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New heroin-assisted treatment

New heroin-assisted treatment

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European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction

The prescription of substitution drugs, such as methadone and buprenorphine, has become a mainstream, first-line treatment for opioid dependence, with around 700 000 of Europe’s 1.3 million problem opioid users receiving substitution treatment today. But a small minority of entrenched opioid...

Tags: Health care professionals, NGOs, People who use drugs (PUD), Policy makers, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Northern Europe, Southern Europe, Western Europe, Care and support, Harm reduction, Policy, Treatment
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ECDC and EMCDDA guidance. Prevention and control of infectious diseases among people who inject drugs

ECDC and EMCDDA guidance. Prevention and control of infectious diseases among people who inject drugs

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European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction

This joint guidance report explores good public health practices that can support effective policies to reduce infections. Common blood-borne viruses in this group include HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. These are mainly spread through the sharing of needles, syringes and drug preparation...

Tags: Health care professionals, NGOs, People who use drugs (PUD), Policy makers, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Northern Europe, Southern Europe, Western Europe, Advocacy, Care and support, Harm reduction, Policy, Prevention, Resource mobilisation, Social issues, Treatment, Viral hepatitis
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Guidelines for testing HIV, viral hepatitis and other infections in injecting drug users

Guidelines for testing HIV, viral hepatitis and other infections in injecting drug users

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European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction

Infectious diseases are among the most serious health consequences of injecting drug use and can lead to significant healthcare costs. Injecting drug users are vulnerable to a range of infectious and communicable diseases through a variety of risk behaviours, and because of underlying conditions...

Tags: Health care professionals, People who use drugs (PUD), Global, Care and support, Harm reduction, Prevention, Testing and counselling
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Harm reduction: evidence, impacts and challenges

Harm reduction: evidence, impacts and challenges

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European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction

The EMCDDA’s 10th scientific monograph, entitled Harm reduction: evidence, impacts and challenges provides a comprehensive overview of the harm reduction field. Part I of the monograph looks back at the emergence of harm reduction approaches and their diffusion, and explores the concept from...

Tags: Health care professionals, NGOs, People who use drugs (PUD), Policy makers, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Northern Europe, Southern Europe, Western Europe, Care and support, Harm reduction, Prevention
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Drug consumption rooms: an overview of provision and evidence

Perspectives on drugs: Drug consumption rooms - an overview of provision and evidence

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European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction

Supervised drug consumption facilities, where illicit drugs can be used under the supervision of trained staff, have been operating in Europe for the last three decades. These facilities primarily aim to reduce the acute risks of disease transmission through unhygienic injecting, prevent drug-...

Tags: Health care professionals, NGOs, People who use drugs (PUD), Policy makers, Central Europe, Northern Europe, Southern Europe, Western Europe, Care and support, Harm reduction, Prevention
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Health and Social Responses for Methamphetamine Users in Europe

Perspectives on drugs: Health and social responses for methamphetamine users in Europe

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European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction

Methamphetamine is an established stimulant drug in many parts of the world (e.g. South-east Asia, US), where it has long caused major public health problems. While methamphetamine use in Europe has historically been confined to the Czech Republic and Slovakia, new pockets and patterns of use...

Tags: Health care professionals, NGOs, People who use drugs (PUD), Policy makers, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Southern Europe, Western Europe, Care and support, Harm reduction, Prevention, Social issues
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Hepatitis C treatment for injecting drug users

Perspectives on drugs: Hepatitis C Treatment for Injecting Drug Users

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European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction

Transmitted through the sharing of needles, syringes and other injecting equipment, hepatitis C is the most common infectious disease among injecting drug users in Europe today.In this analysis, the EMCDDA looks at some of the positive advances in treating the disease, including a new generation...

Tags: Health care professionals, People who use drugs (PUD), Policy makers, Central Europe, Northern Europe, Southern Europe, Western Europe, Care and support, Harm reduction, Prevention, Treatment, Viral hepatitis
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Preventing overdose deaths in Europe

Perspectives on drugs: Preventing overdose deaths in Europe

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European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction

It is estimated that over 70 000 lives were lost to drug overdoses in Europe in the first decade of the 21st Century. Reducing drug-related deaths, therefore, remains a major challenge for public health policy. This analysis describes some of the factors that increase the risk of fatal and non-...

Tags: General public, Health care professionals, NGOs, People living with HIV (PLHIV), People who are/were in prisons, People who use drugs (PUD), Policy makers, Central Europe, Northern Europe, Southern Europe, Western Europe, Care and support, Harm reduction, Prevention
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Do no harm - Health, human rights and people who use drugs

Do no harm - Health, human rights and people who use drugs

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UNAIDS

Evidence supports the need for a shift in the global approach to drug use. In this report, Do no harm: health, human rights and people who use drugs, UNAIDS shows what works to reduce the impact of HIV and other harms related to drug use. Countries that have moved away from laws and policies...

Tags: NGOs, People living with HIV (PLHIV), Policy makers, Global, Advocacy, Harm reduction, Laws and regulations, Quality development and assurance, Stigma and discrimination
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HA-REACT: Joint Action on HIV and Co-Infection Prevention and Harm Reduction

The Joint Action on HIV and Co-infection Prevention and Harm Reduction (HA-REACT) addresses existing gaps in the prevention of HIV and other co-infections, especially tuberculosis (TB) and viral hepatitis, among people who inject drugs (PWID). This three-year project was launched in late 2015...

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