On this page you can find relevant researchs on drug-related health topics, including HIV, hepatitis C, drug and overdose prevention, harm reduction and drug treatment. You can also find our Clinical Guidelines.

Trends in Drug-Induced Deaths in Australia, 1997-2019
Preliminary estimates indicate that there were 1,865 drug-induced deaths among Australians in 2019. This is equivalent to over five drug-induced deaths per day. This is the fifth year in a row where the number of deaths is higher than the earlier peak in the late 1990s.
Death Penalty For Drug Offences: Global Overview 2020
Harm Reduction International has monitored the use of the death penalty for drug offences worldwide since our first ground-breaking publication on this issue in 2007. This report, our tenth on the subject, continues our work of providing regular updates on legislative, policy and practical developments related to the use of capital punishment for drug offences, a practice which is a clear violation of international law.
Pathways to 'recovery' and social reintegration: The experiences of long-term clients of methadone maintenance treatment in an Irish drug treatment setting
This paper examines the experiences of long-term clients of methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) in one area of Dublin in the context of a recent emphasis on rehabilitation and recovery in Irish drug policy.
There is a current focus on stigmatising language
The subtle stigma that erodes people’s right to health
Harm Reduction Responses in the Age of COVID-19
Documenting the experiences of people who use drugs in South Africa
Drugs in the Time of COVID: Interim Report
Since the beginning of the first national coronavirus lockdown, Release has operated a public, online survey designed to monitor how people are buying their drugs. The purpose of this survey, which is open to anyone residing in the UK over the age of 18, is to determine the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic, and corresponding restrictions, have had on buying illegal substances.
What is drug policy evaluation and why is it important?
Evaluation is essential for effective policymaking, helping ensure that policies and programmes have the desired effect, provide value for money and do not have negative unintended consequences. The importance of evaluation has been recognised in all EU drug strategies and in the strategies of many Member States.
Innovation and resilience in times of crisis: Civil society advocacy for drug policy reform under the COVID-19 pandemic
COVID-19 restrictions and their impacts on policymaking processes have not hampered civil society actors from continuing their advocacy work in drug policy and related sectors, albeit with notable adjustments in their ways of working.
Hepatitis C standards of care: A review of good practices since the advent of direct-acting antiviral therapy
This review found 13 well documented HCV good practices that have become the standard of care or that should become the standard of care as soon as possible.
Scottish government review of international approaches to drug law reform
This paper gives an overview of seven case studies in drug law reform approaches from five countries. It aims to support Scottish Government research and policy development regarding drug law and enforcement, and the work of the Drug Deaths Taskforce in identifying successful interventions and locating them within their legal and policing contexts.
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