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Allen, Sean T and Grieb, Suzanne M and O’Rourke, Allison and Yoder, Ryan and Planchet, Elise and Hamilton White, Rebecca and Sherman, Susan . (2019) Understanding the public health consequences of suspending a rural syringe services program: a qualitative study of the experiences of people who inject drugs. BioMed Central. Harm Reduction Journal, 16 (33)

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This research demonstrates that the suspension of a syringe services program (SSP) in rural West Virginia increased risks for HIV/HCV acquisition and overdose among people who inject drugs (PWID). The suspension of the SSP led to community-wide decreases in access to sterile injection equipment and naloxone among PWID. The suspension of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department SSP should be viewed as a call to action for sustaining evidence-based interventions in the face of sociopolitical forces that attempt to subvert public health.

Item Type:Evidence resource
Drug Type:Opioid
Intervention Type:AOD disorder harm reduction
Date:May 2019
Publisher:BioMed Central
Volume:16
Number:33
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Subjects:G Health and disease > State of health
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Substance use prevention > Substance use harm reduction
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health related prevention > Health information and education > Communicable disease control
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health related prevention > Health information and education > Communicable disease control > Needle distribution and exchange
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Treatment and maintenance > Patient attitude toward treatment
VA Geographic area > United States

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