Items tagged with heroin

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Secret supervised drug injection facility has been operating at US site for years [08.08.2017] For nearly three years, in an undisclosed US city, a social service agency has quietly been inviting people to inject illegal drugs at a clandestine ...
We already know how to stop people dying from drugs – but the Government refuses to do it [02.08.2017] Last year saw the highest number of drug-related deaths since records began in 1993. More than half of these deaths involved an opiate, such as heroi...
Illegal drug market is booming, says UN watchdog [22.06.2017] The world’s illicit drug economy is “thriving” owing to large increases in the production of heroin and cocaine and a wider spectrum of synthetic sub...
The case for prescription heroin [12.06.2017] As a deadly and devastating opioid epidemic ravages North America, the Providence Crosstown Clinic in Vancouver BC is giving their patients legal acc...
Drug deaths in America are rising faster than ever [05.06.2017] Drug overdose deaths in 2016 most likely exceeded 59,000, the largest annual jump ever recorded in the United States, according to preliminary data c...
In Mexico, the price of America’s hunger for heroin [30.05.2017] The opioid epidemic that has caused so much pain in the United States is also savaging Mexico, contributing to a breakdown of order in rural areas. H...
An experiment helps heroin users test their street drugs for fentanyl [16.05.2017] Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is "similar to morphine but can be 50 to 100 times more potent," according to the National Institute on Drug Abus...
Drug controls are 'absolutely pathetic,' activist says regulation will save lives [25.04.2017] A Vancouver based drug policy researcher has been working for decades to get the federal government to regulate illegal drugs like heroin and cocaine...
Legalize heroin for 'less overdose deaths,’ forensic psychologist tells Vancouver conference [25.04.2017] A forensic psychologist working with the Canadian prison system is calling for “radically different” approaches to B.C.’s overdose crisis, including ...
Is Md. ready for 'heroin assisted therapy'? [10.04.2017] The idea of giving heroin addicts heroin to keep them from crime and other dangers has never been popular with American politicians. Yet several West...
B.C. mulls framework for expanded heroin-assisted treatment [06.04.2017] Prescription heroin, a last-resort treatment for severe addiction currently restricted to only one clinic in all of North America, could one day be d...
How the opioid epidemic became America’s worst drug crisis ever [23.03.2017] America is in the middle of its deadliest drug crisis ever. In 2015, more than 52,000 people died of drug overdoses, nearly two-thirds of which were ...
Injecting drugs, under a watchful eye [18.01.2017] It has been nearly 30 years since the first needle exchange program opened in the United States. America has another epidemic now: overdose deaths fr...
Pills that kill: why are thousands dying from fentanyl abuse? [10.12.2016] Fentanyl is the latest and most disturbing twist in the epidemic of opioid addiction that has crept across the United States over the past two decade...
A brief history of war and drugs: From Vikings to Nazis [24.11.2016] Adolf Hitler was a junkie and the Nazis' narcotics intake gives new meaning to the term 'war on drugs'. But they weren't the only ones. Recent public...
Deaths involving fentanyl rise as curbing illicit supply proves tough [17.11.2016] To get in front of production, the State Department and a group of U.S. senators asked the United Nations in October to add to the list of tightly co...
Vancouver’s safer injection services stalled as overdose death toll mounts [30.09.2016] On Sept. 30, 2011, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in favour of Vancouver’s Insite, North America’s first legally authorized safer injection site. ...
Safe injection clinic says 90% of clients' heroin had dangerous drug additive [01.09.2016] North America’s only supervised injection site has found that 90% of its clients’ heroin contained the powerful synthetic fentanyl. Vancouver’s Insit...
DEA’s sudden 'herbal heroin' ban triggers stiff resistance from kratom community [31.08.2016] An increasingly popular plant product called "herbal heroin" by detractors is about to become illegal in the United States. The Drug Enforcement Admi...
Seattle’s potential solution for heroin epidemic: Places for legal drug use [24.08.2016] A task force established to combat a heroin epidemic in the Seattle metropolitan area has endorsed a strategy of establishing places where addicts wo...
Needle vs needle: a vaccine for drug addiction? [13.07.2016] Apparently they are working on a vaccine for drug addiction (specifically, opiate addiction). There are already studies into vaccinating against coca...
Plans for UK's first drug injecting centre in Glasgow [29.06.2016] Plans are being drawn up for the UK's first drug injecting facility in Glasgow city centre to tackle rising HIV cases and risk to the public from dis...
A deadly crisis: mapping the spread of America's drug overdose epidemic [25.05.2016] America is in the midst of an unprecedented drug overdose epidemic. Nationally, overdose deaths have more than doubled over the past decade and a hal...
Street opioids are getting deadlier. Overseeing drug use can reduce deaths [25.04.2016] As health officials battle increasing mortality associated with heroin and prescription opioids, an even more dangerous group of street drugs has app...
Vancouver prescriptions for addicts gain attention as heroin and opioid use rises [20.04.2016] Vancouver’s Crosstown Clinic, the only medical facility in North America permitted to prescribe heroin at the center of an epidemic raging across the...
