The Exchange: Issue 39; 2017

Safe Injecting Facilities Safer Injection Facilities are very much in the news this past week.  As the US opioid crisis continues, discussions on the implementation of new SIF locations are being discussed.  Good news, from a country that has seen many states reluctantly introduce Needle Exchange services in recent time.  Locations are being discussed in San Francisco, Philadelphia, Ithaca, NY, Washington DC and in the Cape Cod area of M.assachusetts. Data from a John Hopkins study indicates that a single facility, serving 2,000 individuals per month would cost $1.8M to run but the savings in healthcare costs, including emergency personnel, ambulanc

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The Exchange: Issue 38; 2017

Harm Reduction News from Around the World Summer’s Over…. We are in the midst of Hurricane Season and the trauma that this brings.  ABC News reported that needle exchange and drug treatment services in Miami, Florida, supplied users with up to one weeks additional supplies in advance of Hurricane Irma to ensure that users were not left short in the aftermath of the storm.  Research carried out by Andrew Golub of the National Development & Research Institutes in New York after Hurricane Katrina found that many users abandoned their recovery programs or did not follow harm reduction principles after the storm due to feeling additional s

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