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Supervised injection not a panacea

... drug possession is still a criminal offence. Having a place to use safely without fear of death, HIV contraction, or incarceration is an incredible first step. But what happens before someone walks into a supervised injection site?

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The mayor of Ithaca (NY) wants the nation's first supervised injection facility

Describing his proposals to the AP ahead of a formal announcement planned for Wednesday, the mayor said creating a place where addicts can inject heroin safely is a key part of a holistic approach to drug abuse that Ithaca will be rolling out, one that treats addiction more like a public health issue than a problem for the criminal justice system to solve.

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Outlook Bleak For UK Drug Policy in 2016

I wish that I could say it was an exciting time to work in the drugs field, but sadly when we compare it to reform progress on the international scene, the domestic drug policy landscape is both a scandal and a tragedy.

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Please, Stop Locking Up Pregnant Women For Using Drugs

A short film released Monday shines a light on a recent trend among states to criminally prosecute women for using drugs while pregnant. The video, created by Brave New Films, investigates the effect of "feticide laws" across the country. Originally passed to protect pregnant women from violence, women's health advocates say these laws are now being used to prosecute pregnant women themselves.

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Michael Gove eyes up implementing Texas-style drug courts

Lord Chancellor Michael Gove has set up a team to investigate how to establish United States-style courts that would monitor drug offenders rather than send them to jail, in the hope it could reduce prisoner numbers.

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Why Australia needs drug consumption rooms

As senior law enforcement officials line up to say Australia cannot arrest its way out of our illicit drug problems, some politicians have expressed opposing views about drug consumption rooms. This debate is now raging in Melbourne.

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Seattle activist plans mobile drug haven to encourage safe use

In booming Seattle, where daydreams typically take the shape of mega-mansions and supersize yachts, street activist Shilo Murphy has managed to lower his expectations.

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Congress Ends Ban On Federal Funding For Needle Exchange Programs

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Rep. Hal Rogers of Kentucky, a Republican who led the effort, and Daniel Raymond, policy director for the Harm Reduction Coalition, about the impact of ending the ban.

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It Took 20 Years For The Government To Pay For An Obvious Way To Prevent HIV

A few days ago, after I heard the news that Congress had lifted a federal ban on funding for needle exchange programs, I called Alisa Solberg. She runs the Point Defiance AIDS Projects in Tacoma, Washington, which includes the oldest legally sanctioned needle exchange program in the country. With the ban gone, I wanted to know what it felt like to have the government accept what the evidence has shown for two decades: that needle exchanges can be a good way to prevent the spread of HIV and don’t increase drug abuse.

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