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  • Healing Austin, Indiana: How town raced to stop America's worst rural HIV plague (three-part series)

    Critics say Mike Pence was slow to react as a festering blight, then HIV gripped Austin, Indiana. This tiny city off Interstate 65 is the epicenter of a medical disaster. Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, confirms Austin contains the largest drug-fueled HIV outbreak to hit rural America in recent history, and "the largest concentrated outbreak ever documented in the United States."

    24 April 2017 | Kentucky Courier-Journal
  • TAG Statement in Opposition to the Nomination of Tom Price for HHS Secretary

    Tom Price’s questionable fitness to head a multi-agency cabinet-level department charged with the health of U.S. residents can simply be ascertained from his own record as a Congressional representative to parts of Atlanta’s northern suburbs – a district and metro area with extremely high rates of HIV and a flourishing opioid epidemic.

    24 January 2017 | Treatment Action Group
  • The Philippines: No country for poor men

    Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines won his presidency with a promise of a brutal crackdown on drugs. But six months and more than 4,000 deaths later, a troubling picture of the profile of those being targeted is emerging.

    05 December 2016 | BBC
  • NICE one? Is NHS guidance on substance misuse fit for purpose?

    2007 was the last time the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence published guidance on psychosocial interventions for substance misuse. Is the guidance published a decade ago fit for purpose in 2016?

    28 November 2016 | The Mental Elf
  • How Much of a Disaster Will Trump's Drug Policies Be?

    Those of us who care about helping people with addiction and using science to guide more humane approaches to drugs should be bracing for a tough fight ahead.

    24 November 2016 | Vice
  • It's time to decriminalize drugs, commission report says

    World leaders called for the decriminalization of drugs on Monday, in a report released by a commission that includes the former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan and former presidents of Colombia, Mexico and Brazil. Their proposals for how to address the problem come amid a shift in global politics toward rightwing populism. This changing political climate could have a harmful impact on decriminalization efforts because conservative policy is rooted in ideology.

    22 November 2016 | The Guardian
  • Decriminalization is a public health strategy

    We can’t end the viral hepatitis epidemics unless we end the war on drug users.

    18 October 2016 | Treatment Action Group
  • Philippines secret death squads: officer claims police teams behind wave of killings

    Thousands of drug users and drug dealers have been killed since Rodrigo Duterte became president and, according to one officer, secret police teams are partly responsible

    04 October 2016 | The Guardian
  • Philippines' war on drugs affecting fight against HIV

    President Duterte has said that his government may need to extend its bloody anti-drug campaign for six more months. But the crackdown could be harming HIV interventions for injecting drug users.

    20 September 2016 | Deutsche Welle
  • South Africa: Two Women Charged With Stealing ARVs From Mpumalanga Clinic

    Two women, suspected of being part of a syndicate that has been robbing clinics in Mpumalanga of much needed antiretrovirals (ARVs), are expected to appear in the Kanyamazane Magistrate's Court on October 5.

    12 September 2016 | AllAfrica
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