As the number of stimulant compounds has grown in recent years (including those in the synthetic cathinone class), so the danger to users of stimulants in terms of contracting Hepatitis, and HIV/AIDS has grown. In response to this, UNODC has released a series of videos designed to provide stimulant users with advice on how best to avoid practices that could lead to infection, and treatment and care.
- by Phumlani Malinga, SANPUD Press Officer
Recently the life of an opioid user in the City of Tshwane was saved by Naloxone following the new rollout of our team's training sessions on how to administer this drug, which is the most effective way of reversing a heroin overdose.
Brave African Discussions in Emergency Medicine host a 'deep dive primer' educating emergency staff on caring for people who inject heroin in emergency care environments.
On the 19th October, the International Drug Policy Consortium, UNODC, African Union, University of Cape Town, the Global Partnership on Drug Policies and Development, and the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime will host an online seminar that seeks to revisit the issue of drugs and development in Africa from a refreshed angle.
The International Network of People Who Use Drugs, together with the Rights Reporter Foundation, launches the #MoreThan Video Contest to promote a humane, non-judgmental and compassionate approach in presenting the lives of people who use drugs.
Harm Reduction International 'Constellations: An Online Festival of Drugs & Harm Reduction' - 16-24th November
From November 16 to 24th, Harm Reduction International are hosting an online festival designed to bring people across the world together, to discuss drugs and harm reduction.
The three key themes of the Constellations event will be SCIENCE, JUSTICE and PLEASURE. In addition to exploring innovative responses to HIV, hepatitis, overdose and OAT, key topics of CONSTELLATIONS will include racial justice, civil liberties, freedom and bodily autonomy, exploration of consciousness, and enjoyment.
It's with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of former President Jorge Sampaio of Portugal, whose tireless work to reform drug laws saw Portugal become a model that forged the way forward toward rational and evidence-based drug policies. In the process, Portugal under his leadership went from having some of the highest drug dependency in Europe in the 1990s to radically reducing the incidence of drug harm in the country.