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A fundamental contradiction in EU drug policy
4 Jun 2019
Over the past three decades, European governments have been moving to protect people who use drugs from drug-related health harms.
3 Jun 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.
Druggie zombie junkies, and the language battle at the heart of our attitudes towards addiction
31 May 2019
Unless there is a change in how we speak about drug users, it is easy to justify an environment where treatment and support is shrinking – which it is at an alarming rate.
In Cities Where It Once Reigned, Heroin Is Disappearing
24 May 2019
The rise of the more potent fentanyl in its place has put a generation of older users, who had managed their addiction, at far greater risk of overdose.
US fentanyl crisis could end opium era in Mexico: 'the only crop that paid’
13 May 2019
The market price for opium has plummeted many in the US have swapped heroin for fentanyl, and could force Mexico’s impoverished farmers to abandon the narcotics trade
Stark racial, financial divides found in opioid addiction treatment
13 May 2019
Escaping the grip of opioid addiction doesn't come easily for anyone. But a new study reveals sharp racial and financial divides in which Americans receive effective treatments for opioid addiction.
Calls for Drug Law Reform in Sweden As Drug Deaths Continue Unabated
13 May 2019
The debate around Sweden’s zero-tolerance drug policy has been reignited in recent months, due to the approach’s failure to reduce drug deaths.
HR19 Closing Ceremony - 1 May
3 May 2019
After a wonderful few days in Porto - IDHDP Board Member, Professor Carl Hart closes the HR19 conference
US drug company executives charged with fuelling opioid crisis
28 Apr 2019
Two former executives of a major US pharmaceutical company have been charged with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances in an unprecedented case.
Our Irrational Cruelty to Pregnant or Parenting People Who Use Drugs
27 Apr 2019
People who use drugs while pregnant and parenting are one of the most stigmatized populations in the United States.
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