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OFFCUT 2005 PDF file 151Kb
Hepatitis C is spreading more rapidly than was thought
From the early 2000s in Britain there was clear evidence from research and routine monitoring that drug policy was failing to contain hepatitis C infection among injectors, and worrying signs of a trend upwards in HIV infection.
STUDY 2005 PDF file 180Kb
Environmental gains from injecting room
Reducing offence and alarm caused by public injecting and related litter is a key motivation for establishing supervised injecting facilities, but one rarely subject to scientific scrutiny. This Canadian study established that these benefits really can materialise.
STUDY 2005 PDF file 154Kb
Hepatitis C therapy cost-effective for injectors
Two new analyses agree that despite relapse to drug use and imperfect adherence to a demanding medical regime, anti-viral therapy for hepatitis C infection in drug injectors cost-effectively prolongs and improves life.
REVIEW ABSTRACT 2009 HTM file
The primary prevention of hepatitis C among injecting drug users
To curb hepatitis C, UK government advisers call for substantial expansion of needle exchange provision so that a new set of equipment is available for every injection and for methadone programmes to provide access to injecting equipment and vice versa.
REVIEW 2008 HTM file
Opioid substitution therapy in prisons: reviewing the evidence
Brief but thoroughly researched review commends prison methadone programmes as causing no substantial problems while improving the climate in prison, reducing drug use and infection risk behaviours, and improving post-release treatment uptake and recidivism rates.
REVIEW 2008 HTM file
Needle and syringe programs and bleach in prisons: reviewing the evidence
Brief but thoroughly researched review argues that prison needle exchange is among the best ways to contain the potential for rapid spread of HIV infection in prison and possibly too in the community after prisoners are released.
STUDY 2004 PDF file 164Kb
Female crack smokers respond well to standard HIV risk-reduction sessions
Outreach work among inner-city female drug users in Atlanta demonstrated the potential impact of just two standard sessions addressing the sex- and drug-related HIV risk of crack smokers, but also the utility of more customised help, especially for injectors.
STUDY 2004 PDF file 159Kb
Methadone maintenance as low-cost lifesaver
US studies find that even when slow methadone detoxification is bolstered by psychosocial therapy and aftercare, methadone maintenance does better at prolonging the lives of opiate-dependent patients at relatively little extra cost.
IN PRACTICE 2004 PDF file 418Kb
Giving the silent majority a voice
Constrained by guidelines and standards, a UK prescribing service could do little to respond to user survey feedback.
OFFCUT 2003 PDF file 259Kb
Leading Australian treatment centre distills its experience in to practical guides
The Turning Point Centre has to date produced nine manuals distilling its considerable research and practice experience on among other topics, psychosocial therapies, harm reduction, managing withdrawal, and aftercare.
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