It is distressing that US media continue to vilify mothers who need and those who receive treatment for their opiate dependence. This open letter by International Doctors for Health Drug Policies (IDHDP) calls the media and policy makers for a more scientific approach.
In February 2013, Rumah Cemara organised a capacity building training for 10 officers from Banceuy narcotics prison in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia, to improve their knowledge on HIV, TB, drug dependence, etc.
The cultivation of drugs is a sign of poverty rather than a sign of wealth. Rather than a “war,” the treatment of the drug problem must be approached as development, security and health issues, the panelists of the workshop “Drugs and Development: Punishing the Poor” said.
The 2011 amendment of the Polish drug law was a good first step, but a lot more has to be done to help people dependent on drugs and strengthen the effectiveness of the country's harm reduction efforts.
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has launched a new funding model that allows it to invest more strategically. Up to $1.9 billion may be available for the new funding model's transition period, in 2013 and 2014.