Drug-User Groups Innovate to Reduce the Risks of Using While Isolated

As COVID-19 continues to paralyze much of the world, people who use drugs wrestle with a collision of public health emergencies. Combining the overdose crisis, HIV and hepatitis C epidemics, chronic homelessness and mass incarceration with social distancing rules has created an especially noxious syndemic.

With accidental overdose still the most acute life-threatening risk to people who use drugs—and in-person harm reduction programs or healthcare widely curtailed or shut down—there is an urgent need for innovation.

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