Matthew Hodson explains why so many sexual health organizations back the message that those with undetectable viral loads don’t pass on HIV

Norway will become the second country in the world where the use and possession of anything from cocaine to heroin will not be a criminal offense. As the U.S. government tightens drug legalization policy, a consensus is developing in Europe. Norway — run by a coalition of right wing parties — is decriminalizing all drug use and possession following the successful Portuguese model.

The Drugreporter video team helped Coalition I Can Live, a Lithuanian drug policy reform NGO to launch a media campaign for the decriminalisation of drug use. Watch the movie we produced about drug policies in Lithuania – and read this interview with Laura Bliujiene, a lawyer working for the NGO.

The EMCDDA is currently developing estimates of the size of the drug market in the EU based on data provided routinely to the EMCDDA by National Focal Points. One key component of such market size estimates, for which there is no routine data collection and only limited data available, is the quantities of substances used by different groups of drug users

Years of military conflict in Ukraine are threatening to undo hard-fought gains in the fight against HIV. Elena Voskresenskaya, of International Charitable Foundation “AIDS Foundation East-West” AFEW-Ukraine, shares her concerns with Health Europa Quarterly.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 45% of all people living with HIV in the U.S. are over 50 years of age. Some of them are people who are living longer due to advances in treatment, but some of them are people who are either contracting HIV later in life or were not diagnosed for many years.

But prison officials are in denial, say coordinators of the National AIDS Control Organisation’s prison intervention programme.

Public Health England will review prescription of medicines including opioid painkillers

The Government of Ukraine has committed to fund and expand access to opioid substitution therapy (OST) for over 10 000 patients at 178 health-care facilities in 2018. This represents a 100 fold increase in the number of OST patients in Ukraine since 2005.

Over 250 thousand HIV tests will be done in Kyiv allowing to cover 10% of the employable population of the Ukrainian capital. Nikolay Povoroznik, the Deputy Head of Kyiv City State Administration, informed UNIAN Information Agency that in order to reach these numbers, city authorities will additionally procure 140 thousand express tests. HIV testing is the first step towards overcoming the epidemic because information about one’s positive status allows the timely start of treatment for the patient.

The former clergyman David (name changed – editor’s note) from Georgia, who was charged with cultivating cannabis, will have to pay 2,000 laris to the government based on the law and the plea agreement plus 500 laris for using marijuana.

Now that drug overdoses have become be the leading cause of death for Americans under 50, public health advocates are urging providers to stop blaming people who use drugs for their addiction and instead treat them as they would any other patient who comes to them for medical care.

The risk for HIV outbreaks in Ukraine has increased in recent years as internally displaced people with HIV move from regions affected by conflict to areas with a higher prevalence of risky behaviors among injection drug users, according to researchers.

Our interview with Ina Roll Spinnangr, the director of the Association for Safer Drug Policies, the NGO that organised the first Nordic Drug Policy Reform Conference last year.

The Guardian has been granted unprecedented access to two prisons to see the impact of funding cuts. In the first of two reports, Amelia Gentleman finds broken windows and bored inmates at the UK’s most overcrowded jail

The new report by the Global Commission on Drug Policy, The world drug PERCEPTION problem – Countering prejudices about people who use drugs, focuses on how current perceptions of drugs and people who use them have led to an unrealistic and stigmatizing, rather than pragmatic and evidence-based approach to drug policy.

From North to South, mountains to coast, North Carolina is now home to 26 unique syringe exchange programs. The exchanges operate out of churches and harm reduction programs, pawn shops, treatment centers and drug user unions, ambulances and fire departments, recovery programs and AIDS care service organizations, health departments, peer support programs and much more. Some have budgets and fixed sites, while others operate out of the trunks of cars, fueled by the passion of those who want to bring health, wellness and empowerment to people who use drugs.

Europe remains an important market for illicit drugs, both in terms of those supplied within the continent and shipped in from other regions worldwide. During the past two decades, new drug trends have emerged across Europe and the market has continued to evolve. These are largely due to innovations in drug production and trafficking methods, the establishment of new trafficking routes and online markets.

How cultural attitudes, the political environment, and donor expectations shape harm reduction – and how they can divert it from its original mission as a movement.

In 2000, just 685 000 people living with HIV had access to antiretroviral therapy. By June 2017, around 20.9 million people had access to the life-saving medicines. Such a dramatic scale-up could not have happened without the courage and determination of people living with HIV demanding and claiming their rights, backed up by steady, strong leadership and financial commitment.