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MATRIX CELL 2017 HTM file
Drug Treatment Matrix cell E1: Local and national systems; Reducing harm

Seminal and key studies relating to local, regional and national systems for effectively and cost-effectively reducing harm.

MATRIX CELL 2017 HTM file
Drug Treatment Matrix cell D1: Organisational functioning; Reducing harm

Seminal and key studies on the influence of the organisation on reducing drug-related harm.

MATRIX CELL 2017 HTM file
Drug Matrix cell C1: Management/supervision: Reducing harm

Seminal and key studies on the role of management and supervision in reducing harm associated with illegal drug use.

MATRIX CELL 2017 HTM file
Drug Treatment Matrix cell B1: Practitioners; Reducing harm

Seminal and key studies on the impact of the practitioner on harm reduction. Trust emerges as a fundamental ingredient to harm reduction work with users of illegal drugs. Reconceptualise needle exchanges as safe havens in a largely rejecting world, and explore why a Philadelphia methadone counsellor stood out – for the wrong reasons.

MATRIX CELL 2017 HTM file
Drug Matrix cell A1: Interventions; Reducing harm

Seminal and key studies on the effectiveness of harm reduction interventions such as needle exchanges.

DOCUMENT 2016 HTM file
Harm reduction database Wales: take home naloxone 2015–16

Report charting the roll-out of ‘take-home naloxone’ in Wales up to 2016, a harm-reduction measure implemented to prevent deaths involving opiate-type drugs.

HOT TOPIC 2017 HTM file
Overdose deaths in the UK: crisis and response

One of our selection of hot topics – important issues which sometimes generate heated debate. Why did the fall in UK drug overdose deaths in 2009 to 2012 so decisively reverse in the following years? A life-threatening turn away from harm reduction, or simply an ageing population of heroin users?

HOT TOPIC 2017 HTM file
Overdose antidote naloxone takes harm-reduction centre stage

One of our selection of hot topics – important issues which sometimes generate heated debate. National programmes distributing the opiate overdose antidote naloxone have become the great new hope for curbing the rise in overdose deaths, but England is lagging behind the rest of the UK.

STUDY 2016 HTM file
Effectiveness of Scotland’s National Naloxone Programme for reducing opioid-related deaths: a before (2006–10) versus after (2011–13) comparison

In 2011 Scotland became the first country to fund a national policy of distributing the opiate-blocker naloxone to prevent deaths involving opiate-type drugs. According to this evaluation it did prevent deaths where the effect was most likely to be seen – in the weeks after release from prison.

STUDY 2013 HTM file
Cost-effectiveness of distributing naloxone to heroin users for lay overdose reversal

The first simulation of the cost-effectiveness of supplying naloxone kits to heroin users to enable them to prevent overdose deaths estimates that in the US context these programmes would be well within the range considered a cost-effective health intervention. Findings are likely to broadly apply to the UK, one weak link being whether drug users given the kits actually carry them around.


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