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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.
Perceived fear of losing children major barrier to women accessing treatment
26 Jun 2021
A new report from Trinity College has found that there is an urgent need for the expansion of gender-sensitive drug and alcohol treatment approaches that support the needs of women.
Biden Could Have Taken the War on Drugs Down a Notch. He Didn’t.
17 Jun 2021
A little-noticed law could make it easier to punish people for low-level drug crimes — and put them in prison for longer with less proof.
Supreme Court blocks cutting prison sentences for low-level crack offenders
15 Jun 2021
After vicious war on drugs that disproportionately impacted Black Americans, people convicted of possessing only small amounts not eligible for reduced sentences despite retroactive law
We Must Divest From the Failed Drug War Locally, Nationally and Globally
5 Jun 2021
By every measure, the global drug war has failed. It has failed to decrease drug use and sales. Drug-involved overdose deaths continue to soar around the world. And violence related to the illicit markets created by prohibition wreaks havoc on individuals and communities.
Number of smokers has reached all-time high of 1.1 billion, study finds
28 May 2021
Governments told to focus on stopping young from taking up habit that killed 8 million people in 2019
28 May 2021
Transform, working with Release, DrugScience, LEAPUK and other partners, will focus on expanding the coalition of individuals and organisations who are prepared to stand up and say ‘enough is enough’.
From a punitive to public health drug approach
28 May 2021
In May 2020, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, a man in Singapore was sentenced to death for a drug offense via a remote hearing on Zoom.
Big pharma executives mocked ‘pillbillies’ in emails, West Virginia opioid trial hears
17 May 2021
Executives at one of the US’s largest drug distributors circulated rhymes and emails mocking “hillbillies” who became addicted to opioid painkillers even as the company poured hundreds of millions of pills into parts of Appalachia at the heart of America’s opioid epidemic.
Push back for more Victorian safe injecting rooms in Melbourne suburbs
15 May 2021
Ms Patten, who is an Upper House MP suggested the new sites be set up at St Kilda, Footscray and Dandenong.
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