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Gesundheit Österreich Forschungs- und Planungs GmbH, Sogeti. Busch, Martin and Grabenhofer-Efferth, Alexander and Wiegl, Marion and Wirl, Charlotte (2013) Report on the current state of play of the 2003 Council Recommendation on the prevention and reduction of health-related harm, associated with drug dependence, in the EU and candidate countries. Vienna: European Commission.

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The report on the current state of play of the Council Recommendation of 18 June 2003 on the prevention and reduction of health-related harm associated with drug dependence has been finalised. The report results of the work of experts from Gesundheit Österreich Forschungs- und Planungs GmbH and SOGETI, in close collaboration with EAHC, EMCDDA, DG SANCO, and DG JUST.

It presents the updated overview of the implementation of the Council Recommendation in the EU countries and several candidate countries, including country profiles, as well as analyses of epidemiological trends. The study also assesses the availability of - access to- and -coverage of- harm reduction measures based on the answers to a policy survey and a survey among field organisations.

The available scientific evidence regarding interventions to prevent and reduce health-harms associated with drug dependence was analysed and in addition four systematic Literature Reviews (peer naloxone programs, prison release management, needle exchange in prison, measures to change the route of administration) were produced. Finally, the report provides country overviews on harm reduction policies, services and facilities.
The main output is a set of 13 conclusions regarding the follow-up of the Council Recommendation, based on the application and combination of the scientific effectiveness of interventions and the availability and coverage. Based on these the authors have identified 3 priority areas of action: the reduction of drug-induced deaths, the improvement of harm reduction in prison and the reduction of harm caused by drug-related infections.


Date:2013
Pages:193 p.
Publisher:European Commission
Corporate Creators:Gesundheit Österreich Forschungs- und Planungs GmbH, Sogeti
Place of Publication:Vienna
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Problem substance use
B Substances > Opioids (opiates)
B Substances > New (novel) psychoactive substances
F Concepts in psychology > Specific attitude and behaviour > risk-taking behaviour
G Health and disease > Etiology > Disease transmission factor
G Health and disease > Pathologic process > Inflammation or infection
G Health and disease > Disorder by cause > Communicable disease
G Health and disease > Disorder by cause > Communicable disease > HIV
G Health and disease > Disorder by cause > Communicable disease > Hepatitis B
G Health and disease > Disorder by cause > Communicable disease > Hepatitis C
HJ Treatment method > Substance disorder treatment method > Substance replacement method (substitution)
HJ Treatment method > Substance disorder treatment method > Substance replacement method (substitution) > Methadone maintenance
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Prevention approach > Prevention through information and education
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health related prevention > Health information and education > Communicable disease control > Needle distribution and exchange
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health related prevention > Health information and education
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Treatment and maintenance
P Demography, epidemiology, and history > Population dynamics > Substance related mortality / death
T Demographic characteristics > Intravenous / injecting drug user
VA Geographic area > Europe

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