“Each country has its own barriers,” said Dr. James F. Cleary, director of pain and policy studies at the University of Wisconsin’s medical school and a member of the commission that produced the Lancet study. In some countries, doctors get no palliative care training; in others, legislators or…
According to the study, key interventions to reduce infections are needle and syringe programmes which minimise the use of contaminated equipment, and opioid substitution therapy including methadone, buprenorphine and naloxone.
Asked whether HIV among drugs users and people in prisons remained relevant, UNODC's Chief of the HIV/AIDS Section said, "three decades into the global AIDS pandemic, people who inject drugs and prisoners are still disproportionately affected by HIV."
A war on drugs ordered by Cambodia's authoritarian PM Hun Sen has seen more than 13,000 people jailed since January, many for minor drug offences and many including pregnant women and mothers with small infants.
Some of the issues to be tackled are abuse of power by police, including planting drugs, imprisonment instead of treatment, and undefined drug quantities in the law which results in disproportionately long prison sentences.