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European Drug Report 2016

What are the latest trends in drug supply to Europe? What drugs are causing the most harm and concern today? What are the most recent developments in drug prevention, treatment and policy?

Published
06 June 2016
From
ECMDDA
If we want to end HIV, TB, and malaria, we need to do more to reduce human rights barriers

A recent report from UNAIDS said that by 2020, countries should devote 8% of its HIV resources to reducing human rights barriers to accessing services. Currently, less than 1% of Global Fund grant funds is spent on programs to reduce human rights barriers. We have to do more and we have to do it better, says Ralf Jürgens. In this commentary, Ralf describes an intensive effort that the Global Fund is implementing in 15-20 countries, as well as other initiatives the Fund has planned.

Published
11 May 2016
From
Global Fund Observer
The Drugs Consensus Is Not Pretty - It's Been Ripped Apart at the Seams

The UNGASS was certainly not a success for the defenders of the status quo. The consensus on punitive prohibition has been well and truly ripped apart at the seams. This UNGASS demonstrates the impact civil society pressure can achieve. The drug policy reform movement will continue to grow into a formidable global social movement towards 2019. The collective demand for change will grow ever louder leading to sustainable and seismic break-throughs at national, regional and ultimately UN levels.

Published
04 May 2016
From
International Drug Policy Consortium
UNAIDS urges countries to adopt a people-, rights- and health-centred approach to reverse the HIV epidemic among people who inject drugs

A new UNAIDS report says insufficient coverage of harm reduction programmes and policies that criminalize and marginalize people who inject drugs are failing to reduce new HIV infections.

Published
18 April 2016
From
UNAIDS
Latin America 'Addicted to punishment’

Despite reform, Latin America still criminalises drug use.

Published
15 April 2016
From
IRIN
Barack Obama: 'drug addiction is a health problem, not a criminal problem'

“For too long we’ve viewed drug addiction through the lens of criminal justice,” Obama said at a conference in Atlanta. “The most important thing to do is reduce demand. And the only way to do that is to provide treatment – to see it as a public health problem and not a criminal problem.”

Published
30 March 2016
From
The Guardian
To end HIV in drug users, stop chasing the dream of a drug-free world

Why does ‘harm reduction’ continue to be such a problem for global drug policy when it’s a proven way of reducing cases of HIV?

Published
22 March 2016
From
The Guardian
Vancouver’s injection sites a potential model for other cities: advocates

As more North American cities push for supervised injection sites to address soaring fatal overdose rates, they can find a dozen years of lessons in Vancouver, which has the only such facilities on the continent. Health officials in several Canadian cities – including Montreal, Victoria and, most recently, Toronto – are somewhere along the path to opening their own supervised injection sites, emboldened by a Supreme Court of Canada ruling and the election last year of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals.

Published
17 March 2016
From
Globe & Mail
Poppers 'will remain legal' despite ban on legal highs

A review by the Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs has found that akyl nitrates are 'not psychoactive' under the terms of the new Psychoactive Substances Act.

Published
17 March 2016
From
Telegraph
The case for a harm reduction decade

HIV-related deaths and new HIV infections among people who inject drugs could be almost entirely eliminated by 2030 with just a tiny shift in global drug control spending. The "Case for a Harm Reduction Decade" report shows that the redirection of just 7.5% of current drug control spending by 2020 would achieve a 94% cut in new HIV infections among people who use drugs by 2030, and a 93% drop in HIV-related deaths. Click www.harmreductiondecade.org to visit the Harm Reduction Decade website and to sign the Kuala Lumpur declaration.

Published
16 March 2016
From
Harm Reduction International

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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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