The 6th European Conference on the Promotion of Health in Prison will focus on the theme "Patients or prisoners - Towards equity in care in prison", in order to provide new responses to the major challenges to care in prison.
The Open Society Institute's International Harm Reduction Development Program (IHRD) developed Methadone Man and Buprenorphine Babe to help raise awareness about the glaring lack of access to these lifesaving drugs.
Compulsory centres for drug users are plagued with high relapse rates and high financial and human costs that burden the State, the overall community and drug users and their families alike. The approach creates a dangerous ‘revolving door’ for drug users, and is an obstacle to achieving Universal Access.
This briefing is intended to contribute to the discussion at the Plenary Session of the CND, and will focus on issues related to the availability of controlled medicines as required by the UN drug conventions. Speakers from different regions of the world will provide information on ways in which availability problems have been tackled in their country.
The new EHRN report shows that implementation of criminal laws regulating drug use and drug possession with no intent to supply costs more than double the amount spent on drug treatment, such as opioid substitution treatment in the region of Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) is launching the Guide on Estimating Requirements for Substances under International Control on the occasion of the centennial of the first international drug control treaty, the International Opium Convention signed at The Hague on 23 January 1912,…
Welcome to the second edition of the IDPC Drug Policy Guide. The Guide brings together global evidence and examples of best practice to provide guidance on the review, design and implementation of national drug policies.
This briefing paper outlines the international legal drug control obligations, the room for manoeuvre the regime leaves open to national policy makers and the clear limits of latitude that cannot be crossed without violating the treaties.
Of 30 European countries, 24 sanction prison OMT, but only eight provide coverage that matches average EU community levels. It is important to challenge negative perceptions of prison OMT and promote equivalence of care and continuity of treatment.
Free speech and drug policy advocates alike were chilled recently by the Russian drug control service, which shut down the website of the Andrey Rylkov Foundation (ARF) for promotion of illegal drug use in February.
Recognizing that they will have a stronger voice as a single force, parents from various parts of Ukraine mobilized to form an all-Ukrainian network, “The Right to Life, ” to advocate for improved methadone and buprenorphine treatment.
A study by University of B.C. journalism students says the global war on illicit drugs is preventing patients suffering terminal illnesses in some countries from having sufficient access to morphine to control their pain.
The year-long study done by the UBC Graduate School of Journalism involved…
With a decade of experience, Portugal provides a valuable case study of how decriminalization coupled with evidence-based strategies can reduce drug consumption, dependence, recidivism, and HIV infection, and create safer communities for all.
The WHO Policy Guidelines for Controlled Substances provide guidance on policies and legislation with regards to availability, accessibility, affordability and control of medicines made from substances regulated under the international drug control conventions.
These briefings address serious human rights abuses that result from drug control efforts, including torture and ill treatment by police, mass incarceration, extrajudicial killings, arbitrary detention, and denial of essential medicines and basic health services. The briefings are now available in…