Office of National Drug Control Policy

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Expand Internationally a Comprehensive Package of Health Interventions for Injection Drug Users
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The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is the largest effort by any nation in history to prevent and treat a single disease.

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Injection drug users (IDUs) not only suffer high risk of addiction and overdose, but they are also at high risk for infection with HIV and other blood-borne and sexually transmitted infections. Comprehensive prevention and treatment services for IDUs reduce immediate risks of HIV transmission as well as promote recovery from addiction. In multilateral forums, the Obama Administration has supported a package of health interventions for IDUs that mirrors those recommended by the World Health Organization, UNODC, and the United Nations Office on AIDS (UNAIDS). The UNAIDS Technical Guide recommends that programs directed toward IDUs include a comprehensive package of nine activities, including addiction treatment. PEPFAR will work with agencies across the Federal government to determine the best way forward in supporting this comprehensive package.

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