Reducing Drug related harm. Trevor McCarthy Paul Hammond & Tim Murray 4 April 2008. Harm Reduction isn’t new so …. . Why now? What is being done? What will be done? Paul: NEXMS Tim: Good Practice Guidance - forthcoming. Harm reduction: a fresh impetus.
Trevor McCarthy Paul Hammond & Tim Murray
4 April 2008
Around ⅓ of IDUs inject Crack. Increase in HCV among injectors associated with homelessness, groin injecting & crack injection.
Shooting Up. Infections among injecting drug users in the United Kingdom 2006. An update: October 2007. HPA.
Testing Times. HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Infections in the UK 2007. HPA.
Users significantly more likely to have received harm reduction advice & interventions in past 3 months if:
Their unmet harm reduction needs included:
I have a Reducing drug-related harm action plan
Learning from the 2006/07 service reviews
The wider environment:
More equipment will do
Target OD training
Improve general health
Reduce Hep B
More access to Hep C / HIV testing and treatment
Target those most at risk
Treatment is protective
Better understanding of drug related deathsKey messages