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    Update from NNEF Chair

    Written on July 27, 2021
    Wow, what a strange period we live in. A lot has happened since our last event in Birmingham back in December 2019. Drug Related Deaths are still, sadly, far too high, although, thankfully, there has not been much of an increase in some parts of the country that have adapted.

    NNEF Join the VNGOC

    Written on April 9, 2021
    The NNEF have now joined the membership of the Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs (VNGOC). The Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs (VNGOC) was established in 1983 to provide a link between non governmental organisations (NGOs) and the Vienna-based agencies involved in setting drug policy: the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

    Acids and Water: Time to go back to basics

    Written on January 7, 2020
    One thing that has remained unchanged for our clients in the UK is that, when using brown heroin and crack cocaine, they need an acid and water source to prepare the drug for injection. Fortunately, one thing that has changed in the last 20 years is that they now have access to sterile acidifier powders and other paraphernalia as part of the harm reduction response. But new research published in 2019 (and showcased at the NNEF Forum in December 2019) highlights why these basic elements of needle exchange cannot be overlooked.

    NNEF fully supports NAT’s briefing and recommendations

    Written on July 20, 2018
    A week ago, the National Aids Trust (NAT) published a briefing on the HIV outbreak in Glasgow. I was shocked and saddened when I first saw the figures of the HIV outbreak in Glasgow. (I thought it was bad enough in Birmingham, with around 20 cases in the last 18 months). If the high toll of Drug Related Deaths was not enough, HIV is rearing its ugly head, again. I really thought we buried that one years ago.


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    International Overdose Awareness Day

    Every 31 August since 2001
    Each year on 31 August the international community remembers those we’ve lost by helping to promote Overdose Awareness.
    The Pennington Institute in Australia now works to coordinate this activism by providing a wide selection of resources on the official website These resources include posters, memes, overdose information, videos and templates for items like tshirts.

    Latest Resources

    Chemsex and Harm Reduction for Gay Men Who Have Sex With Other Men

    Written on July 13, 2021
    Chemsex briefing from Harm Reduction International. Using substances for sex and socialising is not a new phenomenon. Drug use was documented among gay men and other men who have sex with men long before the term “chemsex” was coined. Chemsex, which has come to the attention of public health professionals in the past decade, involves both sexual and drug-related high risk behaviours such as multiple sexual partners, the use of multiple drugs together, and injecting drug use.

    HIV in the UK

    Written on January 18, 2021
    HIV epidemiological reports based on PHE data on HIV testing, diagnosis and care in the UK.

    Global State of Harm Reduction Reports

    Written on January 1, 2021
    Harm Reduction International’s flagship publication is the biennial Global State of Harm Reduction report. First published in 2008, it involves a coordinated effort across practitioners, academics, advocates and activists to map global data and responses to HIV and hepatitis C epidemics related to unsafe injecting and non-injecting drug use.

    Shooting Up: Infections among people who inject drugs in the UK

    Written on December 19, 2020
    People who inject drugs (PWID) are vulnerable to a wide range of viral and bacterial infections. These infections can result in high levels of illness and in death, so public health surveillance of infectious diseases and the associated risk and protective behaviours among this group are important. This Public Health England publication reports on the extent of infections among people who inject drugs (PWID) in the UK.

    Open Consultation

    Expanding Access To Naloxone

    Consultation Deadline: 11:45pm on 28 September 2021

    The UK Government are seeking responses to their consultation to assess the viability of proposals to widen access to naloxone by expanding the list of services and individuals that can give it out without a prescription or other written instruction.

    Who is Consulting: UK Government
    Who is being consulted: They welcome responses from individuals or organisations who have experience or expertise in substance use disorders.

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