After years of inaction, governments finally seem open to changes in prosecuting cases of HIV non-disclosure, but it’s not happening fast enough for those who end up behind bars
Bay Area public health officials have begun receiving shipments of naloxone — the drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose — in the first state-funded effort to get the emergency antidote to local health departments across California.
Prevalence of silent cerebral small-vessel disease (SCSVD) – an important precursor to more serious neurocognitive conditions – is significantly higher among middle-aged HIV-positive patients compared to controls in the general population, according to French research published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.
We've had little success in dealing with this crisis because we focus on it in terms that fail to see it as something other than an illegal drug problem.
There are currently 146,00 individuals in treatment for opiate dependency (OD) in England. That is 52% of all individuals in drug and alcohol treatment. The first-line treatment for OD, as recommended by NICE (2007) and WHO (2009) is opiate substitution therapy (OST).
Last year UNODC worked to promote prison rehabilitation, reintegration & tackle re-offending through the Doha Declaration Global Programme.
The war on drugs in the United States has been a failure that has ruined lives, filled prisons and cost a fortune. It started during the Nixon administration with the idea that, because drugs are bad for people, they should be difficult to obtain. As a result, it became a war on supply.
Construction workers on Vancouver Island completed an unusual safety class the other week. It didn't include instructions on lifting properly or a reminder to wear steel-toed boots: It was a course in overdose response.
Globally, more than 11 million people were incarcerated in prisons in 2016. Over-represented among this population are the people most vulnerable to HIV, including people who use drugs, sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender people, and others who are most marginalized in communities.
Since its humble beginnings last year as a tiny tent in a Vancouver alley, where volunteers trained in overdose reversal would monitor people using drugs, the Overdose Prevention Society has hosted more than 100,000 visits without a single death.
A cure has not yet been discovered for HIV. However, there is optimism that breakthroughs will lead to a way of controlling or eradicating the virus without the need for further HIV treatment.
Drug use will no longer be punished, but treated in Norway. The majority in the Storting (Norwegian Parliament) aggrees on the historic transformation of Norwegian drug policy.
The red ribbon has long been a potent symbol of HIV/AIDS activism, signifying anger at the bureaucratic red tape that, in the 1980s, delayed release of life-saving treatmentsto people living with HIV/AIDS.
It’s been described as ‘Skype for the jailed’ and is being sold as safer and more convenient. But it begs the question: are in-person visits a human right?
Since it decriminalised all drugs in 2001, Portugal has seen dramatic drops in overdoses, HIV infection and drug-related crime
How achieving undetectable status can make the risk of transmitting the virus to a partner almost non-existent
Police in the Borders have warned of a risk of overdose linked to heroin which may have been mixed with a painkiller which is 50 times more potent.
Oklahoma State University staff and students spent hours Tuesday passing out information about opioid and prescription drug abuse in hopes of raising awareness about the increasing problem both locally and nation wide.
Living in a heroin epidemic can lead to all kinds of talk about addiction and the answers to it – with a lot of it false.
Compared with the general public, people in prison have a higher prevalence of infection with HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, syphilis, gonorrhoea, chlamydia and tuberculosis. Such increased prevalence of diseases among people in prisons is recognised as a major risk for the health of both people living and working in prison settings and for the general population, as the vast majority of people in prisons return to their communities after less than 24 months of incarceration. According to the principle of equivalence of care, people in prison should enjoy an equivalent standard of care as in the community. Yet, their health needs tend to be greater. Incarceration may thus represent a unique opportunity to make adequate healthcare services available to people and target groups that usually are hard to reach.