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Harm Reduction - What Is Happening at the Federal Level

Tessie Castillo | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Tessie Castillo

Advocates for drug policy reform are doing some admirable work at the state level to improve the health and dignity of people who use drugs. But things are rolling at the federal level too. The Harm Reduction Coalition discussed the issues they are working on.

With Rise in Heroin Use, We Need to Change Syringe Laws

Tessie Castillo | Posted 11.24.2014 | Crime
Tessie Castillo

Instead of creating laws that sound good but in reality cause more harm, we should encourage laws that provide incentives for people to do the right thing. Want drug users to clean up their used syringes? Protect them from charges if the syringes are stored in a safe container.

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

Tessie Castillo | Posted 11.12.2014 | Crime
Tessie Castillo

Just when it seems like law enforcement will never buy into the idea of syringe exchange as a tool to reduce disease and prevent needle-stick injury...

Saving Lives By Mail

Tessie Castillo | Posted 10.07.2014 | Impact
Tessie Castillo

All the talk of community naloxone programs saving lives from drug overdose might leave people in states with no such programs feeling locked out of...

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.

Kathleen Miles

This Program Would Save Heroin Addicts' Lives, Help Curb Disease And Save Money | Kathleen Miles | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics

Needle exchange programs could save thousands of American lives and reduce strain on the public health care system. But some politicians refuse to imp...

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...

Moving Beyond That-Which-Must-Not-Be-Named: Alternatives to Syringe Exchange

Tessie Castillo | Posted 07.21.2013 | Politics
Tessie Castillo

It's hard to argue cost-savings and disease reduction to a moralistic audience, and in many parts of the country, it's no use even trying. For the time being, some states might want to consider alternative means to syringe access and disease reduction

Here I Am -- Preventing the Spread of HIV

Lucy Chesire | Posted 12.17.2012 | Impact
Lucy Chesire

Yevhen's video is a story of hope: a story of a man who received treatment that has helped him find hope, love and a future.

A Step Backward for AIDS Prevention

Megan McLemore | Posted 10.28.2012 | Gay 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.

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.

Lucia Graves

Police Arrest 29 At Capitol For Protesting Clean Needle Exchange Ban | Lucia Graves | Posted 03.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- During a demonstration Wednesday against the federal ban on clean needle exchange programs, a total of 29 AIDS activists were arrested a...

Boulder Legalizes Needle Exchange

The Denver Channel | Posted 07.10.2011 | Denver

BOULDER, Colo. -- After 22 years of exchanging needles, the process is now legal in Boulder County. Boulder County's Board of Health has approved the...

Real Change or Changing Rhetoric? Monitoring the Shift in US Drug Policy

Allan Clear | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allan Clear

Since President Obama's election, the Office of National Drug Control Policy has been making noises about a shift in approach and priorities towards addressing drugs and drug problems.

Harm Reduction in the United States: Whose History? (Part 2)

Allan Clear | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allan Clear

Yesterday I wrote about an editorial that was rejected by an academic journal in fall 2009 that outlined the history of harm reduction in the United ...

Harm Reduction in the United States: Whose History? (Part 1)

Allan Clear | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allan Clear

In the fall of 2009, I was asked by an academic journal to contribute a 1,500 word editorial that outlined the history of harm reduction in the United...

Live From the 53rd Annual UN Drug Policy Meeting: Ready for the 21st Century?

Allan Clear | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Allan Clear

On the harm reduction/drug policy circuit party trek, it's time for the annual United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drug meeting in Vienna.

Syringe Exchange Programs At Risk From Muddled Laws And Enforcement | By Katie Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Since 1992, syringe possession has been legal in New York when it's in conjunction with "safe syringe access" program enrollment. But carrying a clean...

For World AIDS Day, Obama Should Keep Promise On Syringe Exchange

David Ernesto Munar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ernesto Munar

A letter from twelve leading AIDS advocate working with local, state and national partners to advance the fight against HIV/AIDS in the U.S.

A Crucial Step for Advancing HIV/AIDS Prevention

Kevin Robert Frost | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kevin Robert Frost

With more flexibility to use federal funds for evidence-based programs, including syringe exchange programs, local governments and agencies will be better equipped to combat HIV transmission in their communities.

House Committee Zeroes Out Traditional Sources of Ab-Only Funding, Removes Ban on Syringe Exchange

Jodi Jacobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jodi Jacobson

Needle-exchange programs were banned for many years solely due to ideological opposition and false charges that such programs encouraged further drug use.

New York Midnight Heroes

The Huffington Post | Stephanie Harnett | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Terrell Jones can't be tired. It's midnight on a Saturday, but he must wipe the sleep out of his eyes because his night is just beginning. Jones is ...

USA Fumbles UN Drug Policy in Vienna

Allan Clear | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Allan Clear

Will this be the year that member states will move towards a public health and human rights approach to drug policy? The signs have not been good.

Obama's Choice: Sane U.N. Drug Policy or the Same Old Failed War-on-Drugs Routine?

Allan Clear | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Allan Clear

By making drug use as dangerous as possible, the US has facilitated the spread of HIV and hepatitis, and has created a prison system unlike anything since the Soviet gulags.