Opioids are routinely used to treat a variety of chronic conditions associated with pain. However, they are a class of medications with a significant potential for adverse health effects, with and without misuse. Opioid misuse, as defined as inappropriate use of appropriately prescribed opioids, is becoming more well-recognized publicly but does not have clear treatment options. Opioid misuse has been linked to variety of poor outcomes and its consequences have a significant impact on healthcare resource utilization. The evidence on harm reduction strategies to mitigate adverse events prompting presentation to acute care settings for patients presenting with long-term opioid use is sparse. We will perform a systematic review and meta-analysis to catalog effective harm reduction strategies and identify the most effective ones to reduce avoidable healthcare utilization in patients on long-term opioid therapy who present to acute health care settings with complications attributed to opioid misuse. A search
Information about Auckland Councils Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy to ensure there is minimal risk of community harm from alcohol-related activities.
Susie McLean, senior adviser on drug use and HIV for the International HIV/AIDS Alliance. …The evidence for the effectiveness of harm reduction interventions - reducing the negative consequences of drug use rather than focusing solely on reducing drug use - is described by UNAIDS as irrefutable and all relevant U.N. agencies now endorse a harm reduction approach to HIV and drug use. … Yet in Vienna last week, references to harm reduction, needle and syringe programs, and opioid substitution therapy (OST) were contested. The policy process has been widely criticized, and the negotiations heavily influenced by countries including Russia who are vetoing harm reduction in favor of a bald restatement of the decades-old illusion of a drug-free world. … [I]ts unbelievable that U.N. member states are likely to recommit to another ineffective and dangerous policy on drugs when it is put before them in New York next month, at the first U.N. General Assembly special session on drugs. While this ...
Western Regional Director, Harm Reduction Coalition. Posted: 12/22/2013 9:16 am. Harm reduction is a movement for social justice built on a belief in, and respect for, the rights of people who use drugs. Harm reduction is also a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use. Although those working in harm reduction believe that drug criminalization maximizes harm, the focus of most harm reduction policy and practice is in the borderlands between legalization and prohibition. To quote an old social justice slogan, harm reduction is the art of building a new society in the vacant lots of the old. And those lots are filling up, due to the hard work of people around the world. Here are 10 of the most important harm reduction developments in North America in 2013:. 1. Needle Exchange in the US Turns 25. A quarter of a century ago, public health activists started doing needle exchange in Tacoma, WA, San Francisco, CA, and New York, NY. These ...
by Carl V Phillips The best thing I have read about harm reduction in a very long time is this post at The Influence by Shaun Shelly, The Harm Reduction Movement Needs to Rediscover Its Soul. The post, the publication, and the author all focus on illicit drug harm reduction, but almost everything in it applies to…
Harm Reduction Coalition advances policies and programs that help people address the adverse effects of drug use including overdose, HIV, hepatitis C, addiction, and incarceration.
Harm reduction is a way of preventing disease and promoting health that meets people where they are and provides the tools and information they need to keep themselves and those around them well (Logan, 2010). Harm reduction places drug use within the larger sociopolitical spheres of poverty, criminalization, and mental health. Accepting that not everyone is ready or able to curtail or stop high-risk behavior, harm reduction focuses on promoting a spectrum of scientifically proven, practical strategies for reducing the negative consequences of drug use and other high-risk behaviors. Harm reduction strategies include but are not limited to condom distribution; access to sterile injection equipment; utilization of MOUDs (such as methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone); safe injection spaces; and overdose education and naloxone distribution. Heroin overdose deaths in the US increased 286% from 2002 to 2013 (Jones, 2015). Broad implementation of harm reduction strategies has the potential to ...
This report outlines the findings of the Work Package 8 meeting of the Joint Action on HIV and Co-infection Prevention and Harm Reduction (HA-REACT), which took place in Vilnius.. One aim of HA-REACTs Work Package 8 (WP8) is to help countries access harm reduction funds, especially via EU structural funds. WP 8 introduces three country examples, presenting different harm reduction funding flows, and a document containing key financial terms.. ...
This report outlines the findings of the Work Package 8 meeting of the Joint Action on HIV and Co-infection Prevention and Harm Reduction (HA-REACT), which took place in Vilnius.. One aim of HA-REACTs Work Package 8 (WP8) is to help countries access harm reduction funds, especially via EU structural funds. WP 8 introduces three country examples, presenting different harm reduction funding flows, and a document containing key financial terms.. ...
