Patients & Caregivers

Hepatitis C Basics For People Who Use Drugs

Source: Harm Reduction Coalition

A patient education guide to prevention and treatment of hepatitis C infection for persons who inject drugs from the Harm Reduction Coalition. The guide provides information about hepatitis C, how it affects a patient’s health, how to be tested for the virus, and important considerations for treatment.

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Guide to Developing and Managing Overdose Prevention and Take-Home Naloxone Projects

Source: Harm Reduction Coalition

This manual outlines the process of developing an overdose prevention and education program in community settings including substance use disorder treatment facilities. The guide describes how to incorporate overdose prevention education into existing programs and provides detailed information on how to develop and manage a take-home naloxone program.

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Peer-Delivered Syringe Exchange Toolkit

Source: Harm Reduction Coalition, NYC Health

Experience has shown that traditional syringe exchange programs (SEP) do not reach all injection drug users, so staff members of SEPs in New York City developed a peer-delivered syringe exchange model. This toolkit provides examples of policies and procedures, provides a check list of considerations for program implementation, and offers advice for people considering creating a peer-delivered SEP in their community. Funding Source:  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Harm Reduction Communication

Source: Harm Reduction Coalition

A 2012 publication from the Harm Reduction Coalition which compiles articles and stories with a focus on preventing and treating hepatitis C infection in persons who inject drugs. The articles propose policy interventions communities can adopt and provide first person narrative stories from people with personal knowledge of hepatitis C, injection drug use, and harm reduction.

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Impact Evaluation of a Policy Intervention for HIV Prevention in Washington, DC

Source: Ruiz, M. et. al.

Before 2007, Congress prohibited Washington, D.C. from using municipal funds to operate a syringe exchange program (SEP). The prohibition was lifted in 2008 and the city initiated a SEP. This study shows that following implementation of the SEP program, injection drug use related HIV infections declined significantly, indicating that SEPs are an effective strategy to reduce HIV infection in populations who inject drugs. Funding Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse

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Evaluation of Needlestick Injuries and Other Exposures to Bloodborne Pathogens Among Officers in a City Police Department

Source: de Perio, M.A.

This 2016 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Health Hazard Evaluation Program looked at needle-stick injuries (NSIs) and exposure to bloodborne pathogens among law enforcement officers in a City of Ohio. The report compiles information about NSIs and blood exposure events experienced by law enforcement officers in the city

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Attitudes of North Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Toward Syringe Decriminalization

Source: Davis, S. et. al.

North Carolina researchers surveyed 350 North Carolina law enforcement officers about their experiences with needle-stick injuries (NSI), their perception of the risk of infection of HIV or hepatitis from a NSI, and their attitudes toward decriminalization of syringe exchange and distribution programs. Survey results showed that law enforcement officers

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Opioid Overdose Prevention – Spanish

Source: Veterans Health Administration

A Spanish language brochure about opioid overdose prevention from the Veterans Health Administration. It includes information about identifying an overdose, how to respond to an overdose, and steps to take to improve safety if one does choose to use opioids. Part of a series of resources about opioid safety for patients from the Veterans Health Administration. Funding Source:  Veterans Health Administration

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Opioid Overdose Prevention

Source: Veterans Health Administration

A brochure about opioid overdose prevention from the Veterans Health Administration. It includes information about identifying an overdose, how to respond to an overdose, and steps to take to improve safety if one does choose to use opioids. Part of a series of resources about opioid safety for patients from the Veterans Health Administration. Funding Source:  Veterans Health Administration

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Opioid Safety Brochure – Spanish

Source: Veterans Health Administration

This Spanish language patient brochure from the Veterans Health Administration discusses opioid safety with a focus on identifying opioid overdose and how to respond to an overdose. Part of a series of resources about opioid safety for patients from the Veterans Health Administration. Funding Source:  Veterans Health Administration

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