Study suggests drug criminalization undermining global HIV/AIDS efforts

Medical News Today, May 2017

The criminalization of drugs is a leading factor in the world’s HIV epidemic and a potential barrier to eradicating HIV/AIDS, say researchers who’ve undertaken a sweeping review of research on laws and policies prohibiting drug use. Assistant professor Kora DeBeck of SFU’s School of Public Policy, who is a research scientist with the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, is co-lead of the study, published in The Lancet.

 

Victorian heroin overdose deaths spike, average age of victims rises

ABC The World Today, Posted

The number of heroin deaths in Victoria rose by almost 20 per cent in 2015, but it is an older generation who are dying.

Victoria Police and the State Coroner will be investigating whether increased purity was responsible for the jump in overdoses.

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Countries should put women at the forefront of the UN drug policy debate

The Conversation, April 19, 2016 10.25am AEST

The United Nations will hold a special session in New York this week to review global drug policy. The summit has the potential to revolutionise the drug control system enshrined in international law since 1961.

If UN member states are serious about drug reform, they must act on the disproportionate harm of prohibitionist drug policies on women worldwide.

Globally, women make up one-third of all drug users, including around 3.8 million women who inject drugs. Women who use drugs are at higher risk than men of acquiring disease, including HIV.

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