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Drug users are saving thousands of lives

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Drug users are saving thousands of lives

05.10.2010 | Ing. Mgr. Bc. Vendula Běláčková Ph.D.

Dr. Samuel Friedman, who attended the conference Urban Drug Policies in the Globalised World in Prague in late September, described in his interview for the leading Czech daily newspaper MFDNES how drug users and user organisations contribute to the reduction of harm - via both public health and public safety interventions. Friedman also presented the results of a study showing that increased drug-related enforcement leads to greater overdose rates and HIV infection rates among drug users.

The Vienna Declaration - criminalisation of drug users leads to the spread of HIV/AIDS

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The Vienna Declaration - criminalisation of drug users leads to the spread of HIV/AIDS

28.07.2010 | Ing. Mgr. Bc. Vendula Běláčková Ph.D.

The 18th International Conference on HIV/AIDS was held in Vienna on 18th-23rd July. The conference participants signed a declaration that claims that the criminalisation of drug use leads to the spread of HIV/AIDS and asks for a full reorientation of drug policy.

Postmodern news from drug war Mexico

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Postmodern news from drug war Mexico

21.06.2010 | Ing. Mgr. Bc. Vendula Běláčková Ph.D.

Currently, Mexico serves as a transit country for trafficking illegal drugs into the U.S. Since 2006, more than 23,000 drug-related deaths have occurred in the country, after the new president Felipe Calderon broke the balance in government-drug cartel relationships. At the same time, drug use in Mexico is escalating; the life-long prevalence of illicit drug use rose from 4.2% to 5.7% between 2002 and 2007. Drug policy in Mexico is almost non-existent, with an abstinence approach prevailing. This year, the first graduates of the Master's degree in addictions will graduate from Instituto Kanakil in Merida, where Czech expertise has been provided to them. To learn more about the experience in cooperation, visit the new website www.narativ.cz, which provides post-modern approaches to psychotherapy and addictions.

A study shows the impact of the closure of a low-threshold facility - more syringes in town

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A study shows the impact of the closure of a low-threshold facility - more syringes in town

31.05.2010 | Ing. Mgr. Bc. Vendula Běláčková Ph.D.

In 2008, a low-threshold facility with a syringe exchange programme was closed in Victoria, Canada. A recently published study shows the impact - the number of syringes exchanged decreased by 40%, only one quarter of the previous amount was returned for disposal, and thus the rest remained unaccounted for. The same situation could happen in Prague, where one of the contact facilities was closed in December 2010 and was not allowed to perform the service on newly purchased premises.

ISSDP Panel: Methodological challenges faced by the global monitoring of drug situation

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ISSDP Panel: Methodological challenges faced by the global monitoring of drug situation

15.04.2010 | MUDr. Tomáš Zábranský Ph.D.

The efforts of UNODC that is mandated to report on the regional and global trends are more than needed and highly welcome by everyone in the field. Major criticism concentrated so far on both the validity and reliability of the data gathered – especially those reported from some countries –, on the imputation of missing data as the very principle, on the way how trends are inferred based on this data, and on interpretations that are sometimes suspected to be driven less by the data (even in their poor quality) and more by political aspects both of international drug policies and of the internal UN politics.

Heavy Drinking Linked to Mortality Risk

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Heavy Drinking Linked to Mortality Risk

27.07.2008 | MUDr. Tomáš Zábranský Ph.D.

Men who consume more alcohol on drinking days are at increased risk of death even if their average amount of alcohol over time isn't excessive, according to researchers who said that drinking quantity and frequency influence mortality more than average consumption over time.