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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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The Safe Room

In Switzerland, there are rooms across eight cities tackling problems triggered predominantly by heroin and crack cocaine. Germany faces similar problems with heroin, but ice is also seeping in from the Czech Republic, where it is widely abused. The consumption room in Oslo, Norway, is at the frontline of a major, national battle against ice. Is Australia ready to adopt the European model?

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PHE: Widening the availability of naloxone

This fact sheet by PHE explaining the regulations for naloxone in the UK and how they can be implemented has been updated to include section 5.1 on supply of naloxone to children and young people.

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Public health bodies call for decriminalisation of drugs

Danny Kelly, harm reduction team manager for CAIR Scotland in Dundee, said: “IEP kits have been instrumental in reducing the prevalence of HIV in this population, from a high point of approximately 40% in the mid-to-late 1980s, to effectively zero today.

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Safe injecting zone for drug users could be good idea

Calls have been made to look into creating a safe drug injecting facility in Dundee to tackle overdoses, HIV and the problem of discarded needles in the city.

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I'm a Doctor Who Thinks America Should Let People Inject Heroin Safely

Right now in Ithaca, New York, officials are pursuing a Supervised Injection Facility (or SIF) to address the overdose problem. Over 60 cities in ten countries have opened SIFs in order to give people who inject drugs a place to use that is safer and more hygienic than the restrooms, parks, or other public places that may be their only alternative.

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Doctors propose 'supervised consumption rooms'

Doctors at the BMA's annual meeting in Belfast backed a motion calling for "evidence-based interventions" for drug users, including "heroin-assisted treatment" and providing safe spaces for some drug users. The moves comes after two other leading organisation called for the decriminalisation of drug use.

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Research finds injecting rooms improve chance of rehab

Burnet Institute Professor Robert Power has told ABC TV's Stateline that injecting rooms reduce the health risks for drug users and improve their chances of getting further treatment.

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