Colombia to legalize commercial sale of medical marijuana

Source : Colombia’s government plans to legalize the cultivation and sale of marijuana for medicinal and scientific purposes, officials said Thursday in a surprise shift by the longtime U.S. ally in the war on drugs. The change is coming in an executive decree that President Juan Manuel Santos will soon ...

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The Push for Legal Marijuana Spreads

Source : Support for making marijuana legal is increasing around the world, and that is a good thing. Earlier this week, the Mexican Supreme Court opened the door to legalizing the drug by giving four plaintiffs the right to grow cannabis for personal use. In Canada, the newly sworn in ...

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Reports from Kuala Lumpur

If you had no chance to attend the International Harm Reduction Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 18th to 21th of October, don’t worry! The Drugreporter video advocy team was there to film the event. We produced a short movie about the conference that was screened at the closing session. ...

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Peer workers improve drug users’ engagement with HIV care in Ukraine

Source : An innovative programme in which peer outreach workers use a case management approach to help HIV-positive people who inject drugs to engage with medical services and to begin antiretroviral therapy appears to be paying off, according to early results presented to the 24th International Harm Reduction Conference in ...

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Opioid substitution therapy, especially in combination with needle exchange, reduces transmission of hepatitis C

Source :à A pooled analysis of 25 studies has shown for the first time good evidence that methadone and other forms of opioid substitution therapy substantially reduce new hepatitis C infections. Previously, this had been clearly demonstrated for HIV, but not hepatitis C. While an independent effect of needle and ...

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President Obama Says It’s Time To End The War On Drugs And Start The War On Addiction

Source : ‘This crisis is taking lives,’ he said in West Virginia on Wednesday (Oct. 21) during a speech about prescription drug abuse. With his eye on multiple conflicts across the globe, President Obama traveled to the capital of West Virginia on Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 21) to talk about a ...

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