Charles Gore, founder of the World Hepatitis Alliance, began by sketching out some of the main funding issues. He said that in the absence of major outside funders, the biggest challenge now is to get countries to increase their commitment to harm reduction. Advocacy is critical, and the key argument to make is that harm reduction saves money. He also suggested framing it more positively, saying, Perhaps we should start talking about it as health promotion rather than harm reduction.. Gore identified several ways to make existing resources stretch farther, including pooled procurement, integrating harm reduction efforts with existing disease efforts and generally working more efficiently. For instance, it should be simple to provide direct-acting antivirals at the same time as methadone or buprenorphine - not only cutting costs, but also expanding the number of people on each treatment. He concluded that the costs of harm reduction are small in comparison with the significant investment going ...
Thursday, July 28, 2016 , 2:30-3:30 p.m. EDT. In response to the local overdose crisis in Boston, the Boston Health Care for The Homeless Program (BHCHP) recently opened the Supportive Place for Observation and Treatment (SPOT), which provides people with opioid use disorder a safe space where they are monitored during periods of sedation after taking substances. Participants are also offered connection to medical and addiction services. This innovative harm reduction approach reduces the risk of overdose and is one additional strategy to help address the growing opioid crisis among vulnerable populations.. This webinar will describe how the program evolved from concept to implementation, the clinical impact observed to date, and the changing attitudes toward harm reduction as a result. As communities nationwide struggle to manage opioid addiction, the experiences of this emerging program can serve as an example for others to consider adapting to their local needs.. Speakers:. ...
Mission Neighborhood Resource Center (MNRC) partners with the Psychiatric Foundation of Northern California (PFNC) and the Harm Reduction Therapy Center (HRTC) to provide on-site harm reduction and bilingual individual and group-level psychotherapy and psychiatric services to homeless immigrants living with episodic and ongoing mental illnesses. A particular focus is chronic drug and alcohol users among this population, who have been traditionally excluded from mental health and drug treatment services.. The collaborative evaluation project had as its intention to provide crucial outcome data that accurately measure life stability, psychiatric symptoms, drug use and related negative effects within this diverse and difficult to serve population.. By utilizing a collaborative and participatory approach to the design and implementation of the comprehensive evaluation of the mental health services offered at MNRC, we aimed to increase the capacity at this agency and their partnership with ...
Today, there is much more acceptance of harm-reduction philosophy and practice in Canada than there was in the early 1990s. We have seen the slow emergence of more diverse programs, including harm-reduction services for pregnant women and mothers. But we still have a long way to go, as was evidenced by the discussion of forty or so women and men who attended a two-day workshop hosted by Fir Square in the fall of 2004. Nurses, social workers, doctors, and outreach workers from around the province of British Columbia - including myself and Lenora Marcellus, the co-editor of this book - attended that workshop. Fir Square opened its doors in Vancouver in 2003; it is the fi rst combined care maternity unit in Canada for substance-using pregnant women, and it takes a woman-centred, harm reduction approach to care. It was obvious from the moment the workshop began that the participants were hungry for information about applying a harm-reduction model to maternity and family services for substance-using ...
Opioid-related deaths rates in the United States continue to rise. A decades-long US prescription drug epidemic persists, driven by high rates of per capita opioid analgesic dispensing, and is now paired with a growing availability of illicit heroin, fentanyl, and fentanyl derivatives. Rates of opioid use disorders, opioid treatment admissions, opioid-related emergency department (ED) and hospital admissions, and overdose mortality have all steadily increased since 1990.8 In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that for every unintentional overdose death related to an opioid analgesic, 9 people were admitted for substance abuse treatment, 35 visited EDs, 161 reported drug abuse or dependence, and 461 reported nonmedical uses of opioid analgesics.10 Recent federal and state reform efforts seek to bolster a public health response to opioid use disorders and overdose deaths.14,50 The availability and dissemination of core evidence-based interventions that treat and ...
Bangkok, Thailand (September 1, 2011 ) Today, the Thai AIDS Treatment Action Group (TTAG), the Urban Health Research Initiative (UHRI) of the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (Vancouver, Canada), and Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok, Thailand) released a report, Reducing Drug-Related Harm in Thailand: Evidence and Recommendations from the Mitsampan Community Research Project (MSCRP). A collaborative effort between the three entities, the report summarizes two years of research findings on HIV risk behaviors and barriers to accessing HIV and harm reduction services among people who inject drugs (PWID), and provides evidence-based recommendations calling for the expansion of harm reduction programs in Thailand. Thailand sorely lacks current, quality data on barriers to accessing HIV care and harm reduction services for injectors, and we wanted to urgently address that need, especially from a policy development perspective. Our research shows clearly the pressing need to expand ...
