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.

What We Don't Know About Drugs Is Killing Us
12 Jan 2018
The lack of information out there on fentanyl alone is shocking.
Iran's easing of drug laws could halt execution of 5,000 prisoners
12 Jan 2018
Lifting of capital punishment for some drug-trafficking offences set to be applied retrospectively to convicts on death row
The World Drug PERCEPTION Problem
11 Jan 2018
The Global Commission on Drug Policy' new report argues that current perceptions of drugs and people who use them have led to an unrealistic and stigmatizing approach to drug policy. Contrasting these perceptions with available evidence it identifies reforms required for more effective drug policies.
Norway Decriminalizes Drug Use
15 Dec 2017
Drug use will no longer be punished, but treated in Norway. The majority in the Storting (Norwegian Parliament) aggrees on the historic transformation of Norwegian drug policy.
‘Opiophobia’ Has Left Africa in Agony
15 Dec 2017
Uganda has a strategy for giving scarce morphine to patients in pain. But many poor nations won’t emulate it, over fear of an opioid epidemic.
A Tale of Two Drug Wars
11 Dec 2017
It seems compassion is an effective drug deterrent. Too bad there wasn't any during the crack epidemic.
Street credibility and respect
1 Dec 2017
A recipe to help others by a person who uses drugs
HIV and Women in Prison
1 Dec 2017
Gender inequality, stigma, discrimination and gender-based violence add to women’s vulnerability to HIV in prisons. HIV rates among women in prison are always higher than those among men in prison.
Right to Health
1 Dec 2017
People who inject drugs are 24 times more at risk of acquiring HIV than adults in the general population.
Russia’s Methadone Ban Is Fueling an HIV Epidemic in Crimea
18 Nov 2017
When Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014, the peninsula’s new leadership announced that OAT therapy would be banned.
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