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Why Naloxone should be accessible for everyone

A medical examiner has confirmed that musician Prince died of an overdose on fentanyl, a powerful opioid. This high-profile case illustrates why governments must embrace naloxone: a safe and affordable medicine that prevents deadly opioid overdoses. Naloxone is included on the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) List of Essential Medicines; an assortment of medications described as

UK

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Theresa May: The new UK leader’s drug policy

Theresa May is set to become prime minister of the United Kingdom tomorrow. While serving as home secretary, May has supported a prohibitionist approach to drugs, and has overseen the annual number of drug deaths rising to its highest level since 1993. In 2010, Theresa May was appointed as home secretary, a cabinet position which

Latin America

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Brazil minister claims state ‘never waged drug war’ amid rising imprisonment

A Brazilian minister has called for an intensification of the War on Drugs, arguing that harsher punishments will reduce drug use. Earlier this week, Osmar Terra – who was appointed Minister of Social Development in May 2016 – claimed in a conversation with O Globo that Brazil has “never seriously waged a war on drugs”.

Asia

President Joko Widodo advocates the death penalty to "send a strong message to drug smugglers"

Indonesia to execute drug offenders amid unfair trial claims

The Indonesian government is set to execute more than a dozen people for drug offences, despite allegations that inmates’ confessions were induced by torture. These looming executions mark a continuation of the brutal counter-narcotic approach instigated by President Joko Widodo. Although details of the executions have not been officially announced, an anonymous government official told

North America

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Marijuana and the 2016 US Presidency

Who offers the best solution to prohibition? 2016 looks to be a big year for political shift in the United States, with the many unique presidential candidates offering new opinions and ideals. One major issue is marijuana, and the potential for legalising or decriminalising it at a federal or state scale. Let’s have a look

Europe

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Theresa May: The new UK leader’s drug policy

Theresa May is set to become prime minister of the United Kingdom tomorrow. While serving as home secretary, May has supported a prohibitionist approach to drugs, and has overseen the annual number of drug deaths rising to its highest level since 1993. In 2010, Theresa May was appointed as home secretary, a cabinet position which

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