Opioid Use Among Those Who Have Criminal Justice Experience: Harm Reduction Strategies to Lessen HIV Risk.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: We reviewed the HIV and opioid literature relevant to harm reduction strategies for those with criminal justice experience. RECENT FINDINGS: Opioid use in the United States has risen at an alarming rate recently. This has led to increased numbers of people who inject drugs, placing new populations at risk for HIV, including those who have criminal justice experience. In recent years, there has been a gradual decrease in the number of individuals under the supervision of the criminal justice system. However, concurrently, there has been a rise in the number of individuals incarcerated in jails in rural counties that are at the center of the current opioid epidemic. We provide a number of harm reduction strategies that could be implemented in correctional settings such as access and linkage to medication-assisted treatment, connection to syringe exchange programs and safe injection facilities (where available), and the repackaging of pre-exposure prophylaxis as a harm reduction tool.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Brinkley-Rubinstein, L; Cloud, D; Drucker, E; Zaller, N

Published Date

  • June 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 15 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 255 - 258

PubMed ID

  • 29752698

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1548-3576

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s11904-018-0394-z


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States