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Report on the current state of play of the Council Recommendation on the prevention and reduction of health-related harm associated with drug dependence in the EU and candidate countries
15 October 2013
The report on the current state of play of the Council Recommendation of 18 June 2003 on the prevention and reduction of health-related harm associated with drug dependence has been finalised. The report results of the work of experts from Gesundheit Österreich Forschungs - und Planungsgesellschaft mbH (GÖ FP GmbH) and SOGETI, in close collaboration with EAHC, EMCDDA, DG SANCO, and DG JUST.
It presents the updated overview of the implementation of the Council Recommendation in the EU countries, Croatia and several candidate countries, including country profiles, as well as analyses of regional and EU epidemiological trends.
The study also assesses the availability of - access to- and -coverage of- harm reduction measures based on the answers to a policy survey.
The available scientific evidence regarding interventions to prevent and reduce health-harms associated with drug dependence was analysed and five systematic Literature Reviews were produced.
The epidemiological background data, using data available at the EMCDDA, as well as other relevant information, and trends from 2003 to 2011 were analysed as well as main trends in availability and coverage of harm reduction measures introduced by the Council.
The main output is a set of conclusions regarding the follow-up of the Council Recommendation, based on the application and combination of the scientific effectiveness of interventions and the availability and coverage.
Finally, the report provides country overviews on harm reduction policies, services and facilities.