In Western Asia, Afghan refugees constitute one of the main vulnerable populations with drug and HIV treatment needs. However, there is not considerable provision of drug and HIV services for this group. The study aimed to describe the provision of drug treatment and harm reduction services for Afghan refugees in Iran, the most populous Persian Gulf country. With the collaboration of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Tehran, Iran, a project was conducted by Rebirth Society in 2010 to provide free drug and HIV treatment and harm reduction services. Two drop-in-centers were allocated to the project. Six outreach peer members and four staff members were trained. Data were collected by a checklist and analyzed by SPSS version 18. Eighty-one Afghan refugees were admitted. All of them were drug users and needed HIV services. Drug treatments such as methadone maintenance treatment and therapeutic community services were provided. In addition, harm reduction programs such as condom ...
Queens University has approved an updated Alcohol Policy following an extensive review process that began in May 2018, as part of the regular policy review process.. The updated policy reaffirms the universitys long-standing commitment to a harm reduction approach to addressing alcohol culture on campus, while also recognizing the value of an engaged social environment across the campus community, says Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Mark Green. I would like to thank everyone who participated in the process and helped guide us with their input.. The updated policy reflects best practices related to alcohol advertising, service, and harm reduction strategies to support the overall wellness and safety of the Queens community and is guided by the national Postsecondary Education Partnership-Alcohol Harms (PEP-AH) Framework ...
Results With cigarette smoking having a health effect of 100, the base case scenario (based on current US prevalence rates) yields a total health effect of 24.2 (5% to 95% interval 21.7 to 26.5) and the aggressive smokeless promotion (less cigarette use and increased smokeless, health-concerned smokers switching to snus, smokers in smokefree environments switching to snus) was associated with a health effect of 30.4 (5% to 95% interval 25.9 to 35.2). The anticipated health effects for additional scenarios with lower rates of smokeless uptake also overlapped with the base case. ...
The AC Umbrella Project, a Mental Health Innovation Fund project, has created a successful model that embodies best practices to provide substance use prevention, awareness, and early intervention to emerging adults within a post-secondary setting. On Friday March 10, you are invited to join us when we explore what makes this model work, the challenges, and how it can be replicated in your community. Connect with members from post-secondary institutes and mental health and addiction agencies from across Ontario to unite and continue to build healthy and vibrant campus communities!. For more information and to register, please visit http://www.algonquincollege.com/umbrellaproject/conference/.. ...
Eventbrite - Safeworks Harm Reduction Program presents Harm Reduction Saved My Life: Overdose Prevention & Safeworks Update - Tuesday, 23 May 2017 at Sheldon M Chumir Health Centre, calgary, AB. Find event and ticket information.
TY - JOUR. T1 - Evidence for the effectiveness of sterile injecting equipment provision in preventing hepatitis C and human immunodeficiency virus transmission among injecting drug users: a review of reviews. AU - Palmateer, Norah. AU - Kimber, J.. AU - Hickman, M.. AU - Hutchinson, S.J.. AU - Rhodes, T.. AU - Goldberg, D.J.. PY - 2010/5. Y1 - 2010/5. N2 - The aim of this study was to review the evidence on the effectiveness of harm reduction interventions involving the provision of sterile injecting equipment in the prevention of hepatitis C virus (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) transmission among injecting drug users (IDUs). The interventions assessed were needle and syringe programmes (NSP), alternative modes of needle/syringe provision (pharmacies, vending machines and outreach) and the provision of injecting equipment other than needles/syringes.. AB - The aim of this study was to review the evidence on the effectiveness of harm reduction interventions involving the provision ...
Prison staff and harm reduction Additional module: Infectious diseases Training Criminal Justice Professionals in Harm Reduction Services for Vulnerable Groups funded by the European Commission Directorate General for Health and Consumers Session 1 Infectious diseases Slideshow 39623 by Samuel
In the end, this debate comes down to the definition of harm reduction. Yes, decreasing the number of your partners from ten a night to one a night will lower your risk -- but the chance of infection is still high. Traditional harm-reduction approaches, like clean needles and condoms, can dramatically reduce the risk of HIV infection, but only abstinence eliminates it. Thats why we talk about safer rather than safe sex. Applying the term harm reduction to actions that reduce risk only slightly sends a confusing message at best. The other approaches suggested are equally questionable. Serosorting out all people with HIV is simply a fantasy (see page 10), as is early withdrawal (ask any woman who got pregnant from pre-cum). And while studies have shown that the insertive partner is at less risk than the receptive partner, the risk for both partners is still significant. The only way that barebacking can be called an HIV prevention strategy is when two HIV-positive people have sex, since ...
