The Andrey Rylkov Foundation (ARF), the only NGO that provides sterile needles and syringes to injecting drug users in Moscow, has been declared a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This means that the Russian government regards as presenting a threat to national security because they receive funding from international donors.
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.
On January 17th Mark Johnson wrote an article in the Guardian entitled "It's time to treat drug-addicted children as adults" although the article was itself about young people's rehab, the title does raise the issue of how we treat our young people when they access services. As those working in young people's drug treatment know, the outcomes the government look for are already those of adults. But, is it reasonable or even achievable to use same outcome measures for young people and adults in the UK?
Earlier on this year in September the Canadian Supreme Court ruled that the Harper government couldn't close the Insite safer injection facility in Vancouver. Insite, which in 2009 had over 250,000 visits from people using its facilities, opened in 2003. In the time it has been operating it has received strong local support especially from the Mayors of Vancover who irrespective of their party have always fought to keep it open.