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This course gives participants the opportunity to analyse key aspects of drug-related deaths provision upon release from prison and other custodial settings, learn how to prevent an opiate overdose and explains what to do in the case of witnessing an opiate overdose.

By the end of the course, participants will also have an understanding of the opiate overdose reversal medication naloxone, where to obtain a kit and how to utilise it in the case of an overdose.

This course is to support prison doctors, prison health care workers, NGOs, people who come into contact with people who use drugs, GPs, nurses, teachers, police, housing workers and social workers and mental health workers.

Subjects of course:

  • Identify  the signs and symptoms an opioid overdose and explain how to prevent an overdose
  • What is Naloxone and how its use.
  • How Naloxone its used in Scottish prison.

This free course is a product of the project “My first 48 hours out – comprehensive approaches to pre and post-prison release interventions for drug users in the criminal justice system”.

The course is open now!

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This course has been designed to be a complete tool to provide staff in low-threshold settings the knowledge, skills and techniques needed for testing people who use drugs for HIV and HCV and linking them to needed care.

It was developed within the EU-funded programme, Joint Action on HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Tuberculosis among People Who Inject Drugs in Europe (HA-REACT).

Main topics:
    • Basic information about HIV, HCV, and TB
    • What types of HIV and HCV tests exists and how they work
    • The standards of test counselling
    • Understand philosophy of harm reduction
    • Address gender issues within existing services and/or develop gender-specific services
    • Integrated approaches in realtion to substance use and HIV/HCV testing
    • What can be done to support linkage
    • How to choose the right tools and uderstand the meaning of quality
    • Standards for HIV and HCV testing in prison settings
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The main goal of the course is to broaden knowledge about substitution therapy in such specific conditions as penitentiary units. Participants have the opportunity to become acquainted with the main goals of substitution therapy and the benefits that prisons achieve by applying it. In addition, the most important methods of this type of treatment and its ethical basis have been described.

The content on this course is based on the expertise of scientists and medical doctors/psychiatrists/healthcare professionals working in the field of substitution treatment in prisons.

This course is to support prison doctors, contracted doctors, prison health care workers, prison administration, NGOs and others in delivering or supporting substitution treatment to opioid dependent prisoners.

Subjects of the course

  • The main goals of substitution treatment.
  • Benefits of substitution treatment.
  • Schemes of substitution treatment.
  • Threats and limitations of substitution therapy.
  • The most commonly used drugs in substitution therapy.
  • Implementation of substitution treatment in prisons.
  • Information for patients in substitution treatment.
  • Continuation of treatment after commencement or termination of prison sentence.
  • Linking substitution therapy to treatment of blood-borne and other infections.
  • Medical ethics of substitution treatment in a prison.

Before starting the course please read the manual on this page


From the data provided in the "Condom Summit" report, condom distribution programs exist in 58 of the 193 countries listed by the UN in 2018. It accounts for only 30 percent of all countries in the world and testifies to the low coverage of such programs.

In this course we analysis of the studies and other published and unpublished data on the effectiveness of condom provision in prisons.

In the first part, we present examples of implementation of the programs of prisons with their assessment of the prisoners and the prison service.
In the second part, we presented the long-term effects of condoms in New South Wales prison in Australia
The last subject is the conclusion and recommendation regarding condom provision.

Before starting the course please read the manual on this page

The “Harm reduction in prison” course provides a useful introduction to themes related to drug use in the prison setting and risks related to the transmission of infections through drug use and sexual activities, as well as an introduction on risk reduction strategies and services in prison both from the point of view of service description and of specific organisational and methodological aspects related to the provision of these services in a setting such as prisons.

Before starting the course please read the manual on this page

This course aims to provide information and practical guidance to support the implementation of NSP in prisons and other closed settings. The course presents models of PNSP that have been tried and evaluated around the world, and provides recommendations and practical advice on advocating, starting, scaling up and monitoring PNSP.

The intended audience for this course includes prison governors, administrators and staff, health-care managers and programme coordinators at all levels across all types of custodial institutions, prison administrations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and trade union officials.

Main topics:

  • The scientific evidence on the effectiveness of PNSP.
  • A legal framework for PNSP.
  • Models of needle and syringe programmes in prison.
  • Elements of an effective programme.
  • Document HIV, hepatits, injecting drug use and risk behaviours among prisoners.
  • Identify and educate key stakeholders.
  • Implement the programme at the prsion level.
  • Monitor, evaluate and conduct quality assurance.

Before starting the course please read the manual on this page