Notes from the second meeting of the National Intelligence Network on the health harms associated with drug use, held in London. The meeting included sessions on alcohol use among opioid user, alerts and early warning systems and an update on drug-related death statistics and monitoring.
Guide to Developing and Managing Syringe Access Programs from the Harm Reduction Coalition in the US is a comprehensive, step-by-step manual for starting and managing syringe access programs.
Medway Community Safety Partnership and Kent Drug and Alcohol Action Team have developed a well designed, and comprehensive harm reduction assessment form, which they have allowed us to offer here for download to inform the work of other services.
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.
Helen Wilks, Harm Reduction Coordinator from Torbay DAAT has allowed us to post an annotated copy of a letter they sent to their local police service that can act as a template to be used by any service wanting to get a local agreement to supply foil (or any other item that is in technical breach of Section 9a of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971).
This guide is designed to assist in expanding the response to HIV among injecting drug users globally. The transmission of HIV among injecting drug users and related populations of sex workers, youth and other vulnerable people is greatly adding to the burden of disease in countries worldwide. Evidence from 20 years of research shows that needle and syringe programmes (NSPs) prevent, control and ultimately reduce prevalence of HIV and other blood-borne infections among injecting drug users.