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Senate Passes Lifesaving Overdose Prevention Bill

Today the Senate voted unanimously (58-0) to pass legislation sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon and a diverse bipartisan coalition of Senators that will vastly expand access to a life-saving medication called naloxone (Narcan) that can prevent overdose deaths involving heroin and prescription opioids.

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Brain differences in college-aged occasional drug users

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have discovered impaired neuronal activity in the parts of the brain associated with anticipatory functioning among occasional 18- to 24-year-old users of stimulant drugs, such as cocaine, amphetamines and prescription drugs such as Adderall.

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Vancouver: Giving junkies a fix to keep them off the street

Arriving at appointed times, participants pass through security and proceed to an administration point where a nurse behind a glass window distributes predetermined doses of diacetylmorphine. They have seven minutes in a sterile environment to inject themselves with the drug. Then, for 20 minutes, they must remain in a lounge where they are monitored for possible adverse effects.

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Can less intervention be beneficial?

The Swopbox will allow anyone to swap used needles and syringes for other goods, new clean injecting kit or even money. In common with the crack pipe vending machines (recently installed in Vancouver), the drug user has complete autonomy and the level of intervention is virtually none.

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A Drug That Should Be Easier to Get

For the last decade, overdoses of opiates and similar drugs have advanced at an accelerating pace, killing hundreds of thousands of Americans. Improving access to the drug naloxone, which counteracts the effects of overdoses, is one of the only interventions proven to save lives.

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Making a market for overdose-halting drugs

Naloxone distribution is a shockingly cost-effective way to save lives. Indeed, according to a recent study in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the estimated cost per year of life saved is just $438, compared with the usual cost-effectiveness benchmark of $50,000 per year of life saved.

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Breakthrough in tackling HIV and hepatitis C with DNA vaccine

South Australian researchers claim they have made a significant breakthrough in tackling HIV and hepatitis C, using a new type of DNA vaccine which protects against the viruses and could possibly provide a cure in five years.

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Activist Spotlight: Pye Jakobsson, Co-Founder of Rose Alliance

Since the mid-1990s, Pye Jakobsson from Stockholm, Sweden, has been a sex workers' rights activist and from the 1980s, she has been involved in HIV activism. Her focus is advocating for the human rights of marginalised groups and she achieves this by working with a number of organisations sharing those goals.

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NDP concerned politics will interfere in keeping Insite open

Vancouver’s safe injection site is waiting on Ottawa to renew their exemption from the Controlled Drug and Substances Act once again, but the Federal NDP health critic is concerned politics will get in the way of keeping the doors open.

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