In this show we will discuss evidence based practices and data informed research to demystify drug use, drug policy and Harm Reduction. Each episode we will discuss local and national trends in matters of public health along with the research and evidence that informs Harm Reduction practices. The majority of topics that to be discussed will directly relate to drug policy and its effects on our local Humboldt Community, the State and Nation. We will take a look at how the history of drug policy has gotten us to where we are and how we can move in a positive direction toward the future.
In episode 3 of #FactsMatter we're talking about stimulant overdose, also known as Overamping. We will discuss what stimulants are, what Overamping is, the signs and symptoms to watch for, and what you can do if you or someone else may be overdosing on stimulants. We also discuss polysubstance use and how that can effect Overamping.
Big thanks to the Harm Reduction Coalition and all their invaluable resources on stimulant use and Overamping. Below is some information on where we get our facts!
Al-Tayyib, A., Koester, s., Langegger, S., & Raville, L. (2017). "Heroin and Methamphetamine Injection: An Emerging Drug Use Pattern." Substance Use & Misuse, 52(8):1051-1058
Niloofar, B., Flay, B., Ketcham, P., Smit, E. (2013). "Illicit use of prescription stimulants in a college student sample: A theory-guided analysis." Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 132:665-673
Our second episode of #factsmatter is all about stigma, overdose prevention and the life saving drug, Naloxone. We dedicate this episode to the life of Dan Bigg and his invaluable contribution to harm reduction.
Here our some awesome resources and citations, because facts matter!
Strang, J., Bird, S.M. & Parmar, M.K.B. J. 2013. “Take-Home Emergency Naloxone to Prevent Heroin Overdose Deaths after Prison Release: Rationale and Practicalities for the N-ALIVE Randomized Trial.” Journal of Urban Health.
Binswanger, Ingrid A. et al. 2007. “Release from Prison — A High Risk of Death for Former Inmates.” The New England journal of medicine
Krinsky, Clarissa S. et al. 2009 “Drugs, Detention, and Death: A Study of the Mortality of Recently Released Prisoners.” The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
Huffington post piece on stigma and how it creates barriers https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-stigma-of-addiction-is-more-dangerous-than-drug_us_5968ee14e4b06a2c8edb45fe
This is our first episode and we're very excited! There might be a few mess-ups, but bare with us, we'll get better! This episode is all about the basics of Harm Reduction- its definition, its main principles, some history, and what we do at our program. Because this podcast is titled #factsmatter, below are some articles and websites that we referenced in this first episode!
Harm Reduction Coalition- harmreduction.org
Historical context of drug use- Crocq, M.-A. (2007). "Historical and cultural aspects of man's relationships with Addictive Drugs." Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience, 9(4): 355-361
Not referenced in this episode, but a cool article none the less about the role of people who use drugs in harm reduction work- Marshall et al. (2015). "Peering into the literature: A systematic review of the roles of people who inject drugs in harm reduction initiatives." Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 151:1-14