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Inmates need needle-exchange programs

Richard Elliott, executive director of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, said it's long been known that the sharing of drug-injection equipment by illicit drug users in prisons causes the spread of blood-borne infections but policies have not changed to protect their health. "So far, governments in Canada are unwilling, despite repeated calls from all over the place, to act to introduce access to sterile injection equipment in prisons," said Elliott.

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How to Regulate Cannabis: A Practical Guide

New guide from Transform:This is a guide to regulating legal markets for the non-medical use of cannabis. It is for policy makers, drug policy reform advocates and affected communities all over the world, who are witnessing the question change from, 'Should we maintain cannabis prohibition?’ to ‘How will legal regulation work in practice?'

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Ketamine should be reclassified as class B drug, government experts say

The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) said it was making the recommendation to the home secretary, Theresa May, despite only limited evidence of ketamine causing social harm and its recent declining popularity as a club and party drug. May had asked the council to take another look at ketamine following evidence of an increase in regular, high-dose, daily use of the drug.

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Novel Psychoactive Substances in Scotland

KatySpeaking at the 2013 City Health Conference in Glasgow, Katy MacLeod talks about current knowledge around novel psychoactive substances in Scotland.

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Greece and the Myth of Self-Inflicted HIV Infection

There are two stories about people who inject drugs—both urban legends with no base in reality—that I have heard in virtually every country I work in. The first is that people are injecting themselves with HIV to get government benefits. The second is that people who inject drugs are intentionally leaving or using needles to infect other people. While neither is true...

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End the senseless syringe funding ban

News that Congress reached a budget deal has been met with glee by D.C. pundits, but there is an unresolved issue on the minds of many in the Maryland medical community — will they see sense and lift the ban on federal funding for Syringe Services Programs (SSPs)?

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Jack Fishman Obituary

Dr. Jack, passed away peacefully at his home in Long Island on December 7, 2013. He pioneered the study of opiate antagonists and developed a number of medicinal compounds that aid in reversing the effects of narcotics, the most prominent of these being naloxone.

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Scotland's national naloxone programme - why, how & what next?

Kirsten Horsburgh Speaking at Hit Hot Topics 2013, Kirsten Horsburgh (National Naloxone Coordinator at the Scottish Drugs Forum) presented about the development of naloxone distribution in Scotland, the latest statistics, and the challenges that remain.

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Amphetamines link to higher HIV risk

The growing use of amphetamine-style stimulants across Southeast Asia has increased the risk that users will contract HIV or other blood-borne viruses, a report has found. The study of amphetamine use in 11 countries in Southeast Asia found those who injected the drugs were more at risk of contracting a blood-borne virus.

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