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Drug and Alcohol Findings. (2017) Drug Treatment Matrix cell E1: local and national systems - reducing harm. London: Drug and Alcohol Findings. 3 p.

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The Drug Matrix is concerned with the treatment of problems related to the use of illegal drugs by adults (another deals with alcohol-related problems). It maps the treatment universe and for each sub-territory (a cell) lists the most important UK-relevant research and guidance. Across the top columns move from specific interventions through how their impacts are affected by staff, the management of the service, and the nature of the organisation, to the impact of local area treatment systems. Down the rows are the major intervention types implemented at these levels.

What is cell E1 about?

As described more fully in the cell A1 bite, about reducing the harms experienced by the user as a result of their drug use, without necessarily reducing use or seeking to overcome dependence. Common interventions include needle exchanges and substituting a legally prescribed drug of the same type for the original (and usually illegally obtained) substance, also considered as a treatment for addiction in row 3. This cell is however not about the content of the intervention (for which see cell A1), but about how implementation and impact are affected by commissioning, contracting and purchasing decisions across an administrative area – more the domain of commissioners and national planners than individual services.

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