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Congress Lifts the Ban on Federal Funding for Syringe Exchange Programs

Tessie Castillo | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Tessie Castillo

Last month Congressional Republicans rallied behind an effort to lift a decades-old ban against federal funding for syringe exchange programs.

Kentucky Q&A on Syringe Exchange Programs

Tessie Castillo | Posted 01.04.2016 | Impact
Tessie Castillo

In early 2015 Kentucky shocked the nation by becoming the first Southern state to officially legalize syringe exchange programs. Since then the news has covered the successful roll-out of a couple different syringe exchange programs through local health departments, but has also reported some backlash coming from the legislature.

Law Enforcement Lead West Virginia Efforts to Implement Syringe Exchange Programs

Tessie Castillo | Posted 01.12.2016 | Crime
Tessie Castillo

Some people were surprised when West Virginia became one of the first Southern states to operate an above-ground syringe exchange program. But for Jim Johnson, now retired Chief of Police for Huntington, West Virginia, syringe exchange was a common sense solution to an increasingly complex problem.

'Tis the Season for At-Risk Drinking: A Reminder to Health Care Providers -- Screen, Intervene and Refer

Mona Shattell | Posted 12.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Mona Shattell

During the holiday season at-risk alcohol use is common, either because of holiday parties and celebrations or in response to stressors such as grief and loss, depression or financial troubles.

Recovering Addicts Battle Kenya’s Exploding Heroin Problem

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 12.12.2015 | World

MALINDI, Kenya -- Heroin addicts in the Kenyan coastal town of Malindi used to call Mohamed Said Mapera "The Doctor." He was one of the first people ...

NYC to South Bronx, Latino Drug Users: No Feliz Navidad

Joyce A. Rivera | Posted 12.09.2015 | New York
Joyce A. Rivera

While our public health and elected officials are publicly talking about plans to end the AIDS epidemic, the heroin epidemic, and the opioid overdose epidemic, they are diffidently making decisions which hurt our chances on all of these fronts.

10 Facts on HIV and Sex Work

Katherine Koster | Posted 12.03.2015 | Impact
Katherine Koster

Sex workers are recognized by the World Health Organization, along with other major health and human rights organizations, as one of four key populations in the global fight against HIV/AIDS.

Unprecedented Momentum to End the Drug War: Top Stories of 2015

Tony Newman | Posted 12.03.2015 | Politics
Tony Newman

Over the last few years there has been undeniable momentum to end our country's disastrous war on drugs. Both voters and elected officials are looking for alternatives to the unwinnable drug war. 2015 continued the trend. Here are some of the top stories of the year that give us hope.

Famed Historian Sees 19th-Century Solution To Current Heroin Crisis

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- David Courtwright, the nation's leading historian on drug use and drug policy, has published an article in the New England ...

Cannabis Concentrates: Green Salvation or a Sticky Mess?

Adam Winstock | Posted 11.19.2015 | Politics
Adam Winstock

As cannabis regulatory change wafts through major American states and budding entrepreneurs hungry for profit high jack everything green I thought it was time to share the results of the biggest study of Butane Hash Oil (BHO, cannabis concentrates) ever conducted.

FDA Is Making It Easier To Prevent Heroin Overdose Deaths

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday that it approved a nasal-spray version of naloxone, a drug that can ...

Why Being Honest About Drug-Related Risk Might Be the Best Public Health Policy Ever

Adam Winstock | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics
Adam Winstock

While I understand that drug use for some people is unwise (and best avoided) either because of their age, pre-existing health conditions or other vulnerabilities, the decision to use drugs is one that must always be treated with respect.

Reducing Harm & Expanding the Good: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 11.02.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Every week at The Pollination Project, we make small seed grants to social change entrepreneurs and visionaries all over the world. This week we are honored to support projects that help reduce harm among vulnerable people, and promote hope, healing and goodness around the world.

An Opioid Addict Finds Help After Calling 911, Not An Arrest

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 10.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After watching President Barack Obama’s speech last week in Charleston, West Virginia, addressing the country’s op...

Harm Reduction Is Essential to Combat the Addiction Epidemic

Kyle Barbour | Posted 10.22.2015 | Impact
Kyle Barbour

The good news is that for decades, both injection drug users and doctors have been advocating for harm reduction, a rational and proven way to reduce infections. The idea is simple: lower the risks associated with using drugs.

Pharmaceutical Companies Need to Mitigate the Destruction They Cause

Tessie Castillo | Posted 11.30.2015 | Politics
Tessie Castillo

The pharmaceutical industry's marketing of prescription painkillers to doctors is a driving force behind the nation's current opioid addiction crisis. Given the role that the pharmaceutical industry has played in creating the crisis, they should play an equally large role in resolving it.

The Summer of Southern Naloxone Laws

Tessie Castillo | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Tessie Castillo

Just a couple of years ago, overdose prevention laws had never been attempted in any red state and conventional wisdom said they never could be. Now not only have advocates in red states proven those stereotypes wrong, but many Southern naloxone programs have become models for the rest of the country.

Chapo's (Second) Escape Highlights Drug War Farce

Ted Lewis | Posted 07.13.2015 | Crime
Ted Lewis

Chapo Guzman's escape further undermines the already wounded credibility of Enrique Peña Nieto and his security apparatus. But more than that, it underlines the futility of the war on drugs and its reliance on taking out "kingpins" while never questioning the flawed prohibition policies that drive the whole bloody mess.

Does Naloxone Discourage People From Calling 911?

Tessie Castillo | Posted 11.30.2015 | Impact
Tessie Castillo

One of the sharpest criticisms against making naloxone widely available to people at risk for drug overdose is this: If people have a medicine on hand that allows them to reverse a drug overdose themselves, won't they stop calling 911?

It's Not 'Wet Housing' -- It's Just Housing

Mark Horvath | Posted 07.02.2015 | Impact
Mark Horvath

When Daniel Malone said to me: "We don't use the term 'wet housing.' We use the term 'housing' because in housing people get to do what they want to do." something just clicked it made so much sense!

Top 3 Highlights From the New CDC Report on Naloxone Programs

Tessie Castillo | Posted 11.30.2015 | Impact
Tessie Castillo

This week the CDC released its long-awaited report on overdose prevention programs providing naloxone to laypersons. The detailed report, which surveyed 136 naloxone distribution programs nationwide, confirms some of what overdose prevention advocates already knew, but also holds a few surprises.

5 Ways We Can Reduce Drug Overdoses

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 06.17.2015 | Healthy Living

Fatal drug overdose has reached epidemic levels in the U.S., surpassing vehicle-related deaths in 36 states, according to a new report from the Trust ...

How Do We Know How Many Lives Have Been Saved With Naloxone?

Tessie Castillo | Posted 06.10.2015 | Impact
Tessie Castillo

Reporting successful overdose reversals is one of the biggest challenges that naloxone distribution programs face. In many cases, an outreach worker will distribute a naloxone kits to a person at risk for opiate drug overdose, and then never see or hear from that person again.

Harm Reduction Meets Healthcare Reform Where It's At In the Empire State

Robert Cordero | Posted 06.05.2015 | Impact
Robert Cordero

In 2010, when the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, we knew that new opportunities were emerging for drug users who were disconnected from the traditional healthcare system.

Governor Abbott: Sign HB225 and Save Texas Lives

Joy Strickland | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics
Joy Strickland

Opiate overdose is the crisis that did not need to happen. Its very existence contradicts the idea that every person is redeemable and every human life is worth saving.