International Network of Drug Consumption Rooms

as a setting to address HCV: current practice and future capacity

 

INDCR report2Authors: Vendula Belackova1 , Allison M. Salmon1 , Eberhard Schatz2 , Marianne Jauncey1

On behalf of the International Network of Drug Consumption Rooms

1 Uniting Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (MSIC), Sydney, Australia,
2 CORRELATION Network, Foundation De REGENBOOG GROEP, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

 

Drug consumption rooms (DCRs) and supervised injecting facilities (SIFs) target the most vulnerable people who use drugs (PWUD) – particularly people who use opioids, people who inject drugs (PWID), people who use drugs heavily  or high-risk drug users (HRDI) . While decreases in risky injecting behaviours are an outcome of DCR use, HCV prevention and treatment in these settings haven’t been adequately described. There are no international DCR standards for HCV practice and surveys are yet to address HCV prevention, treatment or sero-prevalence status of DCR clients. This online survey provides a ‘snapshot’ of DCR clients’ HCV status; approaches to HCV in DCRs, and what DCRs need to expand these services.

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INDCR Covid-19 statement (23 March 2020)

Dear readers

As other vulnerable communities, people who use drugs are at a high risk throughout this COVID-19 epidemic. On regular circumstance, the life of the drug user is already hard enough. During this period, it becomes extremely complicated: nobody on the streets to make money, dealers are seldom and fewer NGOs operate. People who use drugs experience vulnerability because of the physical proximity in the act of drug using/sharing/dealing. In addition, some chronically ill drug users deal with an impaired immune system that compromise their resistance to all sorts of virus (including the COVID-19).

The International Network of Drug Consumption Rooms (INDCR), ask policy makers and health authorities to use all of their immediate power and resource to protect people who use drugs by providing a pragmatic approach to this crisis:

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