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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
  • A '60s survivor is giving away a drug that can save opioid users' lives—if they get it before it's too late

    Negron runs the Suncoast Harm Reduction Project, a scrappy group that's pushing to make naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan, more accessible in Florida. The 68-year-old "former injection drug user cleverly disguised as a nice grandma" oversees a team of about 15 volunteers, mostly stylish suburban moms whose children have struggled with drug use. They give away free naloxone and conduct trainings on how to administer it, using Facebook to announce "pop up" distributions.

    03 April 2017 | Mother Jones
  • Ukraine’s Underground AIDS-Treatment Railroad

    For HIV-positive eastern Ukrainians, the struggle against Russian-backed separatists isn't just about dignity – it's about their right to stay alive.

    03 April 2017 | Pulitzer Center
  • US heroin use has increased almost fivefold in a decade, study shows

    Researchers say increase is seen across all social groups, ages and sexes and highlight link between misuse of prescription opioids and heroin abuse.

    29 March 2017 | The Guardian
  • Glasgow HIV outbreak ‘could spread’

    Experts fear an HIV outbreak in Glasgow is out of control, with ten new cases already this year, and many of the drug users affected unable or unwilling to comply with treatment.

    29 March 2017 | The Herald
  • HIV and Hepatitis C are No Longer the Most Serious Infectious Threats to People Who Inject Drugs

    Endocarditis and other invasive bacterial infections are not nearly as feared as HIV and HCV, despite the fact that the former are far more immediately life threatening and way more difficult to treat.

    27 March 2017 | NEJM blogs
  • An excellent graphical history of drug treatment in the UK

    Lifeline recently published an excellent infographic crammed with information on the way drug and alcohol treatment services have been funded over the last 30 years. It contains information on how the various cultural and political shifts over that time have altered the expectations on these services.

    02 March 2017 | Russell Webster (blog)
  • How Mike Pence used Obamacare to halt Indiana's HIV outbreak

    Two years later, the vice president is helping lead the Republican effort to dismantle the program.

    21 February 2017 | Politico
  • INPUD Announcement: Executive Director Appointment

    INPUD is very pleased to announce the appointment of Judy Chang as our new Executive Director. As of February 2017, Judy is responsible for leading INPUD towards its mission and purpose, responsible for the operationalisation of INPUD’s strategy, for overseeing the representation of INPUD, and is the key liaison with civil society and INPUD’s donors.

    15 February 2017 | International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD)
  • Safer consumption facility would provide substantial financial gain for services

    The business case for Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership’s proposed safer consumption facility for heroin users has found that safer consumption facilities not only improve health outcomes for people who inject drugs, but are also ‘highly cost effective and contribute to savings’ for health services. Establishing a safer consumption facility would also create the potential for savings in other services in Glasgow.

    08 February 2017 | Scottish Drugs Forum
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