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.

Legalizing Opioids: Three Proposed Models for Non-Medical Use
21 Apr 2021
According to Mark Haden, who co-authored the paper with Brian Emerson and is a professor at the University of British Columbia’s school of Population and Public Health, both the prohibition of opioids and the commercialization of opioids for medical use have contributed to the overdose crisis.
Taking painkillers away from those in desperate need is a cruel health policy
11 Apr 2021
Nice’s new guidelines prescribing exercise over drugs for chronic sufferers risk causing more distress
Government of Canada announces $20 million to help communities respond to increasing opioid-related overdoses (1)
1 Apr 2021
Projects will provide training and awareness on opioid overdose response to 2.4 million Canadians and enable the distribution of 58,000 naloxone kits
The Spike in Drug Overdose Deaths During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Policy Options to Move Forward
26 Mar 2021
Since COVID-19 first started upending day-to-day life for Americans in March 2020, public health officials have been sounding the alarm about a potential surge in drug overdoses.
Crystal meth use rises during lockdown in Zimbabwe
16 Mar 2021
Harare’s drug dealers say business is booming as more young people, some at school, use mutoriro (crystal meth).
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh publishes report on drug-related deaths in Scotland
2 Mar 2021
The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh has launched a new report on drug-related deaths in Scotland, based on the views of leading experts.
Why the US Has Embraced Drug Law Reform, But the UK Won't
24 Feb 2021
In the US, drug reform is at the centre of political debate while in Britain politicians continue to shove the issue under the carpet. Here’s why
UNODC Supports Harm Reduction in Viet Nam Through Take-Home Methadone Doses
16 Feb 2021
A UNODC initiative marked a critical step forward in the implementation of HIV harm reduction in Viet Nam around a decade ago, when the very first doses of methadone were administered in the country through the Opioid Substitution Therapy programme. Today, a brand new UNODC programme to be launched early this year, promises to expand its predecessor’s reach by offering take-home methadone doses.
Kings Cross businesses want removal of injecting centre to revive strip
15 Feb 2021
Kings Cross businesses are calling for the removal of the Medically Supervised Injecting Centre from the downtrodden strip if the area is to thrive from the removal of the lockout laws.
15 Feb 2021
An epidemic of drug overdoses has claimed more than 20,000 Canadians since 2016 — about the same number of victims as the coronavirus. Here, The Globe puts names and faces to those we lost, taking them out of the shadows of grief and shame
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