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After Decades, Congress Effectively Lifts Ban On Federally Funded Needle Exchanges

In the waning days of 2015, congressional Republicans agreed to essentially end their decades-long opposition to federally funding state and local needle exchange programs, slipping a repeal of the ban into the end of the year omnibus spending measure with virtually no fanfare.

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Drug Injecting Rooms To Open In Ireland

Drug users in Ireland could soon have access to medically-supervised injecting rooms in a bid to reduce the number of fatal overdoses. The country is also expected to move towards the decriminalisation of small amounts of heroin, cocaine and cannabis for personal use.

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Ana Liffey Drug Project's Response to Irish Cabinet Approval of Supervised Injection Centres

On December 15, the Cabinet approved proposals put forward by the minister of state for drugs strategy, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, for legislative amendments to be made to the Misuse of Drugs Act that will allow for a SIF to be set up.

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What Exactly Are UK Schools Telling Young People About Drugs?

While the main hallmarks of the ‘just say no’ era are clear to see, such as the firm line between ‘drugs’ and ‘alcohol’ and emphasis on enforcement, part of the rhetoric does seem to have shifted. Instead of all-out scare tactics, there is an idea of providing young people with the facts about drug use. This fits with the evidence — time and again, research has shown that shocking students with horror stories is not an effective deterrent.

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Homeless Link have published new guidance on the use of naloxone in homelessness services

Following October's legislative changes around the availability of naloxone, Homeless Link have produced new guidance to help you integrate this potentially live saving intervention into your service.

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There is a case for safe drug-injecting rooms

...safe drug-injecting rooms. They are not dens of iniquity. They are not centres for criminals. They are there to help people with an addiction. They save lives by offering a clean, controlled environment for drug users and hopefully, through the aid of staff, wean people off their addiction. Is this not better than leaving an addict to inject in a back alley?

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US syringe funding ban impedes HIV and hepatitis C prevention

Providing sterile syringes is a proven effective way to prevent HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections among people who inject drugs, yet the US government continues to prohibit use of federal funds for this purpose, presenters said at the 2015 National HIV Prevention Conference (NHPC) last week in Atlanta. A federal budget bill now under consideration could lift the funding ban on syringe exchange programmes.

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Harm reduction services less available in areas plagued by rising IV drug use and HIV infections

Access to harm reduction programs such as syringe exchange is lowest in rural and suburban areas, where rates of addiction to heroin and other opioids are on the rise, according to a study led by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and published online today in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Safe-injection sites are cost-effective to health system: study

A new Canadian study about safe-injection sites for intravenous drug users concludes that they are cost-effective to the health-care system — an argument that is likely to be advanced as Montreal takes steps to open four such facilities in the city.

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