Harm Reduction Strategies for People Who Inject Drugs: Considerations for Pharmacists

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More than 18 million people in the U.S. misuse prescription-type opioids, heroin, cocaine, or methamphetamine. Injection and snorting/smoking are routes of administration used by millions of people who use drugs (PWUD) during their lifetime. Overdose is just one of several significant health risks associated with illicit drug use, particularly use by injection.

The toolkit provides quick tips and guideline summaries in the following areas of harm reduction:

  • Consequences of injection drug use
  • Harm reduction services, activities, and policies
  • Stigma
  • Potential barriers
  • Professional and policy support
  • Resources, references, and data sources
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