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Calls For Illegal Drug Decriminalization Increase Worldwide

Inter Press Service: Despite U.N. Treaties, War Against Drugs a Losing Battle “As the call for the decriminalization of drugs steadily picks up steam worldwide, a new study by a British charity concludes there has been no significant reduction in the global use of illicit drugs since the creation of…

Inequality, Stigma, Discrimination Drive HIV Epidemic In Caribbean

Inter Press Service: Inequality Fuels HIV Epidemic in the Caribbean “…The Caribbean is one of the most heavily affected regions in the world, with adult HIV prevalence about one percent higher than in any other region outside sub-Saharan Africa. The HIV pandemic in the Caribbean is fueled by a range…

OST Banned In Crimea, Ukraine, Putting Drug Users At Increased Risk for HIV, U.N. Envoy Says

Agence France-Presse: AIDS crisis brewing in Crimea and east Ukraine says U.N. “A lethal health crisis is brewing in Russian-annexed Crimea and war-torn eastern Ukraine, where injecting drug users have lost access to therapy to wean them off heroin, the U.N.’s AIDS envoy said Wednesday…” (Ingham, 1/21). The Guardian: Ukrainian…

Blog Post Discusses 4 Ugandan Laws Negatively Impacting Country’s Public Health

Open Society Foundations: Four Laws That Are Devastating Public Health in Uganda Naomi Burke-Shyne, a senior program officer with the Law and Health Initiative and the International Harm Reduction Development Program, highlights four Ugandan laws that “target individuals who are already marginalized by society and most in need of health…

Human Rights Component Vital To HIV Prevention, Care

Devex: Inextricable links: HIV and human rights Kevin Osborne, FHI 360’s project director for LINKAGES “…As we recognize International Human Rights Day on Dec. 10, we cannot lose sight of the inextricable link between HIV and human rights, which should be the cornerstone of our response to and understanding of…

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…