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English drug addicts spurn shooting up

New NTA figures show the number of people coming into treatment who use syringes and needles to inject illegal drugs (mainly heroin) has dropped to its lowest level since 2005.

Published
12 November 2010
From
National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse
Injection Drug Use Fuels Black HIV Rates in the US: Why Don't We Talk About It?

Injection drug use is the second leading cause of HIV infection for African American women and the third leading cause for African American men, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Published
11 November 2010
From
Black AIDS Institute
Swiss drug policy should serve as model: experts

Switzerland's innovative policy of providing drug addicts with free methadone and clean needles has greatly reduced deaths while cutting crime rates and should serve as a global model, health experts said on Monday.

Published
26 October 2010
From
Reuters
Supervised injecting sites an issue in Toronto mayoral election

Calling them “shooting galleries,” mayoral candidate George Smitherman is blatantly ignoring evidence that supervised safe injection sites reduce drug use, a local AIDS activist says.

Published
20 October 2010
From
Xtra!
Call to change methadone use law

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society says pharmacists should have more control over doses of methadone given out.

Published
07 October 2010
From
BBC Health
Why do people share injecting equipment?

We need to be talking to people more about the reasons for people's sharing behaviours rather than blindly focusing on telling people to stop.

Published
06 October 2010
From
Injecting Advice
Supervised injection facilities can help people quit drugs, study shows

A new study has found that supervised injection facilities such as Vancouver's Insite connect clients with addiction treatment, which in turn resulted in greater likelihood of stopping injection drug use for at least six months.

Published
13 September 2010
From
Science Daily
What Britain could learn from Portugal's drugs policy

A decade ago Portugal took a radical new approach to illegal drugs by treating users as people with social problems rather than as criminals. Could it work in the UK?

Published
05 September 2010
From
The Observer
International AIDS Society calls for an end to harassment, intimidation and imprisonment of HIV professionals

IAS protests the detention of an Ukrainian doctor providing opiate substitution therapy to people using drugs.

Published
03 September 2010
From
International AIDS Society
A Failed "War on Drugs" Prompts Rethinking on HIV Infections among Injection-Drug Users

The "War on Drugs" has failed, particularly with regard to the spread of HIV in middle-income nations and some developing nations in Asia. The disease is now starting to bleed into Africa as well.

Published
25 August 2010
From
Scientific American

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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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