Western Europe remains at the forefront of evidence-based harm reduction and treatment interventions. The majority of the countries in the region have adopted a health-based strategy towards drug use (including decriminalisation of possession for personal use), and are moving towards more proportionate sentences for drug offences.
NNEF welcome attendees who work within harm reduction focused services in the UK. They also welcome people working within partner agencies, people who use drugs and attend harm reduction services, activists and those involved in commisioning services.
This report by the Parliamentary Committee on Drug Policy recognises evidence that UK drugs policy is failing, and that the level of drug related deaths has now risen to the scale of public health emergency.
The Scottish Government supports trialling drug consumption rooms as part of an approach to substance use based on public health objectives. But the UK Government based in Westminster has repeatedly blocked the move.
The objective of the event is to contribute to better Hepatitis C policy and practice by developing the transferability of an effective community-based intervention for people who inject drugs in different political contexts.