“Injection drug users say they often encounter discrimination in mainstream care settings; many delay seeking care until they’re extremely ill, at which point their care can be very costly, and that affects everyone. Indeed, any unsafe behavior (such as needle sharing) that raises the rate of bloodborne infection has significant consequences for individuals, communities, and overall public health. Many believe that improved community care that includes harm reduction measures can reduce rates of ED use, hospitalization, incarceration, and public drug use.”
Read the article, with text by Fiona Gold, BA, RN, and photos by Nettie Wild (it’s a fairly large PDF; if you have a slow connection, you can open the less attractive HTML version instead). And listen here to a podcast interview with Fiona Gold (it also may take a moment to download).