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New web-resource: young people who use drugs

The Young, Wild and.. Free? project calls for intensified engagement and the development and promotion of tailored harm reduction services for young people who use drugs. The outcomes of this innovative project are now available in a new web-resource.


Young people who use drugs

Adults who use drugs are known to experience stigma, infringement of human rights, health risks, and barriers in accessing healthcare and harm reduction services. Young people who use drugs face additional barriers, for a number of reasons.

  • Laws and regulations prevent organisations from providing services to young people who use drugs;
  • Service providers often do not have sufficient knowledge on the specific needs of young people who use drugs;
  • Young people who use drugs lack awareness on health risks and don’t have access to supportive networks and communities.

Meanwhile, young people who use drugs are at higher risk to contract HIV. They often engage in specific, age-related risk-behaviours and encounter severe stigma, discrimination and violence. This may cause serious (mental) health and or social problems. 


Community web-resource

The Young, Wild and.. Free? project outcomes call for intensified engagement and the development and promotion of tailored harm reduction services. All our findings and useful resources to start-up harm reduction for young people are accessible on a new website: www.communityharmreduction.com/youth.

More information

Find more information about this project on our project page for Young, Wild and.. Free?



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