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  • Needles
    Accidental Sharing  those times when in all the confusion of the moment people aren't quite sure if the  is their own or not.

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Ten reasons to distribute ‘take home naloxone'

Naloxone is the opiate antagonist that can prevent overdose. In the US it's use is increasing and within the UK there are national programmes in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland to distribute it, but not in England, in England it's left up to local areas to decide if they should distribute it. So, I thought it was time for a top 'ten reasons to distribute take home naloxone' article.

Changing Face of Needle Exchange

Allan Clear talks about the changing face of needle exchange, from it's activist roots though to it's mainstreaming and formalisation.

Harm Reduction News

  • Academy of Medical Sciences concerns over Psychoactive Substances Bill

    The Academy and other reserach organisations have written to the Home Secretary, Rt Hon Theresa May MP, to highlight concerns over unintended but damaging consequences for medical research of the Psychoactive Substances Bill.

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  • In Search of a Drug Consumption Room

    It was in the fall of 2011, when the idea of opening a drug consumption room (DCR) in Romania was first put on the table, at a conference organised by the Carusel Association, a local NGO whose activity focuses on improving the life of hard drug and alcohol consumers.

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  • The Global Drug Survey 2015 findings

    Global Drug Survey seeks to become the largest most credible source of current drug use data trends in the world

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  • Is the Home Office attempting to 'body-swerve' official drugs advisers?

    Home Secretary Theresa May and her statutory advisers on drug policy look to be heading for a showdown over government plans to deal with so-called "legal highs".

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  • Fast forward on naloxone

    Progress on naloxone distribution is still slow and inconsistent throughout the UK. DDN asked naloxone champion Philippe Bonnet for some tips on moving forward.

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  • This Government’s ban on legal highs is mind-bendingly stupid

    Sometimes it is hard not to wonder at the stupidity of Westminster. Advanced nations around the world are waking up to the failure of the war on drugs, with more than 20 countries introducing forms of decriminalisation. But not here in Britain. Our politicians still fight the futile battles of the past.

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  • Drug injection rooms a resounding success

    The drug injection rooms (‘fixerum’) that opened for customers some two and a half years ago in Denmark have been hailed as a resounding success. Out of the 355,255 injections that have taken place in the rooms in Copenhagen, Odense and Aarhus since they opened in 2012, some 301 people have overdosed but not one single death has been reported.

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  • What Makes a Naloxone Program Successful?

    Programs are popping up all over the country to distribute naloxone, a medicine that reverses opioid drug overdose, to people who can use it to save lives. With all the different programs - some in urban areas, some in rural; some run by governments, some by nonprofits; some with large budgets and some with no budget at all - it might be difficult to sort through the information to determine what works best. To help, here is a short list of best practices that can be adapted to any program no matter its size, location, or budget.

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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.