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Reducing risks among drug users

06 Feb 2013 | By INSERM (Newsroom) | International

In order to limit the health risks associated with the use of drugs, certain countries have set up supervised injection centres where drug addicts can inject under the supervision of qualified personnel.

In 2010, the French General Health Administration asked Inserm to perform a collective report on the theme of Reducing the risks in drug users. The aim was to report on what scientific knowledge we had of existing schemes and programmes on an international scale, the contexts in which they were set up and their impact on the experimental projects in progress.

More than ten experts (epidemiologists, sociologists, addictologists, etc.) studied in particular how these centres had been set up in neighbouring countries such asSpain,Switzerland,Germany, the impact of these schemes and the projects in progress.