Harm Reduction Services to Prevent and Treat Infectious Diseases in People Who Use Drugs.
Infectious disease clinics of North America
Substance Abuse, Intravenous, Harm Reduction, Communicable Diseases
This article reviews the principles of harm reduction, evidence-based harm reduction strategies such as syringe service programs and supervised injection facilities, and provides approaches to integrating a harm reduction approach into clinical practice. As providers strive to increase capacity to treat underlying substance use disorder, we must also recognize that some people may continue to use drugs. In this setting, providers can still deliver nonjudgmental, individualized care, and advocate for the health and safety of people who inject drugs.
Thakarar, Kinna; Nenninger, Katherine; and Agmas, Wollelaw, "Harm Reduction Services to Prevent and Treat Infectious Diseases in People Who Use Drugs." (2020). Maine Medical Center. 1891.