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Reducing drug-related harm: Australia leads the way

Harm-reduction approaches are more easily embedded in policy when drugs are legally regulated

Opioid Substitution And HIV/AIDS Treatment And Prevention

The HIV/AIDS epidemic remains a global crisis affecting millions of lives as well as the development of many countries throughout the world. About 40 million people are infected with HIV, with an estimated 5 million people infected during 2003.1 In many of the regions with the fastest growing HIV epidemics, such as parts of Asia, eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Union, injection drug users (IDUs) and their sexual contacts account for most new infections.1 Opioid dependence is the underlying condition fueling the HIV epidemic in many countries.1

The Intoxication Instinct

From alcohol and cannabis to cocaine and LSD, it seems there are no limits to our appetite for mind-altering substances. What is it about human nature that drives us to get out of our heads, ask Helen Phillips and Graham Lawton

Smoke Shack, a “head shop” in Nelson, British Columbia, the air is thick with marijuana and the atmosphere is mellow as the staff stage a demo of their dope-related paraphernalia. The clients range from tourists and business types to the dreadlocked and dishevelled. All walks of life are welcome.

Changes in public order after the opening of a medically supervised safer injecting facility for illicit injection drug users

The results of the first evaluation of the safer injection facility operating in Vancouver.

Blue Light Blues

The Use of Coloured Lights as a Deterrent to Injecting

Harm-reduction activism: a case study of an unsanctioned user-run safe injection site

The events surrounding the establishment, operation, and closing of the unsanctioned Safe Injection Site in Vancouver

Substitution maintenance therapy in the management of opioid dependence and HIV/AIDS prevention (a UN/UNODC/UNAIDS position paper)

Produced by: World Health Organization (WHO) (2004)
This position paper, produced by the WHO, UNODC, and UNAIDS, is based on a review of scientific evidence of the effects of substitution maintenance therapy (SMT) for the management of opioid dependence and HIV/AIDS prevention. Aimed at policy makers, the paper begins with a joint statement on SMT and establishes the epidemiology, nature