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.

No Time to Waste
3 Jul 2014
Evidence-Based treatment for drug dependence at the United States Veterans Administration
A hepatitis C story worth telling
1 Jul 2014
The good news is that unlike many viruses, including HIV, we do have a way of clearing hepatitis C. We have hepatitis C treatment.
Hungary Is facing an HIV epidemic among drug users
20 Jun 2014
Despite the first HIV transmissions among drug users, the largest Hungarian needle and syringe program has been forced to shut down, because of political attacks
Increased opioid-related mortality in the US and Canada
18 Jun 2014
Determinants of increased opioid-related mortality in the United States and Canada, 1990–2013: A systematic review
Beneath the streets of Romania's capital, a living hell
18 Jun 2014
Deep under the streets of Bucharest - in Europe, in the 21st century - there is a network of tunnels and sewers that is home to hundreds of men, women and children stricken by drug abuse HIV and TB.
Dalgarno Institute Research Report
18 Jun 2014
This paper examines the evidence that HIV and HCV transmission is impacted by harm reduction (HR) policies and to evaluate the benefit to drug users and the community from these policies.
The international mood on drug use and addiction is shifting from punishment to treatment
17 Jun 2014
The UN has added its voice to the growing cry to rebrand substance abuse disorders as an issue of public health – a matter for doctors, not police.
Not Just in Transit!
13 Jun 2014
A new report by the West Africa Commission on Drugs (WACD) says that drug trafficking, consumption and production in West Africa is undermining institutions, threatening public health and damaging development efforts.
A Global Victory for Palliative Care
2 Jun 2014
On May 23, the World Health Organization passed its first ever stand-alone palliative care resolution. It calls on all member states to integrate palliative care and pain relief into their national health systems.
Last stand for the drug warriors
1 Jun 2014
Three decades ago, in announcing an initiative to curtail drug abuse, President Reagan compared the enforcement of drug laws to the Battle of Verdun -- one of the costliest and deadliest battles of World War I
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