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STUDY 2006 PDF file 139Kb
1 out of 61 hepatitis C positive treatment clients starts medical treatment
Despite testing positive for hepatitis C at a laboratory in Nottingham, just 1 out the 61 patients whose tests were requested by a drug or alcohol service ended up receiving treatment from six months to two and a half years after diagnosis, a dramatic failure to respond to the disease.
STUDY 2006 PDF file 114Kb
Harm reduction education successfully extended to illegal drugs
A small sample of Canadian schools generally endorsed the appropriateness of harm reduction education for older teenagers, and in the two which implemented the programme, substance use and related damage and risk were curbed compared to other local schools.
From New York, a success story of the reversal of a serious epidemic of HIV among injectors, with mass needle exchange in the starring role. It adds weight to studies which collectively indicate that multi-strand approaches featuring high-coverage syringe provision can curb the spread of HIV.
REVIEW 2009 HTM file
Refocusing drug-related law enforcement to address harms
'Target enforcement to reduce individual and community harm' is the premise of this report from a UK drug policy think tank, one which seems widely understood, though in some quarters, deeply contested.
STUDY 2006 PDF file 114Kb
Low threshold methadone extends life expectancy in Barcelona
Largely due to the expansion of low threshold oral methadone maintenance programmes, in the '90s the life expectancy of heroin users entering treatment in Barcelona increased by 21 years. Protecting against overdose was the main way methadone saved lives.
STUDY 2006 PDF file 152Kb
Naltrexone implants prevent opiate overdose
Short-acting opiate blockers are associated with high overdose rates when heroin-dependent patients stop taking them. This Australian study suggests that a product intended to block opiates for six months can overcome that problem, though patients may resort to sedatives instead.
STUDY 2005 PDF file 166Kb
Continuity vital after prison treatment
Though the original treatments were diametrically opposed, two long-term follow-up studies have confirmed that post-release continuity is vital to sustain the benefits of treatment in prison.
STUDY 2005 PDF file 149Kb
Syringe sharing cut by two-thirds after injecting room opens
After showing that the safer injecting facility in Vancouver benefited the community by reducing public injecting and injection-related litter, researchers have now shown that it also safeguarded its users by cutting the number who shared syringes by two-thirds.
Starting methadone treatment in prison radically improves treatment uptake on release and reduces heroin and cocaine use over the following year, reports the first US randomised trial among formerly opiate dependent prisoners.
Comprehensive and thoughtful review of the UK-relevant literature warns that services which impose rigid and unrealistic expectations of abstinence or independent living on homeless addicts would deny treatment and housing to vulnerable adults with complex needs.
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