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THE UN CHIEF EXECUTIVES BOARD UNANIMOUSLY ENDORSES DECRIMINALISATION OF PEOPLE WHO USE DRUGS
15 Mar 2019
The Chief Executives Board of the UN, representing 31 UN agencies, has adopted a common position on drug policy that endorses decriminalisation of possession and use. This comes just days before a key meeting of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna, which will review, the UN’s 10-year Global Drug Strategy, and plan for the next one.
Methadone is force for good' says doctor whose work in 1980s highlighted link between dirty needles and HIV
13 Mar 2019
Dr Roy Robertson passionately believes controversial opiate replacement therapy is the right treatment for those in the grip of heroin
This Black History Month (and All Year Long), Stop Ignoring Black Drug Policy Reformers
8 Mar 2019
Last year, the New York Times published a piece asking “30 experts to think big, but realistically, about solutions […] to address the opioid crisis.” Almost all of the experts were white. A clear majority were white men, and the panel appeared to include zero Black men.
The Opioid Crisis Isn’t White
7 Mar 2019
Contrary to media portrayals, overdose deaths are ravaging communities of color.
Guess Which Country Pays the Most for Illicit Drugs?
27 Feb 2019
The latest Bloomberg Global Vice Index, an annual price tracker of illicit drugs, reveals that Americans pay more for their illegal substances than residents of any other country in the world except for New Zealand (#2) and Australia (#1)—and drugs cost 40 percent more here than they did last year.
A Tale of Two Cities in the Grips of the Opioid Crisis
26 Feb 2019
Vancouver and Philadelphia are both facing overdose epidemics—but one city has found a way to keep people alive.
Rodrigo Duterte: Philippines president suggests deadly war on drug dealers will get even ‘bloodier’
21 Feb 2019
Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte warned on Wednesday his signature anti-narcotics campaign will be even harsher in the future, signalling no let-up in a bloody crackdown that has alarmed the international community.
Brave Russian Harm Reductionists Launch Chemsex Program in Moscow
18 Feb 2019
The spread of chemsex in Russia is “associated with the emergence of new and affordable drugs and with the development of technologies for their purchase,” ARF outreach worker Maxim Malyshev tells Filter.
Sri Lanka to begin hangings within months, ending 43-year stay on executions
18 Feb 2019
Crackdown inspired by Philippines’ war on drugs comes as president Maithripala Sirisena faces tough election
Why Europe Has Dodged America's Fentanyl Crisis
18 Feb 2019
Europe's most lucrative heroin markets seem ripe for a fentanyl takeover. But why the no-show?
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