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Progressive New Laws Tackle State's Woeful Rape Case Record And The Spread Of HIV

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 03.24.2016 | Politics

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) signed two bills into law Wednesday that seek to combat both unsolved rapes and the spread of HIV in the state. One measur...

Landmark Decision Opens First Needle Exchange in Conservative Orange County

Kyle Barbour | Posted 02.13.2016 | Impact
Kyle Barbour

Last Thursday, the California Department of Public Health approved the first ever needle exchange in Orange County. Orange County has long opposed needle exchanges, despite decades of evidence demonstrating that these programs save lives and prevent the spread of infectious disease.

Repeal of Federal Ban on Needle Exchange: Necessary But Not Sufficient

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

In 1988, Congress passed an omnibus bill that included a federal funding ban on needle exchange programs. This ban continued despite scientific report...

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.

Law Enforcement Lead West Virginia Efforts to Implement Syringe Exchange Programs

Tessie Castillo | Posted 03.04.2016 | 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.

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 i...

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.

Washington D.C. Is Proof That Needle Exchanges Save Lives

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 09.03.2015 | Healthy Living

Washington, D.C. has a higher AIDS diagnosis rate than any U.S. state, with about 2.4 percent of residents living with HIV/AIDS. Just over 14 percent ...

It's Time Florida Starts Saving Lives

Gary Stein | Posted 07.09.2016 | Miami
Gary Stein

Florida, due to its lack of action on the matter, has 30 years of data and success rates around the country and around the world to verify that Needle-exchange programs work as they take yet another year to make a decision to start one.

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

Robert Cordero | Posted 06.05.2016 | 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.

Innovative Drug Policies You May Never Have Heard of But Need to Know About

Tony Newman | Posted 06.05.2016 | Politics
Tony Newman

Innovative drug policies being practiced around the world are keeping people out of prison, getting help for those who need it, reducing HIV, crime and overdose deaths. To truly treat drug use as a health issue and end our country's unwinnable war, we need to implement three proven strategies.

Kentucky Snags Title of First Southern State to Legalize Syringe Exchange

Tessie Castillo | Posted 11.30.2015 | Politics
Tessie Castillo

View image | gettyimages.com Just weeks ago no Southern state had ever legalized syringe exchange. Not only that, but most of the Bible belt looked y...

In Celebration of National Public Health Week

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 06.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

During this National Public Health Week, I celebrate all of public health partners across the city and the country. Thank you for all that you do. I am proud to work in public health and to serve with you.

Laura Bassett

Indiana Shut Down Its Rural Planned Parenthood Clinics And Got An HIV Outbreak

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 09.22.2015 | Politics

Scott County, Indiana, the center of an exploding HIV outbreak, has been without an HIV testing center since early 2013, when the sole provider -- a P...

E-Cig Users and Vapers Need to Join Anti-Drug War Movement

Tony Newman | Posted 02.22.2015 | Politics
Tony Newman

It is time for smokers and vapers to join the growing anti-drug war movement. Smokers and vapers may not think about it, but they are also drug users and they are being demonized and threatened like other drug users. And vapers may not know it, but they are harm-reductionists.

Police Forum Report Says Syringe Exchange Encourages Drug Treatment, Lowers Injury and Disease

Tessie Castillo | Posted 11.30.2015 | Crime
Tessie Castillo

View image | gettyimages.com Just when it seems like law enforcement will never buy into the idea of syringe exchange as a tool to reduce disease and...

The War on AIDS Is Not Over

William Lynch III | Posted 07.05.2014 | Impact
William Lynch III

The AIDS epidemic in America is still far too real. And the risk factors have taken on a new face: race and poverty.

I Owed Drug Czar Kerlikowske an Apology

Eric E. Sterling | Posted 10.12.2013 | Politics
Eric E. Sterling

I deeply regret that I was unfair to Mr. Kerlikowske and misled the readers of Huffington Post regarding his support and commitment on important public health issues.

Zen and the Art of Harm Reduction

Ishani Ganguli | Posted 02.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Ishani Ganguli

My morning with Ritchie, part of a required residency rotation on addiction, offered a rare glimpse into patients' lives outside hospital walls and the important, if unsettling, work that complements our efforts as physicians.

Santa Distributing Clean Needles, Female Condoms in the Bronx

Robert Cordero | Posted 12.17.2012 | New York
Robert Cordero

One way New York State is considering streamlining its Medicaid costs is by expanding needle-exchange centers to help drug users prevent getting HIV and hepatitis C. But that may take federal funds, and Congress reinstated a ban on such funds last year.

A Step Backward for AIDS Prevention

Megan McLemore | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Megan McLemore

2012-08-27-scblog.pngLast year, President Obama recognized the progress against the HIV epidemic, but it was dealt a serious blow in January, when Congress reinstated a ban on federal funding of syringe exchange programs.

The Good News and the Bad in Drug Policy Reform

Stanton Peele | Posted 08.03.2012 | Politics
Stanton Peele

Democratic administrations are the worst drug policy reformers. That is, except for Republican adminstrations.

Watch Your Step: There Might Be a Needle on the Sidewalk

Erin N. Marcus, M.D. | Posted 09.26.2012 | Miami
Erin N. Marcus, M.D.

Given the state's current political climate, it's unlikely Florida will change its drug paraphernalia laws any time soon, which means the residents of inner city Miami will need to continue to watch their step.

Unholy Alliance: How a US-Russian Partnership Undermines Good Drug Policy

Daniel Wolfe | Posted 08.06.2012 | Politics
Daniel Wolfe

Foreign policy makes unsavory bedfellows, but few instances of bedsharing are more disheartening than that of the U.S. and Russia on the issue of illicit drugs.

Obama Deals Huge Blow To Local AIDS Prevention Community

Robin Wilkey | Posted 01.04.2012 | San Francisco

In a crushing blow to the healthcare community, President Obama is expected to sign new legislation that prohibits federal funding on needle exchange ...