Mental health

Role of sterile injection equipment and outreach programmes for injecting drug users

[2012]

Recommendation(s)

In communities with a high prevalence of drug injection, primary health care providers should facilitate the provision of sterile injection equipment and retrieval of used equipment in primary care centres, through involvement of community pharmacies or through outreach programmes.
Strength of recommendation: STRONG
Quality of evidence: LOW

In communities with a high prevalence of drug injection, and if resources allow, outreach programmes should be implemented to facilitate access to sterile injecting equipment (and retrieval), information, health care (including testing and counseling for HIV, and hepatitis) and facilitate entry to drug treatment.
Strength of recommendation: STRONG
Quality of evidence: LOW

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