Category: Substance Use Disorders

Hot Topics: Training Medical Students to Organize Needle Exchange Programs

Jackie Werner Hot Topics in Research, Substance Use Disorders

Students as effective harm reductionists and needle exchange organizers Barbour K, McQuade M, Brown B. Students as effective harm reductionists and needle exchange organizers. Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy. 2017;12(15). http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s13011-017-0099-0. Background Needle exchange programs are safe, highly effective programs for promoting health among people who inject drugs. However, they remain poorly funded, and often illegal, in many places worldwide due to fear and stigma surrounding drug use. Continued advocacy, education, and implementation of new needle exchanges are thus essential to improve public health and reduce structural inequality. Commentary We argue that students, and especially professional and graduate students,…