In 2018, there were 1187 drug-related deaths registered in the country - a 27% rise on 2017. A task-force is being set up to examine the main causes of drug deaths and promote action to improve health outcomes for people who use drugs.
Most states host some kind of syringe exchange program, but the laws providing legal protection tend to have loopholes. In Pennsylvania, someone with a syringe obtained from a program is safe in Philadelphia, a more liberal part of the state, but can be thrown into jail anywhere else.
Grass Is Greener is a new documentary that raises challenging questions about how the legacy of the war on drugs, mass incarceration, and racial injustice in the United States has influenced the country’s burgeoning legal cannabis industry.
Harm reduction workers in Afghanistan face an unjust paradox: Despite providing key support for people who use drugs and people living with HIV, they are often excluded from the public health community.