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2022 Kaua'i Pain Conference Program

Forum: Comprehensive Public Health & Harm Reduction Strategies

Mar 5, 2022 3:00pm ‐ Mar 5, 2022 4:00pm


Public health and harm reduction strategies need to be broadened in order to save lives from overdose, limit the spread of infectious disease, eliminate stigma and reduce harms for people who use drugs and other substances. 

Particular emphasis must be based on evidence-based strategies, including naloxone, sterile needle and syringe services programs, and integrating the perspectives of the recovery community and people who use drugs for nonmedical use in the development and delivery of those strategies.

Harm reduction and other community based organizations distributed more than 3.7 million doses of naloxone between 2017–2020.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of individuals filling a naloxone prescription from retail pharmacies decreased more than 26%.

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