The Feasibility & Effectiveness of Drug-Using Peers Distributing Naloxone & Injection Equipment
Organization(s): Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions (IRETA)
Apr 17, 2019
2:00pm – 3:00pm (1 hour)
Time Zone: Eastern
The use of peer-based recovery support has grown substantially in the last five years. However, given ongoing high rates of opioid overdose and addiction, another peer-based workforce has not received enough attention: peers who use drugs. Just as there is a long history of peers in recovery supporting peers seeking recovery, there is a similarly long history of drug-using peers helping one another stay safe and alive. This presentation will describe a peer-based program that employs people who use drugs to distribute naloxone and sterile injection equipment in Pittsburgh, PA. It will review basic harm reduction principles, the peer-based program model, and data on program effectiveness.
Target Audience: This near-monthly, free webinar series is open to all addiction and allied health and human service providers, as well as policymakers, advocates, and researchers interested in evidence-based approaches to substance use.