Category Archives: Drug and Health Policy

Binge drinking on the increase for women, the new CDC report shows

The U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a new report in January of 2013, stating that women’s binge drinking has been on the increase during the last few years, a fact that can potentially have destructive consequences for … Continue reading

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The sexualisation and stigma of women drug users

Gender shapes the experience of drug use and its consequences. In a society where policies are mainly designed by men, directed towards men’s needs and where women are often excluded, discriminated against or abused, it is more important than ever … Continue reading

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Harm Reduction for female drug users: what is at stake?

Due to a combination of biological, social and cultural reasons, women’s drug use is different from men’s. Research has shown that women drug users, especially those who have been incarcerated, are faced with higher levels of abuse, discrimination and violence … Continue reading

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An Interview with Fariba Nawa

Fariba Nawa is an award-winning Afghan-American journalist and the author of the book ‘Opium Nation: Child Brides, Drug Lords and One Woman’s Journey Through Afghanistan’, a mix of memoir and reportage about the drug trade in Afghanistan. In this interview, … Continue reading

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A discussion with Eka Iakobishvili from Harm Reduction International

Eka Iakobishvili is a Human Rights Analyst at Harm Reduction International. Her work focuses  on harm reduction and human rights in prisons and places of detention, and related criminal justice issues in European and Central Asian countries. It was a … Continue reading

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The real link between drug use and sex work

In popular consciousness, sex work is often blamed on drug use. One common view is that the drug dealer who approaches a young and innocent girl, makes her addicted to drugs and pushes her into sex work. Another stereotype is … Continue reading

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The criminalization of peaceful protest: on both sides of the atlantic

In April of last year, 12 AIDS activists were arrested in Washington DC and charged with unlawful conduct. The protesters had decided to gather outside House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s office in order to protest against republican cuts to HIV/AIDS … Continue reading

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