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(Harm Reduct J[TA])
633 results
  • I could take the judgment if you could just provide the service: non-prescription syringe purchase experience at Arizona pharmacies, 2018. [Journal Article]
    Harm Reduct J 2019; 16(1):57Meyerson BE, Lawrence CA, … Kennedy A
  • CONCLUSIONS: Non-prescription syringe sales in community pharmacies are a missed opportunity to improve the health of PWID by reducing syringe sharing and reuse. Yet, current pharmacy syringe sales refusal and stigmatization by staff suggest that pharmacy-level interventions will be necessary to impact pharmacy practice. Lack of access to sterile syringes reinforces health risk behaviors among PWID. Retail syringe sales at pharmacies remain an important, yet barrier-laden, element of a comprehensive public health response to reduce HIV and hepatitis C among PWID. Future studies should test multilevel evidence-based interventions to decrease staff discrimination and stigma and increase syringe sales.
  • Needle exchange programmes in Visegrad countries: a comparative case study of structural factors in effective service delivery. [Journal Article]
    Harm Reduct J 2019; 16(1):54Kender-Jeziorska I
  • CONCLUSIONS: The study addresses a highly unexplored topic of the functioning of harm reduction organisations in East-Central Europe. It sheds light on the environment of analysed services, identifying a number of structural factors in effective service delivery in the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary. The research confirms the significant role of the barriers and facilitators in the services' performance. It highlights the relationships between various elements of the needle exchange programmes' environment, suggesting holistic strategies for addressing them. It also provides a potential starting point for further research.
  • Supporting peer researchers: recommendations from our lived experience/expertise in community-based research in Canada. [Letter]
    Harm Reduct J 2019; 16(1):55Ibáñez-Carrasco F, Watson JR, Tavares J
  • Community-based research in HIV in Canada is a complex undertaking. Including peer researchers living with HIV meaningfully is intricate and costly. However, this inclusion guarantees results that translate to community action, policy-making, and public awareness. Including HIV+ peer researchers expedites the path from research to intervention. However, we must constantly review our support in li…
  • Geographic distribution of risk ("Hotspots") for HIV, HCV, and drug overdose among persons who use drugs in New York City: the importance of local history. [Journal Article]
    Harm Reduct J 2019; 16(1):53Des Jarlais DC, McKnight C, … Cooper HLF
  • CONCLUSIONS: Heroin and cocaine use requiring treatment were reported from almost all ZIP codes in New York City, indicating needs for widely dispersed harm reduction services. Identified hotspots should be targeted for reducing sexual transmission of HIV, transmission of HCV, and drug overdoses. Some of the hotspots have persisted as problem drug use areas for 40 to over 100 years. Monitoring of drug use patterns in historical hotspot neighborhoods may permit early identification of and response to emerging drug use-related health problems. Persistent historical hotspots for problem drug use present a complex problem for implementing harm reduction services that deserve additional research.
  • Involving peers in research: the UNSW community reference panel. [Letter]
    Harm Reduct J 2019; 16(1):52Walker M, Beadman K, … Treloar C
  • There is limited literature about how to best "do" community involvement in research and no one model of community involvement in research that has been shown to be more effective than others. This paper presents one way to receive the input of people with experiences relevant to research with marginalised groups, including people who use and inject drugs. The UNSW Community Reference Panel is a …
  • Mortality among male smokers and smokeless tobacco users in the USA. [Journal Article]
    Harm Reduct J 2019; 16(1):50Rodu B, Plurphanswat N
  • CONCLUSIONS: This is the first simultaneous mortality follow-up study of older American male smokers and ST users. ST users did not have excess mortality from any smoking-related diseases, but younger users had an elevation in deaths from other causes.
  • Prospective client survey and participatory process ahead of opening a mobile drug consumption room in Lisbon. [Journal Article]
    Harm Reduct J 2019; 16(1):49Taylor H, Curado A, … Maria JS
  • CONCLUSIONS: Continual participation of PWUD and other community members will be necessary to maximize the public health and social impacts of this intervention, relative to this baseline. The plan to continue the participatory and peer-led development of the MDCR includes integrating peer workers, clients, and local community members within the operation, management, and evaluation of the service. This research adds to a growing literature about drug consumption rooms (DCRs) in Europe, which is especially limited concerning MDCRs.
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