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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.
Maryland hits record-high drug deaths, fueled by fentanyl (Update)
14 Aug 2018
Maryland, a state that already had one of the country's most punishing overdose mortality rates, notched a record-high number of drug deaths last year. The grim milestone was fueled by an alarming increase of fentanyl-related fatalities.
17 Jul 2018
Countries in Latin America should consider legalizing drugs to ease the human cost linked to the deadly trade, a United Nations chief has said.
Misuse of opioids such as tramadol and fentanyl is 'global epidemic', report finds
9 Jul 2018
UN figures reveal deepening opioid crisis in Africa, with cocaine and opium production at records levels worldwide
Doctors Should Be Handing Out Addiction Meds on Demand
2 Jul 2018
“Every dose of buprenorphine consumed is at least a dose of heroin not getting consumed, if not several.”
Why are so many people denied the painkillers they need?
14 Jun 2018
The world is suffering from an invisible epidemic, an epidemic of pain. As many as 60 million people are reckoned to suffer avoidable agony every year.
The Feds Are Raiding the Offices of Doctors Who Prescribe Addiction Medication
13 Jun 2018
Addiction doctors are worried about federal retribution against their treatment programs, and they're terrified for their patients, whose lives are at risk from overdose.
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