The objective of the IDPC statement was to highlight the vulnerability of people who inject drugs to HIV transmission, identify the policy and legal barriers to the scaling up and sustainability of HIV prevention measures, and propose to Member States options for addressing those barriers.
Supervised injecting facilities (also known as drug consumption rooms) have been with us for 20 years, providing clean and safe places for people to inject. There are more than 75 around the world, mainly in Europe, Scandinavia and North America, but there’s just one in Australia, in Sydney’s Kings Cross.
The Russian government’s anti-drugs agency has ordered the blocking of the website of a public health organization, the Andrey Rylkov Foundation, for discussing the addiction medicine methadone, human rights groups said today. The move is an assault on freedom of expression in the midst of pro-democracy protests, the groups said.
The Portuguese Government’s decision amid the financial crisis to dissolve the Institute on Drugs and Drug Addiction (IDT) has worried supporters of Portugal’s decriminalization policies. The IDT—an institution under the Ministry of Health with responsibility for treating drug dependent persons—ceased to function on January 31 of this year and has been replaced by SICAD (Serviço de Intervenção nos Comportamentos Aditivos e nas Dependências).
As calls mount from prominent Latin American politicians for a profound re-evaluation of international drug policy, and even a debate on the feasibility of drug decriminalization and legalization at the Summit of the Americas this weekend, Bolivia’s complex position is often misunderstood.
The International Alliance on HIV / AIDS in Ukraine has completed implementation of the advocacy project "Green Light" started in 2009 with the support of the International Renaissance Foundation (local Open Society Foundation office) and aimed at overcoming existent obstacles and creating favorable conditions for Harm Reduction programs implementation including Opioid Substitution Treatment (OST) program in Ukraine.
This survey is being conducted in 7 European countries, including Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden and the United Kingdom with the aim of gathering information about drug use in Europe.