Harm Reduction refers to policies, programs and practices that aim to reduce the negative health, social and economic consequences that may ensue from the use of legal and illegal psychoactive drugs, without necessarily reducing drug use. Its cornerstones are public health, human rights and social justice. It benefits people who use drugs, families and communities.. Harm Reduction is underpinned with the knowledge that many drug-related problems are not the result of the drugs themselves; rather they are the consequences of the unregulated manufacture and trade of drugs and the enduring commitment to failed policies and ill-thought-out and inequitably applied laws.. Finally, Harm Reduction ensures that people who use psychoactive substances are treated with respect and without stigma, and that substance-related problems and issues are addressed systemically.. ...
Harm Reduction refers to policies, programs and practices that aim to reduce the negative health, social and economic consequences that may ensue from the use of legal and illegal psychoactive drugs, without necessarily reducing drug use. Its cornerstones are public health, human rights and social justice. It benefits people who use drugs, families and communities.. Harm Reduction is underpinned with the knowledge that many drug-related problems are not the result of the drugs themselves; rather they are the consequences of the unregulated manufacture and trade of drugs and the enduring commitment to failed policies and ill-thought-out and inequitably applied laws.. Finally, Harm Reduction ensures that people who use psychoactive substances are treated with respect and without stigma, and that substance-related problems and issues are addressed systemically.. ...
by Carl V Phillips The best thing I have read about harm reduction in a very long time is this post at The Influence by Shaun Shelly, The Harm Reduction Movement Needs to Rediscover Its Soul. The post, the publication, and the author all focus on illicit drug harm reduction, but almost everything in it applies to…
Support, education and acceptance. For over 30 years Turning Point Society has been responding to the health needs of Central Alberta communities using a harm reduction approach.
The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), a treaty created by the World Health Organization in 2004, seeks to protect present and future generations from the devastating health, social, environmental and economic consequences of tobacco consumption and exposure to tobacco smoke.. Since the FCTC came into force in 2005, the number of smokers in the world has increased, mainly in China and other poor countries that were the FCTCs primary target. Clearly, the FCTC has not been a stellar success on its own terms.. A key problem with the FCTC is that it is beholden to the idea that the only way to reduce smoking is for smokers to quit or die. It is thus highly sceptical of the potential for new technologies, such as vape devices (also known as electronic cigarettes), to reduce smoking-related harms.. If the FCTC is genuinely committed to the right to health then it must listen to those who are taking control of the things that determine their health - and to those who are helping ...
The University of Michigan School of Public Health analyzed the knowledge and opinions of grassroots tobacco control activists and tobacco researchers and scientists regarding tobacco harm reduction.
The endowed chair and research funds were created by the James Graham Brown Cancer Center using more than $3 million in unrestricted gifts by U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company and Swedish Match North America, Inc. to the University of Louisville. The sponsors have no influence over the chair holders research. The funds and the chair are part of the Finding Answers to Cancer campaign.. This commitment has been matched in part by the states Research Challenge Trust Fund.. ...
The harm reduction strategy posits that even in restrictive legal environments, abortion as a procedure has a before and an after. During these time periods intervention by healthcare providers, in the form of the provision of information, is both appropriate and legal. The model recommends that women considering an abortion have at least one consultation before and another after the termination, and is based on the notion that health professionals not only can, but have the professional and ethical duty to act in order to reduce (and in some cases eliminate) the risks and harm associated with unsafe abortion by offering women information and counselling on their options ...
The availability of low-risk tobacco/nicotine products will inevitably increase total consumption as compared to a world where cigarettes are the only option. This is the inevitable and rational effect of lowering the costs of a consumption choice. It is properly counted as an additional benefit, though it is widely derided as a cost. Public supporters of low-risk products who condition their support on those products not attracting any new users are either being naïve or cynically imposing conditions they know cannot be met ...
Hello! This blog post is now part of my newly published ebook Smoke No Evil. Theres nothing wrong with smoking Tobacco. Its as safe as wine, beer, or cheeseburgers. Its the Tobacco Cartels products that sicken and kill. Smoking-related Death has nothing to do with Tobacco. Many people understand the truth, but dont know the…
Cigarettes are smoked by over 1 billion people, which is nearly 20% of the worlds population . Smoking increases your risk of developing more than 50 serious health conditions,some may be fatal…
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Harm reduction strategies can be very effective for housing people with substance use disorders. This workshop will explore practices that help ensure success…
The mission of LALS is to provide education, counseling, and primary health care to IDUs, as well as bleach, sterile water, condoms, and new needles and syringes, to lower their risk of acquiring blood-borne diseases. LALS uses community health outreach workers and focuses not only on IDUs and their sexual partners but also on families and communities. Networking and referral services are key components of the LALS harm reduction program. An evaluation of the program determined the prevalence of HIV infection among IDUs who were in regular contact with the program was 1.6 percent between 1991 and 1994. No new cases of HIV infection were detected among program participants in either 1993 or 1994. Although a harm reduction program is expensive to implement and sustain in Nepal, LALS has involved drug users in recovery and has given them a way of addressing their concerns in a public forum. 2 photographs ...
