"Despite the fact that injecting drug use has led to the widespread transmission of HIV worldwide, the provision of HIV prevention, treatment, and care services to IDU populations remains dismally low. In 2009, only 8 per cent of injecting drug users worldwide enjoyed access to HIV prevention services of any kind, while substitution therapy–i.e. offering users methadone instead of heroin–is permitted in only 70 countries. Needle and syringe exchange programmes are available in only 82 countries."


"Out of harm’s way: Injecting drug users and harm reduction" International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (Geneva, Switzerland: December 2010), p. 12.