CATALOGUE NUMBER: ATI-23731
DATE OF PUBLICATION: 2006
AUTHOR/PUBLISHER: Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network | Réseau juridique canadien VIH/sida
This resource is fourth in a series, which provides a detailed legal framework and accompanying commentary. It provides many examples from jurisdictions that have attempted to establish a clear legal framework for addressing HIV/AIDS issues among people who use drugs. A strong emphasis is placed in human rights and the legal obligations of national governments. The series also highlights critical issues and evidence that supports proposed measures. The series consists of eight modules, addressing the following issues: 1. Criminal law reform. -- 2. Treatment for drug dependence. -- 3. Sterile syringe programs. -- 4. Supervised drug consumption facilities. -- 5. Prisons. -- 6. Outreach and information. -- 7. Stigma and discrimination. -- 8. Medical prescription of heroin. Module 4 profiles the establishment of supervised drug consumption facilities or safe injecting sites in a growing number of countries in response to the escalating epidemics of HIV and hepatitis C among people who use drugs. These sites reduce the risk of transmission of blood-borne infections, reduce the likelihood of illness and death resulting from overdose, and help people who use drugs avoid other harms associated with drug consumption under unhygienic or unsafe conditions.