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.
Women4GlobalFund releases a statement on June 26th calling on international governments, researchers, and the Global Fund to protect, support, and advocate for women who use drugs and their universal human rights.
Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos has decided to reinstate the disastrous policy of coca fumigation through using drones and glyphosate, an herbicide that has links to cancer and can critically harm people, especially farmers.
The Society of Living Intravenous Drug Users (SOLID) has implemented community programs to assist other drug users in the fight against the opioid crisis through harm reduction programs and advocacy, however in order to continue the work they do, the government must increase its financial support.
Research has shown that cannabis and cannabinoids can decrease inflammation in the brain and neutralise free radicals that are damaging to the brain, overall improving the state of the brain and individual.
The availability of naloxone has served as a successful harm reduction measure in Ontario and other Canadian provinces, laying a groundwork for a similar model in the United States where the opioid crisis continues to surge.
A workshop hosted by the India HIV/AIDS alliance demonstrates how important harm reduction measures are to communities and in order for them to remain effective they must be personalised for each individual seeking treatment.