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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.

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Smoking Foil
So foil is now legal in the UK (since September 5th), needle programmes across the country are now (hopefully) stocking it and offering it as a possible tool for change or early engagement route for people who smoke rather than inject their drug of choice. So here's a bit of advice for those workers giving it out.

Harm Reduction News

  • What would an evidence based drug policy be like?

    In their foreword to the UK Home Office’s comparison of drug policies in various countries, government ministers stated that “the UK will continue to advocate a balanced, evidence-based approach to the misuse of drugs internationally.” In a subsequent Commons debate there was cross party support for the motion that “this House . . . believes that an evidence-based approach is required in order for . . . the Government to pursue the most effective drugs policy.” This flurry of attention raises the question: what would an evidence-based drug policy look like?

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  • Opposing the Overdose Antidote Narcan Means Approving of Death Sentences for Heroin Users

    Arguments against making Narcan widely accessible range from the moralizing to the misinformed. As with opposition to harm reduction programs like needle exchanges, critics of Narcan say the medicine enables addicts to continue using. The riposte is simple: Narcan allows users to stay alive.

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  • Back from the Brink: Heroin's Antidote

    VICE News went to Massachusetts to see how effective Narcan has been in stopping fatal overdoses, and uncovered the reasons why other states may have been slow to adopt similar life-saving programs.

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  • How Scientists Gained the Ability to Reverse Overdoses

    Naloxone can reverse an otherwise fatal heroin overdose within minutes. Carrie Arnold meets the doctors who put this remarkable drug in the hands of the police, families and addicts—and saved thousands of lives.

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  • Why Doctors Should Avoid Saying 'Drug Overdose'

    Billions of pounds are being cut from UK services as a result of the austerity measures, and while drug services are not always directly affected, they are suffering the knock-on effects of this destructive policy. The knock-on effects generic services cuts have had on vulnerable populations -- people with substance misuse problems, for instance -- are often overlooked.

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  • Needle exchange reduces rate of infectious diseases

    The program, health officials said, is keeping drug users' dirty needles off the streets and out of parks and driving down infectious disease rates in the community. "We've made a difference, and we've got great outcomes," said Sandi Kendrick, a public health educator who runs the exchange program. "It saves lives."

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  • Martha wanted to get high, she didn't want to die

    Drugs are laughed about on sitcoms, joked about on panel shows, as well as given a glossy allure on teenage cult shows. Much as I hate to admit it, they are in fact a normal part of modern society. Young people witness their friends not dying from taking drugs all the time. So by simply spouting the “just don’t do it” line and hoping that will be enough of a deterrent, we’re closing our eyes to what’s really going on.

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  • How Could UK Gov't Cuts Affect Substance Misuse?

    Billions of pounds are being cut from UK services as a result of the austerity measures, and while drug services are not always directly affected, they are suffering the knock-on effects of this destructive policy. The knock-on effects generic services cuts have had on vulnerable populations -- people with substance misuse problems, for instance -- are often overlooked.

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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.