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  • International Overdose Awareness 2015

    Posted on August 31st, 2015 TimB No comments

    These two videos are of interviews with individuals who have been affected by Drug Overdose . The interviews are on the theme of Rethink and Remember



  • Interview with Sarz Maxwell M.D. of the Chicago Recovery Alliance

    Posted on April 16th, 2012 TimB No comments


    This is a interview with Sarz Maxwell M.D . Sarz Maxwell, M.D., is a psychiatrist with the Chicago Recovery Alliance, and before that, she was with the Center for Addictive Problems methadone clinic in Chicago. The interview covers a variety of issues such as methadone, stigma and discrimination related to those clients on  Methadone Treatment  and Injecting Drug Users, the interview also covers Naloxone the life saving medication and finally chatting about her move to New Zealand .


  • Developing Gender-Sensitive Approaches to HIV Prevention among Female Injecting Drug Users

    Posted on November 28th, 2011 TimB No comments

    The project’s goal was to implement the effective harm reduction services for female IDUs and improve the quality of female IDUs’ lives, as measured by their own reports. The Alliance adopted an approach that recognized  gender roles and gendered socialization in the drug using culture and in the society without reinforcing stereotypes  about women or about female IDUs.  In-depth training on gender, which is a new concept for many Ukrainians,  helped give providers a substantive understanding of how gender functions in the society and in their own work  allow them to adjust practices of their own and those of their organizations to deal more effectively with women  and avoid perpetuating negative stereotypes.


  • A Report on Stigma and Discrimination towards the Injecting Drug  User Community

    Posted on November 2nd, 2011 TimB No comments

    The recommendations arising from this document lend themselves to both ambitious and modest  projects involving many aspects of the community. They are directed not only at AIVL and people who  inject drugs: the plethora of agencies, both government and non-government, that are responsible  for the health and human rights of people who inject drugs must also be involved. Beyond these  individuals and agencies, however, AIVL aims to define responsibility for action to reduce stigma and  discrimination as something that needs to be shared by the entire community.


  • Why Russia Needs Gender-Sensitive Harm Reduction

    Posted on August 7th, 2011 TimB No comments

    In Russia, as in many countries, women who use drugs face  profound structural and individual challenges to access essential health care. According to the UN Office of Drugs and Crime, Russia is home to 1.6 million injecting drug users and women are estimated to make up as many as 40 percent. Meanwhile, more than one third of the country’s people who inject drugs are believed to be living with HIV. Yet local groups who provide harm reduction services report as few as one in six of their clients are female.

    Poverty, stigma, domestic violence, police harassment, and fear of losing custody of their children are only some of the barriers preventing women who use drugs from seeking medical and counseling services.  And if they do come for medical care, they are likely to be denied access or receive substandard services from doctors and nurses who are not trained and not prepared to deal  with their issues.


  • Nowhere to go: How stigma limits the options of female drug users after release from jail

    Posted on June 3rd, 2009 TimB No comments

    Drug and alcohol using women leaving prison or jail face many challenges to successful re-integration in the community and are severely hampered in their efforts by the stigma of drug or alcohol use compounded by the stigma of incarceration. The study concludes stigma based on drug use and incarceration works to increase the needs of women
    for health and social services and at the same time, restricts their access to these services. These specific forms of stigma may amplify gender and race-based stigma. Punitive drug and social policies related to employment, housing, education, welfare, and mental health and substance abuse treatment make it extremely difficult for women to succeed.

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