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Prison-based syringe exchange programmes: a review of international research and development

9th October 2002

A review of the development and operation of 19 prison-based syringe-exchange programmes in Switzerland, Germany and Spain.

Overall, this review indicated that prison syringe exchange programmes are feasibleĀ and do provide benefit in the reduction of risk behaviour and the transmissionĀ of blood-borne infection without any unintended negative consequences.