A new study in Lancet Global Health reveals that opioid-dependent individuals in compulsory drug treatment were significantly more likely to relapse to opioid use after release than opioid-dependent individuals receiving methadone in voluntary treatment centres.
After success at a similar drug-checking project in festivals last summer, this pilot project will allow for the collection of evidence and evaluation of the effectiveness of such a scheme in UK nightclubs.
Prof. Alison Ritter argues that the substantial sums of money poured into law enforcement to reduce drug consumption are ineffectual. Rather, we should invest "continuously evaluated, evidence-based policies and programs”.
The International Conference on Medical Cannabis, held at the EU Parliament, aimed share knowledge about the state of legislation around the world today, and to educate regulators present about the importance of building legal, regulated cannabis markets in Europe.
Russia’s obstinacy when it comes to considering evidence-informed approaches has come at an enormous cost – along with increasing overdose rates, the country’s number of HIV infections has been growing at an alarming rate of 10 per cent annually.
Myanmar has taken another tentative step away from draconian punishments for drug offences. The country joined several ASEAN nations and China in Bangkok yesterday in a joint commitment to strengthen “community-based health services” for people who use drugs around the region.
Reprieve has called for “urgent clarification of the European Commission’s policy on funding counter-narcotics operations in Iran”, following reports in the Iranian media that a UNODC official said the EU was actively seeking to provide support for Iranian drug enforcement operations.
Congress must now approve laws to implement the accord: an amnesty law, establishing a transitional justice system, guaranteeing protections for opposition political movements, carrying out a new rural development policy, among others.