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Someone dies of an overdose about every 5 minutes, often as a result of fentanyl and meth. Drug use also spurs HIV and hepatitis outbreaks.
West Virginia’s lawsuit against Janssen and others arrives amid a rise in HIV, hepatitis and overdose rates linked to the opioid crisis.
The White House strategy embraces syringe services, access to housing and naloxone as three science-based approaches.
A second New Jersey law makes it legal to possess a syringe, and a third just-signed law creates a review panel to study overdoses.
Fatal drug overdoses—mostly due to opioids, including fentanyl, but also meth and cocaine—spiked 28.5% during the COVID-19 pandemic.
To fight drug overdoses, HIV and hepatitis, the Biden administration is endorsing harm reduction, including syringe services.
A decriminalization law in Maine allows people to have syringes. It’s an effort to combat rising overdose deaths and hepatitis C cases.
The funding, which also supports harm reduction, arrives from the NY attorney general’s settlements with opioid manufacturers.
The Damien Center in Indianapolis adds clean syringes to its harm reduction, HIV and hepatitis C efforts.
The study results, from 2019, precede the surge of overdose deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over 94,000 people died of drug overdoses in the U.S. last year. New York activists urge the new governor to OK overdose prevention centers.
Syringe service programs are one of the most impactful tools we have to end HIV, viral hepatitis and overdose syndemics.
But American Indians and Alaska Natives saw the sharpest increase in deaths involving methamphetamines. Here’s a possible solution.
The death rate spiked right after the COVID-19 pandemic began.
A revamped National Harm Reduction Coalition tackles the “racist war on drugs” and advocates for people who use drugs.
As overdose death rates have risen in this population, life expectancy has increasingly narrowed.
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