The safer injecting briefing – introduction to the web edition

The Safer Injecting Briefing was written between 1998 and 1999, the book used the successful format and style of the Methadone Briefing, but in an area that had previously been even more sparsely supplied with practice guidance, that of injecting drug use and the provision of injecting equipment. It aimed to be a definitive guide to needle exchange practice.

Like the Methadone Briefing, the book has proved hugely popular. The first edition is now out of print, with around 12,000 copies in circulation. The book was aimed squarely at the UK, but has influenced practice in the rest of Europe and beyond.Inevitably, the book is beginning to show its' age. Because of this, we will not be reprinting the first edition. The project to re-write the safer injecting briefing was never completed, the following (finished) articles, taken from the sections of 2nd edition of the safer injecting brefing that had been updated, were posted in May 2011:


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