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Legal Foil at Last

From the 5th of September foil is going to be legal to distribute from needle programmes in the UK. Another important piece of harm reduction kit that we can now have in our 'toolbox' of interventions and engagement. But changes like this still take far too long to happen.

Low Dead Space Syringes

Robert Heimer, William Zule and Andrew Preston talk about the importance of low dead space syringes for BBV prevention.

Emily talks to - Allan Clear

Allan Clear
On a recent trip to the US Emily got the chance to talk to Allan Clear about his role as Executive Director of the Harm Reduction Coalition, or as she puts it "the boss of the bosses".

Harm Reduction News

  • Expanded harm reduction provision achieves impressive reductions in HCV

    Implementation of comprehensive harm reduction policies has achieved impressive reductions in incidence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections among people who inject drugs (PWID) in Scotland, research publish in PLOS ONE shows.

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  • Canada's first batch of prescription heroin expected in Vancouver by December

    Prescription heroin or diacetylmorphine will be available at Crosstown Clinic in the Downtown Eastside. In accordance with the terms of an interlocutory injunction, only former participants of an academic study called SALOME will be eligible to receive the drug as a treatment for severe opiate addictions. There are 202 such individuals.

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  • ‘To stop hepatitis C, we need to treat people who are using drugs’

    The notion that people who are using drugs are ‘hard to reach’ and unable to engage with treatment needs to be firmly challenged, he argues: what’s really at issue is how current provision is operating, and how accessible this treatment is for the people it should be tailored towards.

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  • V Festival scientists to test samples of 'legal highs'

    Government scientists will be at a major music festival this weekend to analyse samples of "legal highs", the Home Office said. Tests will be conducted by researchers at V Festival in Hylands Park, Chelmsford, on Saturday and Sunday.

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  • Drug deaths involving 'legal highs' double in last year

    The number of deaths in Scotland involving so-called legal highs more than doubled last year, according to new figures. NPS were implicated in 60 deaths compared with 32 in 2012, but other substances were also implicated in 55.

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  • The facts on injection sites

    The peer reviewed article by PhD candidate Ehsan Jozaghi and colleagues released on Monday in the journal Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention and Policy is another addition to the growing list of scientific research outlining the benefits of supervised injection facilities. With more than 90 safer consumption sites in operation worldwide, Insite, North America’s only legally sanctioned supervised injection facility, is the most researched.

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  • The UK Media's Shameful Stigmatization of Heroin Users

    Scanning through online newspapers for write ups of the foil initiative, it's jarring to see the words "junkies" and "addict" bandied around as if this is an acceptable representation of people who use heroin. The Daily Mail and Daily Mirror -- hardly known for their empathy, admittedly -- really lead the way here. "Heroin junkies to be given foil on the State," reads the Mail's headline, one oozing with a level of moral outrage that only the Mail truly knows how to muster.

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  • Heroin addicts to be given free foil

    The change in the law, which currently prohibits the supply of “articles to be used for the preparation or consumption of illicit drugs”, will come into force next month. It will apply both to the National Health Service and privately run treatment centres.

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Latest Videos

  • Hadiyah Charles talks about the importance of HepC testing.
  • Stephen Malloy talks about the importance of naloxone as a tool to reduce drug related deaths.
  • Sharon Stancliff talks about the issues delaying wider distribution of naloxone around the USA.
  • Emily demonstrates how simple it is to save the life of someone you love.
  • There are many more videos here on Injecting Advice.

    Make sure you check them all out over in the 'Multimedia' section.

  • Allan Clear
    On a recent trip to the US Emily got the chance to talk to Allan Clear about his role as Executive Director of the Harm Reduction Coalition, or as she puts it "the boss of the bosses".
    As well as this new series there is also plenty of other video content on this site, and more being produced every month.