NNEF Reports & Statements

When possible, the NNEF releases reports and statements, or submits responses to consultations on legislation, policy and practice.


06/10/10

To see the joint UKHRA/NNEF response to the Coalition's drug strategy, click here.


09/03/09

THE PROVISION OF FOIL IN NEEDLE AND SYRINGE PROGRAMMES IN THE UK: RESULTS FROM THE 2008 NNEF MEMBERS CONSULTATION ON FOIL

This report summarises the findings of a recent member survey conducted by the National Needle Exchange Forum (NNEF) into the provision of aluminium foil through Needle and Syringe Programmes (NSPs) in the UK. Foil is provided as a harm reduction and route transition initiative, intended to facilitate injecting heroin users in moving away from their injecting behaviour towards a less harmful route of drug administration. However, this intervention is currently prohibited by the UK ‘paraphernalia law’ (Section 9A of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971).

The survey results clearly demonstrated that (a) there is a great deal of support from the field for the provision of aluminium foil as a harm reducing intervention, and (b) the current legal situation is proving to be a significant barrier to coverage of these interventions across the UK.

Based on the findings of this survey, and the other available evidence, the NNEF would like to see the law changed to allow needle exchanges to supply aluminium foil. The NNEF is also of the view that a detailed assessment and review of the UK drug paraphernalia laws is also needed.

Click here to view the full report.


07/11/06

A consensus best practice statement has been published by the National Needle Exchange Forum, UK Harm Reduction Alliance and Exchange Supplies in response to the increasing numbers of requests for a document to set out the principles by which needle and syringe supply should be organised.

We submitted it to the NTA in October 2006 as part of their review of harm reduction with a recommendation that they publish it, or something like it in order to ensure that there is no doubt in the minds of comissioners or providers as to what constitutes good (and bad) practice.

To download the consensus statement, click here.

To read the online version, click here.

consensus statement defining best practice in needle exchange

June 2004

BD syringe manufacturing problems