On May 12-14, 2011, UNODC held a three-day Experts Group Meeting, entitled “Basic socio-economic assistance as a precondition for effective drug dependence treatment and related HIV/AIDS prevention”. Participants were comprised of experts from industrialized, developing and least-developed countries. International experts examined how interventions aimed at the alleviation of very basic needs arising from poverty can address and reduce problematic drug use and drug-related health risks.
Outcomes of the meeting are to be used for future policy development.
When it comes to addiction, every option should be on the table. That's just common sense. Anything that works, or shows great promise, however we feel about it, must at least be discussed -- seriously and carefully.
Needle exchanges, Drug Consumption Rooms, Naloxone take home, methadone, heroin, maintenance, oral and injectable are all basic and crucial harm reduction services for every country ... how does your country compare?
See also: VIDEO: Erin O'Mara talks personally and professionally about benefits of being prescribed injectable heroin http://sco.lt/6UZbn7
Raymond Tallis: Increasing claims for neuroscience – that it can locate jealousy or Muslim fundamentalism – are ludicrous
The grip of neuroscience on the academic and popular imagination is extraordinary. In recent decades, brain scientists have burst out of the laboratory into the public forum. They are everywhere, analysing and explaining every aspect of our humanity, mobilising their expertise to instruct economists, criminologists, educationists, theologians, literary critics, social scientists and even politicians, and in some cases predicting a neuro-savvy utopia in which mankind, blessed with complete self-understanding, will be able to create a truly rational and harmonious future.
Julian Buchanan's insight:
Beware a neuroscientific approach to addiction is making claims its discovered it's a brain disorder, or better still a brain disease - not only is this reductionist nonsense it's a dangerously flawed foundation upon which to build drug law, policy and practice.
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