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Young people, drugs and harm reduction

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Dr. Alissa Greer, School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Dr. Danya Fast, Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Canada

Angela McBride, South African Network of People who Use Drugs, South Africa

Florian Scheibein, Youth RISE; Network of Early Career Professionals in Addiction Medicine; School of Health Sciences, Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland

Editor-in-Chief: Prof Nick Crofts Harm Reduction Journal
https://harmreductionjournal.biomedcentral.com//

The Harm Reduction Journal solicited research articles and commentaries to the thematic series: Young people, drugs and harm reduction.  With support from the Robert Carr Fund, Youth RISE supported the open access fees for a select number of accepted publications.

Submissions were encouraged on a wide range of topics that relate to young people who use drugs (under 30 years of age) and harm reduction, broadly construed. Authors were encouraged to include consideration of the notion of intersectionality; that is, they should attend to the ways that age, gender, sexual orientation, class, race, ability and/or geography intersect to shape youth’s experiences of and engagements with drug use and harm reduction. Submissions which reflected non-traditional views and approaches to harm reduction were also strongly encouraged, as were submissions produced by young people who use drugs and researchers from lower- and middle-income countries. Articles also considered best and promising practices and identified future areas for action, advocacy, and research.

This Special Series benefits from a partnership with Filter magazine. Filter will work with Youth RISE and authors to produce and publish a series of accessible articles, with a view to broadening the reach of work published in this series.

Advisory Board

Ailish Brennan, Youth RISE, Germany.
Alex Betsos, Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy; Youth RISE, Canada.
At-Risk Youth Study Youth Advisory Council, Canada.
Beatrix Vas, Youth RISE; Students for Sensible Drug Policy Hungary, Hungary.
Carolina Ahumada, Youth RISE; Intercambios, Argentina. 
Cedric Nininahazwe, Y+ Global, South Africa.
Dr. Damon Barrett, School of Public Health and Community Medicine Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Dr. Emmy Kageha Igonya, African Population and Health Research Center, Kenya.
Florencia Manns Fuenzalida, En Plenas Facultades, Spain.
Gaj Garung, Youth LEAD, Thailand.
Gloria Lai, International Drug Policy Consortium, Thailand.
Humberto Rotondo, Youth RISE; Latinoamérica por una Política Sensata de Drogas, Peru.
Iga Jeziorska, Youth Organisations for Drug Action, Department of Public Policy and Management, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary.
Irena Molnar, Youth Organisations for Drug Action; Re Generation, Serbia.
Ishwor Maharjan, Youth RISE, Nepal.
Joana Canedo, Youth RISE; Grupo de Ativistas em Tratamentos, Portugal.
Juan Fernández Ochoa, International Drug Policy Consortium, United Kingdom.
Judy Chang, International Network of People who Use Drugs, United Kingdom.
Lana Roux, European Network of People who Use Drugs, United Kingdom.
Dr. Larissa J. Maier, University of California, San Francisco, United States.
Dr. Lindsey Hines, Centre for Academic Mental Health/Integrative Epidemiology Unit, Population Health Sciences, University of Bristol, United Kingdom.
Kelly Ebbert, Youth RISE; Live to Love Project, United States.
Mat Southwell, European Network of People who Use Drugs, United Kingdom.
Matthew Bonn, Canadian Association of People Who Use Drugs; International Network on Health and Hepatitis in Substance Users, Canada.
MJ Stowe, Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria, South Africa; Youth RISE; South African Network of People who Use Drugs, South Africa.
Nick Kent, Students for Sensible Drug Policy Australia, Australia.
Oluseyi Kehinde, Youth RISE Nigeria, Nigeria.
Orsi Feher, Students for Sensible Drug Policy International, Austria.
Dr. Paolo Grandinetti, Network of Early Career Professionals in Addiction Medicine; ASL Teramo, Italy.
Penelope Hill, University of New South Wales, Australia.
Rhana Hashemi, Center for Political Drug Education.
Róisín Downes, Students for Sensible Drug Policy International, Austria.
Ruby Lawlor, Youth RISE, Uganda.
Sangeet Kayashta, YPEER Asia Pacific Centre, Thailand.
Dr. Sidharth Arya, Network of Early Career Professionals in Addiction Medicine; Pt Bhagwat Dayal Sharma University of Health Sciences, India.
Will Godfrey, Filter, United States.
Wiqas Ahmad, Initiative for Youth and Sustainable Development, Pakistan.
Zara Snapp, Instituto RIA, AC; Latin American Network of People who Use Drugs, Mexico.


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  1. Vancouver, Canada, and Lisbon, Portugal, are both celebrated for their world-leading harm reduction policies and programs and regarded as models for other cities contending with the effects of increasing level...

    Authors: Joana Canêdo, Kali-olt Sedgemore, Kelly Ebbert, Haleigh Anderson, Rainbow Dykeman, Katey Kincaid, Claudia Dias, Diana Silva, Reith Charlesworth, Rod Knight and Danya Fast
    Citation: Harm Reduction Journal 2022 19:43
  2. Adolescence and young adulthood is an important period for substance use initiation and related harms. In the context of the ongoing opioid crisis, the risks for youth (ages 16–29) who use opioids are particul...

    Authors: Kirsten Marchand, Oonagh Fogarty, Katrina Marie Pellatt, Kayly Vig, Jordan Melnychuk, Christina Katan, Faria Khan, Roxanne Turuba, Linda Kongnetiman, Corinne Tallon, Jill Fairbank, Steve Mathias and Skye Barbic
    Citation: Harm Reduction Journal 2022 19:37
  3. Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is increasingly standard practice for critical qualitative health research with young people who use(d) drugs in Vancouver, Canada. One aim of CBPR in this context...

    Authors: Madison Thulien, Haleigh Anderson, Shane Douglas, Rainbow Dykeman, Amanda Horne, Ben Howard, Kali Sedgemore, Reith Charlesworth and Danya Fast
    Citation: Harm Reduction Journal 2022 19:30
  4. Access for legal minors to needle and syringe programmes raises a number of practical, legal and ethical challenges that traverse clinical practice, child protection and child rights. This article addresses th...

    Authors: Damon Barrett, Frida Petersson and Russell Turner
    Citation: Harm Reduction Journal 2022 19:15