CAARUD: client profiles and practices in 2008


CAARUD: client profiles and practices in 2008

Tendances n° 74, OFDT, 9 p.
December 2010

The status of CAARUD (Support Centres for the Reduction of Drug-related Harms) has been accessible since 2006 to structures (e.g., "drop-in", needle exchange programmes, street teams and mediation teams) that carry out drug-related harm reduction missions.
French CAARUDs mainly admit drug users who, although they can be followed up by healthcare system services (whether or not specialised in addictology), tend to have, on average, more uncontrolled addiction than users in general and live in more unstable social situations.
In order to acquire monitoring indicators for the characteristics of treated drug users and help improve the responses of professionals and authorities to the changing needs of this population, a biennial national survey of treated drug users was announced by the National Health Directorate (DGS). The survey is called "ENa-CAARUD".
This issue of Tendances presents the main results of the second edition of this survey, which was conducted in 2008.

Authors : Agnès Cadet-Taïrou, Anaëlle Coquelin, Abdalla Toufik

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