Access to Opioid substitution treatment in Georgian penitentiary system
July 01, 2019 - NowOpioid Substitution Treatment (OST) is effective intervention for people who inject drugs (PWID). While access to OST is increasing in civil sector, it still remains limited in Georgian penitentiary system. Georgian prisons provide OST to PWID for 3-5 months with the final goal of detoxification. Project aims to examine barriers and challenges faced by PWID in Georgian prisons through the investigation of experiences shared by former beneficiaries involved in penitentiary system’s OST and experts working in the field. Additionally, project team will analyze Georgian regulatory framework, international standards and recommendations in order to increase access to OST in penitentiary system. Seven-month project is funded by Center for Training and Consultation (CTC).
Community policing and drug related harm reduction
January 08, 2019 - NowThe project is being implemented by the Addiction Research Center “Alternative Georgia”. The goal of the project is to develop psychoactive substance use related knowledge and skills of community police officers and support their engagement in addressing drug related problems in communities
In developed countries there is a growing understanding of the benefits of community policing, which implies close collaboration between law enforcement officers and local community residents who work together as partners to prevent crime. In these cases relationship between police and communities improves, local residents’ trust towards police increases, police officers have more accurate information about criminal situation in a specific community, and have better understanding of the needs and expectations of community members. Within this model issues related to use of illegal substances constitute important part of the problems that community policing focuses on. Police can work together with communities to support prevention of drug use and abuse, but also can provide needed support to people affected by substance use (reducing risks and harms related to drug use, referring to helping services and so on).
The goal of the project is to develop psychoactive substance use related knowledge and skills of community police officers and support their engagement in addressing drug related problems in communities.
Specific objectives of the project are as follows:
1. Assess Georgian regulatory framework (laws, regulations, ministerial decrees) related to community policing; assess knowledge and attitudes of community police officers in relation to substance use
2. Review international experience with community policing, in particular in relation to addressing drug related issues
3. Based on Objectives 1 and 2 propose changes to the regulatory framework in order to enable effective involvement of community police officers with reducing/preventing drug related crime and reducing drug related harms
4. Organize a study visit of representatives of MIA (including community police officers) to learn practical experience in drug related community policing (preliminary to one of EU countries or the US; to be determined later)
5. Develop an educational module for community police officers in order to build their knowledge and overall capacity on approaches and interventions aimed at reducing/preventing drug related crime and drug related harms.
Georgia Syringe Vending Machine Trial (GSVMT)
April 02, 2018 - NowNeedle and syringe programs (NSP) are evidence-based intervention to prevent HIV infection among people who inject drugs (PWID). Syringe Vending Machines (SVM) are cost-effective intervention to supplement the standard NSP, to reach hard to reach groups, and to cover un-served geographical areas. The aim of the ongoing parent implementation trial is to evaluate the implementation process (and effectiveness) of SVM and to increase access to sterile injection equipment for PWID in Tbilisi, Georgia.
With partnership of National Center for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC) and Georgian Harm Reduction Network (GHRN), Alternative Georgia is implementing SVMs which work 24/7 and provide sterile injection equipment, condoms, Naloxone kit, contact information and educational brochures for PWID.
The project is supported by the 5% Initiative implemented by Expertise France and funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and co-financed by The Global Fund.