UNICEF is steadfast in its commitment to strengthening protection from sexual exploitation and abuse. UNICEF is working closely with the United Nations Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Working Group, the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Task Team on Accountability to Affected Populations and Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and other implementing partners to strengthen and scale up our programmes to prevent and respond to sexual exploitation and abuse. These efforts include the following measures:. • Notification: UNICEF offices raise an alert of any allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse of children by United Nations and related personnel as soon as possible after receiving an allegation, as a matter of standard procedure. • Strengthening victim assistance: UNICEF and its partners have taken steps to strengthen and monitor assistance and support to victims, including medical care, psychosocial support and a safety plan to address risks to victims and witnesses. • Contracts, ...
Introduction Definition of the Prevention Area Drug use is a major factor in the spread of HIV infection in many settings. Sharing equipment used for injecting drugs transmits HIV, and drug use is linked with unsafe sexual activity that can increase HIV risk. Harm reduction programs focus on reducing the transmission of HIV associated with injecting drug use, while not necessarily trying to eliminate drug use itself. HIV prevention programs for people who inject drugs (PWID) may focus on decreasing needle use or needle sharing directly or by stabilizing the lives of PWID. Epidemiological Justification for the Prevention Area The Reference Group to the United Nations on HIV and Injecting Drug Use estimates that as of 2008, 3 million people who inject drugs were HIV-positive. While injecting drug use is of particular concern in South and Central Asia, Eastern Europe, and Russia, the practice is also growing in sub-Saharan Africa-particularly Kenya and Nigeria, which already face generalized HIV
In this study, the prevalence of HIV infection among prisoners was about 2% and disproportionately affected those who ever injected drugs, had been tattooed and were over 30 years old. Only one in eight had been tested and knew their HIV status, one in four had used a condom during their last instance of sexual intercourse and only one in five had sufficient knowledge of the routes of HIV transmission and preventive measures.. Overall, relatively few prisoners reported recent injecting while in prison, making assessment of the reach of harm reduction services uncertain. While harm reduction services with a focus on needle/syringe exchange programmes and methadone maintenance therapy are active inside the prisons, the cross-sectional nature of the study also makes inference on their impact difficult.. While our data indicate that the prevalence of HIV infection among prisoners has decreased considerably since the outbreaks inside prisons in the 1990s,5 it is still much higher than in the general ...
Outlines the women drug users higher risk of HIV infection and the punitive policies and practices that violate their reproductive and human rights. Recommends including womens health services in harm reduction programs and ensuring confidentiality.
Albertas Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Karen Grimsrud, and Acting Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Elizabeth Brooks-Lim are notifying the public that the toxic opioid carfentanil is still circulating in our province and has been linked to 15 drug overdose deaths.. Fourteen of those 15 deaths occurred between September and the end of November. Alberta remains focused on harm reduction as it moves forward with a co-ordinated and collaborative provincial response to the opioid crisis.. When combined with prevention, treatment and enforcement, a broad spectrum of harm reduction approaches will help decrease harmful consequences of drug use to keep people alive.. I am deeply concerned about the increasing number of deaths associated with carfentanil, said Dr. Grimsrud. Its possible these individuals were not aware they were taking it. Albertans need to know that carfentanil is here - in Alberta cities and towns - and that its an extremely dangerous and deadly opioid. Even the smallest trace ...
Chlamydia is affecting our community greatly especially in 15-24 year olds. It is at a 50% infection rate with approx. 75% no symptom rate. Testing for STDs is easy and quick. Most can be tested for with a simple urine sample and many can be cleared by a simple dose of medication. It is important to remember that most people do not have symptoms of STDs but approximately 1 in 4 people have one. If STDs are left untreated they can cause more serious problems such as infertility and pelvic inflammitory disease. The best way to know if you have an STD is to GET TESTED. Partcipating in risk reduction such as condoms, lube, testing, monogamy, and more can greatly reduce your risk. Remember that condoms only protect some parts. Some STDs such as genital warts (HPV), and herpes (HSV) can be passed from skin to skin contact.. ...
