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.

Edging forward: How the UN’s language on drugs has advanced since 1990
How the agreed UN language on drug control has evolved and developed over the last quarter of a century. To this end, this paper explores a selection of key themes by analysing the consensus-based language agreed by UN member states.
Is the UK's 2017 drug strategy fit for purpose?
The government acknowledges in the strategy that the rise in drug related deaths is “dramatic and tragic” but proposes no concrete action plan to reduce them.
Drugs-related deaths rapid evidence review: Keeping people safe
There is a clear trend of increasing deaths among older people with a drug problem in Scotland. This cohort are categorised as people aged over 35 who experience health and social harms related to his/her own use of drugs. As this cohort is likely to grow in size over the next five years in Scotland, the scope of this rapid evidence review was to respond to the specific risks and needs identified for this group of people. This report provides a synthesis of findings from the evidence based on the critical appraisal of systematic reviews and grey literature reports.
MULTICENTRE OPERATIONAL RESEARCH ON DRUG USE & HARM REDUCTION AMONG PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS IN THE MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA REGION
This report investigates and details the health-related harms, stigma and discrimination, service access and adherence barriers, as well as the impact of current (if existing) harm reduction strategies among PLHIV who use drugs.
Bridging the Gap - Health & Rights for Key Populations
As an alliance of nine organisations and networks we work towards the end of the AIDS epidemic among key populations together with more than 70 grassroots organisations. To get there we envision a society where sex workers, LGBT people and people who use drugs have their human rights fully respected.
Needle syringe programmes and opioid substitution therapy for preventing HCV transmission among people who inject drugs: findings from a Cochrane Review and meta-analysis
To estimate the effects of needle syringe programmes (NSP) and opioid substitution therapy (OST), alone or in combination, for preventing acquisition of Hepatitis C virus (HCV) in people who inject drugs (PWID).
Some People Still Need Opioids
The crackdown on pain medication prescribing is intended to help the addiction crisis—but it’s leaving chronic pain patients in untenable situations.
European drug report 2017 and opioid-induced deaths
The EDR 2017 provides no evidence that there is a public health problem from the prescription of opioid analgesics to pain patients in the countries it covers.
Stigma among health professionals towards patients with substance use disorders and its consequences for healthcare delivery
Healthcare professionals are crucial in the identification and accessibility to treatment for people with substance use disorders. Our objective was to assess health professionals’ attitudes towards patients with substance use disorders and examine the consequences of these attitudes on healthcare delivery for these patients in Western countries.
Decriminalize all drug possession? Not a bad idea: Editorial
NDP leadership Jagmeet Singh’s decriminalization proposal, while politically bold, reflects a view that is relatively uncontroversial among public health experts. (DARRYL DYCK / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
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