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Regular visitors to the site will probably want to come to this page first: we'll post a report on this page everytime we update the site.


To see the joint UKHRA/NNEF response to the Coalition's drug strategy, click here (06/10/10)

An excellent sample drugs policy and accompanying guidance for accommodation
services specifically designed to work with drug or alcohol users posted. For more details, click here (23/04/08).

Minutes of the 2007 AGM posted. To read/download them, click here (15/1/08).

Accounts for the year to 31/03/2007 posted to the website. To download them, click here (19/11/07).

Minutes of 2006 AGM posted. For more details, click here (16/01/06).

Powerpoint presentation by Danny Morris, UKHRA, to Annual Drug and
Alcohol Professionals Conference 2006 (FDAP)
, London, November 8th 2006.

To view, click here (18/12/06).

consensus statement defining best practice in needle exchange UKHRA have published a consensus statement with the National Needle Exchange Forum and Exchange Supplies defining best practice in needle exchange.
To read it, click here (07/11/06).

Agenda for UKHRA 2006 AGM posted. For more details, click here (02/11/06).

Accounts for the year to 31/03/2006 posted to the website. To download them, click here (02/11/06).

Definition of harm reduction: Many responses to drug use have been defined at some time as 'harm reduction', and this has led to confusion as to what harm reduction actually is. In order to clarify the situation, UKHRA ­ the UK's leading organisation campaigning for a rational, harm reduction oriented response to drug use ­ has prepared a definition of harm reduction, and identified the core principles of harm reduction.

Link to Department of Health guidance document posted. This Dept. of Health guidance gives potentially important guidance that may enable proper payment to be made for service user involvement without jeopardising people's benefits. Among other things, it describes how these issues should be addressed with Jobcentre Plus and the Inland Revenue. Form more information click here (20/04/06).

For diverse reasons, Northern Ireland's drug services are seriously out of step with many aspects of good practice now taken for granted elsewhere in the UK.
Northern Ireland's Department of Health, Social services and Public Safety have recently consulted on its draft "New Strategic Direction for Alcohol and Drugs 2006-2011" (http://www.dhsspsni.gov.uk/showconsultations?txtid=13814).
To read UKHRA's response, click here (31/03/06).

Powerpoint presentation by UKHRA Chair, Neil Hunt on 'Needle exchange and
opioid substitution treatment in UK prisons'
, posted. to view, click here (20/02/06).

Minutes of the 2005 AGM posted. To read/download them, click here (19/12/05).

New UKHRA committee list posted (7/12/05).

New page added to help people join the UKHRA discussion lists. To see it, click here (28/11/05).

Paying for user involvment: 2 word documents posted for download with practical solutions for those wanting to effectively engage service users in all aspects of service design, development and delivery. For more details, click here (21/11/05).

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of UKHRA Limited will be held at The Resource Centre, London, on Friday 2nd December 2005. For more details, click here (14/11/05).

UKHRA accounts for the year to 31st March 2005 posted. To view them or download (as pdf) click here (17/9/05).

UKHRA calls for urgent action to end the shortage of injectable diamorphine that is causing serious hardship and risking the lives of drug users whose treatment has been stopped or changed. To read the full statement and download a Word version of the document, click here (14/9/05).

UKHRA stakeholder questionnaire survey posted as pdf download. Click here to download the findings (30/7/05).

The National Treatment Agency for substance misuse is conducting a survey to find out how users feel about the treatment they are receiving and the services they attend. Banner linking to NTA webpage posted on home page (29/7/05).

Des Flanagan, manager of Railway Street Addiction Service in Ballymena Northern Ireland and UKHRA vice-chair was presented with the National Rolleston Award at the 16th International conference on the Reduction of Drug Related Harm, held in Belfast in March 2005. For more details click here (11/4/05).

4th Tom Waller Award presented to Ian Smith. Click here for more information (29/3/05).

