Harm Reduction

"In 2006, the Act on Exchange of Syringes and Needles entered into effect (SFS 2006:323). The purpose of the Act is to prevent the spread of HIV and other blood-borne infections through the exchange of syringes and needles in needle and syringe programmes. Such intervention is to be carried out in connection with interventions aimed at motivating the individual to accept care and treatment. Needle and syringe programmes may not be set up without the permission of the National Board of Health and Welfare."


Swedish National Institute of Public Health. "2013 National Report (2012 data) to the EMCDDA by the Reitox National Focal Point: Sweden: New Developments, Trends and in-depth information on selected issues." Östersund: Swedish National Institute of Public Health, 2013, p. 14.