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Harm Reduction

What Do Prosecutors and District Attorneys Say About 911 Good Samaritan Laws?

Tessie Castillo | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
Tessie Castillo

While law enforcement, public health advocates, and people directly affected by drug overdose are front and center in these debates, state prosecutors and district attorneys also play a critical role in advocacy efforts -- often for, but sometimes against, these laws.

Can Safer Drug Use Be More Enjoyable Drug Use?

Adam Winstock | Posted 06.15.2014 | Politics
Adam Winstock

The results of the world's biggest drug survey came out on April 14.

Liquid Death From E-Cigarettes? You've Got a Long Way to Go, Baby

Dr. Amy Fairchild | Posted 05.28.2014 | Science
Dr. Amy Fairchild

If, as predicted, e-cigarettes result in double the number of liquid nicotine exposures this year, they are still a very long way even from making it into the top 25 causes of exposures.

We Have Consensus Houston!

Michel D. Kazatchkine | Posted 05.28.2014 | Impact
Michel D. Kazatchkine

One of the unreported key events in the mainstream media at the recently concluded 57th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna was the coming together of scientists from all over the world.

Annexation of Crimea: What Will Happen to 14,000 Drug Users?

Andriy Klepikov | Posted 05.25.2014 | Impact
Andriy Klepikov

The annexation of Crimea by Russia this week is likely to have far-reaching consequences for an already much marginalized group within society.

The New War Between the States and the Federal Government on Health Issues

Gary Stein | Posted 05.20.2014 | Miami
Gary Stein

There is a new war between the states -- in the South. This is not, as some of my Southern friends call it, a "war of Northern aggression." This war is between the states and the federal government.

Matt Sledge

North Carolina Leads South With Drug Overdose Reform | Matt Sledge | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics

WILKES COUNTY, N.C. -- Prescription painkillers hit the stark, beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains hard. Once known as the world's moonshi...

With Suicide, Drug Overdose, We Need to Stop Blaming the Parents

Tessie Castillo | Posted 05.03.2014 | Parents
Tessie Castillo

When tragedy strikes, it is often our first response to look for someone to blame. The parents. The school system. Even the victim. But arguably, when society scapegoats the parents and family of someone who has died, we lose not only the victim, but the family as well.

Why Georgia Desperately Needs Naloxone

Tessie Castillo | Posted 04.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Tessie Castillo

Like millions of other Americans, Atlanta resident Kathy Fletcher depends on prescription drugs to alleviate chronic pain. Medications such as OxyCont...

Is Moldova Leading the World on Harm Reduction in Prisons?

Michel D. Kazatchkine | Posted 04.07.2014 | Impact
Michel D. Kazatchkine

Recently in Moldova visiting government officials, I was invited to visit the prison 15 in Cricovia which houses some 550 inmates. A 30 minute ride ...

Media Descriptions of Philip Seymour Hoffman Feed Into Misplaced Fears About Heroin Overdose and Needles

Tessie Castillo | Posted 04.07.2014 | Media
Tessie Castillo

We, as a nation, need to acknowledge that overdose is not a problem confined to famous people or heroin or drugs that involve syringes.

Bridging the Gay Generation Gap

Charlie Ferrusi | Posted 08.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Charlie Ferrusi

Together we must open our minds, bridge the intergenerational gap, and for God's sake, please put down the finger.

To Honor Hoffman, Focus on Prevention, not the Drug War

Leo Beletsky | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Leo Beletsky

Aggressive and mounting application of criminal prosecutions following overdose events totally thwart any positive public health impact of Good Samaritan legislation and other efforts to encourage overdose witnesses to come forward.

A Conservative Argument for Harm Reduction

Tessie Castillo | Posted 03.15.2014 | Politics
Tessie Castillo

Last year the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition surprised the nation by working with conservative legislators to pass two new drug policy laws i...

E-cigs vs. Cigs: Cut Through, Cut In, Cut Down, Cut Out

Lynn T. Kozlowski, Ph.D. | Posted 03.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Lynn T. Kozlowski, Ph.D.

The clearest way to reduce smoking risks with vaping is to stop smoking. If needed, trying different vaping products can help smokers identify which are most helpful in getting them to end smoking. For cigarettes, no matter the method -- best to cut out, not just cut down.

What a Year for Harm Reduction!

Hilary McQuie | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics
Hilary McQuie

To quote an old social justice slogan, harm reduction is the art of "building a new society in the vacant lots of the old." And those lots are filling up, due to the hard work of people around the world.

Faith and Harm Reduction: The True Meaning of "All God's Children"

Tessie Castillo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Tessie Castillo

It's easy to drive by Catalyst Community Church in Fayetteville, North Carolina, without noticing it. Tucked into an old strip mall next to a tire sho...

Commemorating the Alma Ata Declaration

Michel D. Kazatchkine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Michel D. Kazatchkine

Last week was a fascinating one. On Monday I delivered a memorial lecture at the City Health 2013 conference in Glasgow in honour of Allison Chesney a...

How I Made Peace with Harm Reduction

Tessie Castillo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Tessie Castillo

The first time I ever heard the phrase "harm reduction" I was sprawled across my living room couch watching the news with my husband. The feature stor...

When Doctors Refuse to Prescribe Life-Saving Medication

Tessie Castillo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Tessie Castillo

Medical providers take an oath to protect the health of their patients, but in some instances, doctors may fail to prescribe life-saving medications o...

The Changing Nature of the Eastern European and Central Asian HIV Epidemic

Michel D. Kazatchkine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Michel D. Kazatchkine

It is vital that we remain positive, even in the face of daunting challenges. This means recognizing progress where it is happening, having faith in the wonderful people of the region, and remaining confident that, if they do what needs to be done, their fight against AIDS can ultimately be won.

Horrifying New Drugs! Does New Zealand's New Synthetic Drug Law Offer a Safer Way Forward?

Eric E. Sterling | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Eric E. Sterling

As a tool to protect the public from the risks of drugs not being used for medical purposes, the prohibition model has not worked well -- for old drugs or new ones. However, the nation of New Zealand is now trying a different approach.

White People Are Not Exempt From Drug Overdose

Tessie Castillo | Posted 11.23.2013 | Politics
Tessie Castillo

When it comes to drug overdose, and most other societal ills, change seems to happen in direct relation to how much the epidemic creeps into white communities and people who "don't look like drug users" demand action.

Lighter Cigarettes by Any Other Name Would Kill as Many Smokers

Lynn T. Kozlowski, Ph.D. | Posted 11.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Lynn T. Kozlowski, Ph.D.

Products once labeled as lighter and milder are still sold. Even if labeled with random letters in plain white packs, consumers through tasting can identify the milder, lighter, smoother brands, and need to know that such brands are not linked to any reduced risks.

"A Doctor Prescribed My Son 140 Pain Pills in One Week. Now My Son is Dead."

Tessie Castillo | Posted 10.29.2013 | Parents
Tessie Castillo

August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day When she speaks of her son, she cries through a voice so choked with tears she can barely get th...