Dan Bigg is the Director of the Chicago Recovery Alliance who have been giving out naloxone since the mid 1990s, in this short film he talks about the impact a rising cost of the drug is having on the number of people whose lives can be saved.
NICE have released their latest guidance for Needle and Syringe Programmes, in this latest version they have included strong guidance for the delivery of services to people who use Performance and Image Enhancing Drugs (PIEDs).
In the 1980s, the UK and many other countries started developing needle programmes in an attempt to limit the impact that HIV was having on the injecting community and by extension the general public. Needle programmes have also become early engagement tools to help people get into treatment
Last year on the 31st of August 2011, (International Overdose Awareness Day) I posted an image of Jimi Hendrix to Twitter with the following caption; ‘Imagine how much sweeter the world would sound with a little more harm reduction’. (While there are varying reports regarding the nature of Hendrix’s death the official finding was that he asphyxiated on his own vomit after consuming more alcohol than he was able to tolerate – effectively an overdose of alcohol). It was my way of acknowledging that when a fatal overdose occurs it is not just a death that occurs but the loss of an opportunity.
Last week, Newsnight hosted a discussion on drug policy, starring that well-known expert on drugs, Russell Brand. The BBC have decided that Russell Brand can make a documentary film in which he will tell us what we should be doing about drugs, or rather what we should be doing to people who use drugs.
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