The international drug conventions were created to ensure the “health and welfare of mankind”, yet drug policies around the world continue to focus on criminal justice and repression rather than on health responses. Governments across the world should provide harm reduction and treatment interventions to reduce the harms associated with drug use, and ensure adequate access to essential medicines.
The role of nurses in SCS tends to be poorly understood by decision-makers and employers who often base their hiring decisions based on budget rather than the scope of practice of the nurses they employed.
Government, civil society and community representatives discussed the state of play of debates in Vienna as well as developments in the field of human rights, development, public health and novel trends.
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.