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Needle-sharing dropped among addicts using Ind. exchange

Needle-sharing dropped significantly among addicts who used a syringe exchange program started in response to Indiana’s worst-ever HIV outbreak, says research being released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday.

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Nick Clegg Wants Global Drug Policy to be Reformed

Nick Clegg, the former leader of the Liberal Democrats, is hoping for a global reform of drug laws, saying "we are losing the war on drugs".

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Youth heroin crisis prompts call for schools to keep antidote on hand

The heroin epidemic that has been taking the lives of teenagers for years is creeping into even younger age groups and putting pressure on the nation’s schools to keep a fast-acting overdose antidote within reach of every nurse and teacher.

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Bill would mandate rehab for addicts given Narcan

With the growing availability of an overdose-reversing drug for heroin addicts, a state senator from Western New York wants to require anyone who's given the drug to enter rehab. The proposal prompted criticism from a public health official and advocates, who warn that mandatory treatment doesn't work.

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Naloxone Distribution: Ready for Action

Naloxone is to be made more readily available next month. Public Health England’s Steve Taylor looks at how local services and commissioners can respond to this change in the law

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Unsealed Transcript Shows How a Judge Justified Ross Ulbricht's Life Sentence

For nearly an hour before sentencing Silk Road mastermind Ross Ulbricht to life in prison, Judge Katherine Forrest made a sweeping defense of United States drug laws, exhaustively rebuking the idea the online drug market resulted in any harm reduction and countering its supposed libertarian mission, according to a newly unsealed document.

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SFU study finds illegal drug-injection sites are saving Vancouver taxpayers money

It has long been an open secret in certain health-care circles that the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU) will, from time to time, operate an unsanctioned drug-consumption site.

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Inside the Life of Heroin User and Crusader for Harm Reduction for Addicts

The old "this is your brain on drugs!" sizzling egg TV ads have nothing on Mark Kinzly. He knows what a life looks like on drugs: jail, homelessness, street dealing, a chest of stab wounds and bullet scars, a family left behind. And yet the 54-year-old also credits drugs with saving his life.

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The stigma against people who use heroin makes it harder for them to get help

Most of us disapprove of heroin use, and many of us stigmatize users. While disapproval is lower for other drugs such as ecstasy (“molly”), cocaine and especially marijuana, 94%-99% of adults in the US disapprove of someone trying heroin even once or twice. Even frequent users of drugs such as ecstasy tend to stigmatize heroin use.

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