America has a major problem with prescription pain medications like Vicodin and OxyContin.
Middle-aged American women are dying from overdoses of prescription painkillers at 'skyrocketing' rates, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.
The Norwegian government said Friday it wants to decriminalize the smoking of heroin as a harm reduction measure, Agence-France Presse reported. Smoking heroin is less dangerous than injecting it, and the move could reduce the number of overdoses, officials said.
France looks to be the latest European country to embrace the harm reduction practice of providing supervised injection sites, according to France 24 TV. Facilities could be open by year's end, said Health Minister Marisol Touraine.
How Occupy Vancouver – and the Occupy Movement – Could Improve its Democratic Process AND Address Heroin Overdoses
Had we had a list of demands that included heroin prescription and legal cannabis, we could have pointed to these demands when refusing to be vacated from the Art Gallery, and Vancouver's vast network of drug peace activists would no doubt have joined the battle to resist removal.