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HR17: Heroin Combined with Fentanyl Is Driving Overdose Crisis in U.S.

New sources of heroin and increasing adulteration with fentanyl and other stronger analogs are contributing to a growing epidemic of opioid overdose deaths in several regions of the U.S., researchers reported at the 25th Harm Reduction International Conference last month in Montreal.

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HR17: People May Use Cannabis and Drug Cocktails as a Form of Harm Reduction

People who use drugs have come up with innovative strategies that help them reduce harm, including using marijuana to decrease crack use and mixing heroin with methamphetamine to moderate the effects of meth or prolong the duration of heroin, according to presentations at the 25th Harm Reduction International Conference last month in Montreal.

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HR17: Combining Drug Addiction Treatment and Perinatal HIV Prevention Leads to Good Outcomes

An integrated program offering medication-assisted drug addiction treatment and services aimed at preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission led to improved outcomes for opioid-dependent HIV-positive mothers and their babies, according to a presentation at the 25th Harm Reduction International Conference this month in Montreal.

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Coverage of the 2017 Harm Reduction International Conference

HIVandHepatitis.com coverage of the 2017 Harm Reduction International Conference, May 14-17, 2017, in Montreal.

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HR17: Indonesian Buyers Club Helps People Obtain Generic Hepatitis C Treatment

A community-led buyers club in Indonesia has helped more than 100 people get generic direct-acting antiviral drugs to treat hepatitis C and is seeing a high cure rate, according to a presentation at the 25th Harm Reduction International Conference this month in Montreal.

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HR17: Drug Checking Reveals High Levels of Fentanyl Contamination

A pilot project to check the purity of drugs at Vancouver's Insite safe injection facility found that around 80% of tested samples contained fentanyl, and people who learned their drugs were contaminated were more likely to reduce their doses and less likely to overdose, researchers reported at the 25th Harm Reduction International Conference this week in Montreal.

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PAS 2017: New Approaches Help Babies with Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome

Letting mothers and babies room together and using methadone or buprenorphine instead of morphine to manage withdrawal symptoms leads to shorter stays and other benefits for newborns with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), according to several presentations at the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting this month in San Francisco.

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HR17: Hydromorphone Works as Well as Heroin-Assisted Drug Addiction Treatment

Hydromorphone was as effective as pharmaceutical heroin for opioid addiction treatment, but it was associated with fewer serious side effects, according to results from the SALOME trial presented at the 25th Harm Reduction International Conference this week in Montreal.

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