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"Journal of Global Drug Policy and Practice" launched.

The Institute on Global Drug Policy (IGDP) and the Medical Forum on Drug Abuse (MFDA), both divisions of Drug Free America Foundation (St. Petersburg, FL) have begun the publication of the "Journal of Global Drug Policy and Practice," a new international journal whose goal is to bridge the information gap on drug policy issues between the medical-scientific community, policymakers, attorneys, and other practitioners interested in drug policy issues or in providing drug policy recommendations. It is being published four times a year. Access is free.

The new title is designed to provide a forum for the dissemination of current research, reviews, debate and analysis on drug use and drug policy in a global context. It carries material on the social, political, legal and health contexts of psychoactive substance use, both licit and illicit. Content focuses on the effects of drug policy and practice on drug-using behavior and its health and social consequences.

Initial issues include articles on topics such as: the effectiveness of needle exchange programs for HIV prevention; patterns and characteristics of prescription opioid abuse; neurobiology of addiction; discrepancies in sentencing; physicians impaired by substance abuse disorders; ethics; harm reduction; and, tensions between federal drug laws and state and local policy.

IGDP is an alliance of physicians, scientists, attorneys, and drug specialists that advocate drug policies to curtail the illegal use of alcohol or harmful drugs by promoting a "comprehensive" approach to drug prevention, education, treatment and addiction. MFDA reviews current articles and research to provide scientific knowledge to the public about narcotics.
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