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Meth production and problematic use are rising in Iraq

Meth production and problematic use are rising in Iraq (Source: Wikimedia)

Problematic methamphetamine use and production are on the rise in Iraq, and regional instability is preventing the state from responding effectively. Unregulated meth...
Canada introduced many harm reduction strategies in the past year

Canada introduced many harm reduction strategies in the past year (Source: Wikimedia)

Authorities in the city of Ottawa plan to install machines that dispense equipment for safer drug use, as harm reduction strategies become growingly popular across...
Ther are 123 state-run mandatory "drug rehabilitation" centres in Vietnam

Ther are 123 state-run mandatory "drug rehabilitation" centres in Vietnam

Recent protests and violence at mandatory “drug rehabilitation” centres in Vietnam highlight the importance of the government’s decision to transform...
The court ruled that imprisoning someone for personal cannabis use is “strict and degrading punishment”.

The court ruled it "unconstitutional" to imprison someone for personal cannabis use.

A court in Georgia has ruled that people must not be imprisoned for possessing cannabis for personal use; however, it remains to be seen if this reform will have a...
Iran executed 10 people for drug offences in the first week of 2017

In the first week of 2017, Iran executed 16 people - 10 of whom were killed for drug offences (Source: Pixabay/Pixabay).

At least ten people were reportedly executed for drug offences in Iran last week, despite authorities having publicly questioned the rationale behind executing people...
Indonesia has executed 18 people for drug-related offences since President Joko Widodo entered office in 2014

Indonesia has executed 18 people for drug-related offences since President Joko Widodo entered office in 2014 (Source: Wikimedia).

Indonesian authorities are sending mixed messages on the death penalty. The country abstained on a UN resolution for its abolition, and the president hinted at ending it...
2016 has been a momentous year for international drug policy. Evidence-based health-focused drug policies have been implemented or approved in a range of countries;...
Many Ukrainian doctors are afraid to prescribe opioids

Many Ukrainian doctors are afraid to prescribe opioids, such as tramadol (Source: Wikimedia)

Despite recently relaxed rules on the medical provision of opioid analgesics, tens of thousands of patients in Ukraine are suffering from unbearable pain. Civil society...
Participants of the Arusha Meeting: East African Parliamentarians pushing for Harm Reduction services

Participants of the Arusha Meeting (Source: IDPC)

“We call for the scale-up, strengthening and funding of harm reduction services for people who use drugs across Eastern Africa, as well as the creation of enabling...

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