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Safer Drug Consumption Facilities and Heroin Assisted Treatment (FAQs)

Safer drug consumption facilities (SDCFs) are clean, hygienic environments where people can consume drugs, obtained elsewhere, under the supervision of trained health professionals.

Alternatives to Public Injecting

Harm Reduction Coalition invited experts from several countries to share their various SIF models, planning and policy development process, implementation challenges, and evaluation results. This report is a summary of the proceedings of the consultation.

Community Management of Opioid Overdose

These guidelines produced by the World Health Organisation aim to reduce the number of deaths from opioid overdose by providing evidence-based recommendations on the availability of naloxone for people likely to witness an opioid overdose along with advice on the resuscitation and post-resuscitation care of opioid overdose in the community.

Safer Injecting Basics for New Psychoactive Substances

Scottish Drugs Forum in conjunction with NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde and Frontier Medical have created a new advice booklet for people injecting New Psychoative Substances (NPS). The guide is intended to inform people of the risks associated with injecting NPS, drugs commonly called legal highs, or any unidentified white powders.

Examining the injecting practices of injecting drug users in Scotland

The aim of the study was to examine the injecting practices of Scottish injecting drug users to a degree of detail not previously achieved in the UK. The specific focus was practices that could potentially facilitate the transmission of HCV infection. Risk practices other than the direct sharing of needles and syringes were of special interest as these are not so well understood.

NICE: Needle and Syringe Programmes

This guidance makes recommendations on needle and syringe programmes, including those provided by pharmacies and drugs services for adults and young people (including those under 16) who inject drugs, including image- and performance-enhancing drugs.

Injecting Drug Use Among Under-18s

Harm Reduction International has compiled the first global data snapshot on injecting drug use and related HIV and other harms among children and young people under the age of 18.

TB Advocacy Guide for People Who Use Drugs

This handbook has been designed to be a practical tool for activists to support them to assess their local circumstances, identify priorities for advocacy and to design, deliver and review their own TB advocacy campaigns. Each setting and context will throw up different issues and challenges for TB advocacy.

Peer-Delivered Syringe Exchange Toolkit

This toolkit from the Harm Reduction Coalition in the US is intended to provide examples of policies and practices from current PDSE programs so new and existing programs can think about and incorporate the parts that work for them. It gives an overview of points to consider in starting a PDSE program and is intended to generate new ideas for revising and improving existing PDSE programs.

Human Enhancement Drugs: The Emerging Challenges to Public Health

Drug use is usually portrayed as a hedonistic pursuit of pleasure, whether being the use of thought-expanding hallucinogens, the excitement of stimulants or the euphoria of opiates. However, there are many drugs that are being primarily used for their functional purposes rather than for any instant gratification. These substances, termed ‘Human Enhancement Drugs”, represent a new challenge to public health and reflect a society that in recent years has shifted from an attitude of “a pill for every ill” to a drive for “better than well”.
 
Useful Websites
  • National Needle Exchange Forum

    The National Needle Exchange Forum (NNEF) exists to actively promote and support the provision of high quality needle and syringe programmes, therefore ensuring the reduction of injecting-related harm as a key part of the English drugs strategy. The NNEF members are needle and syringe programme staff, users and advocates from across England.
  • Naloxone.org.uk

    This website aims to be a hub for information, guidance, news and research on Take Home Naloxone (THN). The main focus is on THN in the UK, although they have included select pieces of information on the supply of naloxone internationally.
  • HIT

    HIT delivers effective interventions on drugs, community safety and other public health concerns. They produce publications, run mass media campaigns, deliver training, organise conferences and provide consultancy to individuals, community groups, health and social care and criminal justice agencies locally, nationally and at an international level.

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