I am happy to welcome this new review of harm reduction approaches from the NACD. This report\ud arises out of Action 100 in the National Drugs Strategy which called for research into the effectiveness\ud of new mechanisms to minimise the sharing of equipment and to establish the potential application\ud of new options within particular cohorts of the drug using population. It is part of the Government's\ud commitment to building knowledge to inform policy development and appropriate strategies.\ud As the report points out, harm reduction approaches can make a significant contribution to the health\ud of drug misusers\ud and they form an important part of Irish drugs policy. However, in common with all\ud approaches to the drug problem, harm reduction policies need to evidence-based. It is for this reason\ud that this review of the international literature on harm reduction and the Irish experience of harm\ud reduction approaches is so welcome
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