This handbook looks at the complex nature of the collaborative process from formation to the realisation, or otherwise, of agreed targets. It suggests ways of working around the ‘barriers’ that are likely to be encountered along the way. It could be relevant in the field of drug policy.
The project sought to enhance the understanding of police as to how they could support the Australian National Drug Strategy in four specific areas - preventing and minimising the impact of drug overdoses; encouraging safer illicit drug use practices; encouraging entry into treatment programs; and, reducing the demand for illicit drugs.
The emergence of HIV/AIDS, and its rapid spread among injecting drug users (IDUs), meant that effective strategies had to be developed and adopted – these effective strategies form the harm reduction approach. Harm reduction can co-exist with supply and demand reduction but its focus is on public health rather than law and order.