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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 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.

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 ...

How To Win A Drug War

AFP | Posted 09.02.2011 | World

LISBON — Health experts in Portugal said Friday that Portugal's decision 10 years ago to decriminalise drug use and treat addicts rather than punish...

Arthur Delaney

DC For Obama Furious Over Budget Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 06.12.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Barack Obama's grassroots supporters in the District of Columbia are furious with the president for letting Republicans mess with the ci...

Reagan Turns 100: Media Fawning Ignores His Disastrous "War on Drugs"!

Tony Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tony Newman

It's interesting that in all of the press I've read so far celebrating Ronald Reagan, I have not seen one word about his radical escalation of the drug war -- and the devastating effects that had on our society.

Will Left Sit Out Attacks on DC?

Ilir Zherka | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ilir Zherka

How is it possible for Republican leaders to take on the issues of gay marriage, crucial AIDS prevention programs and medical marijuana in a single day? By throwing their weight around in the District of Columbia.

Can Theology Support Needle Exchange Programs?

Mary Jo Iozzio, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Mary Jo Iozzio, Ph.D.

To deny injecting-drug-users access to needle exchange programs is to fail to act to save human lives, to fail to acknowledge the dignity of every human life, and to fail to respond in solidarity to those who are marginalized.

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...

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.

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.

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.

Congress Set to End Needle Exchange Funding Ban

Jirair Ratevosian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jirair Ratevosian

Lifting the 20-year ban on federal funding of needle exchange provides greater options for states and local jurisdictions that require new and effective tools to prevent the spread of HIV.

Congress To Vote On Needle Exchange Ban, One Day After AIDS Activists' Protest

AMERICA blog | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

This really came out of nowhere. Yesterday, we had AIDS activists quite literally close down the US Capitol Rotunda to protest President Obama's reque...

Ryan Grim

House Dems Reverse Obama, Remove Ban On Needle Exchange Funding (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House Democrats have reversed a decision by President Obama and removed a ban on federal funding for needle-exchange programs that he included in the ...

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 ...

Ryan Grim

Obama Budget Bans Federal Funding For Needle Exchange, Breaking Campaign Pledge

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama's budget released Thursday takes a step backward from a controversial political position he had taken during the presidential campaign...

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.