EMCDDA monograph "Harm reduction: evidence, impacts and challenges"

(posted 29/04/2010)


In April 2010 European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) published the 10th scientific monograph, entitled Harm reduction: evidence, impacts and challenges . The publication provides a comprehensive overview of the harm reduction field; over 50 authors examine two decades of harm reduction research and practice in Europe and beyond. They also wrestle with how the concept may broaden and evolve as patterns of drug use change.

Part I of the monograph looks back at the emergence of harm reduction approaches and their diffusion, and explores the concept from different perspectives, including international organisations, academic researchers and drug users. Part II is dedicated to current evidence and impacts of harm reduction and illustrates how the concept has broadened to cover a wide range of behaviours and harms. Part III addresses the current challenges and innovations in the field. The core audience of the monograph comprises policymakers, healthcare professionals working with drug users, as well as the wider interested public.

Full text of the monograph is available at: http://www.emcdda.europa.eu/.


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