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America’s opioid catastrophe has lessons for us all, about greed and racial division
7 Sep 2019
Big pharma saw huge profits in medicalising the social stress of the white working class
Calls for needle exchange program in NSW jails amid rising illicit drug use
7 Sep 2019
New South Wales ice inquiry hears that corrections department has no ‘overall strategy’ to deal with drug use in ballooning prison population
The year fentanyl hit the street, I overdosed six times. The solution is a safer drug supply
3 Sep 2019
VANCOUVER—I spent 20 years injecting heroin. During the year that fentanyl hit the streets, I overdosed six times. On each occasion, I consumed what I believed was heroin but was probably fentanyl or its analogues
Steep declines in hepatitis C among people who inject drugs show Australia’s treatment for all approach is working
1 Aug 2019
Hepatitis C has declined by a staggering 60% among people who inject drugs since new hepatitis C cures were made available through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) in 2016, according to a new report released today by the Kirby Institute at UNSW Sydney.
#WorldHepatitisDay: Supporting the HCV elimination agenda –– an EMCDDA initiative to increase access to hepatitis C care in drug services
31 Jul 2019
Every year, on 28 July, the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners mark World Hepatitis Day. Its aim is to increase awareness and understanding of viral hepatitis and the diseases it causes.
Capitalism gone wrong: how big pharma created America's opioid carnage
25 Jul 2019
A web of firms ramped up narcotic painkiller sales, creating the biggest drug epidemic in American history as profits surged.
Inside Switzerland’s Radical Drug Policy Innovation
25 Jul 2019
A look at how Switzerland radically and successfully changed its approach to drug policy following a heroin epidemic in the late 1980s and 90s, and what the effort teaches us about the social innovation process.
Neither Justice Nor Treatment
19 Jul 2019
Drug courts in the United States routinely fail to provide adequate, medically-sound treatment for substance use disorders, with treatment plans that are at times designed and facilitated by individuals with little to no medical training.
Lack of access to treatment and prescribing practice contribute to drug death figures.
19 Jul 2019
"Lack of access to treatment and prescribing practice contribute to drug death figures."
Malaysia to decriminalise drug use, says health minister
5 Jul 2019
Malaysia has some of the world's most punitive drug policies, but the new government is reviewing the approach.
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