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UN drugs office urged to publish leaked paper backing decriminalisation

Delegates at an international drug-policy conference in Malaysia urged the UN drugs office on Wednesday to officially release a leaked policy paper in which it makes a landmark call for decriminalisation.

Published
22 October 2015
From
Daily Mail
The truth behind the UNODC's leaked decriminalisation paper

The tensions between the health and human rights pragmatists of other United Nations agencies and the anti-reform prohibitionist instincts of the United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime (UNODC) old-school have been increasingly evident, and the same tensions have also been playing out within the UNODC, with the more forward-looking HIV team attempting to drag a lumbering drug-war monolith into the modern world.

Published
22 October 2015
From
Transform
United Nations denies 'global drug decriminalisation' claim by Sir Richard Branson

The businessman says the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime was poised to call for possession of all controlled drugs to be made legal

Published
20 October 2015
From
The Telegraph
Beyond the fear factor

Often very little is done to help people with serious drug problems unless it is closely associated with making the world a safer place for the rest of us.

Published
06 October 2015
From
Harry Shapiro (blog)
Indiana HIV outbreak offers lessons about containing local outbreaks and need for harm reduction

An early-2015 outbreak of HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) in rural Indiana, USA, linked to injection of prescription opiates, offers a good example of how to

Published
10 August 2015
By
Liz Highleyman
Vancouver's treatment as prevention success is also due to harm reduction and addiction treatment

“We talk a lot about the success of treatment as prevention in Vancouver, but we always need to make sure people understand that this requires an integration

Published
27 July 2015
By
Roger Pebody
Drug consumption rooms: an overview of provision and evidence

The European Union’s drug misuse monitoring centre says the evidence contradicts concerns that facilities where drug users can more safely use illegal drugs might counterproductively encourage drug use, delay treatment entry, or aggravate problems arising from local drug markets; instead both the users and the community benefit.

Published
06 July 2015
From
Drug & Alcohol Findings
Theresa May's legal highs ban is unenforceable, say government advisers

Home secretary is told legislation banning all psychoactive substances needs a rewrite to avoid unintentionally criminalising people.

Published
06 July 2015
From
The Guardian
Russia has a serious HIV crisis, and the government is to blame

"I think you could probably point to Russia as a worst-practice for virtually every aspect of how to respond to an HIV epidemic concentrated among drug users," says Daniel Wolfe, director of the International Harm Reduction Program at the Open Society Foundations, the George Soros-funded NGO.

Published
03 July 2015
From
The Verge
Drug decriminalisation in Portugal: setting the record straight

Portugal decriminalised the possession of all drugs for personal use in 2001, and there now exists a significant body of evidence on what happened following the move. Both opponents and advocates of drug policy reform are sometimes guilty of misrepresenting this evidence, with the former ignoring or incorrectly disputing the benefits of reform, and the latter tending to overstate them.

Published
12 June 2015
From
Transform

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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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