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Canadian Minister of Health opens International Harm Reduction conference amid controversy over overdose deaths

The 25th International Harm Reduction Conference (HR17) in Montréal, Canada, kicked off with a dramatic opening session last week, featuring Jane Philpott, Canadian Minister of

Published
22 May 2017
By
Susie Mclean
People who use drugs may use cannabis and drug cocktails as a form of harm reduction

People who use drugs have come up with innovative strategies that help them reduce harm, including using marijuana to decrease crack use and mixing heroin with methamphetamine

Published
22 May 2017
By
Liz Highleyman
Canada: Streamlined injection-site conditions become law

A piece of legislation that makes it easier to open supervised injection sites has become law, replacing Harper-era regulations that effectively stalled the harm-reduction service as overdose deaths climbed.

Published
21 May 2017
From
Globe & Mail
Jane Philpott says pharmaceutical heroin a potential lifesaver in opioid epidemic

Giving people with severe addictions prescription heroin could save lives as Canada continues to struggle with an opioid overdose epidemic, says Health Minister Jane Philpott.

Published
21 May 2017
From
CBC
Hepatitis C virus reinfection is uncommon after being cured with DAAs

Most people on opiate substitution therapy were successfully treated for hepatitis C with an interferon-free regimen of grazoprevir/elbasvir (Zepatier), and only a small number became reinfected during

Published
19 May 2017
By
Liz Highleyman
Overamping is a common problem among people who use stimulants

Overdosing on stimulants such as methamphetamine – known as 'overamping' – is an under-recognised problem in a harm reduction community that more often focuses on opioid overdose,

Published
19 May 2017
By
Liz Highleyman
Yes, Drug Laws Absolutely Hurt HIV Prevention and Treatment, Study Confirms

A newly published report in Lancet HIV confirms the long-suspected assertion that the war on drugs is only making matters worse. The study, the first scientific review on this issue, provides concrete evidence that drug laws are harmful to preventing and treating HIV.

Published
18 May 2017
From
Newsweek
Combining drug addiction treatment and perinatal HIV prevention leads to good outcomes in Kenya

An integrated programme offering medication-assisted drug addiction treatment and services aimed at preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission led to improved outcomes for opioid-dependent HIV-positive mothers and their babies, according

Published
18 May 2017
By
Liz Highleyman
Hydromorphone works as well as heroin-assisted drug addiction treatment

Hydromorphone was as effective as pharmaceutical heroin for opioid addiction treatment, but it was associated with fewer serious side-effects, according to results from the SALOME trial presented

Published
16 May 2017
By
Liz Highleyman
Drug checking reveals high levels of fentanyl contamination in Vancouver street drugs

A pilot project to check the purity of drugs at Vancouver's Insite safe injection facility found that around 80% of tested samples contained fentanyl, and people who

Published
16 May 2017
By
Liz Highleyman
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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