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Taylor, Andy and Allen, Elizabeth and Hutchinson, Sharon and Roy, Kirsty and Goldberg, Raymond and Ahmed, Syed and Roberts, Kay (2005) Evaluation of the Lord Advocate's guidance on the distribution of sterile needles and syringes to injecting drug users. Edinburgh: Stationery Office.

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This evaluation looks at the decision by Scotland's Lord Advocate to increase the number of needles distributed to a maximum of 20 sets (previously 5 sets) on a first visit; a maximum of 60 sets (previously 30 sets) on subsequent visits; and an exceptional upper limit of 120 sets (previously 30 sets) for holiday periods. This study looks at the effects this change may have had on intraveneous drug users' risk behaviours.


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