Stop and search used 'disproportionately' on black and Asian people
Black and Asian people are still far more likely than white people to be stopped and searched by police in England and Wales, a report has said. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said in some areas black people were 29 times more likely to be stopped and searched.
Shooting Up Report
The Shooting Up report describes the extent of infections among people who inject drugs in the UK to the end of 2012. This year's report focuses on those who inject image and performance enhancing drugs, as well as the changes in the types of psychoactive drugs being injected in the UK.
Hopes of hepatitis C cure raised after antiviral drug treatment success
The new treatment, reported in medical journal the Lancet on Tuesday , consists of the experimental drugs sofosbuvir and ledipasvir. In the trial, 100 patients with genotype 1 hepatitis C were split into groups and given the drugs in a single pill for either eight or 12 weeks. Forty of the participants had previously failed to respond to drugs and half of this group had cirrhotic livers.
Fewer drug-related deaths in Wales two years running
Around 215 lives have potentially been saved since 2009 through the take-home naloxone project. The scheme trains drug users in the use of the drug naloxone, which when applied can temporarily reverse the effects of an opiate drug overdose.
A fine balance
Ingrid van Beek (the founding medical director of the Medically Supervised Injecting Centre in Sydney, Australia) talks about her experience of overcoming challenges to establish supervised injecting facilities in Australia.
Discovery of HIV 'invisibility cloak'
Scientists have discovered a molecular invisibility cloak that enables HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, to hide inside cells of the body without triggering the body's natural defence systems. Their study shows how 'uncloaking' the virus using an experimental drug triggers an immune response that stops the virus from replicating in cells grown in the laboratory.
Coming back from the dead with Naloxone
Injectable opioid treatment vs oral methadone
Injectable opioid treatments are more cost-effective than optimised oral methadone for chronic refractory heroin addiction. The choice between supervised injectable heroin and injectable methadone is less clear. There is currently evidence to suggest superior effectiveness of injectable heroin but at a cost that policy makers may find unacceptable.
Canada proposes new legal hurdles for supervised injection
The Canadian Government has proposed new legislation that will make it more difficult for supervised injection facilities and services to exist in the country, and hopes for new supervised injection facilities in other large Canadian cities including Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal have also dimmed dramatically.