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Safer drug use spaces will benefit San Francisco, advocates say

Safer drug use spaces will benefit San Francisco, advocates say

, by Emily Newman

To improve the health and lives of people who use drugs, a task force in San Francisco will investigate the feasibility of establishing safer consumption sites. Read More

New research: Reducing stigma from HIV and drug use saves lives

New research: Reducing stigma from HIV and drug use saves lives

, by Emily Newman

Doing things like clearing up misconceptions about HIV and de-linking HIV to “social evils” helped people live longer on antiretroviral therapy. Read More

Are painkillers the new “gateway” drug? New research says yes…

Are painkillers the new “gateway” drug? New research says yes…

, by Emily Newman

New research shows that people who more recently started injecting drugs oftentimes were “hooked on painkillers” at the time they started injecting. Read More

After mistakenly spending $56 on ramen noodles, I’m giving Dry January a try

After mistakenly spending $56 on ramen noodles, I’m giving Dry January a try

, by Cirrus Wood

Cirrus Wood wonders, on an evening out, “How am I going to talk to anyone without the gesture and prop of a glass of scotch to punctuate my various witty remarks?” Read More

Synthetic marijuana, K2, and spice, oh my! What are they, and why are they dangerous?

Synthetic marijuana, K2, and spice, oh my! What are they, and why are they dangerous?

, by Emily Newman

Craig Smollin, a medical toxicologist and the co-director of the California Poison Control System in San Francisco spoke to BETA about spice, K2, and other synthetic street drugs—to let our community know, what’s the danger? And, what can we do to be safer? Read More