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.

For 50 years, zero tolerance to drugs has failed – yet Britain refuses to change
15 Jan 2021
The 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act has needlessly criminalised thousands of people, and done nothing to tackle abuse
What Surging Fentanyl Use Among OAT Patients Says About the Pandemic
9 Jan 2021
During the height of the COVID-19 lockdown in Ontario, Canada, the proportion of mandatory, routine drug screens imposed on opioid use disorder (OUD) patients that returned positive results for fentanyl more than doubled.
Legalising access to psilocybin to end the agony of cluster headaches
11 Nov 2020
Approximately 8 million people worldwide are afflicted with possibly the most excruciating condition known to medicine: cluster headaches. Patients endure immense suffering, and many commit suicide to escape the pain. Current medical options are inadequate.
Putting UK Drug Policy into Focus
7 Nov 2020
Commentary on the short film ‘Putting UK Drug Policy into Focus’ and reflections on the morality of a criminal justice approach to drugs
Opioid crisis sees First Nations deaths double during pandemic
3 Nov 2020
First Nations people accounted for 16 per cent of all overdose deaths this year and they were 5.6 times more likely to die from overdose compared to the rest of the population. Canada’s top doctor said she’s concerned about the rising number of opioid related deaths in what she is calling a major consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Five years ago, white families called for a ‘gentler war on drugs.’ Did we get one?
2 Nov 2020
Drug war arrests have remained a key priority among law enforcement, explicitly targeting Black, Latinx and Indigenous people along with non-citizens.
Opioids in America, Part 3: The other side of the crisis
1 Nov 2020
Opioids is a problem that needs to be addressed, people who are using the drugs exclusively as prescribed — and who still truly need it from a medical perspective — have been swept up in what some have seen as government’s knee-jerk reaction to the crisis.
There were 4,392 deaths related to drug poisoning in England and Wales in 2019, the highest ever total.
16 Oct 2020
The data in this release relate to deaths registered in 2019 and therefore do not cover deaths that occurred during the coronavirus pandemic. It is important to note that there will be a number of additional deaths not yet officially recorded (via inquests that have been delayed for instance) and the true figure will be even higher.
Drive to Free Black Woman With Marijuana Life Sentence Exposes “Habitual Criminal” Laws
20 Aug 2020
Give a mother the chance to hold her child again.” So reads a petition, launched on August 15, to free Tameka Drummer from prison in Mississippi. Drummer, a 46-year-old Black woman, is serving a life sentence after being caught in possession of marijuana.
Philippines death penalty: A fight to stop the return of capital punishment
19 Aug 2020
Capital punishment opponents expect a steep battle to prevent President Rodrigo Duterte from reimposing the death penalty, as he renews calls for the law as part of a "drug war" that has already killed thousands of Filipinos.
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