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New psychoactive substances in Eurasia: a qualitative study of people who use drugs and harm reduction services in six countries / Eliza Kurcevič; Rick Lines

Harm Reduction Journal, Volume: 17, Issue: 1

Swansea University Author: Rick, Lines

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Abstract

This is the first detailed, multi-country investigation of NPS use, markets and the harm reduction response in the Eurasian region. The study involved semi-structured interviews/focus groups with 124 people who use drugs and 55 health and harm reduction service providers across the six countries. It...

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Published in: Harm Reduction Journal
ISSN: 1477-7517
Published: Springer Science and Business Media LLC 2020
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa55687
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Abstract: This is the first detailed, multi-country investigation of NPS use, markets and the harm reduction response in the Eurasian region. The study involved semi-structured interviews/focus groups with 124 people who use drugs and 55 health and harm reduction service providers across the six countries. It makes an important contribution to the scarce information on the use of NPS in the six focus countries, and highlights the need for enhancing the harm reduction response in the region, including the removal of punitive drug policies. It also points the way for further research on new psychoactive substances and harm reduction in the region.
Keywords: New Psychoactives Substances, NPS, harm reduction, drug policy, Eurasia, Belarus, Moldova, Serbia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia
College: Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law
Issue: 1