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.

Almost 1,000 prisoners executed worldwide in 2017
7 May 2018
Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq record highest executions, as rights group reports global decline in the use of death penalty.
How France cut heroin overdoses by 79 percent in 4 years
6 May 2018
In the 1980s, France went through a heroin epidemic in which hundreds of thousands became addicted.
The Disconnects in Indian Drug Policy
26 Apr 2018
Policymakers in India have responded to proliferating reports of substance use disorders with great concern, opening the winter session of Parliament with a discussion of drug addiction and ways and means to reverse the trend.
The struggle for humane drug policy in Georgia
26 Apr 2018
Decriminalising drugs has become a central demand of Georgian political parties, but the fight for decriminalisation has divided Georgian society.
New affordable hepatitis C combination shows 97% cure rate
25 Apr 2018
"....a safe and effective cure for hepatitis C in low- and middle-income countries for $300 or less...."
Meet the 91-year-old doctor who's the granddaughter of slaves
19 Apr 2018
Dr Melissa Freeman is a Bronx-born medical doctor who finished medical school in 1955, and has practiced medicine since 1961. Her grandfather, Albert B. Walker, was born a slave in the 1850s. She attended Howard University College of Medicine. She is one of the first doctors to treat women with opioid addiction.
Three reasons why scientific advice on drugs is ignored
18 Apr 2018
David Nutt, along with many other leading scientists, published a study a few years ago that showed how the overall harms associated with some legal drugs, such as alcohol and tobacco, dramatically exceed the harms of some illegal drugs, such as cannabis, ecstasy and LSD – and even the harms of heroin and cocaine.
Drug policy - a human rights issue.
5 Apr 2018
Major shift in global drug policies: the Human Rights Council catches up with the Commission on Narcotic Drugs
Indonesia criminal code overhaul a step backwards for drug policy
5 Apr 2018
Sweeping criminal sanctions proposed in Indonesian parliament could worsen the country's drug problem.
“Hepatitis C among people who use drugs – the global state and recommendations”
29 Mar 2018
Side event co-hosted by IDHDP at the 61st Session of CND at the UN in Vienna
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