Recently, driven largely by opioid-related deaths—predominantly of our white sisters and brothers—President Donald Trump proclaimed that the opioid problem was now a national emergency. He vowed to "spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis" because "it is a serious problem the likes of which we have never had."

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In Portugal, drug addiction is treated as a disease – not a crime. Could that make all the difference?

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The relationship between HIV and human rights

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Evaluation is essential for effective policymaking, helping ensure that policies and programmes have the desired effect, provide value for money and do not have negative unintended consequences. The importance of evaluation has been recognised in all EU drug strategies and in the strategies of many Member States.

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Prince Harry has paid tribute to his late mother's work in raising awareness of HIV and Aids, and urged more people to "embrace regular testing".

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South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s naloxone project has trained 3,000 non-clinicians to prevent opioid deaths

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The European Parliament’s civil liberties committee has called on national authorities to address the issue of overcrowding in prisons – which may fuel radicalisation – by opting for alternatives to imprisonment whenever possible.

neweurope.eu

According to the Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI), the rate of opioid poisoning hospitalizations has been steadily rising. About 13 Canadians per day were hospitalized for opioid overdoses in 2014-2015.

ipolitics.ca

Drug recovery work in prison is largely futile unless suitable accommodation and support are available to prisoners upon their release. That is the finding of newly published research I have led that analysed the effectiveness of ten pilot projects within prisons aimed at getting prisoners off drugs and alcohol and reintegrated into communities.

theconversation.com

A new report warns that drug recovery work in prison is largely futile unless suitable accommodation and support are available to prisoners after release.

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Needle and syringe programmes (NSPs) are a type of harm reduction initiative that provide clean needles and syringes to people who inject drugs (sometimes referred to as PWID) to reduce transmission of HIV and other blood borne viruses (such as hepatitis B and C). The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends providing 200 sterile needles and syringes per drug injector per year, in order to effectively tackle HIV transmission via this route.

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POOR healthcare at one of Scotland's newest jails has resulted in the "potentially dangerous" under-prescribing of methadone. An inspection report also reveals prisoners can wait up to four weeks to see a GP and that nurse treatment clinics regularly cancelled.

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Swaziland, a small landlocked country in southern Africa, has the highest HIV prevalence in the world, with 27.2% of their adult population living with HIV.1 In 2016, 8,800 people were newly infected with HIV and 3,900 people died of an AIDS-related illness.

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While running a legal clinic for refugees 10 years ago, Kene Esom, former Director of African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR), saw how difficult it was for marginalized or vulnerable people to access health-care services. “That is where I realized that as a lawyer and a human rights defender, I could play a role in increasing access to health-care services and defending human rights.” In his more recent role as Strategic Initiatives Adviser to the AMSHeR Board, he is still at the forefront against discrimination, especially discrimination against gay men and other men who have sex with men in Africa.

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The Global Commission on Drug Policy today released a position paper on The Opioid Crisis in North America. With some 64,000 drug overdose deaths in 2016 in the US alone, the extent of the opioid-driven public health crisis cannot be overstated. The members of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, several of whom faced similar crises while occupying the highest levels of government in their own countries, share their views and recommendations on how to mitigate this epidemic.

globalcommissionondrugs.org

Many Americans now know that, over the past decade, opioid addiction and deaths from opioid overdose in the U.S. have skyrocketed.

theconversation.com

Prescription medication is being blamed for Australia recording its highest number of drug-induced deaths since the 1990s. New data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows 1,808 Australians died from drugs in 2016.

abc.net.au

A study published in The Lancet HIV today showed that while the rate of newly reported HIV cases in Europe remained steady in younger people between 2004 and 2015, it increased by 2% each year overall in older people. With around 30 000 newly diagnosed HIV infections reported each year over the last decade, the HIV epidemic remains a significant public health problem in the 31 countries of the European Union and European Economic Area (EU/EEA).

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While Desiman Miller was incarcerated at the East Mesa Reentry Facility (EMRF), he made a promise to himself — he would learn as many new skills as he could during his time there so that when he left he would have the best chance for success. He enrolled in more than 25 classes and spent his free time reading.

sandiegouniontribune.com

Older people more likely to be infected through heterosexual sex and to have more advanced disease when it is finally diagnosed, new study reveals

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