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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.