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.

Let’s Address Four Common Myths About Harm Reduction
5 Apr 2019
Despite considerable research evidence being available to dispel myths -confusion about common harm reduction strategies has stubbornly persisted in the wider population, preventing them from becoming mainstream.
Opioid Overreaction
30 Mar 2019
There is a real crisis. But the solution is flawed.
China’s strong-arm approach to drug addiction does not work
29 Mar 2019
Rising numbers of people who use drugs suggest a need for a more subtle policy
Violence against women is overlooked in its role in opioid epidemic
29 Mar 2019
Many women in controlling and violent relationships “self-medicate” – or use drugs that are not prescribed to them to help with their medical condition – to mitigate the trauma of physical and sexual assault.
‘Why I want to legally regulate drugs’.
22 Mar 2019
The film, directed by Andrew Davies of Campaign Film is shot in the favelas of Sao Paulo. It provides honest testimonies from people directly affected by the failed ‘war on drugs’ in one of Brazil’s poorest cities.
UNAIDS Press Release
16 Mar 2019
Promises to improve health outcomes for people who inject drugs remain unfulfilled as 99% do not have adequate access to harm reduction services
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.
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