Increases in the availability of drug services for people with heroin dependency

  • Karen McElrath (Participant)
  • Julie Harris (Participant)

    Impact: Societial Impact, Public Policy Impact


    The key impact focuses on the underpinning research contributions to the health and wellbeing of individuals who are dependent on heroin in Northern Ireland, where an estimated 828 “problem heroin users” resided just prior to substantial changes in the provision of drug services. The impact on extremely marginalised individuals who were dependent on heroin is linked to the implementation of substitute prescribing and needle/syringe exchange in Northern Ireland. These services can contribute to recovery from drug dependence and can help reduce the spread of blood-borne viruses, e.g., HIV, among these individuals. Additionally, the diffusion of impact has occurred with increasing numbers of individuals accessing these services over time.
    Impact statusOngoing
    Category of impactSocietial Impact, Public Policy Impact