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REVIEW 2016 HTM file
Are take-home naloxone programmes effective? Systematic review utilizing application of the Bradford Hill criteria

How confident can we be that take-home naloxone programmes are effective without the ‘gold standard’ randomised trial? Judged against nine criteria for establishing the presumption of causality, evidence that the provision of naloxone reduces overdose-related deaths among opioid users.

STUDY 2018 HTM file
“Once I’d done it once it was like writing your name”: Lived experience of take-home naloxone administration by people who inject drugs

Important implications for overdose prevention policy and practice in Scotland and the UK from this qualitative study which provides the first detailed insights into how people who inject drugs experience administering naloxone rescue kits.

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

‘Hot topics’ offer background and analysis on important issues which sometimes generate heated debate. National programmes distributing the opiate overdose antidote naloxone have become the great hope for curbing the rise in overdose deaths, but England is lagging behind the rest of the UK – and planning for the likelihood not of recovery but relapse may for some services and patients be hard to accept.


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