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In April 2015 the third issue of the journal Drugs – Policies and practices has been released. The main theme of this edition is “Harm Reduction Policies” and other articles that are supporting articles which carry the main topic.
Although policies to reduce the harms associated to drug use have been developing almost twenty years in Macedonia, this is the first time that the topic is given to its central place in a magazine. As of mid-90’s of the XX century, harm reduction programs have been opening first in Skopje, and later in Strumica, Bitola, Kumanovo, Stip, Gevgelija, Ohrid, Gostivar, Tetovo, Prilep, Veles and Kicevo. Today Macedonia boasts a rather comprehensive approach to developing programs for harm reduction, but still many challenges are ahead to ensure sustainability and sustainable development of these programs. In this edition of Drugs – Policies and practices just some of the experiences and challenges are presented, but sufficient as a basis to open a further discussion.Online version