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Reducing the risk of hepatitis C among people who inject drugs

Injection drug users who take measures to reduce the risk of contracting hepatitis C are not always motivated by messages about preventing transmission of the disease, according to research published in PLOS ONE. Instead, health services should use messages appealing to pragmatic concerns, such as vein care, preventing painful injections, and avoiding risk of withdrawal.

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What is a PMA death?

Drugs MeterAdam Winstock (Drugs Meter) in conversation with John Ramsey and Mike Power discussing the way media reports the risks of death when it comes to drugs like PMA.

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Drugs unlimited: how I created my very own legal high

How easy is it to invent and manufacture a recreational drug that does not break any UK drug laws? I just spent the last two months doing exactly that – and the answer might surprise you.

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Injecting M-cat: what's the buzz, what's the harm?

Danny MorrisDanny Morris talking about mephedrone injecting and harm reduction messages. Filmed at the National Needle Exchange Forum Conference in Bournemouth. September 2013.

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Low dead space syringes reduce BBV risk

Andrew PrestonAndrew Preston talking about low dead space syringes and the way they may reduce BBV risk. Filmed at the National Needle Exchange Forum Conference in Bournemouth. September 2013.

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Why do we still believe that letting drug addicts "hit rock bottom" is a good thing?

Our densely populated, low-income neighbourhood of the Downtown Eastside in Vancouver has 16,000 residents and about 6,000 injection drug users. Day after day, I’ve seen kind, funny and gentle people lose their families, get sicker, become more isolated and die.

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Drug rooms: Admirers eye Copenhagen model

Copenhagen's first drug consumption room launched a year ago, following a change in national legislation. It is funded by the city council, which spent more than a decade lobbying the government for permission to launch the project.

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Payment by results doesn't always work

The use of PbR contracts is expanding, but knowledge about how to make them work well isn't keeping up with its advance. In complex areas such as rehabilitation, getting the right incentives to fairly reward suppliers is tricky.

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Prison needle exchange programs rare despite evidence

Clean needle distribution in prisons is "poor and patchy" around the world, despite evidence that it reduces the spread of infectious diseases and does not increase drug use, an international expert told a panel discussion in Toronto, Ontario.

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