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Doctors struggling to treat people using legal highs

Legal highs are changing drug culture so much it is impossible to keep up, doctors have warned.

Dr Alan Grayson, a consultant in emergency medicine at the MRI, explained that legal highs have forced the government into a never-ending game of ‘catch-up’. He said: “The chemists will always be one step ahead of the prohibiters – I suspect there will be no way that the drug laws will get on top of it.”

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Krokodil crock: how rumors of a flesh eating zombie drug swept the nation

Like most monster stories, this tale of what CNN calls a “flesh-eating zombie drug” stalking the land does not appear to be true, as some reporters have begun to recognize. Yet others continue to hype an American krokodil craze that seems to exist only in the fevered imaginations of anti-drug propagandists and their journalistic accomplices. Just last week the Associated Press claimed doctors had confirmed that a Texas teenager’s skin lesions were caused by krokodil, and on Tuesday police in Lamar, Colorado, told reporters the drug had shown up there.

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Drug users say legal syringes sometimes confiscated

While police confiscations of syringes have gone down since a state law in 2010 permitted people to carry those that are legally obtained, it still goes on in the city, according to harm reduction educators and some drug users.

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Will a cocaine vaccine keep addicts from using?

Imagine that cocaine addiction could be eradicated, poof, with a simple vaccine. At Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Ronald G. Crystal, who for years has been working on just such a vaccine, now thinks his team has actually figured out a very clever trick to make that dream a reality.

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Cold Turkey Isn’t the Only Route

The cold-turkey approach is deeply rooted in the United States, embraced by doctors, the multibillion-dollar treatment industry and popular culture. For nearly 80 years, our approach to drinking problems has been inspired by the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. But it’s not the only way to change your drinking habits.

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Groups push to lift needle exchange ban in funding bill

WASHINGTON — Needle exchange advocates are urging lawmakers to use a coming must-pass budget bill to lift the decades-old prohibition on spending federal funds for clean syringes for drug users, supporters of the effort said Thursday.

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Needle vending machines trial proposed for Melbourne

Needle vending machines could be rolled out for the first time in Victoria this year as part of trial to reduce infection rates among drug users. Yarra Drug and Health Forum has been investigating a trial as an addition to existing needle exchange programs across Melbourne. The machines are unmarked and contain one-use sterile equipment and disposal bins. Syringes are either provided free or for a small fee such as $2.

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Unique, Successful, Peer-Run Drop-In Center for Homeless Youth Goes Homeless

A look at the Homeless Youth Alliance's drop-in center on Christmas day — the last day it was open after being a safe space for 12 years.

It was a scene that would make any parent marvel. The kids lined up to wait patiently for turkey, ham, stuffing, cranberry sauce, green beans and pumpkin pie, saying “thank you” before eating most of their meals...

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Denmark's 'Fix Rooms' a proven success in first year

Denmark has joined a handful of other countries worldwide in providing “fix rooms,” or drug consumption centers (DCR’s) where users are supervised when using. The Danish Parliament passed legislation in June 2012 that would allow municipalities to open these centers and Copenhagen launched the first one in October of that year. Two other Danish cities have since followed suit.

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