European guide on health and social responses to drug problems

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Health and social responses to drug problems: a European guide

Health and social responses to drug problems: a European guide is designed to provide an overview of actions or interventions undertaken to address the negative consequences associated with the illicit drug phenomenon. It also acts as a gateway to a wide range of online resources, including links to evidence and tools.

Health and social responses to drug problems: a European guide

This guide and the associated package of online materials provide a reference point for planning or delivering health and social responses to drug problems in Europe. The most appropriate responses will depend on the specific drug problems, the contexts in which these occur and the types of intervention that are possible and socially acceptable. By providing key information on some of the most important drug issues for Europe and the responses available, this guide aims to assist those involved in tackling these challenges to develop new programmes and improve existing ones.

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Policy and practice briefings

Each of these policy and practice briefings is designed as a one-stop-shop for anyone planning or delivering health and social responses to drug problems in Europe. Each briefing consists of: (1) a summary of the main issues; (2) the main response options; (3) an overview of the EU picture; (4) key implications for policy and practice and; (5) links to further resources. The briefings are part of the EMCDDA's Best practice portal.

Background papers

These background papers were commissioned by the EMCDDA to provide background information to inform and contribute to the drafting of Health and social responses to drug problems: a European guide. The EMCDDA are grateful for the valuable contribution of the author. The paper has been cited within Health and social responses to drug problems and is also being made available here for those who would like further information on the topic. However, the views, interpretations and conclusions set out in this publication are those of the author and are not necessarily those of the EMCDDA or its partners, any EU Member State or any agency or institution of the European Union.

Responding to the needs of ageing drug users, Lauren Johnston, Dave Liddell, Katie Browne, Saket Priyadarshi

Drug-checking as a harm reduction tool for recreational drug users: opportunities and challenges, Tibor Brunt

User-led interventions: an expanding resource? Russell Webster

Evidence review summary: drug demand reduction, treatment, and harm reduction, Harry R Sumnall, Geoff Bates, Lisa Jones

Applying behavioural insights to drug policy and practice: opportunities and challenges, Sara Rafael Almeida, Joana Sousa Lourenço, Emanuele Ciriolo

New developments in cannabis regulation, Beau Kilmer

E-health and m-health: using new technologies to respond to drug problems, Matthijs Blankers, Ajla Mujcic

Migrants, asylum seekers and refugees: an overview of the literature relating to drug use and access to services, Paul Lemmens, Hans Dupont, Inez Roosen

Recovery, reintegration, abstinence, harm reduction: the role of different goals within drug treatment in the European context, Annette Dale-Perera

Joining up sexual health and drug services to better meet client needs, Owen Bowden-Jones

Women who use drugs: issues, needs, responses, challenges and implications for policy and practice, Sharon Arpa

Health and social responses to drug problems in prisons, Ciara Guiney

Online resources

You can find below useful online resources which are given at the end of each chapter in Health and social responses to drug problems: a European guide.

Responding  to problems associated with cannabis use

EMCDDA

Other sources

Tackling opioid dependence

EMCDDA

Other sources

Reducing opioid-related deaths

EMCDDA

Other sources

Reducing the spread of HIV, viral hepatitis and other infections associated with injecting drug use

EMCDDA

ECDC and EMCDDA

Other sources

Responding to problems related to stimulant use

EMCDDA

Responding to new psychoactive substances

EMCDDA

Other sources

Addressing the misuse of medicines

EMCDDA

Other sources

Responding to polydrug use

EMCDDA

Older people with problematic opioid use

EMCDDA

Other sources

Women with drug problems

EMCDDA

Other sources

Migrants, refugees and asylum seekers

EMCDDA

Other sources

Vulnerable young people

EMCDDA

Other sources

Adult family members of people with drug problems

EMCDDA 

Other sources

Prisons and the criminal justice system

EMCDDA

Other sources

Nightlife, festival and other recreational settings

EMCDDA

Other sources

Workplaces

Other sources

Schools and colleges

EMCDDA

Other sources

Local communities

EMCDDA

Launch details

Date: 24 October 2017 Time: The report will be launched online at 11.00 Central European Time/CET (10.00 Western European Time/WET, Lisbon time)

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