Colorado Harm Reduction Bills Pass
Colorado legislators approved not one, but two measures aimed at reducing the harms of drug use this week. Both a syringe exchange bill and a naloxone provision bill passed the legislature and now head for the governor's desk.
What is the future of British heroin Addiction?
A UN report released earlier this month suggests that opium poppy farming is experiencing a resurgence in the country. In areas where poppy farming existed in 2012, it’s expected to expand. And other regions that have been poppy-free for years are set to see new crops.
Silk Road: officials powerless to stop
The site has been shrouded in secrecy even since it was founded in February 2011, but research due to be formally published later this year tracked its growth during six months of last year. Over those months, sales on the site doubled, hitting $1.7m a month.
Santa Cruz Needle Exchange Program Draws Criticism
A controversial needle exchange program has Santa Cruz residents expressing outrage and frustration, and has come under fire by those who say it needs better monitoring.
Norway mulls tolerating heroin smoking
The Norwegian government said on Friday it wants to decriminalize the inhalation of heroin, a method considered less dangerous than injecting it, to reduce the number of overdoses in the country.
The Role the Media Can Play in Reducing the Overdose Crisisr
They don't do always do great job at identifying root causes of the problem, reporting any of the solutions, or describing any of the work happening to address these issues and reduce overdose deaths.
Harm reduction is a necessity
Harm reduction is about something more complicated than just saying, "Don't." The strategy is best applied to situations where one feels harm cannot be avoided, so extra caution is taken during risky activity. Many of us practice harm reduction when we drive.
Who Wants to Save a Junkie?
Across the country, recovery agencies and treatment centers have been making Narcan (also known by its generic name, naloxone) available to drug users' friends, families, counsellors and even addicts themselves—giving them a chance to deliver a life-saving dose before paramedics arrive. But Oregon—once in the forefront of helping protect the health of drug addicts—has not joined in.
Belleville tries to end needle exchange program
The city of Belleville filed a lawsuit in an effort to stop a needle exchange program offered by a nonprofit AIDS service organization. The city believes such a program violates the type of operations allowed for that site per the city's zoning codes.