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Victorian heroin overdose deaths spike, average age of victims rises

The number of heroin deaths in Victoria rose by almost 20 per cent in 2015, but it is an older generation who are dying.<p>Victoria Police and the State …

Drug Addiction

A world free of drug abuse? The UN must keep trying.

A UN special assembly on drugs will try to rebuild a global consensus on drug policies. New treatments offer hope for abusers in being …

$300 vs. $80,000: Low-cost cure for hepatitis C in the works

A non-profit group is working to develop an affordable treatment for hepatitis C that will cost less than US$300 per patient – a tiny fraction of the …

Tumour survivor hands out ‘Cancer on Board’ badges on Underground

The survivor of a tonsil tumour who could no longer speak and appeared ‘drunk’ because of his treatment is handing out ‘Cancer on Board’ badges to …

Canadian Prisoners Win Battle to Access Methadone

The change in policy comes just as British Columbia announced a public health emergency due to drug overdose deaths.<p>Last month, four prisoners with drug addictions filed a lawsuit against the government of British Columbia. They argued that the correctional system was withholding treatment from …

How history and paranoia keep morphine away from India’s terminally-ill patients

Lotika Rajuwal needed a stronger drug.<p>The 34-year-old nurse lay on a cot at her home in Nadia, West Bengal, last September. The red <i>tilak</i> (vermillion mark) on her forehead just reached her hair, cropped short after another round of chemotherapy—treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia.<p>India has …