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New Campaign Seeks to Shift Opioid Conversation to One About Mass Incarceration, Health Care, and Racial Justice

"No Health = No Justice" moves to address the system as the problem, rather than people who use drugs.

By Kenyon Farrow

I Got Trained to Administer Narcan to Prevent Overdoses, and You Can Too

With opioid deaths at epidemic levels, everyone should attend a free overdose prevention training, Charles Sanchez writes.

By Charles Sanchez

Providing Medicine to Treat Opioid Addiction May Become Required for Substance Use Programs in New York

New York State regulators and harm reduction advocates work to ensure that abstinence-based recovery is not the only option for people using drugs.

By David Thorpe

Are We Doing Enough to Prevent Another Scott County? Probably Not

Thanks to an injection drug use-fueled HIV outbreak there which resulted in 200 people contracting the virus, Scott County is now shorthand for the type of syndemic opioid-related disaster that HIV advocates and public health experts are worried will...

By AIDS United

In Massachusetts, a Troubling Cluster of New HIV Infections Among Injection Drug Users

Preliminary data from the Lowell and Lawrence region shows 52 new HIV cases in 2017 among injection drug users, compared to 23 in 2016.

By AIDS United

San Francisco Will Be First U.S. City With Legal Injection Site to Prevent Opioid Overdoses; Others Scramble to Follow

Even as overdose deaths surge, the movement for "safe consumption" sites remains fraught with challenges.

By Tim Murphy

What You Need to Know About the Opioid Epidemic

Learn the basics about opioids -- and what you can do if you or a loved one needs help related to opioid use.

By David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

CDC Calls for 'Swift Action' to Prevent New HIV Outbreaks Among People Who Inject Drugs

In response to the shifting demographics opioid crisis, the U.S. CDC calls for the broad expansion of syringe service programs to reduce substance misuse and risk for HIV Infection.

By AIDS United

Decriminalization Is a Public Health Strategy

"As numerous public health champions have said repeatedly, we must take morality out of public health," Annette Gaudino writes. "Treating and curing active drug and alcohol users, and removing prison as the primary intervention for those with substan...

By Annette Gaudino for Treatment Action Group

Lives Won't Wait: A Day in the Life of a Syringe Exchange

What's it like to operate a syringe exchange in a highly regulated but still criminalized place such as Pennsylvania? Heather Boerner spent the day with Prevention Point Pittsburgh to learn more about the realities of HIV and overdose prevention, har...

By Heather Boerner