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Demand surges at Halifax needle exchange

Last year the Mainline Needle Exchange in Halifax (NS) handed out close to 565,000 sterile needles to intravenous drug users. This year, the program has handed out about 660,000 needles, and the year isn't over yet.

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Experts: Give Needles, Condoms to Inmates to Curb HIV

Giving inmates drug substitution treatment, needles and condoms are key ways to help curb addiction and HIV infection in European jails, experts say, calling on authorities to change their approach to prison health care.

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Defending harm reduction in England (NAT)

Recent statements of Government policy on harm reduction, and in particular on the provision of Opioid Substitution Treatment ('OST' - for example methadone or buprenorphine) to injecting drug users, have included a worrying emphasis on 'full recovery from dependence'...

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France to trial first drug 'safe house' in Paris

The French government has given the green light to open a 'safe house' for drug addicts in Paris, where they will be able to inject using clean needles and without fear of landing in trouble with the police.

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No consultation on needle exchange

(Canada) Fernwood will get a needle exchange without public consultation. At a meeting on Wednesday, a panel of “stakeholders” announced that old services were being “enhanced” with “health supplies,” according to their own information sheet.

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Shoots up and leaves

TGENEVA's junkies shun dingy back alleys for Quai9, a squeaky-clean, apple-green building near the railway station. Since 2001 it, like more than 80 others around the world, has offered a safe, hygienic place for injecting drugs. 

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Decriminalise heroin and cocaine says Belfast drugs worker

One of Northern Ireland's most senior drugs workers has said that class A drugs like heroin should be decriminalised, regulated and made available on prescription.

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We can end opiate OD deaths

The prescription drug naloxone reverses opiate overdoses and saves lives. But getting the emergency intervention into the hands of folks on the front line is controversial. For their clients's sake, treatment providers need to step up.e police.

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Spread of hepatitis C pinpointed

Scientists say they have, for the first time, worked out the pattern of spread of hepatitis C, showing early diagnosis is key to preventing epidemics.

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