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A UK-based project placed a dedicated full-time hepatitis C nurse into a drug and alcohol treatment service. The experiences of people who inject drugs and attended the service reveal the degree to which this strategy can remove barriers to the infection treatment so crucial to containing the virus.
REVIEW 2012 HTM file
Drug policy and the public good: evidence for effective interventions
Review of relevant research by an international team of leading researchers offers policymakers guidance on the interventions most likely on the evidence to achieve national policy aims in respect of illegal drug use.
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.
STUDY 2003 HTM file
Substances, adolescence (meta-analysis)
The most influential finding in drug education research – that interactive teaching methods have the greatest prevention impact – was confirmed by the featured report but later questioned by unpublished analyses using better statistical methods, an episode which has left concern and uncertainty in its wake.
Intriguing suggestion from a Norwegian study that taking measures to effectively reduce bullying in schools (including improving the social climate and setting clear and consistently enforced boundaries) also curbs the development of forms of substance use most associated with disturbed child development.
For prison populations with multiple risk factors for acquiring hepatitis C, can a peer-supported screening programme improve the uptake of testing and treatment?
STUDY 2008 HTM file
Needle exchange coverage key to reducing infection risk
Californian research demonstrating that needle exchanges which prioritise giving out as much injecting equipment as needed have visitors who are more adequately supplied which in turn reduces the risk of transmitting blood-borne diseases.
STUDY 2008 HTM file
Adequate needle exchange helps prevent bacterial as well as viral infections
US study suggest that needle exchanges which make adequate supplies of injecting equipment plus advice easily accessible not only prevent viral infections but also bacterial infections and abscesses, relieving a major burden on health services.
STUDY 2001 PDF file 163Kb
Change of gear needed if needle exchanges are to combat hepatitis infection
Implications of a Swedish study which confirmed fears that needle exchanges successful against HIV may not prevent hepatitis infection, and one in Scotland which highlighted sporadic exchange attendance as a major impediment to disease prevention.
STUDY 2004 PDF file 156Kb
First randomised trial should reassure needle exchange doubters
From Alaska the first randomised trial of needle exchange found that compared to pharmacy access, the services reduced risky injecting while if anything also reducing the frequency of injecting and of cocaine use.
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