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The end of HIV/Aids may not be possible if the war on drugs continues | Douglas Haddow

The danger in ignoring rising HIV rates among drug users is it could reignite the virus when it enters manageable decline.

Published
26 July 2012
From
The Guardian
My Letter to Delegates at AIDS 2012

The United States' immigration policy denies entry to those disproportionately affected by the pandemic—people dependent on drugs—because of their medical condition. I would like to be there in Washington, D.C., to remind you that protecting the rights of those affected by HIV is a critically important part of addressing the epidemic.

Published
10 July 2012
From
Human Rights and HIV/AIDS: Now More Than Ever
Failed war on drugs feeding HIV/AIDS, former leaders say

The report from the Global Commission on Drug Policy — which includes six former presidents, British business magnate Richard Branson and former Supreme Court of Canada Justice and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour — condemns tough enforcement policies that focus on criminalization and punishment over prevention and public health programs.

Published
26 June 2012
From
CBC
Unholy Alliance: How a US-Russian Partnership Undermines Good Drug Policy

Foreign policy makes unsavory bedfellows, but few instances of bedsharing are more disheartening than that of the U.S. and Russia on the issue of illicit drugs.

Published
08 June 2012
From
Huffington Post
Germany: Intoxicating history

In tracing the modern history of Germany’s policy on intoxicant and drug use, which favours therapy rather than punishment, Cambridge historian Dr Victoria Harris highlights that criminalisation may not be the only route.

Published
18 May 2012
From
University of Cambridge
US: Just How “New” is the 2012 National Drug Control Strategy?

Some have hailed the Obama administration’s 2012 National Drug Control Strategy as a revolutionary shift toward a public health approach to the nation’s drug problems. Others have panned it as nothing new. There are actually advances to applaud in the new strategy and budget, in terms of both rhetoric and substance. Those positive steps should be acknowledged. But the extent to which the 2012 strategy represents a break from the past should not overstated.

Published
10 May 2012
From
Washington Office on Latin America
UK charities unite in opposition to government drugs policy

Charities have united to condemn the government's 'dangerous' and 'trivialising' approach to drug treatment

Published
25 April 2012
From
The Guardian
Joint UN Statement calls for the closure of compulsory drug detention and rehabilitation centers

Twelve United Nations entities have issued a joined statement calling for the closure of compulsory drug detention and rehabilitation centers. The existence of such centers—which have been operating in many countries for the last 20 years—raises human rights issues and threatens the health of detainees, including through increased vulnerability to HIV and tuberculosis (TB) infection.

Published
09 March 2012
From
UNAIDS
Virginia Berridge: The rise, fall, and revival of recovery in drug policy

Recovery is by no means a new idea in the treatment of addiction, although the language used to categorise it has varied much over the years. Why has recovery gained and lost support, and why has it been spoken about in different ways? The history of treatment for people who use illicit drugs, and the language that is used to describe them, tells us about a wider context, about the operation of interests within politics and within the discipline of addiction.

Published
06 January 2012
From
The Lancet
Anti-drug ads do not work and can be counterproductive

Governments spend millions on them and they may serve political functions, but do anti-drug media campaigns prevent drug use? This first systematic review finds no strong evidence that they do and some that they can have the opposite effect.

Published
26 November 2011
From
Drug & Alcohol Findings

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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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