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World Health Organisation Calls For The Decriminalisation Of Drug Use

This month, the World Health Organisation (WHO) – the UN agency that coordinates international health responses – launched a new set of guidelines for HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations. The new document is the culmination of months of consultation and review, and pulls together existing guidance for five groups: men who have sex with men, people in prisons and other closed settings, sex workers, transgender people, and people who inject drugs...

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

  • Vancouver street youth face 'alarmingly' high risk of hepatitis C

    Vancouver street youth face an alarmingly high risk of hepatitis C infection because of a high incidence of injection drug use, according to a new study published in the British Medical Journal. The B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS tracked youth aged 14 to 26 over the course of six years.

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  • Heroin antidote Naloxone offers US hope against overdose

    "Our cops were out on the street and they didn't have any tools to help the people there." But in recent years, Camden police officers have joined police in a growing number of cities across the US who carry a heroin "antidote" called Naloxone.

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  • Rise and fall in heroin use key factor in crime trends

    A long-term fall in the number of heroin and crack users has been a key factor in the decline in crime levels in England and Wales, according to Home Office research. A consensus among criminologists over a convincing explanation for the rise in crime to a peak in 1995 and its subsequent long-term decline by more than 60% in England and Wales has long proved elusive.

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  • The Lancet: HIV and Sex Workers

    With heightened risks of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, sex workers face substantial barriers in accessing prevention, treatment, and care services, largely because of stigma, discrimination, and criminalisation in the societies in which they live. These social, legal, and economic injustices contribute to their high risk of acquiring HIV. Often driven underground by fear, sex workers encounter or face the direct risk of violence and abuse daily. Sex workers remain underserved by the global HIV response. This Series of seven papers aims to investigate the complex issues faced by sex workers worldwide, and calls for the decriminilisation of sex work, in the global effort to tackle the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

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  • What supervised injection sites can teach Canada about health and drug addiction

    The Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre, which the clients affectionately refer to as the “shooting gallery,” opened in 2001, the first of its kind in the English-speaking world (the pioneer was in Bern, Switzerland, in 1986) and still the only such facility in the southern hemisphere. “Our primary goal is stopping people from dying of overdose,” says Marianne Jauncey, the medical director.

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  • The funding crisis for harm reduction

    Funding for HIV-related harm reduction programmes globally is in crisis. There can be no ‘AIDS free generation’ without targeted efforts with and for people who inject drugs. Yet funding for harm reduction falls dangerously short of estimated need. While this has been the case for some time, the situation looks set to deteriorate with changing donor policies and national government neglect.

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  • All In: ending the HIV epidemic among adolescents

    Adolescents aged 10–19 are among the people most neglected by the HIV response, yet AIDS is the second biggest contributor to adolescent death globally and the main contributor in sub-Saharan Africa. During a satellite session at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia, adolescents and young people, high-level government officials, donors, researchers and youth service providers explored ambitious but effective ways of better protecting this key group.

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  • HepC Scandal – failure to provide treatment or baseline data

    National figures suggest 49% of people who inject drugs in the UK are hep C positive, this compares to just 1% who are HIV positive. This group is more likely to have been in prison and been homeless and 47% are unaware of having hep C. Only 3% of people with hep C get treatment annually despite existing effective treatments being available. This is a scandal.

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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.