Drug consumption rooms (DCR)
Drug Consumption Rooms are also known as 'medically supervised injecting centres', ‘safe injecting facilities’, ‘safe injecting sites’ or 'drug injection rooms', or ‘drug fixing rooms’. Some provide space for safe injection only, while majority of DCRs also provide places to smoke or snort drugs. There are even 'smoking only' consumption rooms.
Over nine million people are incarcerated in penal institutions worldwide. High rates of HIV and other infectious diseases in prisons can lead to alarmingly high rates of mortality among prisoners. Negative public attitudes towards people in detention act as a barrier to objective and pragmatic discussions of prison health policy.
Overdose deaths are preventable. Harm reduction offers evidence-based tools and strategies that reduce the risk of dying from a drug overdose. Almost 200 people die from an overdose every day, which equals 70,000 avoidable deaths every year.
People who use drugs can be supported with information to mitigate the risk of an overdose and to stop an overdose while it’s happening.
Synthetic Opioids - Key Resources
12 key resources recommended by SO-PREP, to answer burning questions:
- Does Europe face an opioid crisis?
- What is the public health response to fentanyl?
- What is the future of synthetic opioids?
- How does the addiction landscape evolve?
- What are the global threats of NPS in the context of Covid-19 pandemic?
Stimulant drugs speed up the messages travelling between the brain and the body. And so, they typically increase the pulse and breathing rate, elevate blood pressure, suppress the appetite and dilate the pupils. Cocaine, methamphetamine, MDMA, khat, nicotine are examples of stimulants.
Problems with drugs or alcohol can be part of a person’s spiral into homelessness. While not everyone who has problems with alcohol or drugs becomes homeless and not every homeless person has problems with substance abuse, these issues have a high prevalence amongst the homeless people.
Synthetic Opioid health systems
- EU good practices of generic health emergency preparedness protocols
- Good practices of SO preparedness in the EU and needs and challenges
- In-depth analysis of SO preparedness of 5 countries in the EU
- Guidelines and recommendations on health emergency preparedness regarding SO
- Concluding report on EU-wide SO preparedness and recommendations