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.

Guidelines for the identification and management of substance use and substance use disorders in pregnancy by WHO
21 Apr 2014
WHO guidelines to identify and manage substance use and substance use disorders in pregnant women. Health practitioners can apply scientific principles of public health in their own countries.
Tennessee to subject women to criminal assault charges if they use drugs during their pregnancy
21 Apr 2014
Tennessee is poised to become the first state in the country to subject women to criminal assault charges if they use drugs during their pregnancy.
EASL guidance for HCV Treatment
21 Apr 2014
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is one of the main causes of chronic liver disease worldwide.
New Zealand Practice Guidelines for Opioid Substitution Treatment
15 Apr 2014
These revised guidelines contain practical and evidence-based advice for clinicians on best practice for the clinical assessment and treatment of clients with opioid dependence.
Nurses help addicts inject heroin at controversial clinic battling HIV.
14 Apr 2014
British Columbia has successfully stemmed an epidemic of AIDS in one of the hardest to reach populations: intravenous drug addicts. Correspondent William Brangham's film examines the ways that medical professionals are taking on the spread of HIV.
Latest WHO guidelines for hepatitis C
10 Apr 2014
World Health Organization: Guidelines for the screening, care and treatment of persons with hepatitis C infection
Access to essential medicines for palliative care
9 Apr 2014
Katherine Pettus, representing IAHPC explains how the CND is changing its view of access to essential medicines for palliative care.
Lifesaving cops carry naloxone
8 Apr 2014
The Governor of Massachusetts recently declared a public health emergency over opioid overdoses.
Opioid access in Slovakia
8 Apr 2014
More than 60 people attended the most recent ATOME meeting, held in Bratislava, Slovakia, last month to discuss access to opioids for both palliative care and harm reduction.
The Lancet reports from Vienna.
2 Apr 2014
A high-level UN meeting on international drug policy came to a close last week with doctors lamenting the lack of progress on health issues.
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