A new study has shown the effectiveness of an opioid treatment programme for prisoners in the US state of Rhode Island, offering profound implications for national policy.

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The final piece of the Drug Recovery Wing evaluation jigsaw, focusing on the process and impact of implementing the model in eight men’s and two women’s prisons in England and Wales.

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A new study suggests that treating people for opioid addiction in jails and prisons is a promising strategy to address high rates of overdose and opioid use disorder.

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Among other problems, it has obstructed other channels of investigation, including the social, psychological and societal roots of addiction

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A new program that will give low-level drug offenders the choice to enter treatment rather than face criminal charges has advocates and public officials already wondering how the initiative will be funded once state money that launched the program runs out.

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Kyrgyzstan has adopted new legislation on drug-related crimes. Amendments have been introduced into a number of national legal codes within the broad judiciary reform in the country. The amendments will come into force starting from 2019. Initiators of the reform declare the ideas of humanisation and decriminalisation, but the practitioners and the community expect an opposite outcome.

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The Ukrainian government is increasing the scope of the country’s state-funded opioid substitution therapy (OST) programme – a harm reduction tool which reduces the risk of overdose and disease transmission.

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Although it was without much fanfare that the European Commission, in July 2017, published the new Action Plan on Drugs (2017-2020), the drug policy community should celebrate it as a great achievement both for its progressive content and for the meaningful involvement of civil society in its preparation.

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It's practically cliché at this point to observe that Canada is in the midst of an opioid crisis. At the end of December, it was expected we would see 4,000 opioid-related deaths by the end of the year — a death count higher than all the lives lost in every military conflict since WWII, combined.

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Santa Ana has shut down the only needle exchange program serving Orange County. The city denied the program permits to continue operating because of complaints about an increase in discarded needles around the city's Civic Center. The non-profit that runs the program says it's now trying to get back up and running.

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Two Portuguese health experts, including a prominent MP, have called for the introduction of a strictly regulated cannabis trade in a bid to counter illegal trafficking, including a recommendation for pharmacies to sell the drug at street value.

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Last week, when Philadelphia announced its support of Comprehensive User Engagement Sites (CUES) — also known as safe injection facilities — the trolls came out in full force, to battle with misinformation and zero data.

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While the US suffers a much discussed overdose epidemic, less attention is paid to the fact that much of the rest of the world misses out on vital painkillers such as morphine.

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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

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