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.

Scaling up opioid dependence treatment in low- and middle-income settings
26 Feb 2014
According to guidelines issued by the WHO, best practice in the “psychosocially-assisted pharmacological treatment” of opioid dependence consists of methadone maintenance treatment.
General Assembly Special Session on Drugs (UNGASS) 2016
20 Feb 2014
The ‘General Assembly’ is the principle policy making organ of the United Nations (UN), and the only one in which all 193 UN member states have equal representation. At the request of member states, it convenes UN General Assembly Special Sessions (UNGASS) on specific issues.
Odysseas: The first Greek drug consumption room
19 Feb 2014
Read here an interview with the members of the drug consumption room Odysseas, in Greece.
Addressing the spread of <span> HIV </span> in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
12 Feb 2014
Eastern Europe and Central Asia is the only region where HIV prevalence clearly remains on the rise. Key populations such as sex workers, men who have sex with men, and people who inject drugs have an increased risk of contracting and transmitting the virus.
Opioid overdose prevention bill introduced in New York
5 Feb 2014
Legislation that would help prevent accidental opioid overdoses and save the lives of thousands of New Yorkers by expanding access to the opioid antidote naloxone.
30 Nov 2013
This report is part of a larger study of the management of austerity by local government in England and Scotland. It is particularly concerned with impacts on disadvantaged people and places.
For prescription drug dependence treatment, buprenorphine maintenance trumps detoxification
For treating patients with prescription opioid dependence in primary care, buprenorphine maintenance therapy is superior to detoxification, according to a new study by Yale School of Medicine.
Survey on Global Naloxone Access
WHO recommends increased access to naloxone for people who are likely to witness an opioid overdose. Complete this survey that will allow us to assess which is the global naloxone accessibility and training!
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