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12 Dec. 2018

Global State of Harm Reduction 2018 Report

Please see research below by Harm Reduction International.

The 2018 Global State of Harm Reduction is the sixth edition of this report, and the most comprehensive ever thanks to a coordinated effort of over 100 harm reduction practitioners, academics, advocates and activists from around the world.

It finds that, since the last report in 2016, the global harm reduction response has effectively stalled (view press release here). Overdose, HIV and hepatitis C crises continue, among myriad health and social problems related to drug use and drug policy, yet many countries are neglecting them. 

The report can be read in full here.

In relation to Australia and New Zealand, the report states barriers to pill testing remain even though successful trials have been held or continue to run (New Zealand, 2014)

"While harm reduction services in Australia and New Zealand are relatively extensive and widely available, concern has been shown that some vulnerable sub-populations may have difficulty accessing these services. Women, indigenous people and the LGBTQIA+ community all face greater stigma added to that already experienced by people who use drugs, and suffer from a lack of services focused on their specific needs.

Indigenous people and gay and bisexual men in particular are more likely than the general population to report high-risk drug use practices, such as syringe sharing and frequent injection.[3,24,25] Where services exist for specific populations, such as those operated for LGBTQIA+ people by the AIDS Council of New South Wales, evidence shows that they can be effective in improving access and health outcomes.[22,26] These often involve the use of peer workers and campaigns targeted at practices prevalent among specific groups."