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Harm Reduction

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...

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...

Baseball Announcer Garagiola's Anti-Chew Campaign May Cause More Harm Than Good

Tony Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Tony Newman

It's easy to be moved by baseball legend Joe Garagiola's anti-tobacco mission, but his campaign may ultimately cause more harm than good.

Most Improved (Drug Policy) Player: The USA

Allan Clear | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allan Clear

One of the thematic threads holding together the 53rd Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (the CND is the UN's global drug policy body) was th...

Reforming Drug Treatment in the US: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

Allan Clear | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allan Clear

If the US is serious about addressing stigma and discrimination against people who use drugs, it needs to come up with a plan to do so without stigmatizing and discriminating against them.

US drug policy at the UN. Is the glass becoming more than half full?

Allan Clear | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allan Clear

Here's the good news: From what I'm seeing here on the ground here at the 53rd annual UN global drug policy meeting in Vienna, the public face of US ...

An Imperfect Improvement: Obama's New Drug War Strategy

Ethan Nadelmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ethan Nadelmann

Though the White House's new National Drug Control Strategy embraces specific policy options counter to those of the past thirty years, it differs little from its predecessor on fundamental issues of budget and drug policy paradigm.

Don't Forget About Drug Users

Joe Amon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joe Amon

This letter to the editor was originally published in the Winter 2010 issue of Conscience Magazine I want to congratulate you on your recent articles...

Commission on Narcotic Drugs: Progress Towards a Pain Free World?

Allan Clear | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Allan Clear

Although the Vienna International Center has upgraded its facilities (it now houses its meetings in an IKEA showroom), the opening session of the 53rd...