Russia's 'cold turkey' approach highlights global divide over drug treatment at UN [19.04.2016] As international leaders debated global drug law at the United Nations, a bizarre panel on heroin treatment showed just how divided countries are ove...
How Canada got addicted to fentanyl [07.04.2016] The supply chain for illicit fentanyl begins in China, but the problems Canada is experiencing start right here at home: No other country in the worl...
EU Drug Markets Report [04.04.2016] The 2016 EU Drug Markets Report provides a unique insight into the operation of illicit drug markets in the EU. The report assesses the impact of the...
Barack Obama: 'drug addiction is a health problem, not a criminal problem' [30.03.2016] Barack Obama committed to take on America’s growing heroin and prescription opioid epidemic by devoting resources to prevention and treatment, rather...
Support for marijuana legalization has hit an all-time high [24.03.2016] A survey released by the University of Chicago finds that a record-high percentage of Americans – 61 percent – say they support marijuana legalizatio...
The other opioid crisis – people in poor countries can’t get the pain medication they need [24.03.2016] Hospitals in the U.S. and Europe routinely prescribe opioids for chronic cancer pain, end-of-life palliative care and some forms of acute pain, like ...
Fatal drug overdoses hit record high in US, government figures show [18.12.2015] Deaths from drug overdoses have surged across the US to record levels, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nationwide, overd...
Heroin, survivor of War on Drugs, returns with new face [21.11.2015] United States military operations in Afghanistan, now in their 15th year, are routinely described as America’s longest war. For overseas combat, that...
Heroin addiction: How to smack it down [06.11.2015] Ireland would establish " medically supervised injecting facilities" where heroin addicts can take their drugs, using clean equipment, under doctors’...
Young hands in Mexico feed growing U.S. demand for heroin [29.08.2015] As heroin addiction soars in the United States, a boom is underway south of the border, reflecting the two nations’ troubled symbiosis. Officials fro...
EU report: Oslo lacks drug strategy [03.07.2015] A new EU report has found that Oslo, a city that for many years has topped the heroin overdose ranking, still lacks a comprehensive strategy to comba...
While Russia grapples with HIV epidemic, Moscow’s addicts share their filthy needles [23.05.2015] The government does not offer substitution therapy or harm reduction outreach, and the impact of grassroots groups such as Rylkov, which has only 15 ...
Junk policy [08.05.2015] A century ago, in 1914, the United States banned heroin and cocaine, and it then gradually used its diplomatic might to impose this ban across the wo...
Minister wants to see supervised 'injection centres' for addicts [07.05.2015] Drugs Minister Aodhan O'Riordain from Ireland has said he wants to see legislation introducing injection centres for addicts before the next election...
More South America teens using cocaine: Report [04.05.2015] The Organization of American States' (OAS) latest drug consumption report highlights shifting trends in drug use among youths in the Western Hemisphe...
Drug users should be able to get heroin from the health system [13.04.2015] No fewer than six randomised controlled trials – in Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Canada, and England – concluded that heroin assiste...
Federal government set to crack down on drug courts that fail addicts [04.02.2015] The federal government is cracking down on drug courts that refuse to let opioid addicts access medical treatments such as Suboxone, said Michael Bot...
Mexican opium farmers expand plots to supply U.S. heroin boom [03.02.2015] Red and purple blossoms with fat, opium-filled bulbs blanket the remote creek sides and gorges of the Filo Mayor mountains in the southern state of G...
Drugs in the UK: Why we need to talk about regulation and decriminalisation [30.01.2015] Fighting the war on drugs in the UK costs an estimated £13 billion annually. It has cost lives recently, too; four people died after taking ecstasy p...
UN: Nearly 100 drug users died in Crimea after Russia closed methadone program [20.01.2015] The United Nations' AIDS envoy sounded the alarm over an impending health catastrophe in Russia's newly acquired Crimean Peninsula, where nearly 100 ...
Myanmar returns to what sells: Heroin [03.01.2015] A decade ago, Myanmar seemed on course to wipe out the opium fields and heroin jungle labs along its eastern border, the notorious Golden Triangle. T...
Drugs policy in Canada: Local heroin [05.12.2014] Some European countries prescribe heroin for the most severe cases of addiction. Patients taking heroin are less likely to use illicit drugs and drop...
'You will not be arrested for using drugs' [02.12.2014] Authorities in the Netherlands are warning Amsterdam tourists about heroin masquerading as cocaine, which has already killed several people and sent ...
How powerful synthetic drugs will upend drug markets globally [01.12.2014] Illicit drugs made from plants (e.g., cocaine, heroin) are being replaced in some national drug markets by those that are synthesized (e.g., methamph...
As B.C. heroin flap shows, drug laws are not about improving health [28.11.2014] If you’ve ever had surgery, you owe a debt to heroin-assisted therapy, and not because you were probably doped up on morphine in post-op. Rather, it’...

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