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An Innovative Drug Policy That Works

April 20, 2015 | by Jamie Wood

A program that sends people convicted of low-level drug and sex work crimes to community-based services instead of jail is off to a good start in Seattle.

Punish the Sex Worker or the Client? You’re Asking the Wrong Question

April 14, 2015 | by Sebastian Kohn

Across the world, the political left and right have inspired new populist support to end the demand for sex work through criminalization. This threatens the rights, health, safety, and wishes of sex workers.

The Simple Funding Fix That Could Dramatically Reduce Drug-Related Deaths

April 2, 2015 | by Fionnuala Murphy

A new campaign argues that countless lives could be saved by redirecting just a sliver of funding from drug enforcement toward harm reduction.

Grantee Spotlight

From Medicine to Passports, Mediators Help Ukraine’s Roma Get What They Need

March 13, 2015 | by Zola Kondur

During a time of change, a group bridges the gap between Ukraine’s disenfranchised minority and social services.

When Training People to Prevent Drug Overdoses, Less Can Be More

March 2, 2015 | by Roxanne Saucier

The best way to teach people who use drugs to inject the anti-overdose medicine naloxone is to keep the lessons quick and to the point.

A Striking Defeat for U.S. Government’s Anti-Prostitution Pledge

February 24, 2015 | by Sebastian Krueger

A U.S. federal court has found that the free speech rights of American public health organizations don’t stop at the border.

Grantee Spotlight

Ending the War on Women

February 24, 2015 | by Nancy Northup

What the Center for Reproductive Rights is doing to stop legislators from undermining a woman’s right to choose.

Mass Deaths in Crimea as Russia Bans Methadone

February 12, 2015 | by Igor Kuzmenko

The annexation of Crimea upended many lives—particularly those whose life-saving treatments for drug dependence were abruptly taken away.

Will the Syriza Party Solve Greece’s Health Care Crisis?

February 12, 2015 | by Yannis Natsis

After years of rampant unemployment, nearly one in five Greeks lacks health insurance. Now, access to medicines must be a priority for the new government.

Grantee Spotlight

A Cheap, Safe Way to Prevent Thousands of Overdose Deaths

February 4, 2015 | by Chris Ford, Sebastian Saville

The medicine naloxone could easily save countless lives. Why isn’t it used more often?

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