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Title: SAPS, Creu Roja Barcelona
Summary: In Barcelona in 1992 the Olympic Games brought about big changes to the city . Amongst other aspects, health became a focus point for reflection and improvement. The use of illegal drugs in the depressed urban areas needed to be focused upon as the mortality rate was high due to acute reactions to consumption and the rate of infections equally high as a result of needle sharing and through sexual transmission. In 1990 Spain had already been sat at the top of Europe’s list for the highest percentage of HIV cases with needle sharing being the main mode of transmission; until 2003 this way of transmission was reported as having caused over 50% of the infections amongst drug users . This high incident rate could be attributed to the lack of harm reduction measures amongst injected drug users, more specifically, to the delay in setting up syringe exchange programs (which were initiated in Holland in 1984) and of a methadone maintenance treatment. The first opioid substitution treatment with methadone took place in Barcelona in 1987 and the first syringe exchange programs by ONGs were inaugurated in Bilbao and Barcelona in 1988. 3 In 1991 mobile units gave access to syringe exchange programs throughout the city. However it was necessary to create stable centres in Barcelona so as to maintain long term contact with injecting drug users (IDUs) and by March 1993 our service, SAPS Creu Roja was established. Its schedule offered night time assistance to cover basic needs such as food, washing rooms, a laundrette, condoms and injection material such as sterile syringes, sterile water and health, social and legal attention. From the first year onwards the number of visits steadily increased up until 1999. In the last three years the number of visits had been once again on the increase. In the last nine years, the rate of recuperation of syringes has been lower than the preceding years. Since the opening of the injecting room in SAPS we had less than 1% each year of acute reactions during consumption without any deaths. Whereas outside of injecting rooms more than 65 deaths per year took place in Barcelona From the beginning the service has received a large number of visits, giving evidence of the skills of the centre to make and keep contact with the target population. With intention to attend to the needs of the users, a methadone maintenance treatment was put in place in the service when the demand became increasingly high. From the first year onwards the number of visits steadily increased up until 1999. In the last three years the number of visits had been once again on the increase. In the last nine years, the rate of recuperation of syringes has been lower than the preceding years. (Table 1) The new material delivered to drug users has been one of the main responsibilities of the service. In the first years the number of syringes given conformed to the number of those returned by users in order to avoid syringes on the street that could create a danger of accidental punctures to the public and also to prevent users from sharing syringes. However since the appearance of syringe recovery programs in the streets and from a proven decline of syringe sharing between drug users , we continued the distribution of syringes despite the decrease in the number of syringes recuperated at the centre. Deaths from acute reactions to consumption are one of the main causes of deaths among young people in the world . The delivery of sterilized injection material helps prevent the spread of infections but it is not enough to avoid deaths and thus it is necessary to implement supervision in the injection rooms during usage. The first supervised injection room was opened in Madrid in 2000, the second appeared in Barcelona in Can Tunis , the most prolific area of drug dealing in the city at the time. >>
harm reduction outcome evaluation low threshold service, needle/syringe provision adults Spain 2
Title: Evaluation Of A User Room In The City Of Groningen
Summary: One of the objectives of this user room for drug users is to reduce public nuisance; this study evaluates the effect. >>
harm reduction outcome evaluation, impact evaluation low threshold service, needle/syringe provision adults Netherlands 1
Title: MDA Basecamp
Summary: MDA basecamp, targets young people aged between 13 and 20 who are in the party scene, the project informs and advises on the consumption of illegal drugs with the aim of preventing the deterioration of an individuals situation and the development of long term addictive behaviour. The evaluation results demonstrate different ways of making contact with a hard to reach target group. >>
harm reduction process evaluation children/young people Austria 1
Title: ABRIGADO (low threshold admission centre for drug addicts)
Summary: ABRIGADO aims to help marginalised drug users to cope with diffcult life situations and at reducing harm related to problem drug use. ABRIGADO runs 3 different services: day care, a drug consumption room with a capacity of 7 injection tables and a night shelter with 42 beds. Since February 2012 ABRIGADO also offers a blowroom with a capacity of 3 tables. >>
harm reduction process evaluation low threshold service, needle/syringe provision adults Luxembourg 1

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