There are plenty of ideas on how to best address the growing opioid epidemic, ranging from harsher enforcement of drug laws, harm reduction initiatives, to the complete legalization of drugs. One of these ideas, creating tamper-resistant or tamper-proof opioids, has been on my personal radar lately. It's a thorny subject, with passionate arguments on both sides. It all begs the question - to tamper-proof, or not to tamper-proof?
Each year, the 31st of August marks an important date. It's a topic that I've touched upon with several articles in the past, and one that needs to be even more widely discussed. Do YOU know what August 31st is?
Despite the Russian Federal Drug Control Services plans of creating a new system of drug treatment communes and labour therapy sites throughout rural areas, many activists and addicts are denying any positive changes are occurring.
While opponents of harm reduction initiatives have long cited numerous reasons as to why such services are indeed causing harm rather than actually reducing it, research has shown that these programs are in fact leaving a lasting positive impact on the communities and drug users that implement them.
Imagine being in desperate need of emergency medical attention and unable to seek help for yourself, yet not a single person witnessing your distress is planning on providing assistance or calling for help from emergency responders...
When it comes to saving lives and preventing unnecessary deaths due to drug overdose, Good Samaritan Laws, also known as overdose or 911 laws, are absolutely essential. Yet it wasn't until 2007 that the first Good Samaritan style law was adopted in the United States by New Mexico, and even today in more than 30 states, calling for help from the scene of an overdose could possibly land you behind bars. Pretty sobering stuff, right?
Last week, news started making the rounds about a new powdered alcohol product called 'Palcohol' becoming available in the US. Don't get too excited just yet, because now the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau has more announced that this is no longer the case.
By K. Lanktree
- Freelance Writer -
- Blog Mistress -
- Former IV Drug User -
- Methadone Patient -
- Lover of all things Harm Reduction -
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