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[EMCDDA] (2012) Best Practice Portal: Harm reduction interventions for opioid injectors. Lisbon: European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction.

URL: http://www.emcdda.europa.eu/best-practice/harm-red...

The EMCDDA's best practice portal refers to the current evidence on the effectiveness of the available harm reduction options for opioid injectors.

In this harm reduction section we present the current evidence base for harm reduction interventions. It should be noted that the available literature often studies only one intervention at a time, so, where available, we provide pooled results or narrative conclusions from studies of specific interventions. However, it has been pointed out that, given that only the combination of interventions seems to have an effect (Hickman, 2010), considering the evidence for each intervention in isolation fails to give a true picture. And as harm reduction interventions are public health interventions which address whole communities, their effectiveness is influenced by environmental conditions which needs to be taken into consideration when planning a strategy. Because of this, for more complete information on harm reduction strategies, it is important to refer to the specialised literature.


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Other
Drug Type:Opioid
Intervention Type:AOD disorder harm reduction
Source:EMCDDA
Date:May 2012
Publisher:European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
Place of Publication:Lisbon
EndNote:View
Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
Subjects:J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care administration > Health care quality control
T Demographic characteristics > Intravenous / injecting drug user
HJ Treatment method > Substance disorder treatment method
B Substances > Opioids (opiates)
VA Geographic area > Europe
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Substance use prevention > Substance use harm reduction

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