It has been nearly 30 years since the first needle exchange program opened in the United States, in Takoma, Wash., in 1988. It was a health measure to prevent injecting drug users from sharing needles, and therefore spreading H.I.V. and hepatitis. Today the evidence is overwhelming that needle exchange prevents disease, increases use of drug treatment by winning users’ trust and bringing them into the health system, and does not increase drug use. Its utility has won over some critics. [...]
2017-01-18 | nytimes.comRead More
The war on drugs has had devastating effects on human rights and public health worldwide, argue experts in The BMJ today. In November, the journal argued that prohibition laws have failed and called on doctors to lead the debate on alternative rational policies that promote health and respect dignity. This week, key players in this debate discuss the harms of prohibition and criminalisation and outline their reasons for drug policy reform.
2017-01-18 | eurekalert.orgRead More
A future city typically has a number of goals – to be efficient and optimise the use of city resources; to seamlessly integrate services into citizens’ daily lives; to be a safe place to live by anticipating risks and protecting its people; and finally, to enrich life for all. To do this, the city needs to empower its citizens, visitors and businesses to improve the quality of urban living, create an efficient city government, develop a strong economy, reduce environmental impact, address infrastructure and urban planning issues, as well as improve the city’s tourism industry.
2017-01-18 | enterpriseinnovation.netRead More