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Drug-related deaths in Scotland reach highest level on record

The number of drug-related deaths in Scotland has risen to its highest level since records began. The National Records of Scotland report revealed 613 people died as a result of drugs in 2014. A director of a Church of Scotland social care group said the rise was "related" to government cuts.

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Bloc leader calls for exemption to allow drug-injection sites in Montreal

The Harper government continues to thwart Montreal's efforts to open supervised drug-injection sites, Gilles Duceppe said Wednesday as he accused Ottawa of blocking "an extraordinary consensus" in Quebec.

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Woman on Reddit Sends Naloxone in Mail for Free

Meet the “mother of r/opiates,” aka the “heroine heroin of Reddit,” or more simply, Tracey Helton. She was recently featured in Medium.com’s Backchannel section for her critical role in distributing clean-syringes and naloxone, the life-saving opiate antagonist, to drug users who contact her through an obscure opiate forum on Reddit.

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Does Naloxone Discourage People From Calling 911?

One of the sharpest criticisms against making naloxone widely available to people at risk for drug overdose is this: If people have a medicine on hand that allows them to reverse a drug overdose themselves, won't they stop calling 911?

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Do drug consumption rooms work?

The effectiveness of drug consumption facilities to reach and stay in contact with highly marginalised target populations has been widely documented. This contact has resulted in immediate improvements in hygiene and safer use for clients, as well as wider health and public order benefits.

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Step-by-Step Guide to Organizing a Syringe Clean-Up Event

A great way to raise awareness about the need for syringe access and biohazard collection is to organize clean-up events to pick up used syringes from public areas. In addition to removing hazardous materials from public spaces, where they could harm children and the public, syringe clean-up events are an opportunity to engage law enforcement on the issue of syringe access and direct media attention to how hepatitis C and HIV can spread through syringe sharing.

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CBT is becoming less effective, like everything else

‘Researchers have found that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is roughly half as effective in treating depression as it used to be’ writes Oliver Burkeman in The Guardian, arguing that this is why CBT is ‘falling out of favour’.

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Should we stop bringing criminal charges against those possessing drugs for personal use?

As a starting point, it’s important to consider what is meant by ‘decriminalisation’. Simply put, decriminalisation refers to a situation whereby certain drug related offences are no longer dealt with under the criminal law. So, for example, as the law stands in Ireland, it’s illegal to possess certain substances pursuant to section 3 of the Misuse of Drugs Act, 1977. If that offence were to be removed, simple possession would be decriminalised – it would no longer be a criminal offence.

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Keep nagging on naloxone

DDN Magazine listened to a lively lunchtime meeting of The Naloxone Action Group (NAG) at the RCGP conference, looking at barriers to naloxone distribution.

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