We are raising money for a Medication Assisted Treatment & Syringe Exchange Program for vulnerable persons with substance use disorder, many of whom are experiencing homelessness. Bupe & Syringe programs save lives!
Why California Coalition for Harm Reduction's Work is So Urgent
According the CDC, it is estimated that in 2013, 3,096 of the estimated 47,352 diagnoses of HIV infection in the United States were attributed to injection drug use (IDU).
Studies investigating the effect of New York’s legalization of syringe exchange programs between 1990 and 2002 found decreases in HIV prevalence from 50 percent to 17 percent.
[Users] can substantially reduce their risk of acquiring and transmitting HIV, hepatitis B virus (HBV), and hepatitis C virus (HCV), and other blood-borne infections by using a sterile needle or syringe for every injection. (1)
Opioids were involved in 49,860 overdose deaths in 2019 (70.6% of all drug overdose deaths). (2)
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT) decreases opioid use, opioid-related overdose deaths, criminal activity, and infectious disease transmission. After buprenorphine became available in Baltimore, heroin overdose deaths decreased by 37 percent during the study period, which ended in 2009. (3)
Funding for these programs is very limited and difficult to obtain - that's why we need your help! Overdose deaths are at an all time high especially rising during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please donate and share our campaign today - it could reduce harm and save a life.
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