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Published: 15 November 2011

Prevention of infections among injecting drug users: ECDC–EMCDDA joint guidelines

In 2011, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the EMCDDA issued joint guidance on the prevention and control of infectious disease among injecting drug users. The guidance provides a comprehensive overview of the effectiveness of interventions, including measures such as the provision of clean syringes and other injecting equipment; drug treatment, including opioid substitution therapy; vaccination; testing; and the treatment of infections among drug users. The guidance examines models of service delivery, and the most appropriate information and education messages for this population.

This publication is available in print and on the EMCDDA website in English only.

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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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