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Changing Face of Needle Exchange

Allan Clear talks about the changing face of needle exchange, from it's activist roots though to it's mainstreaming and formalisation.

Tips For Supplying Foil

Smoking Foil
So foil is now legal in the UK (since September 5th), needle programmes across the country are now (hopefully) stocking it and offering it as a possible tool for change or early engagement route for people who smoke rather than inject their drug of choice. So here's a bit of advice for those workers giving it out.

Harm Reduction News

  • When Training People to Prevent Drug Overdoses, Less Can Be More

    You might think, as some state legislators seem to [PDF], that if five minutes of training is good, an hour is better. And some people might want a longer training session—for instance, parents of drug users might want more time to talk through their fears about the safety of their children or their concerns about giving them an injection. But these longer trainings often have the unintended consequence of excluding the most important demographic: drug users themselves.

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  • New drug-driving laws UK

    Drivers are to expect prosecution if they are caught having used illegal drugs or if they exceed the new limits for nine prescription drugs.

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  • Drug strategy annual review: 2014 to 2015

    The third annual review of the drug strategy, 'A Balanced Approach', updates progress on the 3 strands of the strategy since since December 2013. It includes one single mention of 'Harm Reduction' (in relation to tobacco) and one single mention of Needle Programmes (in relation to NICE's Guidance).

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  • Auto-Disable Syringes Are Not For Needle Programmes

    As you may have seen in the media recently, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has launched new guidelines on medical injections and a global campaign to switch all medical and vaccination injections to syringes that cannot be used more than once. However these guidelines do not apply to needle and syringe programmes for a number of reasons.

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  • PHE Releases Take Home Naloxone Briefing

    Public Health England have released a briefing on the English situation with take home naloxone, this includes instruction to commissioners that they should not be waiting for the Oct 2015 changes to supply naloxone.

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  • Naloxone: NAG Press Release

    The Naloxone Action Group is made up of a number of organisations who have come together to press for wider availability of naloxone in England. The group has sent out a press release encouraging support of an Early Day Motion and asking people to contact their MPs to ask them to be involved.

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  • Leading on harm reduction after 2015

    "2015 is looking like it could be a watershed year for global health. As the United Nation’s millennium development goals come to fruition, and we move towards a post 2015 sustainable development goals model, there will no doubt be much reflection on where we’ve collectively succeeded—and failed." - Rick Lines, Harm Reduction International

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  • Sydney has shown us the way on drugs with safe injecting facility

    Mostly they live from day to day, scrounging a living and being involved in petty crime to support their habit, their next fix. Kings Cross in Sydney was once the worst of such suburbs. Today it is clean; a good and exciting place to visit. The reason for the dramatic change? The introduction of Australia’s first and still only Medically Supervised Injecting Centre.

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Latest Videos

  • Hadiyah Charles talks about the importance of HepC testing.
  • Stephen Malloy talks about the importance of naloxone as a tool to reduce drug related deaths.
  • Sharon Stancliff talks about the issues delaying wider distribution of naloxone around the USA.
  • Emily demonstrates how simple it is to save the life of someone you love.
  • There are many more videos here on Injecting Advice.

    Make sure you check them all out over in the 'Multimedia' section.

  • Allan Clear
    On a recent trip to the US Emily got the chance to talk to Allan Clear about his role as Executive Director of the Harm Reduction Coalition, or as she puts it "the boss of the bosses".
     
     
    As well as this new series there is also plenty of other video content on this site, and more being produced every month.