Latest Harm reduction Stories

2010-01-07 07:00:00

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- SafeGames 2010 (www.safegames2010.com), a consortium of local, national, and international harm-reduction and advocacy organisations, is working to ensure that Vancouver residents and international visitors celebrate safely during the upcoming Winter Olympics. Modelled after Salt Lake City's successful SafeGames 2002 initiative, SafeGames 2010 will employ a wide array of outreach and advocacy practices. SafeGames' teams of 200-plus...

2009-12-30 09:02:00

NEW YORK, Dec. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Every year when New Year's rolls around, countless Americans make resolutions to change their drinking habits for the better. Although some people may succeed in changing their alcohol habits just by making a resolution, most will fail unless they do a bit more. Alcohol expert Kenneth Anderson of The HAMS Harm Reduction Network tells us that the key elements to successful behavioral change are the following: Setting realistic goals Detailed...

2009-12-10 14:54:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement today applauding the inclusion of language in the fiscal year 2010 Consolidated Appropriations Act lifting the ban on federal funding for syringe exchange initiatives to prevent the spread of HIV. The omnibus bill passed the House this afternoon by a vote of 221 to 202. "The scientific support for syringe exchange could not be more clear. As Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National...

2009-11-24 11:14:00

NEW YORK, Nov. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- There is a new game in town when it comes to dealing with alcohol problems. It is harm reduction, offering pragmatic and realistic strategies where traditional approaches to alcohol problems have failed. Spearheading this movement is a group called HAMS -- Harm Reduction, Alcohol Abstinence and Moderation Support. HAMS is a free-of-charge, lay-led support and informational group for people who drink alcohol. The National Institute on Alcohol...

2009-03-05 14:07:00

High Level Meeting Convenes in Vienna to Chart Future of Drug Control Efforts NEW YORK, March 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In advance of a United Nations meeting meant to set the direction of drug policy for the next decade, the Open Society Institute today released a new report documenting the costs to health and human rights of current, repressive approaches to drug control. Country delegates gathering in Vienna next week are expected to issue a political declaration that could impact...

2006-08-16 07:50:00

By Terri Coles TORONTO -- Many populations worldwide have seen a decrease in HIV prevalence, but in several countries drug use is fueling new HIV epidemics. Prevention has become a key focus of the 16th International AIDS Conference in Toronto, highlighting the importance of targeting and engaging drug users in the fight against HIV and AIDS. Users of illegal injection drugs are at a disproportionally higher risk of becoming infected with HIV, and their health is poorer when they are...

2005-07-14 13:21:43

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Some needle exchange programs in the US have ceased operations in recent years, and public funding for these programs has declined, according to a report released today. Needle exchange programs help prevent transmission of HIV and other bloodborne infections by increasing access to sterile syringes among injection drug users (IDUs) and safely disposing of used syringes. Exchange programs also offer social services, such as provision of condoms, referrals for...

2005-07-14 16:39:59

By Paul Simao ATLANTA (Reuters) - The number of syringes traded at needle exchange sites grew in the United States despite efforts by political conservatives to stop the programs, which they say promote drug use under the cover of HIV prevention. About 24.9 million syringes were exchanged at clinics, mobile vans and other sites in 2002, compared to 22.6 million in 2000, according to a survey published on Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The increase occurred...

Word of the Day
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'