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Definitions of terms

As a general rule, the symbol " : " indicates that the information is not available for a country.

Main sources of data for these profiles are two instruments developed by EMCDDA to monitor the efforts of Member States to develop a range of specific services and facilities aiming at risk reduction, and to improve availability, access and quality of measures to reduce the incidence of infectious diseases and the number of drug-related emergencies and deaths.

Structured Questionnaire 23:
This structured questionnaire on harm reduction addresses the policies and interventions Member States have established to prevent and reduce health related harm associated with drug use, in particular infectious diseases, drug-related deaths and drug-related harm in recreational settings. It is aimed at collecting data on the specific policies in the field, and through which an overview of the main settings, approaches, and interventions used in the countries can be provided. It also covers measures to achieve and maintain high service provision quality.

Specific terms and definitions -

  • Naloxone 'take home' doses are distributed to drug users, peers and relatives who have completed a first aid training/ training on overdose management

Standard Table 10:
This standard table on syringe availability aims at collecting data on modes of syringe delivery (types of NSPs), on the number and geographical spread of NSP sites, extent of outreach delivery, as well as on the number of syringes provided by such programmes.

Specific terms and definitions -

  • NSP: The acronym NSP is the abbreviation for the term ‘needle and syringe programme’. This means the provision of sterile syringes and hypodermic needles as well as of further injecting paraphernalia to injecting drug users. NSPs can also be implemented at pharmacies or in prisons.
  • NUTS: Nomenclature of territorial units for statistics, see Regulation (EC) No 1059/2003 of 26 May 2003 on the establishment of a common classification of territorial units for statistics (NUTS), further information at http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/portal/page/portal/nuts_nomenclature/introduction.


Further information on the Health and Social Responses EMCDDA tool on this page.


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The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) is the reference point on drugs and drug addiction information in Europe. Inaugurated in Lisbon in 1995, it is one of the EU's decentralised agencies. Read more >>

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