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West Africa drug policy training toolkit: Facilitation guide (EHRN/IDPC)

The West Africa drug policy training toolkit has been developed by the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC), in collaboration with the Kofi Annan Foundation and the West African Commission on Drugs, with funding from USAID. It aims to build the capacity of civil society organisations in the region and to help them engage with, and influence, drug policy making processes. Read more. 

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We are people – The Unintended Consequences of the Nigerian Drug Law and Policy on The Health and Human Rights of Young People Who Use Drugs

The first landmark report produced by Youth RISE Nigeria with the support of the Open Society Institute in West Africa and the CISHRWIN, is a wide-ranging study aiming to address the research gap in Nigeria around young people who use drugs and lack of documented evidence of the impact of the Nigeria’s drug policy on the health and rights of young people who use drugs. The report draws on first-hand interviews and in depth policy analysis providing concrete recommendations for developing a more human rights focused Nigerian drug policy. The intent of the research is to provide a scientific basis for evidence informed advocacy and intervention.

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Ain’t I a woman? Recognizing and protecting the rights of young women affected by HIV & drug use

Youth RISE and HIV Young Leaders Fund are happy to share with you a new issue brief; Ain’t I a woman? Recognizing and protecting the rights of young women affected by HIV & drug use. The brief highlights the intersections between age, gender, and drug use, making the case for why young women who use drugs are particularly vulnerable to HIV and not adequately reached through mainstream health services. The brief also offers some recommendations for how our HIV response can better meet the needs of young women affected by HIV and drug use.

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Impacts of drug policy on young people who use drugs in Kyrgyzstan

The purpose of this study is to determine the impact of drug policies on young people who use drugs through questionnaires, and to make recommendations for the improvement of drug policy for young people. The study was conducted in the cities of Osh and Bishkek, with the support of Youth RISE and Open Society Foundations.

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Risk assessment of new psychoactive substances consumption among children and youth in Romania

The present study is a research in the new psychoactive substances (NPS) consumption in Romania conducted on two levels: the empirical level – a field qualitative study in ten major cities of Romania; and a secondary analysis of various data and information from scientific and online media. The main purpose is a quick survey on new psychoactive substances (NPS) consumption – „legal highs” or „ethno-botanicals” – patterns of consumption and associated risks in 120 children and teens from ten major cities in Romania.

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Exploratory survey research on young people who use drugs and their perception of drug-related services in Nepal

This study was conducted in the largest 5 cities of Nepal: Kathmandu, Pokhara, Nepalgunj, Biratnagar and Bhairhawa and it primarily aims to address the issues of young people who use (inject) drugs (YPU D’s). The specific objectives of the study are as follows: To determine whether the available drug services are youth friendly from the perspective of YPUDs To identify the initial age of drug use and main factors influencing a young person’s drug use To collect other information related to YPUDs such as their socio-demographic characteristics, types of drugs used, history of imprisonment and their needs and issues

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Experiences from the field: HIV prevention among most at risk adolescents

The countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE/CIS) have the fastest growing HIV epidemic in the world. The number of people living with HIV has almost tripled since 2000 and there are currently over 1.4 million people living with HIV in CEE/CIS. The HIV epidemic is affecting ever younger, vulnerable adolescents in CEE/CIS, and yet it is masked by official overall HIV prevalence rates that are, for the most part, relatively low. Still, within these countries, we are seeing sub-groups of young people with infection rates on a par with the worst-affected populations in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Injecting drug use among under-18s

Not enough is known about the needs of young people who inject drugs or the risks they face, according to the first global report on the issue by Harm Reduction International (HRI). The report starts by asserting that these young people have very specific developmental, social and environmental vulnerabilities, including the risk of HIV and hepatitis C transmission and a lack of awareness of harm reduction and treatment services, as well as their own rights. HRI’s report aims to help improve this situation by increasing attention to the overlooked aspects of responses to HIV and other health harms associated with unsafe injecting, by improving understanding of the extent of the problem internationally, and by identifying gaps and limitations in data collection in order to begin filling them.

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Drugs, harms and youth: The state of drug use and harm reduction amongst youth in European countries

In this paper we aim to discuss the current situation regarding drug use in Europe among young people (aged 15-30, with variation in definition across countries) and the availability of services aimed at young drug users or potential users. We will also compare approaches adopted in examined countries to show which has proven to be to be most effective at reducing overall drug prevalence among young people as well as related risky behaviours and harms. Regional differences in drug culture, historical context and developing trends will also be taken into account.

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