US Department of Justice’s Misguided Move to Block Safe Injection Site
DOJ Lawsuit Against Philadelphia Clinic Runs Counter to Public Health Goals
“This misguided action not only places the health of people who use drugs at risk, but undermines goals set by the Trump administration to tackle two public health epidemics plaguing the nation—HIV/AIDS and deaths from overdose.”
Read story by Human Rights Watch Senior Health Researcher Megan McLemore.
"Miracle Drug" Naloxone Saves Lives. The US federal and state governments are taking insufficient action to ensure access to the life-saving medication naloxone to reverse opioid overdose, resulting in thousands of preventable deaths.
A Second Chance: Overdose Prevention, Naloxone, and Human Rights in the United States This Human Rights Watch report details an epidemic of opioid-related overdoses that has swept across United States and is intensifying. In 2015, more than 33,000 people died of overdose involving opioids, a 15 percent increase from the year before. A key to stopping these needless deaths is naloxone, a drug that is safe, cheap to make, and reverses overdoses. The report profiles individual cases and offers recommendations to Congress, states, the FDA and Naloxone manufacturers.