Harm Reduction

AIDS2014: Ambition and Optimism - But Also a Serious Reality Check

Ann Fordham | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK
Ann Fordham

Turning this around requires greater international leadership, political commitment and will, tireless health and human rights advocacy, and a scale-up (rather than down) in donor support for the countries most in need. Only then can we begin to seriously talk about a world without AIDS.

On the International Day Against Drugs, Let's Look Again at Sweden's 'Successful' Drug Policies

Damon Barrett | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Politics
Damon Barrett

There are multiple imbalances of focus here. Funding of health versus enforcement. Policing individuals versus traffickers. The policy space taken up by cannabis versus important health harms associated with other substances.

Legalizing Acid, Pot and Shrooms - Your Constitutional Right To Think As You Wish Should Extend To Psychedelic States Of Mind

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Politics
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

FOR HUFFINGTON POST USA Thomas Roberts recently wrote on a topic that has long interested me: is the banning of mind-altering, psychedelics substance...

Drug Use Is Not a Sustainable Development Issue - The War on Drugs Certainly Is

Damon Barrett | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Politics
Damon Barrett

If drugs issues are to be included in the SDG targets then ideas must come from official, considered sources, including NGO consultations. They must be based on what is really happening, and real solutions, not the same discredited fantasies of the past. Drug use is not a sustainable development issue. The war on drugs certainly is.

War in Reverse: Drugs, Consensus and Killing

Damon Barrett | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK
Damon Barrett

Today the fighting is as intense as it has ever been but it is right at this moment that the war on drugs may be coming to an end. What we are seeing now at the UN in Vienna, over half a century since the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs was adopted, is the breakdown of the all-important consensus.

National Police Lead for Prostitution, ACC Chris Armitt, Discusses the Merseyside Hate Crime Model

Ruth Jacobs | Posted 01.05.2014 | UK Politics
Ruth Jacobs

Based in Merseyside where he is Assistant Chief Constable for People Development, ACC Armitt sees first-hand the benefits to people in the sex trade, the police and the wider community of the hate crime approach... Here he explains why he advocates for the Merseyside model of policing prostitution.

Seems The War On Drugs Is Hitting Bottom - Let's Also Lose the Baggage That Goes With It

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 17.04.2014 | UK Politics
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

Still, wisdom is evolving. In the news: "Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and Former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso called for an end to the war on drugs."

Time to Face Up to One of the Key Human Rights Challenges of Our Time

Damon Barrett | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Politics
Damon Barrett

At the 2016 summit human rights must be central to any evaluation of the drug control system. As usual many states will resist and will claim that human rights are not relevant to drug control. This is false. They will claim that this 'politicises' a technical issue. It's already political (and not very technical because of that).

Dealing With Toronto's Mayor Two - Enabling, Denial, Disease and Blah, Blah, Blah...

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

Just as most murderers are not absolved by reason of insanity, most people who misbehave in public when tipsy (e.g., urinating for the crowd) are not necessarily diseased - some people are just rude and crude, without any medical qualification.

The Hepatitis Time Bomb, Fuelled by the War on Drugs

Ann Fordham | Posted 23.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ann Fordham

The World Health Organization (WHO) has referred to hepatitis as a "viral time bomb" that poses a major public health, economic and social threat. The virus is highly infectious and easily transmitted through blood-to-blood contact - presenting disproportionate risks for people who inject drugs. A cure exists but is prohibitively expensive in most countries.

Who is the Addict? Part Two

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

A few days back, I published a piece right here titled: What's in a Word, and Who is the Addict? I really only dealt with the first part of the question: semantic pros and cons pertaining to word usage. This time, I wish the address the second question - a far more difficult question than the first.

Drug Testing University Students Would Be a Bad Move

Damon Barrett | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Damon Barrett

Neuroscientist Professor Barbara Sahakian is concerned about university students using Ritalin and other 'smart drugs' (a daft label) to improve concentration. Many, myself included, share that concern. It clearly shows the stresses and pressures students are under, likely made worse by the knowledge that the job sector is worse than it has been for a long time.

Addiction Beat: Learning From the Red Cross

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 31.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

For too long, people have been told that harm reduction - offering help of any kind - is in fact bad for the problem substance user. This one preachy bit of tripe is something our society can do without. Then, finally, more and more honest and practical decisions will be made.

The Re-Branding of Government Drugs Policy: Where Now for Harm Reduction?

Deborah Jack | Posted 17.10.2012 | UK Politics
Deborah Jack

While there are many contentious things to be said in the field of drug treatment, one uncontroversial truth is...not everyone is like Russell Brand.

Addiction Beat - We Need Truth, Not Points of View and Personal Anecdotes

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 02.07.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

Many seem to like my recently published book on addiction. Here's what I often get: "Dr. Ferentzy offers an interesting and challenging perspective ..." In such cases I will thank someone for their kind words, but then quickly counter: everything I wrote in that book is true; perspective is irrelevant.

Even Abstinence Based Recovery Would be Healthier if Drugs Were Legal

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 17.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

Legalise the drugs, and even the abstainers will have a chance at a much healthier, less resentful, and happier time in their recovery.

When the UN Won't Condemn Torture You Know Something's Very Wrong

Damon Barrett | Posted 03.06.2012 | UK Politics
Damon Barrett

Torture. The Home Office can't deport Abu Qatada because of the very spectre of it. There is an entire international treaty on it. It is a crime no matter who you are or where you live.

Expecting People to be 'Freer' Than They Want to be - An Ironically Totalitarian Approach to Addiction

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 31.05.2012 | UK Politics
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

Resistance to harm reduction initiatives, and to legalisation or decriminalisation of drug use, stems from many impulses. Here I will discuss just one: an expectation placed upon the addicted.

Uptight Crackheads for Decency - Join Today! (for HuffPo Canada)

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 24.01.2012 | UK
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

As an author, activist and crackhead struggling for the emancipation of the drug addicted, I must remain cognizant of how not all addicts are the same. We have different personalities, with as many variations as can be found in the general population.

Harm Reduction International: Questions for leaders on World AIDS Day

Damon Barrett | Posted 30.01.2012 | UK Politics
Damon Barrett

This 1 December, as with every other year, will see political speeches and statements from high level UN officials and others in positions of power and influence reaffirming their commitment to stopping HIV in its tracks, and sending out messages of hope and how much we've achieved.

Blaming Cocaine Users Dodges Policy Responses

Damon Barrett | Posted 22.01.2012 | UK Politics
Damon Barrett

Is demand for cocaine here in the UK and elsewhere contributing to violence and environmental damage in Colombia? Yes. It is nonsensical to deny this. We are all responsible for our own actions. That prohibition makes things vastly worse says nothing about a personal choice made in the knowledge of the damage the drug trade inflicts today.

The War on Drugs is Failing, so Let's Ban More Stuff!

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 26.12.2011 | UK Politics
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

If you think that something like a "war on drugs" was a good idea to begin with, and also that it can be won, then by all means keep it up. I advise you to watch many episodes of the Three Stooges, and to learn all that you can from your mentor, Curly.

Don't Incarcerate Opponents of Drug Legalization and Harm Reduction - they need compassion and therapy

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 24.12.2011 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

I urge every good citizen to take an enlightened, progressive view, and to support the caring professions in their heroic efforts to help all right-wing nutjobs to recover from their illness and become acceptable members of society.