Links to the Compass and NNEF (National Needle Exchange Forum) websites added to the UKHRA links page (14/3/05).

US pressure to silence United Nations support for harm reduction and needle exchange - response update, click here (3/3/05).

US pressure to silence United Nations support for harm reduction and needle exchange. For full infromation on this issue, and an open letter from Gerry Stimson of the International Harm Reduction Association to delegates of the Forty-eighth session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), click here (13/2/05).

Blood borne viruses and needle and syringe provision. UKHRA has mailed a copy of an important recent paper published in the British Medical Journal: 'Incidence of hepatitis C virus and HIV among new injecting drug users in London: prospective cohort study' to over 3000 agencies throughout the UK. For more details and to download/read the paper, click here (7/2/05).

Link to the DrinkandDrugs.Net site added to the UKHRA links page (29/1/05).

Link to the AIDSmeds.com site added to the UKHRA links page (17/1/05).

UKRHA position statement on abstinence oriented drug education programmes posted. To read it click here (10/1/05).

2005 committee meeting dates posted. To view the list, click here (8/12/04).

Comprehensive selection of links to sites and documents promoting and supporting user involvement posted. To see them, click here (22/11/04).

Tuberculosis: sample action plan and patient information leaflet posted in the practice development section. To see them, click here (18/10/04).

UKHRA response to the Strategic Framework and Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Hepatitis C in Northern Ireland posted. To read it, click here (12/10/04).

Another addition to the site from the archives: the UKHRA Submission to The Home Affairs Select Committee on the Government's drug policy in July 2001. To read it, click here (12/10/04).

UKHRA has prepared a statement on diversity to inform the current debate. To see our draft statement on diversity issues, click here (4/10/04).

Article written by Peter McDermott in 2001 describing why he joined UKHRA posted. To read it, click here (4/10/04).

UKHRA endorses the consensus statement on problem drug use and social re-integration agreed by delegates attending the European Summer University: Drugs, Inclusion and Employment, Glasgow, 28 ­ 30 June 2004 organised by T3E. To read it click here (4/10/04).

UKHRA letter sent in support of Danish activist Joergen Kjaer who was arrested and charged with possesion of heroin. to see the letter, click here (1/10/04).

Minutes of the 2004 AGM posted. To read them, click here (30/9/04).

3rd Tom Waller Award presented to Bill Nelles of The Alliance. Click here for more information (29/9/04).

New committee members list posted. To see the list, click here (29/9/04).

To help new and prospective members and as a reminder for exising members we have posted a draft code of conduct for the ukhra discussion group. This will be discussed on the list, before being posted in it's final form once there is consensus on the list (12/9/04).

Accounts for the year to 31/3/04 posted. To see them click here (23/7/04).

4th Annual UKHRA Conference programme posted. Click here to read it (21/6/04).

AGM and committee election timetable posted. To read it, click here (17/5/04).

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Details of the 4th Annual UKHRA Conference (24th September 2004, The Royal Institute of British Architects London) are available for download in pdf format. Click here for more details (14/5/04).

UKHRA joint statement on difficult to reuse syringes now online. To read it, click here (20/3/04).

Gerry Stimson's Lancet obituary for Tom Waller posted and available as PDF download (8/3/04).

Banner and link added to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation Study of Heroin Use website. Using Heroin: an online survey of people who have used heroin in the last 6 months. (16/2/04).

Practice development: Health Protection Agency report 'Shooting Up' on blood borne virus transmission amongst injectors posted (24/1/04)

Open meeting in Belfast on 16th March 2004 announced (12/1/04).

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New section to allow harm reductionists to share useful documents launched. First posting is a policy and protocol for needle exchange in police custody (4/11/03).

Link to the Danish drug users union (bi-lingual) site added (7/10/03).

Jon Derricott elected Chair and Desmond Flannagan Vice Chair. To see the full committee list please click here (20/9/03).

