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JUN15

In Passing Opioid Legislation, the House Opts for Quantity Over Quality

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives continued on with its prodigious passage of opioid crisis-related legislation, passing 37 separate bills designed to address the issue from a wide variety of angles. However, while the House has certainly not been lacking in terms of the quantity of opioid bills passed as of late, the quality of said bills—or at the very least their relative impact on a crisis that takes the lives of 115 people every day in the United States—is still in doubt.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, June 15, 2018


MAY25

As Congress Focuses on Opioids, Methamphetamine & Other Drugs Go Unaddressed

As recently as 5 years ago, much of Congress was either unaware of or untroubled by the opioid epidemic that was impacting their constituencies, and the amount of time they devoted to opioid misuse was woefully insufficient for the scale of crisis at hand. Today, that imbalance has certainly been righted, but many treatment providers and public health experts across the country are worried that hyperfocus on opioids is coming at the expense of other drug crises that demand attention.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, May 25, 2018


MAY18

Amanda Reese: People who Use Drugs Deserve Compassionate Care

Amanda Reese is part of the team at Open Aid Alliance, a grantee of the Syringe Access Fund, which is managed by AIDS United. Open Aid Alliance is a Montana organization dedicated to engaging and empowering hard to reach, underserved people by promoting harm reduction and compassionate care. May is Hepatitis Awareness Month, so we caught up with Amanda to learn more about the intersections of drug use, HIV, and Hepatitis; Open Aid Alliance's syringe service program; and what motivates her to do this critical work.

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Communications Manager - Friday, May 18, 2018


MAY14

Meet Sarah Ziegenhorn: Harm Reduction Powerhouse

Sarah Ziegenhorn is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Iowa Harm Reduction Coalition (IHRC), a grantee of the Syringe Access Fund. She oversees the organization’s community outreach, overdose prevention, legislative advocacy, and harm reduction education programs, as well as development and evaluation. May is Hepatitis Awareness Month, so we caught up with Sarah to learn more about the intersections of drug use, HIV, and Hepatitis; her state advocacy work; and what inspires her to keep fighting.

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Communications Manager - Monday, May 14, 2018


APR27

In Congress’s Rush to Pass Opioid Legislation, Funding Falls by the Wayside

Keen to show the American public that there is indeed a sense of urgency in Congress to tackle rising levels of problematic substance use that took the lives of 63,600 Americans in 2016, both the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee and the House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee advanced an overwhelming amount of opioid-related legislation, with 56 bills advancing in the House alone. Unfortunately, any joy there is to be gleaned from the quantity of bills that have been put forward this week and their individual merits is more or less snuffed out by the absence of any new funding in the House and Senate legislative packages

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, April 27, 2018


APR20

In Massachusetts, a Troubling Cluster of New HIV Infections Among Injection Drug Users

This month, a team of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) investigators is heading to northeast Massachusetts to assist the state’s department of public health (DPH) address a cluster of new HIV infections among people who inject drugs and/or experience homelessness. Preliminary data from the Lowell and Lawrence region shows 52 new HIV cases in 2017 among injection drug users, compared to 23 in 2016.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, April 20, 2018


MAR20

Harm Reduction is Critical in Indian Communities

Gwayakobimaadiziwin Bad River Needle Exchange provides Native Americans, and others, living in and around the Bad River Indian Reservation with access to sterile injection equipment, naloxone and the means to dispose of used injection equipment in a safe and responsible manner.

Posted By: Guest Blogger: Philomena Kebec, Gwayakobimaadiziwin Bad River Needle Exchange - Tuesday, March 20, 2018


MAR09

Congressional Sex Trafficking Bills Not In The Best Interest of Sex Workers

The Senate is scheduled to vote next week on the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA), the Allow States and Victims to the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA), or another similar iteration of the legislation, as early as Monday. Both SESTA and FOSTA legislation would extend criminal and civil liability to online platforms for posts about sex trafficking and sex work. Facing huge new liabilities, the law could lead to platforms over-censoring user generated content or shuttering completely.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, March 09, 2018


JAN12

In Northern Kentucky, Fears of Another Injection Drug Use-Driven HIV Outbreak Mount

State health labs and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have begun investigating a cluster of new HIV infections in Northern Kentucky. The counties of Kenton and Campbell are home to 18 people who were newly diagnosed as HIV positive in 2017 and who reported syringe sharing behaviors. Concern is mounting that the 40% rise in HIV rates from 2016 to 2017 in Northern Kentucky may indicate an emerging injection drug use-driven, Scott County, Indiana-like HIV outbreak.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, January 12, 2018


DEC19

Our Top Blogs and Articles from 2017

Looking for some holiday reading? Check out these pieces from the past year!

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Communications Manager - Tuesday, December 19, 2017



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