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.

World Health Assembly approves plan to strengthen access to essential medicines
27 May 2014
WHO members tonight approved a resolution aimed at improving access to essential medicines. Agreement came after a compromise on a proposed provision referencing other medicines that are not qualified as essential medicines.
Prisons and Health
27 May 2014
This book outlines important suggestions by international experts to improve the health of those in prison and to reduce both the health risks and risks to society of imprisonment.
A life of dignity for all
14 May 2014
Speech given by Michel Kazatchkine on the opening day of the 4th Conference on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
Women addicted to drugs in Iran begin seeking treatment despite taboo
12 May 2014
Mina grew up with addicted parents. She started using drugs when she was 19. (Maryam Rahmanian/For The Washington Post)
Drug policy shift no relief for victims of the war
12 May 2014
NEW YORK, 9 May 2014 (IRIN) - Easing up on drug prohibition will not solve the plight of the thousands of people displaced by the drug wars in Colombia, Mexico and other countries.
Clinical & Policy Updates: SMMGP Clinical Update #40 - May 2014
12 May 2014
Several papers and reports complied by Dr Euan Lawson.
The problem with crack is poverty
11 May 2014
"Crack cocaine is not the problem, the problem resides in the personal and social conditions of users”, Carl Hart
A FOOT IN THE DOOR: A New Approach to Drugs in New Zealand
9 May 2014
There is a growing debate on how to control new psychoactive substances (legal highs) in New Zealand. Drug Reporter traveled there to give an insight into the innovative policy introduced by the government last year.
Ending the Drug Wars
7 May 2014
Report of the LSE Expert Group on the Economics of Drug Policy
In search of relief from intolerable pain
7 May 2014
You are in the worst pain of your life and the only way to get medication is to travel for hours on a rickety old bus, while you are in agony.
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