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Ritter, Alison and Cameron, Jacqui (2005) Monograph no. 06: A systematic review of harm reduction. Fitzroy: Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre. DPMP Monograph Series.

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This monograph (No. 06) reports on the systematic review of harm reduction. Harm reduction was defined as policies and interventions that focus on reducing the harms associated with drug use, not the amount of drug used. The following interventions were reviewed: needle syringe programs; supervised injecting facilities; non-injecting routes of administration; outreach; HIV education and information and HIV testing and counselling; brief interventions (aimed at harm reduction); overdose prevention interventions and legal and regulatory frameworks. There is substantial evidentiary support for NSP – as an efficacious, effective and cost-effective intervention. There is also good evidentiary support for outreach. The other harm reduction interventions (supervised injecting facilities, non-injecting routes of administration, overdose prevention, and brief interventions) do not currently have a sufficiently large body of research knowledge to draw strong conclusions. There is little evidence for HIV education and information and HIV testing and counselling as behaviour change interventions.


Item Type
Report
Publication Type
International, Report, Review
Drug Type
All substances
Intervention Type
Harm reduction
Date
December 2005
Identification #
DPMP Monograph Series
Pages
83 p.
Publisher
Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre
Place of Publication
Fitzroy
EndNote
Accession Number
HRB (Electronic Only)

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