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Time for safer spaces

I’m writing a conference presentation at the moment, the topic is the need for safer spaces to use drugs in the UK. As part of the research for it I spent a day this week walking around Birmingham with my camera. I think it’s very easy for drug workers to lose sight of the situations people are forced into when using drugs. Seeing where some people are injecting really makes it clear that we need a real push to get drug consumption rooms started. (PLEASE NOTE: this article contains images that may be upsetting for some people).

Naloxone legal changes (UK)

Last month the Human Medicines (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2015 were laid before Parliament, amending the 2012 Regulations which restrict the supply etc. of medicines, and we got the first glimpse of the changes that are to be introduced from 1st October. The main change is that: "Persons employed or engaged in the provision of drug treatment services", drugs workers (though a variety of different names apply to this role these days) to you and me, will be added to the list of exempted professionals who can supply Naloxone without falling foul of the restrictions.

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.

Harm Reduction News

  • Calls grow for Glasgow drug consumption rooms as city heroin deaths hit record high

    Experts warned that Scotland has been slow to adopt policies that have reduced deaths overseas. Local health and council officials in Glasgow have signalled that they want to open the country's first supervised injection rooms...

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  • Calls for nationwide roll-out of drug consumption centres

    A doctor, youth worker, politician and former top cop have united to call for medically supervised drug usage centres in all major Australian cities as a way to stem the nation's ice epidemic.

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  • 6,000 drug needles found in tiny Dublin city centre park every year

    As part of a drive to reduce drug litter in the area, a specially designed needle disposal bin has been placed in the park since January. One of two such bins in the city, it’s regularly monitored by organisations who work with the the city’s habitual drug users, and emptied regularly.

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  • Community pharmacy helps diagnose people with hepatitis C infection

    Pilot project involved community pharmacists in the Isle of Wight testing at-risk adults for hepatitis C virus, hepatitis B, HIV and syphilis.

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  • We're launching a campaign to promote safer ecstasy use

    The message couldn’t be more simple: taking a small amount of ecstasy and waiting a couple of hours before redosing could save your life. Telling your friends ‘don’t be daft, start with a half’, could save their lives. If you’re a DJ or an artist, helping us spread this simple message could help save the lives of your fans.

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  • Judge Orders Drug Dealers to Pay for Naloxone Kits

    People caught selling heroin and other opiates in Western Pennsylvania will now have to foot the bill for naloxone kits. For every brick of heroin found in one’s possession, $50 (roughly the price of a single kit) will be added to their charge as a fine, to be paid after they serve their sentence.

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  • Needle vs needle: a vaccine for drug addiction?

    If the vaccines become widespread, what’s to stop well-meaning parents from paying for their children to be vaccinated against a future or drug dependence, “just in case”? Would it be ethical to do this? To alter someone’s body chemistry to prevent them from experiencing things you don’t approve of?

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  • Drug experts plan to set up supervised ice 'inhalation rooms'

    Imagine a room where you can legally go and smoke ice. They already exist in Europe, and now some drug experts want to bring them here. The plan has the backing of Alex Wodak, who started a medically supervised injecting centre in Kings Cross in Sydney in response to a large number of heroin addicts dying in the streets, and the threat of blood borne viruses through users sharing needles.

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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.