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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
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

  • Drug related deaths in England and Wales (BMJ)

    Non-structured interventions, including the provision of safer injecting advice, access to clean injecting equipment, and immunisation programmes, should be priorities for investment, and new initiatives such as drug consumption rooms should be developed to ensure we are able to attract drug users into treatment and protect them when they are not.

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  • The tip of the iceberg

    We have just seen the highest drug related deaths figures ever; these figures record deaths from drug poisoning, but services providers know that this is just the tip of the iceberg. There is an alarming increase in the numbers of people dying in treatment as a result of chronic ill health.

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  • Women-only supervised injection site planned in Vancouver

    A new mobile health team and a supervised injection site are planned for the Downtown Eastside to help an estimated 100 street-entrenched women.

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  • The Urgent Need for Clean Needles in UK Prisons

    The lack of harm reduction measures for people who use drugs in UK prisons is fuelling health problems, including the spread of HIV and other infectious diseases. It’s time to introduce needle and syringe programmes.

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  • Hepatitis C in the UK

    The most recent national estimates suggest that around 214,000 individuals are chronically infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) in the UK. Link goes to PHE's resource page for HepC info, including an updated slideset.

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  • Under Supervision: France & Ireland Tackle Public Injecting

    The first medically supervised injection centre in France opened this Tuesday in Paris. Health Minister Marisol Touraine and the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, were both in attendance at the inauguration of a facility that has caused a considerable amount of controversy over the years amongst the people of France.

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  • France's first drug room for addicts to inject opens in Paris

    A Paris hospital is now housing France's first "shooting gallery" - a safe place where drug addicts can inject under medical supervision.

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  • Seattle's new war on drugs: Giving heroin addicts 'safe sites' to shoot up

    Seattle officials are moving forward with a controversial plan for what would be the nation’s first supervised heroin-injection clinics — government-financed shooting galleries that supporters say can save lives but that critics say will only enable drug users.

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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.