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  • Report on the current state of play of the Council Recommendation on the prevention and reduction of health-related harm associated with drug dependence in the EU and candidate countries

    Posted on December 4th, 2013 TimB No comments

    The report on the current state of play of the Council Recommendation of 18 June 2003 on the prevention and reduction of health-related harm associated with drug dependence  has been finalised. The report results of the work of experts from Gesundheit Österreich Forschungs – und Planungsgesellschaft mbH (GÖ FP GmbH) and SOGETI, in close collaboration with EAHC, EMCDDA, DG SANCO, and DG JUST.

    It presents the updated overview of the implementation of the Council Recommendation in the EU countries, Croatia and several candidate countries, including country profiles, as well as analyses of regional and EU epidemiological trends.

    The study also assesses the availability of – access to- and -coverage of- harm reduction measures based on the answers to a policy survey.

    The available scientific evidence regarding interventions to prevent and reduce health-harms associated with drug dependence was analysed and five systematic Literature Reviews  were produced.

    The epidemiological background data, using data available at the EMCDDA, as well as other relevant information, and trends from 2003 to 2011 were analysed as well as main trends in availability and coverage of harm reduction measures introduced by the Council.

    The main output is a set of conclusions regarding the follow-up of the Council Recommendation, based on the application and combination of the scientific effectiveness of interventions and the availability and coverage.

    Finally, the report provides country overviews  on harm reduction policies, services and facilities.

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  • Injecting Equipment Provision in Scotland Survey 2011/12

    Posted on June 28th, 2013 TimB No comments

    This publication reports on the findings of the survey of injecting equipment provision (IEP) to people who inject drugs and relates to the financial year 2011/12. The survey was carried out by the Information Services Division (ISD) of NHS National Services Scotland. The survey was originally commissioned in the context of Phase II of the Scottish Hepatitis C Action Plan1, which was funded by the Scottish Government and coordinated by Health Protection Scotland (HPS) The use of performance and image enhancing drugs (PIEDs) in Scotland is posing a new challenge for the NHS after figures released today exposed their soaring use.

    According to statistics from ISD Scotland, people injecting PIEDs now account for around a tenth of those who report to health services. It stated 93 per cent of injecting equipment provision outlets in Scotland now deal with such users, while the number of heroin addicts appears to be falling.

    The Scottish Conservatives have warned that, if more people are taking performance enhancing drugs, the Scottish Government has to be ready for it. Despite the apparent drop in heroin use, nearly four million needles were handed out last year by the NHS, and this does not include the bulk of NHS Lothian’s figures, whose pharmacies did not submit data.

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  • Australian NSP Survey Prevalence of HIV, HCV and injecting and sexual behaviour among Needle and Syringe Program attendees national data report 1995 - 2010

    Posted on May 23rd, 2011 TimB No comments

    The Australian Needle and Syringe Program Survey (ANSPS) provides serial point prevalence estimates of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C (HCV) antibodies and monitors sexual and injecting behaviour among people who inject drugs in Australia. Conducted annually since 1995, NSP services from all states and territories participate in the ANSPS. This report presents results for all survey years over the period 1995 to 2010.

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  • Experts bolster calls for jail needle exchange

    Posted on January 16th, 2011 TimB No comments

    A string of academics, health experts and former politicians have lent their names in support of a trial of a needle and syringe program in Australian correctional facilities.

    The list of names feature in a newspaper advertisement paid by drug policy group Anex, to coincide with the debate about introducing a needle program in Canberra’s Alexander Maconochie Centre.

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  • Syringe Access & Law Enforcement: Working Models Training material

    Posted on January 10th, 2011 TimB No comments

  • New York City cuts the infection rate of H.I.V. among addicts

    Posted on July 5th, 2010 TimB No comments

    President Obama did the right thing in December when he repealed the 21-year-old ban on federal financing for programs that give drug users access to clean needles. Almost nothing has happened since because the Department of Health and Human Services still has not issued the new rules that states and localities need before they can use any federal money to expand existing exchange programs or start new ones.

    Administration officials say the rules will be issued soon. They must be written in a way that broadens access to needle exchanges, rather than restricts it.

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  • PREVALENCE OF HIV, HCV AND INJECTING AND SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR AMONG IDUS AT NEEDLE AND SYRINGE PROGRAMS

    Posted on July 2nd, 2010 TimB No comments

    The Australian Needle and Syringe Program Survey (ANSPS) monitors human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C (HCV) antibody prevalence among people who inject drugs (PWID) in Australia. The survey also monitors behavioural indices of risk and provides important information that can be used for planning prevention, treatment and support policies and services. Each year, all clients attending participating NSP services during the designated survey period are invited to complete a brief, anonymous questionnaire and to provide a capillary blood sample for HIV and HCV antibody testing. This report presents national, state and territory data for the period 2005 to 2009.

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  • Australia:Prisoners should have needle exchange

    Posted on June 22nd, 2010 TimB No comments

    Needle exchange programs should be introduced in Victoria’s prisons to reduce the transmission of blood-borne viruses, the Australian Medical Association’s Victorian president says.Dr Harry Hemley said needle exchange programs in the wider community had significantly reduced the spread of Hepatitis C and other blood-borne viruses.

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  • Statistics from the Northern Ireland Needle and Syringe Exchange Scheme: 1 April 2009 – 31 March 2010

    Posted on June 11th, 2010 TimB No comments

    This bulletin summarises information on people visiting the Needle and Syringe Exchange Scheme and relates to the twelve-month period ending 31 March 2010. It is the ninth bulletin reporting on information collected on the operation of the Northern Ireland Needle and Syringe Exchange Scheme (NSES), which was introduced in April 2001.

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  • NSPs are taxes well spent

    Posted on June 3rd, 2010 TimB No comments

    In October 2009 the National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research released the econometric study called Return on Investment evaluating the cost effectiveness of needle and syringe programs in
    Australia. It covered 1999 until 2009. The estimate found that $1 dollar spent on Needle and Syringe Programs (NSPs) saves the community $27, including the business sector through prevented lost productivity.

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