Since 2014, REACH researchers have been working on ground-breaking investigations into rural injection drug use in Puerto Rico. With the lab's community partners, El Punto en la Montaña, REACH's findings regarding people who use injection drugs (PWID) in rural Puerto Rico and their risk behaviors, social networks,
REACH researchers Roberto Abadie, Bilal Khan, and Kirk Dombrowski recently contributed to a paper published in the December issue of Drug and Alcohol Dependence. The study's aim was to examine substance use and polysubstance use behaviors in Puerto Rico's PWID communities. Polysubstance use is defined as "consumption
Members of the REACH lab published a paper in Substance Use and Misuse in November titled "Injection Partners, HCV, and HIV Status among Rural Persons Who Inject Drugs in Puerto Rico." REACH researchers Patrick Habecker, Roberto Abadie, and Kirk Dombrowski set out to identify network risks associated with
Injection drug users are at exceedingly heightened risk for contracting infectious diseases like Hepatitis C and HIV, and risk behaviors associated with drug use and sexual behavior contribute greatly to the prevalence of HIV and HCV in PWID communities. The injection drug user population in
REACH graduate research assistant Ian Duncan presented at the annual American Society of Criminology conference in November. Duncan's presentation titled "Hepatitis C Serosorting Behaviors: An Urban/Rural Comparison" focused on the comparisons of serosorting behaviors in rural and urban Puerto Rico among injection drug users.
Ian Duncan also
The New York Times Editorial Board released a piece on September 30, 2017 that details an 8-Step Program for understanding, reacting to, and treating Opioid Addiction. Find it here on their website or read below.
Opioid addiction has developed such a powerful grip on Americans that some
Ongoing results of studies concerning the United States War on Drugs uncover how policies have raised the incarceration rates of racial minorities for nonviolent, drug-related crimes, profoundly stigmatized drug users, and redirected resources from drug prevention and treatment to militarizing federal and local law enforcement. Yet,
While injection drug use poses a large risk for the spread of infectious diseases like HIV and HCV, people who use injection drugs (PWID) have developed a variety of methods to prevent such infection in their networks. For instance, one method is "serosorting"—a type of
Substance use of all varieties has seen great demographic shifts throughout the United States in the past century. While attention to drug use, trafficking, and addiction was once centered on urban populations and networks, epidemics like those concerning methamphetamines, heroin, and opioids have increasingly complicated
In Puerto Rico, the urgency of HIV infection is visible in shear numbers: the rate of diagnosis is the fourth highest in all the United States at 33.8 per 100,000 of the population compared to a national average of 19.7. Even more concerning is the