Pubdate: Fri, 25 Oct 2002 Source: Recorder & Times, The (CN ON) Page: A1 Contact: 2002 Recorder and Times Website: http://www.recorder.ca/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/2216 Author: Mark Calder Bookmark: http://www.mapinc.org/find?137 (Needle Exchange) NEEDLE EXCHANGE PLANNED FOR TRI-COUNTIES DRUG ADDICTS Local drug addicts will soon have a place to trade used needles for fresh ones as part of a plan to reduce the spread of AIDS and hepatitis. The Leeds, Grenville, Lanark District Health Unit is in the process of designing a needle exchange program for the tri-county area. The Harm Reduction Strategy will also be a way to reach out to addicts to provide medical help and counselling. The provincially mandated strategy is being implemented after a Toronto study revealed intravenous drug use is a problem in the tri-counties, said Laurie Doxtator, special projects co-ordinator for the department of clinical services. Doxtator admits the program may offend some, but said it should be viewed as ...
NC Harm Reduction Coalitions Overdose Prevention Program Shows Successful Impact, Receives National Attention The North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition (NCHRC) is saving lives and bringing overdose victims back from the brink of death with its community-based Overdose Prevention Program (OPP). On April 9th, 2013, North Carolina passed one of the most comprehensive drug overdose prevention laws in the country called the
|p| --Recording will be sent to all those that RSVP--|/p| |p||/p| |p|"|strong|We know that if recovery is ever going to happen, we have to keep people alive".|/strong| |/p| |p||em|Mark Tyndall Epidemiologist, physician and public health expert|/em| |/p| |p||/p| |p|Eating disorders are complex conditions. With the many barriers to professional care and the stigma associated with eating disorders, vulnerable members of our community further isolate and fall deeper into their eating disorder. What if there was a compassionate model of harm reduction that is not judgmental and inclusive to everyone's journey? Join Gloria as she adopts harm reduction models for eating disorders. In this talk, Gloria will discuss actionable self-care steps for individuals who are going
The program, which combines research, health services, and community involvement in harm reduction strategies, will target eight West Virginia counties: Boone, Kanawha, Logan, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Raleigh and Wyoming. Six of the eight are among the top 25 counties in the U.S. in their per capita overdose fatality rates, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and West Virginia statistics.. The threat of an HIV outbreak here is among the highest in the U.S., said Gordon Smith, M.D., MPH, Stuart M. and Joyce N. Robbins Distinguished Professor at the WVU School of Public Health. Based on the CDCs analysis of a 2014-15 outbreak of HIV and hepatitis C in rural Indiana, and the high rates of poverty, overdose deaths, and hepatitis B and C infections we see in this region, it would not take long for a small number of HIV cases to set off a serious health crisis.. Feinberg and Smith are co-leaders of a project that will develop an integrated prevention, harm reduction and treatment ...
This is a very serious public health issue tied to a number of overdoses, hospitalizations and deaths across the country, said Dr. Hiram Polk, Jr., Kentuckys Public Health Commissioner. Heroin, particularly contaminated heroin mixed with carfentanyl, fentanyl and other toxic substances, is highly toxic and can lead to respiratory failure and death. As healthcare professionals and community leaders, we must be aware of the threat and take steps to address it.. Polk urged hospitals to stock up on naloxone (commonly referred to as Narcan), the antidote to heroin and other drug overdoses. He also stressed the effectiveness of the DPH harm reduction strategy, which employs a mobile pharmacy unit and on-site testing for Hepatitis C and HIV, in helping communities prepare to respond to opioid abuse and its related health issues.. The DPH mobile unit is staffed with pharmacists who visit various locations at the request of local health departments to provide communities with naloxone training. ...
Safe sex is defined as Sexual activity engaged in by people who have taken precautions to protect themselves against sexually transmitted diseases such as AIDS. [1]This is also referred to as safer sex, or protected sex, while unsafe sex or unprotected sex is sexual activity engaged in by people who have not taken precautions to protect themselves against sexually transmitted infections. Some sources suggest the use of safer sex is preferable to safe sex, as this reflects that risk is reduced, not avoided.[2]. Safe sex practices became more prominent in the late 1980s as a result of the AIDS epidemic. Promoting safe sex is now a principal aim of sex education. From the viewpoint of society, safe sex can be regarded as a harm reduction strategy aimed at reducing risks.. The risk reduction of safe sex is not absolute; for example the reduced risk to the receptive partner of acquiring HIV from HIV seropositive partners not wearing condoms to compared to when they wear them is estimated to be ...
Health effects of exposure to wireless devices, including cordless & cell phones, cell towers, Wi-Fi & Smart Meters, & harm reduction strategies.
Health effects of exposure to wireless devices, including cordless & cell phones, cell towers, Wi-Fi & Smart Meters, & harm reduction strategies.
