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Durham police will give addicts heroin to inject in 'shooting galleries'

The police force is set to become the first in England to implement an approach pioneered in Switzerland and credited with achieving positive results in a number of European countries but unlikely to attract much domestic political support.

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Women Need Better Options for Drug Treatment

The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) is a United Nations body monitoring how states implement international drug-control conventions. In its annual report, which was presented yesterday in Berlin, the INCB analyzes the state of global drug use and provides a number of recommendations to help countries take control of drug issues among its citizens. This year's report focused especially on drug use among women and girls, which over the past few years has increased much more than drug use among men.

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Opening a supervised injection facility for people who inject drugs could save millions

For the first time, researchers have determined the potential cost and benefits of opening a supervised injection facility for people who inject drugs in the United States. The study, released today, found that a single facility in San Francisco could generate $3.5 million in savings.

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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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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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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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