Minutes of 2003 AGM posted. To read them click here (20/8/03).

UKHRA response to the Home Office "Public Consultation: Computer Generated Prescriptions, Registers and Requisitions for Controlled Drugs". To read this, click here (20/8/03).

Details posted of committee meetings planned for 2003/4. Click here to see the list (31/7/03).

List of the new committee members posted. Click here to see the list (23/7/03).

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Details of the 2003 AGM posted, click here for more details (5/7/03).

'Stop the Murder of Thai Drug Users' latest information posted with a link to the Lifeline website. Please click here for more details (20/5/03).

Tom Waller Award page added - to find out about the award, and to nominate someone for it, click here (14/5/03).

A couple of articles from the archive added: the speech from Gerry Stimson which got the ball rolling and led to the formation of UKHRA, and the original declaration of principle drawn up after a meeting in Manchester in August 2000.
To read the article, click here. To read the original declaration of principle, click here. (7/5/03).

UKHRA is helping co-ordinate a day of action on the 12th June to protest at the killing of Thai drug users, to find out more about the planned actions, please click here (1/5/03)

Information on an international day of action in support of Thai drug users posted on the site. To read it, click here (23/4/03).

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Latest update on UKHRA conference 13th June: New additional speaker - Commander Brian Paddick (Specialist Crime Directorate New Scotland Yard) will give a presentation entitled 'The police approach to drugs. Have they got it right?' Click here for conference information (18/4/03).

DanceSafe.org added to the links page (9/4/03).

Patricia Hewitt indicates that the government will turn down OFT proposal to deregulate community pharmacies, to read the ukhra response to this proposal (which threatened needle exchange and methadone dispensing) click here, to read the story on Patricia Hewitt's rejection of the OFT proposals, click here (7/4/03).

Information on the ukhra users mailing list added. Click here for more details (3/4/03).

Click here for new information on the elections to the committee and who is standing
down/seeking re-election (25/3/03).

Details of the UKHRA 3rd Annual Conference (13th June 2003, The Cardiff Convention Centre, Wales) are available for download in pdf format. Click here for more details (14/3/03).

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UKHRA has responded to the Department of Health on the Office of Fair Trading report which recommended increased competition and freedom for supermarkets to be able to provide pharmacy services. We believe that this could have a negative impact on needle and syringe provision and methadone dispensing. To read the full text of our response, click here (11/3/03)

UKHRA response to the home office consultation on reform of section 9a of the misuse of drugs act available on line. To read it, click here. To download the word file, click here (13/2/03).

'The 5th Amendment' now available as a pdf file (384KB). To download, click here (10/2/03)

Health and Law Foundation (healthandlaw.org) - a site giving details of the huge problems caused by General Medical Council action against private doctors - added to the links page (26/1/03).

Social Science Information Gateway site added to the links page (22/1/03).

UKHRA annual conference 2003 dates and venue announced. Click here for details. (20/1/03)

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Information about UKHRA constitution and committee posted up. To see who is on the committee, and to find out more about how you could stand, click here. (20/1/03)

Join the UKHRA discussion group on young people and drugs - link to this interesting, low-traffic, discussion group added to the site. If you'd like to join, click here. (18/12/02)

UKHRA '5th Amendment' posted. In 2002 UKHRA tried to influence the drafting of the new drugs strategy by proposing a public health aim. The full text of the proposal is now online. To read it click here. (17/12/02)

UKHRA response to the Hep C strategy now online. To read it click here. (17/12/02)

New section added to the site which will contain UKHRA position statements and responses. To go to it, click here. (17/12/02)

UKHRA application form back online. If you support our aims and haven't filled one in please click here to get it (30/11/02)

FDAP site added to the links page (29/11/02)

SMMGP site added to the links page. If you've got any relevant sites, please click here and send us an email telling us about them (27/11/02).

UKHRA website launched with a new look, and a new sponsor (22/11/02).

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