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WHO Guidelines Aim To Reduce Global Number Of Opioid Overdose Deaths

News outlets report on new WHO guidelines aimed at reducing the number of opioid overdose deaths worldwide. U.N. News Centre: Opioid overdose claims 70,000 lives each year — U.N. health agency “The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) released new guidelines [Tuesday] aimed at reducing the number deaths related to…

Blog Post Examines Report, Forum On Global Drug Policy

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Calling for a war on drugs ceasefire: A talk about harm reduction policies, and policy harm reductions… Antigone Barton, writer and editor of “Science Speaks” and senior communications officer at the Center for Global Health Policy, discusses a recent report from the Global…

Former World Leaders Call For Decriminalization Of Drugs, Drug Use

News outlets report on recommendations from the Global Commission on Drug Policy to decriminalize drugs and drug use. New York Times: Coalition Urges Nations to Decriminalize Drugs and Drug Use “A coalition of political figures from around the world, including Kofi Annan, the former United Nations secretary general, and several…

More STI Cases Occurring Among Youth In Thailand, U.N. Report Says

News outlets discuss the findings of a report (.pdf) released by UNICEF that says more HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STI) cases are occurring among young people in Thailand. U.N. News Centre: HIV infections on rise among young gay men, other at-risk groups in Thailand — U.N. study “An estimated 70…

USAID Launches Project To Tackle HIV In Vietnam

Xinhua News/Global Post: USAID helps Vietnam tackle HIV infections “The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched a two-year project to improve community response to HIV in Vietnam’s southern Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho City and An Giang province, local Thanh Nien (Youth) reported Tuesday…” (8/5).

Blog Highlights News From AIDS 2014

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” is live-blogging this week from the AIDS 2014 conference in Melbourne, Australia. Science Speaks: AIDS 2014: Bill Clinton Addresses International AIDS Conference Delegates “Former U.S. President Bill Clinton stirred the crowd here in Melbourne [Wednesday] with a talk that evoked memories and…

More Investment In Harm Reduction Needed To Achieve AIDS-Free Generation

Huffington Post: AIDS-Free Generation Will Not Be Achieved Without More Investment in Harm Reduction David Olson, global health communications expert “…To coincide with the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia, Harm Reduction International, the International Drug Policy Consortium, and the International HIV/AIDS Alliance are publishing a report that says…

Blog Post Discusses Role Of Health Communication In HIV Programs

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: In treatment as prevention era, health communication plays new and critical role Antigone Barton, writer and editor of “Science Speaks” and senior communications officer at the Center for Global Health Policy, discusses the role of health communication in HIV prevention and care programs…

Research On Drug Use, HIV Prevention Interventions Necessary To Stop Virus In Russia

Moscow Times: Russia’s HIV Epidemic Starts In Its Prisons Lyuba Azbel, research associate at the Yale School of Medicine “…[Russia's] government policy actually boosts the spread of HIV. Research shows that extrajudicial policing and police harassment in Russia creates an environment of fear, contributing to syringe sharing. … While alternatives…