Police And Public Health Partnerships: Evidence From The Evaluation Of Vancouver's Supervised Injection Facility

May 7, 2008
Kora DeBeck, et al.
Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy

In various settings, drug market policing strategies have been found to have unintended negative effects on health service use among injection drug users (IDU). This has prompted calls for more effective coordination of policing and public health efforts. In Vancouver, Canada, a supervised injection facility (SIF) was established in 2003. We sought to determine if local police impacted utilization of the SIF.

Advocates Say ‘Good Samaritan’ Laws Could Save Overdose Victims

June 6, 2010
Hilary Shenfeld

Mainstream media article about the benefits of Good Samaritan laws that give amnesty to those who are involved in an overdose-related 911 call.

Safety First: A Medical Amnesty Approach to Alcohol Poisoning at a U.S. University

November 18, 2005
Deborah K. Lewis and Timothy C. Marchell
International Journal of Drug Policy

Prescription Naloxone: A Novel Approach to Heroin Overdose Prevention

February 1, 2007
Sporer KA, Kral AH.
Annals of Emerging Medecine

Distinguishing Signs of Opioid Overdose and Indication of Naloxone: An Evaluation of Six Overdose Training and Naloxone Distribution Programs in the United States

June 1, 2008
Traci C. Green, et al.

This study assessed overdose and naloxone administration knowledge among current or former opioid abusers trained and untrained in overdose-response in the United States.

Evaluation of the Staying Alive Programme: Training Injection Drug Users to Properly Administer Naloxone and Save Lives

February 28, 2008
Kathleen Tobin, et al.
International Journal of Drug Policy

In response to the high rates of opiate-related overdoses and deaths in the United States, a number of overdose prevention programmes have been implemented that include training drug users to administer naloxone, an opiate antagonist. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the Staying Alive (SA) programme in Baltimore, Maryland, which trained drug users to prevent and respond to opiate overdose using techniques including mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and administration of naloxone.

Legal Aspects of Providing Naloxone to Heroin Users in the United States

January 1, 2007
Scott Burris, et al.
International Journal of Drug Policy

Overdose Prevention For Injection Drug Users

Lessons Learned From Naloxone Training and Distribution Programs in New York City

Stigma, Hepatitis C, and Drug Abuse

February 1, 2006
Janetta Astone-Twerell, PhD, et al.

Explores the concept of stigma and how folks with both addiction and hep C are particularly impacted.

Not Just a High

Nathan Seppa
Science News

"...while the medical marijuana movement has been generating political news, some researchers have been quietly moving in new directions — testing cannabis and its derivatives against a host of diseases. The scientific literature now brims with potential uses for cannabis that extend beyond its well-known abilities to fend off nausea and block pain in people with cancer and AIDS. Cannabis derivatives may combat multiple sclerosis, Crohn's disease and other inflammatory conditions, the new research finds. Cannabis may even kill cancerous tumors."

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