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Roshan Abraham

17 June 2021

San Francisco, California, United States

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Studies show that abstinence-based prevention drug programs like D.A.R.E don't work. To provide another option, the Drug Policy Alliance, a non-profit, developed its own curriculum called “Safety First.” The 15-lesson...

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Doug Johnson

1 February 2021

Los Angeles, California, United States

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In Los Angeles, the Sidewalk Project gives unhoused people gifts of marijuana to ease their anxiety and to show kindness. Since its start in the spring of 2020, the group has gifted gram-sized portions of weed nearly ...

Kaiser Health News

Anastassia Gliadkovskaya

17 November 2020

New York, United States

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To "punish major drugmakers for their role in the opioid epidemic and generate funding for treatment programs," the state of New York implemented a new an excise tax on opioids. Since going into effect, though, the ta...

Capital Daily

Chloe Rose Stuart-Ulin

11 September 2020

Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

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Legalized marijuana sales in Canada were supposed to make the industry safe, stable, and prosperous. But the rollout of licenses for pre-existing private dispensaries has turned into a debacle for small businesses in ...

The Atavist Magazine

Max Blau

March 2020

Miami, Florida, United States

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A mother's grief and a doctor's determination led to the first syringe-exchange center in Florida – a significant first step in increasing conversation around the merits of harm reduction policies. Since opening, the ...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Brianna Baker

25 February 2020

Cheyenne, Wyoming, United States

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Unused prescription drugs can often end up in landfills or in "the hands of those who may be vulnerable to misuse and addiction," so Wyoming has introduced a program to decrease those likelihoods from happening. This ...

The New York Times

Sophie Cousins

25 February 2020

United States

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Studies have shown that some medications prescribed to help treat one ailment can also be used in combination with other drug therapies to treat additional or separate illnesses. Although there are barriers to enactin...

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Andrea Woo

17 January 2020

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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In the face of an overdosing crisis, a physician in Vancouver created an ATM-like machine that allows people to pick up pharmaceutical-grade opioids to reduce the chances of people using contaminated drugs. Although t...

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Claire Galofaro

25 December 2019

Bushekeli, Rwanda

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The Rwandan government is on a mission to get palliative care to everyone who needs it by creating their own morphine instead of being beholden to pharmaceutical companies driven by profit. Using Uganda's simple recip...

The Connecticut Mirror

Jenna Carlesso

16 December 2019

Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States

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Connecticut has a law that requires the state to collect unused prescription drugs to be reimbursed by the vendor companies, but advocates for better health equity want to see the unexpired drugs instead be distribute...

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Justin Rohrlich

19 November 2019

Massachusetts, United States

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Tracking controlled substances can be difficult for hospitals, which often results in drugs being diverted from where they are supposed to go. To tackle this problem, technology companies are stepping in by creating s...

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Christina Noriega

26 August 2019

Bogotá, Colombia

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Coca, a plant most known for its role in developing the drug cocaine, has an image problem. It’s being tackled head on by Fabiola Piñacué, a Colombian entrepreneur, who is convinced the indigenous plant has profit and...

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Min Xian

20 August 2019

Pennsylvania, United States

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Across Pennsylvania, researchers, medical professionals, communities, and local governments are taking steps to address the opioid crisis. The epidemic that has swept across the country is being addressed at every lev...

The New York Times

Donald G. McNeil Jr.

14 August 2019

Sizwe, Gauteng, South Africa

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Drug-resistant cases of tuberculosis have been known to be impossible to cure, but a new drug trial in South Africa has changed the outcome for many suffering from this diagnosis. Although the trial that implements a ...

Santa Cruz Local

Kara Meyberg Guzman

24 May 2019

Santa Cruz, California, United States

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Throughout California, there are various needle exchange programs that are meant to reduce the likelihood of spreading communicable diseases through the use of dirty needles. Although often met with criticism, Santa C...

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Jon Chrisos

29 April 2019

Iowa, United States

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Every year, unused medications are thrown away costing states millions of dollars. A program in Iowa that has now spread to other states throughout the nation is tackling this issue by recycling and repurposing these ...

North Carolina Health News

Taylor Knopf

11 February 2019

France

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Designated harm reduction centers can reduce overdoses and infections among those suffering from addiction. Facilities that operate as safe spaces can also offer resources such as treatment or housing, such as at the ...

Pacific Standard

Shelby Pope

17 December 2018

Alabama, United States

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The Bunk Police sell kits that test the content of drugs—such as LSD and MDA—providing an effective way for people to ensure they are not taking potentially harmful synthetics. While studies show that these kits provi...

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Deborah Nicholls-Lee

12 November 2018

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Residents of a street in Amsterdam called Zeedijk took it upon themselves to rid the street of heroin abuse and blight by creating a public-private real-estate partnership. The partnership rehabilitated the street whi...

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Judith Lewis Mernit

24 October 2018

Vancouver, Canada

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Years of research across countries has now shown that safe injection facilities correlate with fewer overdose deaths, but the United States as been slow to adopt this solution. Often deemed as controversial on the arg...

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Oluwatosin Adeshokan

10 September 2018

Nigeria

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Vivian Nwakah co-founded Medsaf to combat the prevalence of counterfeit medicine in Nigeria. Medsaf is a platform that connects caregivers and medical professionals with safe medications. This initiative helps thousan...

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Justin Higginbottom

14 August 2018

Laos

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Using the example of neighboring Thailand, Laos and Myanmar are encouraging a shift from farming opium to coffee, training farmers for the new crop and helping them exit the drug trade. Hundreds of farmers are current...

New Hampshire Union Leader

Shawne K. Wickham

19 May 2018

Rochester, New Hampshire, United States

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Hand Up Health Services is a syringe services program that provides clean needles to addicts, also known as “needles exchange” programs. The program is only one of two in New Hampshire. While there's a lot of stigma b...

Temple University

Austin Ampeloquio

Spring 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Though there continue to be stigmas and stereotypes around using medically-assisted treatments (MATs) for addiction rehabilitation, several housing units in Philadelphia work to make individuals using MAT as part of t...

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Sydney Schaefer

Spring 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A significant spike in opioid-related overdose deaths in Philadelphia has resulted in more people in the community carrying Naloxone, an opioid overdose reversal medication. Thanks to a standing order signed by the Pe...

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