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Canada's Historic Syphilis Outbreak Is Even Worse for Its Under-Resourced Indigenous Population

Indigenous people in the northern region of Alberta, Canada, face increased health risks from injection drug use, syphilis, and HIV.

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Injecting Meth? Here's What You Definitely Need to Know

Heart and other health complications from "slamming" crystal can be devastating -- even deadly. Thankfully, there are tools to reduce the harm and even get off meth entirely.

New Campaign Seeks to Shift Opioid Conversation to One About Mass Incarceration, Health Care, and Racial Justice Img

New Campaign Seeks to Shift Opioid Conversation to One About Mass Incarceration, Health Care, and Racial Justice

"No Health = No Justice" moves to address the system as the problem, rather than people who use drugs.

I Got Trained to Administer Narcan to Prevent Overdoses, and You Can Too Img

I Got Trained to Administer Narcan to Prevent Overdoses, and You Can Too

With opioid deaths at epidemic levels, everyone should attend a free overdose prevention training, Charles Sanchez writes.

Providing Medicine to Treat Opioid Addiction May Become Required for Substance Use Programs in New York Img

Providing Medicine to Treat Opioid Addiction May Become Required for Substance Use Programs in New York

New York State regulators and harm reduction advocates work to ensure that abstinence-based recovery is not the only option for people using drugs.

Are We Doing Enough to Prevent Another Scott County? Probably Not Img

Are We Doing Enough to Prevent Another Scott County? Probably Not

Thanks to an injection drug use-fueled HIV outbreak there which resulted in 200 people contracting the virus, Scott County is now shorthand for the type of syndemic opioid-related disaster that HIV advocates and public health experts are worried will...

HIV and Drug and Alcohol Users Img

HIV and Drug and Alcohol Users

Drug and alcohol use can increase the risk of getting or transmitting HIV infection. This fact sheet provides answers to key questions about the connection between HIV and drug and alcohol use.

What You Need to Know About the Opioid Epidemic Img

What You Need to Know About the Opioid Epidemic

Learn the basics about opioids -- and what you can do if you or a loved one needs help related to opioid use.

Decriminalization Is a Public Health Strategy Img

Decriminalization Is a Public Health Strategy

"As numerous public health champions have said repeatedly, we must take morality out of public health," Annette Gaudino writes. "Treating and curing active drug and alcohol users, and removing prison as the primary intervention for those with substan...

Above All, Do No Harm: Searching for HIV Harm Reduction Strategies at the UN Special Session on Drugs

Above All, Do No Harm: Searching for HIV Harm Reduction Strategies at the UN Special Session on Drugs

Politicians and drug treatment services seem stuck between the war on drugs and an embrace of harm reduction, notes Gibson. Will the recent UN gathering on drug policy shake them into the action we need to combat HIV?