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.
In the face of a growing number of deaths and cases of HIV linked to drug abuse, the Portuguese government in 2001 tried a new tack to get a handle on the problem—it decriminalized the use and possession of heroin, cocaine, marijuana, LSD and other illicit street drugs. The theory: focusing on…
This paper calls for the development and rapid scaling up of comprehensive harm reduction programmes in prisons. As part of these programmes, prison systems should provide HIV care equivalent to that available in the community, including anti-retroviral treatment.
This collaborative report critically analyses the performance of the International Narcotics Control Board in terms of its reaction over time to the growing incidence of HIV transmission through injecting drug use.
This is a free resource comprising of the best papers, articles and documents for people who are involved in trying to reduce the number of new HIV infections among, or improving HIV care for, injecting drug users.