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.

Afghanistan: How does the Taliban make money?
8 Jan 2019
There are indications that the US is planning a significant withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan.
NZ’s great drug debate
8 Jan 2019
A perfect storm has led to New Zealand taking a serious look at how it deals with drugs. Laura Walters reports on last year’s great drug debate and what to look for in 2019.
In Rehab, ‘Two Warring Factions’: Abstinence vs. Medication
30 Dec 2018
A reluctant evolution is taking place in residential drug treatment for opioid addiction. Here’s a look at one center’s wary shift.
Troubling Report Shows Harm Reduction Provision Stalling Around the World
18 Dec 2018
The harm reduction movement has made major gains nationally and around the world. But, according to a new report by Harm Reduction International, efforts to spread harm reduction services still face major hurdles and funding shortfalls.
The systematic abuse of India’s female opiate users
17 Dec 2018
Women who use drugs are at increased risk from HIV and violence, but as they don’t explicitly feature in official national data, their needs largely go unmet.
Russia’s Harm Reductionists Are Once Again Under Attack
16 Dec 2018
“They gave it a few days, but then the feds and the Cossacks got together and came down on the dealing spots. They broke arms, legs, everything.”
Rejected by A.A.
14 Dec 2018
How the 12 Step program and its decades-old philosophy are exacerbating the opioid crisis
The Strongest Evidence Yet for a Highly Controversial Addiction Treatment
13 Dec 2018
When other approaches fail, the most effective way to fight a heroin addiction can be heroin itself.
The Crucial Role of Mothers in Reforming Drug Policy
28 Nov 2018
Mothers in the UK, US, Canada, and beyond are advocating for drug policy reform; for many, their advocacy follows the death or incarceration of their child as a result of the drug war.
Punjab's drug menace: 'I wanted my son to die'
28 Nov 2018
The northern Indian state of Punjab has witnessed a sharp increase in the number of drug-related deaths this year. BBC Punjabi's Arvind Chhabra investigates why the drug menace has become worse in the state.
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