Study: Chatbots could help people with substance use disorder avoid relapse

A digital chatbot could be one way to help individuals with substance abuse disorder, according to a new study published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence. Read more

First Digital Platform to Track and Prevent Drug Overdoses in Texas Launches

The rate of opioid and other drug overdoses is on the rise in Texas, but there has been no statewide system to collect overdose data—until now. Read more

UBC researchers train computers to predict the next designer drugs

UBC researchers have trained computers to predict the next designer drugs before they are even on the market, technology that could save lives. Read more

Recommendations «Web – outreach for people who use drugs»

Web outreach is a method for contacting, counseling, engaging, and retaining PWUD in harm reduction programs through websites, social networks, messengers, and specialized forums, including darknet platforms. Read more

The Liam Project: Student-led harm reduction initiative launches in memory of a loved one

Two years to the date after their friend died from a drug overdose, three University of Calgary students launched a harm-reduction platform to honour his memory and educate for safer drug use. Read more

New dashboard provides data on recent trends in drug overdoses, utilization of prevention and harm reduction services

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has launched an interactive data dashboard to highlight current trends in drug overdoses among Michigan residents, and to monitor the use of overdose prevention and substance use disorder treatment services. Read more

Virtual ‘spotting’ could help keep drug users safe during COVID-19

A group of researchers at the University of Toronto and the Canadian Association of People Who Use Drugs are studying a remote supervised-consumption model known as “spotting” to understand its benefits among people who use drugs during the pandemic. Read more

For a hard-to-reach population in Ukraine, innovative online HIV outreach proves critical

Roman Marchenko has dedicated years of his life to LGBTI activism. It’s a community he knows well, yet even he was surprised at the difficulty his HIV treatment and prevention organization had in reaching one key population – men who have sex with men, or MSM. Read more

Edinburgh app connects those recovering from drug and alcohol addiction to support services

A new app has been launched in Edinburgh to connect people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction to local support services. Read more

Telegram in SA can help you to buy booze, drugs, and sex from people in your neighbourhood

Millions of people around the world, and many in South Africa, are downloading messaging app Telegram because of new privacy concerns around WhatsApp. Read more