The international drug conventions were created to ensure the “health and welfare of mankind”, yet drug policies around the world continue to focus on criminal justice and repression rather than on health responses. Governments across the world should provide harm reduction and treatment interventions to reduce the harms associated with drug use, and ensure adequate access to essential medicines.
This is the only conference focusing on treatment with pharmacological and behavioural antagonists. The participants are invited to submit abstracts for oral or poster presentations on topics related to treatment.
This statement responds to the recent report released by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, which highlighted key issues of concern on drug control and called for a fundamental shift in drug policy.
The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, and his wife, Ban Soon-taek, visited Cambodia's first methadone maintenance therapy clinic on 28 October in central Phnom Penh as part of a two-day visit to the Kingdom.
This report looks at how evidence-based services such as heroin treatment, injection rooms, and needle exchange can lower HIV infection rates, improve health outcomes, and lower crime rates, based on the example of Switzerland.
As a result of the Ukrainian Ministry of Health Resolution No. 634, the level of criminalisation of users of the most wide-spread illicit injection drugs has been increased 20-fold. This new resolution, along with other recent developments, threatens harm reduction efforts to contain the HIV…