Some cities in the United States are seeing a dramatic rise in new HIV infection cases among intravenous drug users.
Shared needles among drug users is a major contributing factor.
Another factor is the shorter half-life of Fentanyl, a synthetic opiate commonly used to "cut" heroin. Because the drug comes out of the system faster, drug users inject more often in a 24 hour period. More injections equal higher risk for HIV.
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A Closer Look At Harm Reduction
With the growing number of opiate users in the United States, creative methods of reducing harm are being considered and launched around the country.
San Francisco has always been on the forefront of harm reduction for drug addiction and the many social and health issues associated with drug use.