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.

Parolees With Opioid Addiction Need Choices, Not a Naltrexone-Only Policy
13 Jan 2022
Across the United States, people with opioid addiction who are on parole aren’t getting the right medication
How two doctors are changing the rules in the fight against opioid overdose
11 Jan 2022
Dr. Louisa Marion-Bellemare, left, along with her colleague Dr. Julie Samson, have spearheaded changes to how Timmins, Ont., is dealing with the record number of opioid-related deaths in their community. They include a new treatment strategy, and doctors working with street outreach teams to encourage opioid users to get treatment.
The women filling jails in Argentina for drug offences
7 Jan 2022
Nearly half the female prisoners in Argentina are serving time for drug possession. Photographer Magalí Druscovich visited the Unit 47 prison in Buenos Aires to find out their stories
Overdose prevention centres will save lives, say UK senior doctors
12 Dec 2021
Experts have joined forces to call for clinics to be set up where drug users can inject in a supervised setting
World AIDS Day
1 Dec 2021
World AIDS Day takes place on 1 December each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.
ICC authorises full inquiry into Rodrigo Duterte’s ‘war on drugs’
21 Sep 2021
‘Reasonable basis’ to believe crime against humanity committed in Philippines crackdown, say judges
'Now We All Grow Poppies': Afghan Farmers Predict Roaring Opium Trade Under the Taliban
20 Sep 2021
Sources in Afghanistan have told IranWire that so far, the Taliban has failed to implement any restrictions on drug trafficking out of the country and the drug trade is now operating more freely than ever before. Farmers in the border regions are laying the groundwork to grow many times more poppies than before when the planting season gets under way next month.
Profits and poppy: Afghanistan's illegal drug trade a boon for Taliban
16 Aug 2021
The United States spent more than $8 billion over 15 years on efforts to deprive the Taliban of their profits from Afghanistan's opium and heroin trade, from poppy eradication to airstrikes and raids on suspected labs. That strategy failed.
An Anti-Opioid Panic Left Prisoners in Needless, Agonizing Pain
13 Aug 2021
The doctor who cut off the pain meds had been hired by the state after he was barred from working in emergency medicine for neglect and misconduct in a private emergency room.
Out of harm's way. How transforming drug policy will redefine harm reduction
30 Jun 2021
Years ago, when I was part of a team introducing harm reduction programming into a country where at that time it was a new concept, we described our work as reducing the negative consequences of drug use. But over the years I have come to realise that the ills which harm reduction mitigates are not the consequences of drug use, but rather of drug policies.
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