Since the early 1980s there has been a largely uncritical acceptance among health authorities that harm-reduction measures among intravenous drug users is an important strategy to prevent the transmission of blood-borne viruses.. The main motivation for the urgent implementation of these policies was the feared transmission of HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) among intravenous drug users through unsafe injecting practices, mainly via sharing of needles and injecting equipment, and the wider community with whom they interacted.. Needle-exchange programs were introduced on the basis that intuitively they made sense. When the programs were introduced there was no evidence to support their efficacy nor were there any assurances that they would not cause more harm than good.. Central to harm-reduction think-ing was that these strategies did not necessarily seek to reduce the frequency with which users injected drugs but merely to minimise the harm those who continued to practise these risky behaviours ...
At the overdose prevention site in Moss Park, harm reduction workers will soon have another tool to help drug users avoid fatal overdoses - test strips able to detect the presence of fentanyl.
Tobacco Control Network is hosting a first webinar in a two-part series. This first webinar will focus on the state harm reduction proposals, and provide tools and messages to counter the industry. The second webinar will discuss electronic cigarettes; for more information please contact Ann Boonn at [email protected] ...
Harm Reduction Coalition advances policies and programs that help people address the adverse effects of drug use including overdose, HIV, hepatitis C, addiction, and incarceration.
If you work directly with any marginalized population where drug use is a concern, this forum is for you! There is no fee to attend and all front line and peer workers are welcome. A vegetarian friendly lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is required because space is limited. Please register via email to [email protected] citing Spring Forum in the subject line. Include your name, job title, agency affiliation and telephone number in the body of your email. Your completed registration will be confirmed by reply email and will include the venue location and travel directions. Thank you. [Source: Canadian Harm Reduction Network mailing list, http://www.canadianharmreduction.com/join.php]. ...
Carmarthenshire. NHS TRUST. YMDDIRIEDOLAETH GIG. Sir Gaerfyrddin. Do harm reduction techniques make an impact on smokers health?. Keir Lewis First National Conference Manchester 29 th September 2007. Bryan Curtis aged 34 St Petersburg Times 1999. www.whyquit.com. Slideshow 799455 by...
We offer support, grief counselling, harm reduction in St. Catharines, and surrounding Niagara area. Our group works within the community fostering change.
If you are fond of old, scary Vincent Price movies, it is a regular fixture, in fact, an obligatory prop - smoke, fog, mist.. Why indeed is death associated with cloudy scenes either panning upward towards the skies or slowly swirling mists on the ground?. Is it the symbolism for the Great Unknown?. One thing is certain and quite known, though, among medical and scientific experts: Smoke spells death.. A public health expert blames smoke, not nicotine, for causing thousands. of deaths caused by cigarette smoking each day.. There have been many decades of research on the health effects of cigarette smoking, and we have known since at least the 1970s that the primary cause of the cancers, heart and lung disease is the repeated inhalation of smoke, said Prof. David T. Sweanor, chair of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Health Law, Policy & Ethics at the University of Ottawa.. Sweanor is a Canadian legal expert who believes that tobacco harm reduction is one of the greatest public health ...
RESEARCH REPORT doi: /j x Full participation in harm reduction programmes is associated with decreased risk for human immunodeficiency virus and hepatitis C virus: evidence from
Integrative Drogenhilfe e.V. is a harm reduction service provider, established in 1986 in Frankfurt, Germany. They have a shelter for homeless PWUD/PWID, a highly frequented supervised injection site (DCR) in the Frankfurt Red Light district, a drop-in centre with an affiliated substitution centre in the inner city and a further facility called Eastside that provides a mix of services including counselling, a DCR, a shelter with approximately 100 beds, and training, amongst other interventions.. The main target group of Integrative Drogenhilfe e.V. are PWUD/PWID, mainly heroin and crack cocaine users with the majority being male. Their main HCV programme began in 2016 as a result of a study that showed a large increase in the number of people suffering from HCV in Frankfurt as well as some other problems including the frequent re-sharing of injection equipment and the limited knowledge of safe injection practices.. Although somewhat infrequent, services are also used by men-having-sex-with-men ...
Pubdate: Wed, 25 Oct 2017 Source: Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Copyright: 2017 Metroland Media Group Ltd. Contact: http://www.therecord.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/225 Author: Catherine Thompson Page: A1 DONT CLUSTER SAFE INJECTION SITES, COUNCILLORS WARN WATERLOO REGION - Potential locations for supervised injection sites in Waterloo Region will be made public by January, as Waterloo Region Public Health begins a feasibility study into whether the harm reduction service is needed here, what concerns the community might have and how to address them. A supervised injection site would provide a safe, clean place for people to use their own drugs under the care of trained staff. Its goals would be to reduce overdose rates and overdose deaths; reduce transmission of diseases from shared needles; help drug users connect to other health and social services, including drug treatment; and reduce drug use in public places and the amount of unsafely discarded needles and other litter. ...
