‘Crack Kits’ and Hepatitis C

‘Crack Kits’ and Hepatitis C

Nov 7, 2013

While Alberta Health Services reviews the legalities around ‘crack kit’ distribution – more appropriately known as ‘safer inhalation supplies’ – research is being done around the globe to see how effective they are in preventing the transmission of HIV and Hepatitis C. In a recent Vancouver study, it was revealed that the distribution of safer inhalation supplies combined with counseling and support reduced harm as well as “high risk behaviour,” which could lead to reduced infection risks. The study recommends that agencies, such as ours, distribute the safer inhalation supplies just like we do with new needles and injection supplies. Both are harm reduction measures. Follow this link to read the article:

http://www.vancourier.com/downtown-eastside-crack-kits-working-says-health-chief-1.647984

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