Research Updates – W/C 18/07/2022
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health Special Issue: Community Drug Checking to Reduce Harms
A special issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health will publish research and policy and practice commentaries generated from community drug checking services across the world. The special issue aims to help fill an identified knowledge gap in relation to models of community drug checking and questions surrounding implementation, operation, impact and practice-based theory. The guest editors Dr Bruce Wallace, Prof Tessa Parkes and Dr Hannah Carver are eager to hear from anyone that would like to make a contribution. Manuscripts should be submitted online by the 30th November 2022. More information, including how to get in touch with the editors can be found here.
A rapid assessment of take-home naloxone provision during COVID-19 in Europe
This study aimed to examine how changes to service provision during the COVID-19 pandemic affected take-home naloxone programmes and naloxone availability across Europe. The authors found that through programme innovation supported by public guidelines, many European take-home naloxone programmes managed to ensure stable or increased provision during the pandemic, even accounting for social distancing and stay-at-home orders affecting client mobility. Access the paper here.
The shift from face-to-face to remote care during the COVID-19 pandemic
This newly published paper discusses the findings of a qualitative survey conducted with people who experienced remote service delivery during the pandemic. The authors concluded that work to tailor remote care to account for preferences and personal circumstances has the potential to provide greater choice and expand capacity in a remote care setting. Read the full article here.