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Local Point of Reception and Information for Party Drug Users

Quality level: 1

Summary

The local point of reception, information and referral for party drug users aims to reduce the risks related to drug-use in this public. It aims to improve users' knowledge and tries to induce behaviour's changes on the related risks, by providing information on the content of the products and the risks related to that products.

Type of intervention:
harm reduction
Sub-area:
reduction of overdoses,prevention of infectious diseases (e.g needle syringe programmes)
Setting:
low threshold service
Type of approach:
networking, community involvement, peer
Target group:
adults
Age group:
Annual coverage:
587
Substances addressed:
tobacco, cannabis, opiates, alcohol, ecstasy, cocaine and derivatives, amphetamines, methamphetamines, inhalants/solvents
Evaluation type:
evaluation of intervention planning, process evaluation
Country:
Belgium
Start date:
December 2002
End date:

Overall objective

To reduce the risks related to drug-use (overdosis, accidents, social exclusion, dependance and drug abuse, hepatitis C, unwanted pregnancy, etc). To improving users'knowledge and induce behaviour's changes on the related risks by providing information on the content and the risks and by facilitating the access to healthcare networks (services of information and reduction of risks, family planning, social services, general and specialized therapeutical services).

Abstract

Created in 2002, Modus Fiesta is a Local Point of Reception and Information about drugs and risks related to drug use for party drug users. The local point aims to reduce the risks related to drug-use, the products themselves, the mix of different products, the circumstances of use and the way products are consumed. It aims to improve users' knowledge and to induce behaviour's changes on the related risks, by providing information about products and the risks related. In the Local Point, the party drug users meet professionals and peers. Peers constitute an indispensable link between Modus Fiesta and its target population because they follow trainings to acquire tips to reduce risks and may thereafter to benefit others. Psychologists and social workers also participate to answer more specific and individual requests for support and facilitate the access to healthcare networks. Cultural and festive events are regularly organized in the Local Point by peers and professionals to stay in line with the population. The project was initially based on the development of an information service including pill testing, but due to political decisions, the drug testing is not funded by the same authorities. Based on drug testing, the Local Point display early warnings messages to inform party drug users about the risks related to some products.

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