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    The Andalusian trial on heroin-assisted treatment

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

    publicationIn 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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  2. 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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    Pakistan and the Islamist challenge

    Zia Mian, A.H. Nayyar
    31 December 2009
    Article

    The murderous assault on Bombay by Islamist militants, at least some of whom were from Pakistan, has exposed once again the grave danger that radical Islamist movements pose to Pakistan, its neighbors, and the world.

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    Copenhagen cop out

    Praful Bidwai
    30 December 2009
    Article

    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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    Prohibición del consumo

    Pien Metaal
    28 December 2009
    Article

    En vez de mejorar la prevención y los servicios de salud Colombia optó por la prohibición del consumo de drogas, en contra de la tendencia regional.

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    How to cure the post-Copenhagen hangover

    Patrick Bond
    28 December 2009
    Article

    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
    Article

    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.

  9. La condición de inmigrante

    Walden Bello
    27 December 2009
    Article

    Los derechos de los inmigrantes deben orientarse en dos frentes: terminar con las políticas neoliberales que generaron pobreza en sus países de origen y demandar plenos derechos en los países de acogida.

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    Where has all the money gone?

    Susan George, Armin Thurnher
    23 December 2009
    Multi-media

    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.

  11. New drug guidelines are Europe's most liberal

    23 December 2009
    Other news

    Long known for a liberal policy on drugs, the Czech Republic is now officially quantifying its status as one of European Union's most lenient member states when it comes to decriminalizing drug possession. But these new guidelines come among signs that the rest of Czech drug policy is not keeping pace with other EU members and contradicts law enforcement tactics being utilized to tackle alcohol abuse.

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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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    La ley de drogas

    Coletta Youngers
    19 December 2009
    In the media

    Para ser más eficaces y humanos  urge una seria reforma a la ley de drogas que restablezca la proporcionalidad de las sentencias y asegure el acceso  a una defensa adecuada.

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    Informal Drug Policy Dialogue 2009, Amsterdam

    18 December 2009
    Report

    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.

  15. Climate Justice protesters reclaim power as UN talks dither

    Oscar Reyes
    17 December 2009
    Article

    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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    Obama, reprobado en teoría política

    Atilio Boron
    17 December 2009
    Article

    El discurso que Obama pronunciara al recibir el Premio Nóbel de la Paz no se ha distanciado mucho de la tónica ideológica impuesta por Bush Jr. y sus compinches. 

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    A casi un año: una valoración

    Saul Landau
    17 December 2009
    Article

    Hemos hecho la transición de un presidente que nos horrorizó tanto como nos divirtió, a uno que solo nos decepciona.

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