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A simple (ish) guide to the Psychoactive Substances Act

Comprehensive and user friendly guide to everything about the new Act.

Published
03 February 2016
From
DrugWatch
How Some Cities Are Helping Drug Offenders Instead of Arresting Them

Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion programs in cities like Seattle primarily help low-level offenders, especially the poor and homeless, avoid jail. The program's use of a "harm-reduction model," where abstinence is markedly absent from the conditions required to receive services, is a central component.

Published
03 December 2015
From
Vice
Heroin, Survivor of War on Drugs, Returns With New Face

The crisis today is markedly different from its predecessors. It has settled not so much in large cities as in suburbs and rural America. New users are mostly white. Something else is different about this crisis: In and out of government, among Republicans as well as Democrats, the pendulum has swung from the “lock-’em-up” ethos that long prevailed. The emphasis now is more on treating addiction as a disease, not a police matter.

Published
24 November 2015
From
New York Times
The UK wouldn’t be making poppers illegal if they were used for straight sex

Poppers ban will endanger gay health and criminalize innocent gay and bi men, pushing them into the arms of drug dealers, says Yusef Azad of NAT.

Published
11 November 2015
From
Gay Star News
How Ireland's New Drug Policy Is Making the UK's Attitudes Look Ancient

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, the Irish Labour party minister in charge of the national drugs strategy, has drawn up the draft legislation needed to set up a supervised injection facility, and is confident of getting cabinet approval later this month. Moreover, he has pledged to make decriminalisation a key plank of discussions on a re-calibrated Irish drug strategy.

Published
04 November 2015
From
Vice
Ireland: Injection rooms for addicts to open next year, says Minister

Drug users will be able to use supervised injecting rooms in Dublin next year, followed shortly afterwards by Cork, Galway and Limerick, according to the Minister in charge of the National Drugs Strategy. He also plans to decriminalise the possession of small amounts of drugs, including heroin, cocaine and cannabis, for personal use, as part of a “radical cultural shift” in the approach to drug addiction.

Published
02 November 2015
From
Irish Times
In Heroin Crisis, White Families Seek Gentler War on Drugs

When the nation’s long-running war against drugs was defined by the crack epidemic and based in poor, predominantly black urban areas, the public response was defined by zero tolerance and stiff prison sentences. But today’s heroin crisis is different, affecting more white and middle-class people. Their families are now using their influence, anger and grief to cushion the country’s approach to drugs, from altering the language around addiction to prodding government to treat it not as a crime, but as a disease.

Published
02 November 2015
From
New York Times
Community-based drug projects provide an alternative to compulsory detention in Asia

A series of pilot projects in China, Indonesia and Cambodia are showing that non-coercive, community-based drug treatment projects are feasible and more effective than the approach of

Published
27 October 2015
By
Roger Pebody
Harm reduction conference calls for political leadership to reform drugs policy

The biggest challenges to harm reduction are drugs policy and drugs laws, the Malaysian harm reduction leader Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman told the 24th International Harm Reduction Conference in Kuala Lumpur

Published
27 October 2015
By
Roger Pebody
Toward a Harm Reduction Decade

The Drugreporter video team attended and filmed the International Harm Reduction Conference to learn about the new trends in harm reduction.

Published
26 October 2015
From
You Tube / Drugreporter HCLU

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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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