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National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
This guidance updates and replaces NICE public health guideline 18 (published February 2009).
This guidance makes recommendations on needle and syringe programmes, including those provided by pharmacies and drugs services for adults and young people (including those under 16) who inject drugs, including image- and performance-enhancing drugs.
The main aim of needle and syringe programmes is to reduce the transmission of blood-borne viruses and other infections caused by sharing injecting equipment, such as HIV, hepatitis B and C. In turn, this will reduce the prevalence of blood-borne viruses and bacterial infections, so benefiting wider society. Many needle and syringe programmes also aim to reduce the other harms caused by drug use and include:
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). (2014) Needle and Syringe Exchange Programmes [Online]. Available from: http://www.thehealthwell.info/node/756398 [Accessed: 20th February 2017].
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