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Canada faces a flood of heroin and addicts

Treatment centres in cities around Canada are struggling to cope with a surge of addicts — many younger than ever before — who are hooked on a rising tide of heroin pouring into this country from war-torn Afghanistan.

Published
13 December 2010
From
Canada.com
How The Heroin Drought Will Affect The UK

The UK is currently in the midst of a well documented heroin drought after a fungus dramatically reduced the most recent opium crop in Afghanistan.

Published
13 December 2010
From
The Independent
UK government shelves plans for 'abstinence-based' drug strategy

The document marks a step away from the language of "harm reduction", but it stops far short of the abstinence-based policy demanded by some rightwing Tories.

Published
09 December 2010
From
The Guardian
UK government proposes to scrap need for scientific advice on drugs policy

Amendment removes requirement to appoint at least six scientists to Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs.

Published
06 December 2010
From
The Guardian
EU drugs agency launches new guidelines for HIV testing in injecting drug users

More injecting drug users should undergo tests for HIV, viral hepatitis and other infections such as tuberculosis, says the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA).

Published
03 December 2010
From
European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA)
Needle exchange in Iran

This is a story about a courageous policy in an unexpected place.

Published
30 November 2010
From
New York Times
International Harm Reduction Association draws the UN's attention to Singapore's drug policies

Human rights violations committed in the name of drug control are common in Singapore, and the government has yet to implement evidence-based interventions that are proven to reduce the transmission of blood-borne viruses.

Published
26 November 2010
From
IHRA
Red Cross scolds 'failed' HIV policy among nations

The spread of HIV and AIDS among millions of people could be slowed if addicts who inject drugs were treated as medical patients rather than as criminals, the International Federation of the Red Cross said Friday.

Published
26 November 2010
From
Miami Herald
The Beginning of the End for the War on Drugs?

A report to the U.N. General Assembly at the end of October about the need for better sex education was met with a flurry of angry voices. African nations rejected the report. Caribbean countries said they took "umbrage" and wanted to "put on record" their strong disapproval. read more

Published
21 November 2010
From
Human Rights Watch HIV/TB
Conservative party ideologues have rewritten the history of harm reduction

A new government means a new strategy on drug use. But decision-makers are putting politics before evidence.

Published
18 November 2010
From
The Guardian

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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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