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Syringe Distribution Programs Can Improve Public Health During the Opioid Overdose Crisis

Source: Pew Charitable Trusts

This issue brief explores syringe services programs (SSPs) and how they can improve public health. The paper describes the benefits of SSPs such as reduced rates of HIV and hepatitis C infections among people who use drugs, increases in SSP participants engagement in substance use disorder treatment, and the lack of relationship between SSP programs and increased criminal activity.

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Medicaid Delivery System Reforms to Combat the Opioid Crisis

Source: Academy Health and the Milbank Memorial Fund

This report provides an overview of Medicaid delivery system reform efforts aimed at addressing the opioid crisis. The report describe 2 models of delivery system reforms: adoption of the Medicaid health home model for opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment and innovations that improve warm handoffs and care transitions from different levels of substance use disorder treatment.

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COVID-19 Pandemic Impact on Harm Reduction Services: An Environmental Scan

Source: National Council for Behavioral Health

This report provides a comprehensive review of recent research about the effects of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) on substance use and people who use drugs (PWUD) as well as information from key informant interviews with 21 staff members from harm reduction organizations in the United States about the experiences of PWUD and their service providers during this pandemic.

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Patients & Caregivers

BASIS: The Brief Addiction Science Information Source

Source: Division on Addiction, Cambridge Health Alliance, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital

This website, BASIS, from the Cambridge Health Alliance’s Division on Addiction, provides weekly summaries of addiction science research for patients and their caregivers, policy makers, and clinicians. Users can subscribe to a weekly update of research summaries. BASIS stands for The Brief Addiction Science Information Source.

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National Alliance for Recovery Residences

Source: National Alliance for Recovery Residences

Website for the National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR), a national nonprofit that works to expand the availability of “well-operated, ethical and supportive recovery housing.” NARR works with 30 state affiliate organizations. Funding Source:  Membership dues, grants and conference fees.

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