Many of the strategies used by participants in the Staying Safe project could be adopted by anyone who injects drugs and the service providers who provide harm reduction education.. Front-line workers can organize informal peer education sessions where staying safe strategies are shared. Participants could be encouraged to share these strategies with their friends and acquaintances. Staying safe strategies can also be incorporated into existing peer harm reduction training programs.. Where needle exchange programs are unavailable, frontline workers and people who use drugs can advocate for their establishment. Established needle exchange programs could allow people to stock up on needles and other drug use equipment so they can have a long-term supply or share with others.. When offering one-to-one support, service providers can strategize with people who use injection drugs about how to avoid withdrawal, including brainstorming about how to keep their income and drug use in balance. ...
Harm reduction services and information are essential secondary and tertiary prevention tools, said Missi Wooldridge, executive director of DanceSafe. They give concertgoers the opportunity to obtain health and drug-specific education prior to consumption-- potentially preventing negative health consequences such as taking misrepresented or adulterated substances, dangerous drug cocktails, re-dosing, dehydration, heatstroke, or even death. This enables concertgoers to make educated and informed decisions. The goal is prevent concertgoers from even seeking or needing medical services. It switches the focus from treatment and triage to education and prevention ...
A drug addiction treatment center that offers long-term residential help is the only solution to heroin addiction; but if governments dont approve funding, that type of treatment may be hard to come by.. If heroin addicts dont have access to a long-term residential drug addiction treatment center they sometimes turn to solutions that simply reduce the potential harm caused by the addiction. Safe injections sites are a prime example. Insite, the first safe injection site in North America, is now under attack by Canadas Minister of Health, who thinks these sites condone heroin addiction. But at the same time, hes withholding funding for a drug addiction treatment center that could really handle the problem. Where is an addict to turn?. A safe injection site is just what it sounds like - heroin addicts go to the location to shoot up. They bring their own drugs, and inject them at the site. So, how is that a step in the right direction? The addicts use clean needles and thereby lower their risk ...
This study will be accomplished by allowing subjects to sample the products and choose one oral tobacco product that they will use instead of cigarettes for a two week period. After the two weeks, they will discontinue all tobacco use and withdrawal symptoms and abstinence rates will be observed.. Subjects will attend an orientation visit where the study will be explained in detail. Interested subjects will sign a consent form and be scheduled to return for baseline measures. Subjects will have a review of medical history to verify that they are in generally good health and do not have contraindications to the study products. Eligible subjects will collect one week of baseline measures while smoking at their normal rate: measures include daily diaries of smoking, questionnaires and urine samples. At the second baseline visit, they will receive samples of the oral tobacco products. The tobacco products tested are five novel oral products recently introduced to the market: 1) Camel Snus (higher ...
This is the first study of the relationship between sex trading and associated risk factors among NIDUs in Myanmar. Findings from this study indicate that 40% of the NIDUs engaged in sex trading within the last 3 months. This extremely high prevalence rate confirms that sex trading is an alarmingly commonplace in this impoverished Southeast Asian nation that can potentially place NIDUs at high risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. The findings of this study document that the higher prevalence of sex trading among NIDUs is similar to the risk level of injection drug users carried out in different developing and developed nations [11, 23-25].. Our findings indicate that stimulant drug use is associated with involvement in sex trading among our sample. This is in line with previous observations that stimulant users often engage in sex trading and high-risk sexual behaviors with multiple sex partners [26-28]. Evidence also shows that some drug users traded sex for drugs, rather than ...
Last week (September 27, 2000), the Methamphetamine and Club Drug Anti-Proliferation Act was incorporated into the Childrens Health Act of 2000 (H.R. 4365), and passed by both the House and Senate. The Childrens Health Act of 2000 has been delivered to President Clinton for his signature. He is expected to sign it, perhaps as early as October 4.. A legislative analysis by Richard Glen Boire, J.D., of the Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics, showed that the information ban was unconstitutional, and that banning harm-reduction and other accurate information about Ecstasy would irresponsibly endanger users, including thousands of young adults. This analysis also revealed that equating Ecstasy with methamphetamine for sentencing purposes would unintentionally set up an incentive for dealers to sell bogus and adulterated Ecstasy. Mr. Boires analysis pointed out that such a policy would significantly increase rather than decrease the individual and social harms associated with Ecstasy use. (See ...