The High Point, North Carolina police department received the 2007 Innovations in American Government Award from the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. This prestigious award was given to High Point for their successful…
This article provides an analysis of two articles published in Volume 176, Issue 6 of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, published in November 2006. These articles shed light on policies that Canada should adopt to stem the spread of HIV infection among users of illicit drugs.
In this review, the authors summarize the findings from evaluations in those 3 years, including characteristics of IDUs at the facility, public injection drug use and publicly discarded syringes, HIV risk behaviour, use of addiction treatment services and other community resources, and…
This article explores the empirical effects of U.S. drug policy on coca cultivation in the Central Andes. It assesses the impact of U.S. military assistance on the production of coca in the Central Andes, while controlling for other explanatory variables that influence coca cultivation.
Illicit use of injected drugs is linked with high rates of HIV infection and fatal overdose, as well as community concerns about public drug use. Supervised injecting facilities have been proposed as a potential solution, but fears have been raised that they might encourage drug use.
This study investigated whether three measures of legal repressiveness in large US metropolitan areas were associated with the population prevalence of injection drug use and with HIV prevalence among IDUs.
Finding that U.S. drug control policy has been only marginally successful in achieving national objectives, the Strategy Research Project will propose possible reasons for its ineffectiveness and recommend alternatives to improve policy.
This article argues that safe injection facilities could serve a purposeful and complementary role in our continuum of services, and therefore a rigorous trial and evaluation of safe injection facilities is warranted.
The authors in this article propose a model of safe injection rooms that could be operate on a 24-hour basis every day to provide adequate services whenever needed and prevent risks of overdose. The staff would also be able to refer clients to detox, treatment, counselling and primary health care.
The present study estimated the associations among three groups of drug users (chronic drug users, injecting drug users and non-drug users) and three types of health services utilisation (emergency room use, outpatient care and inpatient care).