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  1. The Andalusian trial on heroin-assisted treatment

    • Eugenia Oviedo-Joekes, Joan C. March, Manuel Romero, Emilio Perea-Milla
    31 December 2009

    In 2003, a randomised controlled trial (RCT) comparing injected diacetylmorphine and oral methadone was carried out in Andalusia, Spain. The subsequent follow-up study evaluated the health and drug use status of participants, 2 years after the completion of the trial. This follow-up cohort study was carried out between March and August 2006. Data collected included information on socio-demographics, drug use, health and health-related quality of life. Patients who received HAT showed better outcomes compared with those not on HAT. The results of this study strengthen the evidence showing that HAT can improve and stabilise the health of long-term heroin users with severe comorbidities and high mortality.


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    Governor defends economic plan as first year closes

    31 December 2009
    In the media

    Passing government tasks to the private sector is not a guarantee of a fiscal payoff for government or the optimization of services for the public.

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    Copenhagen cop out

    Praful Bidwai
    30 December 2009

    It is apparent to everyone that the Copenhagen Accord is a travesty of what the world needs to avert climate change.

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    How to cure the post-Copenhagen hangover

    Patrick Bond
    28 December 2009

    Copenhagen unveiled that the leading southern countries are willing accomplices in climate crime to the rich nations, while the hope remains with the rising power of the climate justice movements.

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    Climate after Copenhagen

    Boris Kagarlitsky
    28 December 2009

    The reason for the failure in Copenhagen is clear - rather than discuss coordinated efforts, countries lobbied for their particular interests. Everything now depends on individual states and their respective blocs.

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    Where has all the money gone?

    Susan George, Armin Thurnher
    23 December 2009

    People have been literally robbed over the last thirty years as money has moved up from labour to capital. And as people have less money to spend, we are constantly in a crisis of overproduction.

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    The security approach to the drugs problem

    • Ricardo Vargas
    21 December 2009
    Policy briefing

    The drugs problem in Colombia is intertwined with structural factors at the social, economic, institutional and cultural levels. Moreover, its relationship to the armed conflict has had serious consequences for the socio-economic conditions of peasant and indigenous communities affected by the production of raw materials used to produce cocaine.

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    Informal Drug Policy Dialogue 2009, Amsterdam

    18 December 2009

    The seventh meeting of the Informal Drug Policy Dialogue (IDPD) series, a joint initiative of the Andreas Papandreou Foundation and the Transnational Institute, took place from 10-12 December in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

  9. Climate Justice protesters reclaim power as UN talks dither

    Oscar Reyes
    17 December 2009

    With ministers and heads of states arriving in Copenhagen, protests surrounded the climate change conference venue, while negotiations remained blocked.

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    What is cap and trade?

    Oscar Reyes
    17 December 2009

    Cap and trade interprets climate change into the language of neo-liberal economics. Instead we need to rethink our trade system and rethink how we produce and consume goods.

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    Almost one year: Assessment

    Saul Landau
    17 December 2009

    We have made the transition from a President who both horrified and amused us to one who simply disappoints.

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    Police gas waves of climate demos

    17 December 2009
    In the media

    The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change denied entry to thousands of members of non- governmental groups.

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    Costs of C.O.P. failure tagged

    Imelda V. Abaño
    17 December 2009
    In the media

    The United Nations-backed climate-change negotiations are now in deadlock, with many key issues still unresolved, mainly on emissions cuts  and financing the developing world’s coping mechanisms.

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    Obama, an “F” in political theory

    Atilio Boron
    17 December 2009

    Obama's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech  was not much different from the ideological tone set by Bush Jr. and his cronies.

  15. Guidance on the WHO review of psychoactive substances for international control

    17 December 2009

    The 1961 UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs and the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances, entrust the Expert Committee on Drug Dependence of the World Health Organization (WHO) with the responsibility of assessing substances for abuse liability in order to make recommendations on their control under the two aforementioned Conventions.

  16. Flower seed

    Joanna Cabello


    Joanna Cabello is a researcher with Carbon Trade Watch, a former project of the Transnational Institute

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    Opium use increasing, say border aid workers

    Alex Ellgee
    16 December 2009
    In the media

    As the drugs are shipped to locations around the world, it's the communities in Burma and along the border that will pay the highest price, perhaps, because of the growing presence of drugs and a lack of resources to fight the problem at the local level.

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    Default in Europe

    Boris Kagarlitsky
    16 December 2009

    The Euro zone crisis cannot be staved off. A building with the bad foundation cannot be durable.