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Overdose prevention workshop has paid off

Two young adults from Simi Valley and Ojai who took lethal doses of opioids are still alive today thanks to an antidote provided at an overdose prevention and response workshop in Oak Park last October. To save more lives, Oak Park resident Loretta Di Lustro is preparing to host a second overdose prevention workshop at her home on March 1.

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Legal, Regulated Heroin Could Have Saved Philip Seymour Hoffman

In other words, had Hoffman been on heroin or opiate maintenance (if we had such a thing in the United States), it would have been clean, pharmaceutical grade—not cut by unknown drugs—the dose he took would have been known. It might not have killed him, and he would’ve had medical support throughout the process, so in case of an emergency, he might have been saved.

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Vancouver MPs say harm reduction fight with Ottawa has never been more fierce

Crass, callous, and unethical are three words the federal representative for Vancouver Centre uses to describe a Conservative Party website attacking supervised injection facilities like Insite. “Addiction should be treated as a medical problem,” Liberal MP Dr. Hedy Fry told the Straight. “There is absolutely no reason that politicians should be putting their heavy hands into clinical decision….I think that this is ideology.”

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I-ENAACT Key Findings

Key Interim Findings from the Independent evaluation of the ‘Implementing Expanding Naloxone Availability in the ACT (I-ENAACT)’ Program, 2011-2013 have been released. The ACT program provides comprehensive overdose management training and naloxone on prescription to be administered by trained peers or family members in the event of an opioid overdose.

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Drug-related deaths in the UK: January-December 2012’

The annual report from St Georges University into drug related deaths in the UK. Please note: because of the way reporting works this data is always out of date by around 1 year, although it's still the best tracking data we have in the UK.

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'Just say know': we need more drugs education

The inability to know exactly what you’re taking and in what dose is what makes recreational drug use so dangerous. Addicted doctors survive largely undetected not just because no-one ever dares confront a consultant with his addiction, but because doctors have access to pure drugs in known doses with clean needles. No rubbish cut in, no bleach, no hepatitis or HIV.

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A Fresh Look at Our Drug Laws Is the First Step Towards a Sane, Evidence-Based Policy

One of the most talented actors of his generation found dead in his bathroom. Over a hundred young people needing treatment after a gig in Belfast where drugs were found. Teenagers dying after a taking Ecstasy on a night out. Every day the media present us with examples of the miserable failure of the "war on drugs". Yet the government presses on with the prohibition approach, refusing to acknowledge the obvious reality that it's not working.

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Deaths report reflects growing impact of lethal ‘legal highs’

According to data published in the National Programme on Substance Abuse Deaths (NPSAD) report, compiled by experts at St George’s, University of London, NPS are now linked to more drug-related deaths than ever before. The prevalence of these drugs in the post mortem toxicology tests submitted to the report has increased 800% in three years, from 12 in 2009 to 97 in 2012.

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West End clinic applies to become North America’s second legal supervised injection facility

Mayor Gregor Robertson, the Vancouver Police Department, and St. Paul’s Hospital are just three of many supporters who have thrown their weight behind an application that would see North America’s second legal supervised-injection facility operate in the city’s West End.

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