According to Oregon law, possessing a small amount of drugs for personal consumption is now a civil – rather than criminal – offense.
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Possessing heroin, cocaine, meth and other drugs for personal use is no longer a criminal offense in Oregon. The idea is to get people with problem drug use help, not punishment.
Opioid-related deaths in Australia have been on an upward trend in recent years, having doubled since 2006.
A new report counts the social costs of pharmaceutical opioid misuse and illegal opioid use in Australia for 2015/2016. The numbers are fairly grim.
On average, more than 130 Americans die from an opioid overdose every day.
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Pharmacists are well positioned to provide communities with a lifesaving drug.
Reading between the lines.
Prices are surging amid shortages and panic-buying – and we could soon be facing a public health disaster.
Opium played a fascinating role in southern African colonial politics, conﬂict and social change - from the poppy fields of Mozambique to the early days of Johannesburg city.
From colonial poppy fields to pharmatrash, southern Africa offers a fascinating history of drug regimes – one that helps us make sense of drug policies and legislation today.
To reduce opioid-related harms, we must ensure treatments for opioid dependence are accessible to those who need them.
Treatments for opioid dependence, such as methadone and buprenorphine, are effective. But some people who stand to benefit are missing out.
Halloween can also be a time of expression of cultural and social anxieties.
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In the early 1970s, rumors about poisoned candy on Halloween led to mass paranoia. A historian explains why such fears emerge – and what, in reality, feeds them.
Naloxone, available as a nasal spray called Narcan or in injectable form, resuscitates 100% of people who overdose if administered quickly.
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Opioid overdoses killed 47,000 Americans in 2017 — more than gun violence. Many fewer would have died if they'd been treated with the life-saving drug naloxone, also called Narcan.
Syringe and cooked heroin.
Most Kenyan women were introduced into drug use by male sexual partners in their teenage years.
Less than one percent of state and local drug arrests involve amounts over a kilogram.
A study of over 700,000 state and local drug arrests shows that two out of three cases involve a small amount of illegal drugs.
A special team on board a Dutch mission ship carrying out manoeuvres for capturing pirates at sea.
With the exception of Somali piracy, counter-measures have failed to stop transnational criminal networks from taking to the seas.
One in 3 people with severe depression do not respond to treatment.
A safety committee convened by the FDA has declared esketamine safe for severe depression. But isn't this drug the same as ketamine, an illegal street drug? A medical anthropologist explains.
Naloxone counteracts the effects of an overdose.
Naloxone programmes have sprung up in the UK and elsewhere, but drug death rates keep climbing.
Many people aren't just taking one drug but a combination of drugs.
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Ginsberg was one of the most high-profile representatives of the American counterculture and anti-war movement.
Chris Burkett deposits old needles at a needle exchange program in Aberdeen, Wash., June 14, 2017.
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Opioids kill 100 people each day in the US, more than vehicular accidents. Those addicted are often left without treatment. An addiction researcher offers six steps to address the epidemic.
Vivitrol, a non-opioid medication, is used to treat some cases of opioid dependence. Addiction specialists stress that not all patients need medication, but that many do.
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The U.S. has had multiple drug epidemics, and, until recently, has not had evidence-tested ways to help people. That has changed. New medicines can help. But other medical issues should also be addressed.
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Why bother chasing big drugs operations when it makes no difference? Here are three reasons.