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Harm Reduction

9 Things to Think About When Thinking About Cigars -- Little or Big

Lynn T. Kozlowski, Ph.D. | Posted 09.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Lynn T. Kozlowski, Ph.D.

Cigars can be as deadly as cigarettes -- especially for former cigarette smokers, for those who smoke smaller cigars, for those who inhale and for those who smoke several times a day.

Truth and Reconciliation for Alcoholism: Retract Anti-Harm Reduction Article in Science

Stanton Peele | Posted 09.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

The important lesson gleaned from the attacks and counterattacks around controlled-drinking research was inescapable -- non-abstinence treatment for alcoholics would never be tolerated in America, and in fact it virtually entirely ceased in this country.

When Rape, HIV and Drugs Collide, There Is Still Hope

Tessie Castillo | Posted 09.09.2013 | Impact
Tessie Castillo

It was 1997 in Charleston, South Carolina and like most people, Elizabeth knew nothing about HIV except that it could kill you.

"911 Good Samaritan Laws Could Have Saved My Son. Now At Least They Can Save Someone Else's"

Tessie Castillo | Posted 09.01.2013 | Parents
Tessie Castillo

David Humes lost his son Greg to a drug overdose in May 2012. While the loss of a child is devastating to any parent, Greg's death was especially hard...

The War On Drugs Kills: Support, Don't Punish

Sonal Mehta | Posted 08.26.2013 | Impact
Sonal Mehta

Rather than demonizing people who use drugs, we should humanize them. Rather than jailing them, we should get them the treatment they need. Rather than punishing them, we must support them.

Got Needles? Why the Greatest Danger to Law Enforcement Isn't Guns

Tessie Castillo | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics
Tessie Castillo

Needle-stick injury, or being punctured by used syringes that could be contaminated with dangerous viruses such as HIV or hepatitis C, is a common occupational hazard for law enforcement.

Beyond the Hype: PrEP for People Who Inject Drugs

Daniel Wolfe | Posted 08.14.2013 | World
Daniel Wolfe

The clinical trial finding that a once-daily pill halved HIV infection among people who inject drugs in Thailand is an important development in HIV prevention science, and brings welcome attention to a group often excluded from clinical trials.

Losing a Child to Drug Overdose. And How to Prevent It

Tessie Castillo | Posted 08.13.2013 | Parents
Tessie Castillo

Two years ago Robin Elliott lived through every parent's worst nightmare. Her 21-year-old son Zack died of a drug overdose. Like any parent, Robin ado...

A Proud Day for Vermont: A Proud Year for Overdose Prevention Advocates

Tessie Castillo | Posted 08.05.2013 | Politics
Tessie Castillo

Anyone who has ever indulged in hero fantasies about saving lives just might get their chance thanks to new drug overdose prevention laws across the country. On Wednesday, June 5th, Vermont became the 13th state to pass a law expanding lay access to naloxone, a medication used to reverse opiate overdose.

Here I Am: Speaking out from the epicenter of the HIV epidemic in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Lucy Chesire | Posted 08.04.2013 | Impact
Lucy Chesire

In a few days, June 9th-12th, a very important conference is set to take place in Lithuania that will bring all those interested in harm reduction tog...

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

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.

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.

New Guide: A Sane Approach to Psychiatric Drugs

Bruce E. Levine | Posted 11.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Bruce E. Levine

Millions of people believe that psychiatric medications have saved their lives, while millions of others report that their psychiatric medications were unhelpful or made things worse. All this can result in mutual disrespect for different choices.

A Drug Policy for the 21st Century

R. Gil Kerlikowske | Posted 06.18.2012 | Politics
R. Gil Kerlikowske

Today we are releasing the 2012 National Drug Control Strategy -- the Obama Administration's primary policy blueprint for reducing drug use and its consequences in America. It is based on the premise that drug addiction is a chronic disease of the brain that can be prevented and treated.

Why I Support Managed Alcohol Programs

Mark Horvath | Posted 11.06.2011 | Healthy Living
Mark Horvath

Here, everyone was clean, healthy and safe. They were inside and not a burden to public safety issues. I was very impressed with the community there. What impressed me the most is I saw lives being saved (and money too).

Why A Christian Nurse Helps Addicts Shoot Up

Mark Horvath | Posted 02.22.2012 | Impact
Mark Horvath

It's easy to judge from a distance, but the people who have problems with the harm-reduction model just have never seen Hell like I have.

Facing The Realities Of Substance Use And Recovery

Stanton Peele | Posted 08.31.2011 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

A number of developments should, I think, make us aware that returning to zero-tolerance is an Edenesque ideal not likely to be realized in our lifetimes, nor those of our children or grandchildren.

The Radical Future Of Addiction And How We Treat It

Stanton Peele | Posted 08.08.2011 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

This had better be the century of self-empowerment, or else our level of addiction will escalate no matter how much money we spend on brain-imaging and PET scans.

Living and Dying With And Without Harm Reduction

Stanton Peele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Stanton Peele

A new Vancouver-based program, called Insite, has substantial benefits in terms of reduction in HIV infection and increased follow-up medical treatment of addicts.

New Directions: Religious and Community Leaders Address the Failed Drug War

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Anthony Papa

On March 19th, community advocates, service providers, public safety personnel and public health professionals will come together to chart a new course in drug policy.

How Should Society Deal With the Drug Nicotine?

Tony Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tony Newman

We should celebrate our success curbing cigarette smoking and continue to encourage people to cut back or give up cigarettes, but let's not get carried away and think that criminalizing smoking is the answer.

CeaseFire: Success Beyond Chicago

Tio Hardiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Tio Hardiman

Shootings and killings plague too many of our nation's neighborhoods. But the good news is that CeaseFire is moving to cities across the nation.

People Should Quit Drinking and Smoking - But Can They?

Stanton Peele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Stanton Peele

It seems that personal and societal policies predicated on people not using or drinking face an uphill battle. And that's not just in America recently, but throughout the history of humankind.

18th International AIDS Conference: Action not Rhetoric on HIV and Human Rights

Joe Amon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joe Amon

The following is based upon a press release by Human Rights Watch. The upcoming 18th annual International AIDS Conference should focus on reaching th...