|Project title||Harm reductoin|
|Thematic area||Provision of welfare and basic service to vulnerable groups|
|Name of the organization||Art Era Foundation|
|Postal address||1074 Budapest, Rottenbiller utca 10.|
|Project manager||Puy Tamás|
|Project timeframe||September 1st, 2014 - April 30th, 2016|
|Amount of support||20,000 €|
A tenth of the adult population Hungary had used some type of drug. The early signal system reported 118 new type of drugs in 2009-2013. While earlier half of the clients of the needle exchange programs used intravenous heroin or amphetamine, in 2013 three quarter of them used some new psychoactive substance. The effect of the new substances are shorter, therefore users inject more often, increasing the risk of infectious diseases. The program is located in the 7th district of Budapest, targeting the health problems caused by intravenous substance use. They organize needle exchange and the collection of drug trash, decreasing the spread of HIV and hepatitis. Besides these low-threshold services, the organisation builds connections with the social and health service providers, informs the target group about the available services and motivates them to use these. One goal of the project is to decrease problems related to drug use, however the sensitization of the general society is also important. A help-line service is also operated which helps in the collection of drug trash and in reaching potential clients. A communication campaign is implemented as well to provide fact-based information.