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Calls for radical action to curb record drug deaths in Scotland
17 Oct 2018
Addiction experts are calling for radical measures to tackle a crisis in fatal drug overdosing in Scotland, as they predict more than 1,000 drug-related deaths this year, the highest ever recorded.
Preventing overdose deaths in Europe
9 Oct 2018
More than 9 000 lives were reported to be lost to drug overdoses in Europe (28 EU Member States, Turkey and Norway) in 2016, the latest reporting year, and this is an underestimate.
Campaign Pushes For Drug Policy Rethink
4 Oct 2018
With drug induced deaths at a 20 year high in Australia, a coalition of 60 charity, community and health groups are launching a campaign to push for a rethink of current drug policy.
‘The crisis is not abating’: Opioids killing more than 11 Canadians daily
4 Oct 2018
More than 11 Canadians are dying every day on average because of opioids, according to new data from the federal government.
REGULATION - THE RESPONSIBLE CONTROL OF DRUGS 2018
3 Oct 2018
Regulation: The Responsible Control of Drugs examines in detail how governments can take control of currently illegal drug markets through responsible regulation, thereby weakening criminal organizations that now profit from them.
Most Doctors Are Ill-Equipped to Deal With the Opioid Epidemic. Few Medical Schools Teach Addiction.
21 Sep 2018
Matthew DeFazio, center, a medical student at Boston University, asks a fictional patient, portrayed by Ric Mauré, right, about his drug use. Dr. Bradley M. Buchheit coaches.
Map: Drug Decriminalisation Around the World
4 Sep 2018
Many countries have enacted legislation, or have had court rulings, which have decriminalised personal drug possession. However the implementation of this approach is far from uniform; in some countries with decriminalisation, people continue to face prison sentences for possessing small quantities of drugs.
Drug deaths in Australia hit record high at 142 fatalities a month
4 Sep 2018
Australians are underestimating the danger of popular sleeping pills and sedatives "at their peril", as a record 142 people die every month in accidental drug overdoses, a major new report warns.
France: the changing characteristics of people living with HIV on hepatitis C treatment
14 Aug 2018
Fewer people living with HIV and hepatitis C (HCV) who have a history of injecting drug use and unstable housing are on newer, more effective HCV medication, new research from France finds.
Southeast Asia Drug Use Persists Despite Death Penalty
14 Aug 2018
Southeast Asian authorities are not shy about doling out the death penalty to punish drug traffickers, and yet narcotics abuse has not abated. If anything, it is on the rise, which begs the question of whether the region’s war on drugs is working.
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