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Leaked paper reveals UN split over war on drugs

Major international divisions over the global "war on drugs" have been revealed in a leaked draft of a UN document setting out the organisation's long-term strategy for combating illicit narcotics. A number of countries are pushing for a greater emphasis on treating drug consumption as a public health problem, rather than a criminal justice matter.

Published
02 December 2013
From
The Guardian
Canada proposes new legal hurdles for supervised injection

The Canadian Government has proposed new legislation that will make it more difficult for supervised injection facilities and services to exist in the country.

Published
04 November 2013
From
The Lancet
Compulsory detention for drug use undermines treatment in Laos

Laos - located between thriving opium and methamphetamine producers in Myanmar and a reported consumer base of more than two million drug users in China - has sought to limit the impact of drug transit, use and production on its population. But the government's policies, which harshly penalize drug use, are hampering efforts to treat addiction, say health researchers.

Published
11 October 2013
From
IRIN Plus News
Making treatment as prevention a reality for people who inject drugs

People who inject drugs risk being left behind as countries make efforts to scale up antiretroviral treatment unless greater efforts are made to develop services that meet

Published
26 September 2013
By
Keith Alcorn
Drug addiction not a criminal issue, says chief medical officer

Sally Davies says drug addiction should be seen as a medical problem and admits eating hash cookies at university.

Published
19 August 2013
From
The Guardian
Building drug detention center monitoring into Viet Nam’s grant terms, Global Fund takes step to address human rights concerns

At what point does help become harm? And at what point can funders use their clout to stop harm? Those are  questions facing health and human rights donors giving aid to countries where the people at the highest risk of disease are further threatened government laws and policies.

Published
02 August 2013
From
Science Speaks
HIV Preexposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Trial among Thai Injection Drug Users Marred by Lack of Response to Community Concerns

While we are glad for any evidence of reduced HIV transmission among people who inject drugs, this trial failed to promote basic ethical practices and patently ignored community concerns. In our opinion, the trial serves as a “worst practice” example of community engagement, failing to ensure participant access to a comprehensive prevention package in a placebo trial, and ignoring other issues we tried to raise to researchers at the outset.

Published
27 June 2013
From
Treatment Action Group / Thai Drug Users Network / Thai AIDS Treatment Action Group
Vancouver: Declines in drug use associated with harm reduction services, not law enforcement efforts

A comprehensive report on the drug situation in Vancouver shows health-focused policies have been more effective than federal law enforcement measures at reducing illicit drug use and improving public health and safety.

Published
27 June 2013
From
British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS
The World's Best Drug Laws

What are the best and worst countries to live in if you're a drug user? What is a really good set of drug laws, anyway? One man's view: as provocative and contentious as you'd expect.

Published
03 May 2013
From
The Fix
More Treatment, Less War: The White House Drug Policy Reform

Many people who want substance abuse treatment can’t get it. The White House wants to fix this. Can they do it, and will it help?

Published
29 April 2013
From
PLoS Blogs

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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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