Needle exchange programs are working; need support... →
katharinec: The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services has released a report on the progress of the state’s five needle exchange programs (also referred to as syringe access programs). The findings are no surprise: The programs reduced the risk of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis for the people who used them by providing them with sterile syringes so they do not have to share or reuse...
Mandatory minimums won't curtail illicit drugs -... →
katharinec: Prior to Stephen Harper’s Conservatives taking power, an exhaustive national consultative process led by Health Canada and the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse informed the development of Canada’s drug strategy. This inclusive process, which involved all federal political parties and virtually all stakeholder groups, aimed to remove the rhetoric and emotion that have traditionally...
Study links drug enforcement to more violence -... →
katharinec: The surge of gunbattles, beheadings and kidnappings that has accompanied Mexico’s war on drug cartels is an entirely predictable escalation in violence based on decades of scientific literature, a new study contends. A systematic review published Tuesday of more than 300 international studies dating back 20 years found that when police crack down on drug users and dealers, the...