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Information about opioids, addiction and dependence, and available treatment options.
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Baltimore - Several weeks after the death of Freddie Gray, in which six police officers have now been charged in connection with his death, more 'federal agents' (ie, DEA officers) are being sent to Baltimore to assist in investigating the mass looting of prescription drugs during riots following Gray's death. Apparently, the thefts of over 175,000 doses of narcotics have been reported from 27 different locations in Baltimore, and the number of stolen narcotics is actually expected to be much larger as many of the thefts (possibly up to half) have not yet been reported.

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Vancouver has become the first city in North America where prescription heroin is offered to addicts outside of a clinical trial. For more than a year, doctors at Providence Health Care have been battling with federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose over the right to continue prescribing heroin to patients who had finished being part of a clinical research trial.

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We've added a few new resources to the links page including two excellent blogs. Be sure to check them out!

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"Outside & Inside" is an educational documentary film about how the utility of consumption rooms for drug users. How is the consumption in these structures and outside? What are the inputs of the device on posts made ​​to youth, access to care, harm reduction, reduction of pollution in the public space? Many informed questions in this document.

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An article recently published on Bloomberg Businessweek dealing with Vermont's shift in drug policy from prosecution towards treatment.

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In comparison to injecting, smoking/inhaling heroin and crack greatly reduces the chances of a fatal overdose, the likelihood of transmitting a blood borne viruses (HIV, Hep C & B), and eliminating the risks of abscesses, DVT, gangrene and other injecting-related complications. Inhaling is not without its risks, notwithstanding, the thermal effects on the lungs and the risks of infections that are contained within the drug, e.g. anthrax and clostridium or infections from non-injecting routes but, on balance of associated harms, it is still considered better than injecting.

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Talking Drugs has released the first article in a three part series that will examine the shift in attitudes towards #opiate users in UK society. The first part deals with the history of #opium, including its medicinal use in Ancient Greek and Ancient Egypt, the Opium Wars between China and The British Empire, and the proliferation of opium in mainstream Victorian society, both in its raw form and in the form of an alcoholic tincture.

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A study published in Addiction Journal has concluded that opioid substitution therapy (OST) in prison and post-release could reduce the mortality risk during the immediate post-release period.

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According to a report from the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition released last week, #overdose deaths from prescription #opiates have seen a sharp rise, now accounting for approximately half of all drug-related deaths in Canada.

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