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Reducing Drug-related Harm: An Action Plan

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    Department of Health; National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse
  • Published date:
    23 May 2007
  • Primary audience:
    Health and social care professionals
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This booklet sets out the broad streams of action to be taken in England to enhance harm reduction activities within the drug treatment sector. The aim is progressively to bear down on the number of drug misusers either dying through a drug-related death or contracting blood-borne virus infections.

Why an Action Plan

A three-year Government Action Plan to reduce drug-related deaths was introduced in 2001 and was supported by implementation of the Government’s wider drugs strategy. Unfortunately, following consecutive falls in the number of drug-related deaths each year, recent data show that the level of overdose deaths, as well as rates of blood-borne virus infections among drug misusers, have begun to rise again.

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