Iran has managed to build its own harm reduction system, sustainable in its own way. It is not like any other western system and not quite like the systems described in manuals and recommended by WHO and UNAIDS.
The study recommends: providing clear harm reduction guidance, ensuring that accurate information measuring GHB use and deaths is collected by relevant authorities, and guaranteeing that appropriate drug treatment services are accessible.
Cannabis production should be regulated by the federal government, with licensing and production controls used to ensure a competitive system that includes small producers, the panel said, suggesting the door was open for new producers to get into the burgeoning sector.
The EECA statement argues that the currently alarming epidemiologic situation and an envisioned decrease in funding, might affect the sustainability of the positive results worldwide in combating AIDS, and less effective implementation of the new global target: to end HIV by 2030.
The EMCDDA met to discuss how the Council conclusions on the implementation of minimum quality standards in drug demand reduction in the EU can relate to projects at national, European and international level.
Scotland has witnessed a dramatic increase in overdose deaths and HIV infections among injecting drug users. in response, policy-makers in Glasgow are reported to be considering a proposal to open the first supervised injection site. David Liddell explains the current situation.
This week, UNAIDS met with partners to discuss ‘fast-tracking’ the international HIV response. In the sidelines, Harm Reduction International, is ringing the alarm bells for people who inject drugs, who are being left behind in global efforts to end AIDS by 2030.