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Youth Rise intervention at CND 2017

Who are we Really Protecting? If we are to address the issue of meaningful youth participation in the design of drug policy and programming/implementation of health services, using a peer-to-peer model is effective for training & capacity-building needs in youth advocacy endeavours within this realm. Youth advocates need collective, self-reflective…
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Half-baked opposition to Ireland’s medical cannabis regulations bill

Dr. Bobby Smyth, a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist penned a piece in the Irish Examiner attacking Gino Kenny’s Medical Cannabis Regulation bill entitled ‘It’s time to smoke out the lies about cannabis’. He argued that medical cannabis has “marginal value”  and that the enactment of the legislation would contribute to the  normalisation of cannabis, a…
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Rethinking drug policy in Africa

The African Union Plan of Action on Drug Control (2013-2017) has continued to provide a solid basis for rethinking drug policy among member states.This I can further affirm as one of the participants at the continental experts consultation on developing and improving responses to counter drug trafficking and related challenges…
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Study tour in Rome

Having an insight into the setting, Villa Maraini (Rome, Italy), which one might say is a “paradise for people who use drugs”, would help to understand the context in which a 3-day study tour for harm reduction workers, organised by EHRN, took place in mid-November. The foundation was established by Massimo Barra…
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