2020: Virtual
30 Mar 2020
The health and safeguarding of our community is our highest priority. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 23rd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2020), to be held on 6-10 July 2020, will become the first virtual edition of the International AIDS Conference
Estimated 15,000 NYC Methadone Patients to Be Isolated. How Will They Get Meds?
29 Mar 2020
There are about 30,000 methadone patients in New York City, all taking methadone on a daily basis for opioid use disorder.
You are beautiful': the Kenyan beauty parlour serving female heroin users
18 Mar 2020
Pedicures, manicures and blow-drys bring women through the door to help them access rehabilitation
Morphine shortage deepens the pain for cancer patients
7 Mar 2020
The Kenya Harmonised Health Facility Assessment report for 2018/19 indicates that cancer patients have to buy their own morphine or take the less effective paracetamols that are mostly available in both public and private hospitals across the country.
THE WRONG WAY TO FIGHT THE OPIOID CRISIS
29 Feb 2020
People struggling with addiction who share a lethal dose of drugs are being prosecuted as killers.
South Philadelphia to become site of nation’s first supervised-injection facility next week, organizers say
26 Feb 2020
The USA’s first supervised-injection site will open next week in S.Philadelphia, the site’s operators said Tuesday within hours of a federal judge’s entering a final ruling that the proposed facility would not violate federal law.
Los Angeles to dismiss 66,000 marijuana convictions
17 Feb 2020
Los Angeles moved this week to dismiss nearly 66,000 marijuana convictions, years after the state voted to legalize the drug.
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