Discover and read the best of Twitter Threads about #harmReduction

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1/ Improper face mask use can be harmful.

How to wear a face mask properly, a thread
2/ Whether or not there is a consensus on the preventative effect of a face mask on COVID-19 transmission, face mask have become common place in public and many people use them inappropriately. As such, let me use a #harmreduction lens, to provide instructions on proper mask use.
3/ Why a harm reduction lens. A harm reduction lens acknowledges that people ARE wearing mask, people need honest, non-judgmental, information on the potential harms and benefits of mask wearing. I’ll do this in 3 sections: The Facts; The Masks; and Best Practices
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🔥🔥OPEN LETTER to @govbc

Re: “Twelve Points for Action to Prevent and Manage #COVID19 for People who are Homeless/At Risk of Homelessness and People who use Drugs”

@adriandix @DarcyJudy @BC_Housing @ShaneLSimpson

#bcpoli #harmreduction
1. Handwashing stations immediately needed in public locations.

Today there were over 150 people on Pandora avenue in #Victoria; how are we prioritizing hand washing without access to clean water and sinks?
2. Immediately identify spaces for homeless and unstable housed people to stay at home and to self-isolate when symptomatic.

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I’m no virologist but I’m a drug scientist so here are my expert recommendations regarding COVID-19 and substance use. (1/11)

#COVID #coronavirus #COVID19US #drugs #alcohol #drinking #cannabiscoronavirus #ecigs #vaping #coffee #psychedelics #QuarentineLife #harmreduction
Your immune system and behavior not only affect you – they play a vital role in making sure our entire species is able to successfully battle this virus and minimize the number of deaths, because you are a potential vector for transmission. (2/11)
If you've been thinking you need to stop your heavy use of a substance, now is a critical time to claim your birthright as a human and gain full agency over your choices. Regardless of your use level, here're some pointers regarding substance use during this pandemic: (3/11)
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(THREAD) Now that I’ve taken a moment to process this horrific news, I’d like to discuss the impacts and precedence around this malicious decision.
#AbLeg #ABpoli
Injectable Opioid Agonist Therapy, or #iOAT, is a form of medication assisted therapy (MAT) for people with severe opioid use disorder.

To qualify, you must have already trialed oral MAT without positive outcomes.

That makes this group among the most at-risk.
People who access iOAT have among the highest retention rates for treatments, much higher than oral MAT and abstinence based services.

This means people who get on to the program adhere to the program. This stability greatly improves quality of life.
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So, I am at @UIHealth with my Black friend, a Black trans person. They are visiting someone who is in the hospital. While they’re standing in the hospital room, another visitor enters the room and punches them in the face. This person doesn’t say anything. [1]
They don’t greet them. Nothing. They just punch them.

I go directly to the charge nurse a woman named Isabel and I tell her what’s happened. [2]
She goes to the room at @UIHealth, asks my friend if someone has hit them, they say yes, she asks who, they point to the person, she paces back to me, and then gets on the phone. [3]
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Hear ye, hear ye!

Ye old #Alberta government has released its FLAWED, and GASLIT #SCS review report.

Associate Minister @jasonluan88 promised an unbiased perspective.

The only ones who look stupid here, are those of us who believed him.
Before we dive into the report, let’s talk about the Associate Minister and his esteemed panel for a moment.

Not a single member who has worked at or accessed an SCS; surely criminologists and retired cops will present an unbiased approach. 😒…
Next, let’s see what the Ass. Minister has had to say about SCS and #harmreduction.

Surely his beliefs about Big Pharma funding research for harm reduction, and that #naloxone is an enabler couldn’t have impacted the committees viewpoints?
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(THREAD) How to kill a life-saving public health intervention to the roar of thunderous applause.

The #UCP guidebook to gaslighting, misdirection, and nepotism.
#ABLeg #ABpoli
The @jkenney show was something to behold today—amidst announcements for treatment funding, those of us in #harmreduction waited in bated breath for some indication about the fate of supervised consumption services (SCS) in #Alberta.
While the SCS chatter didn’t start until after the announcements, the government’s continued negative attitude towards the service was in full force.

‘Those addictions counsellors, they’re the real heroes’

‘Those of you who got clean and stayed clean, you’re the real heroes’
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Jan is #HumanTrafficking awareness month. I am a violence prevention professional, have been a crisis advocate for decades, am a sexual health educator, & also happen to be a former sex worker. Some of my SW was consensual, some out of circumstance, some coerced/trafficked.
I don’t publicly “share my story,” as I find that whole concept to be othering, exploitative, sensationalizing, & inherently/recklessly keeping people stuck in their trauma. I do provide professional feedback & guidance that blends my professional expertise & lived experience.
So I don’t share details of my experience in a linear narrative publicly for other people’s education, edification, or mobilization, bc I think that’s a gross thing to ask a survivor of exploitation to do. I do sometimes weave bits of my experience into my public work as relevant
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Everyone: we need more activism in this #overdose crisis.

*Jess asks for help

Everyone: *crickets

#Calgary wake up! This person is trying to help your community and is doing all of the leg work!

#yyc twitter champions, can we get some traction on this cause?
#ABLeg #ABpoli
#Calgary has been significantly impacted by the overdose crisis in Canada—in fact this city has, year over year, been the most impacted out of all #Alberta municipalities.
This awesome human (@_Jessica______M) is trying to augment #hamreduction services in this community and could use some help.

She needs help finding a space—she also needs some funding. In a time when your #UCP government is freezing funding for pending sites, anything will help.
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1/“Criminalizing ppl who use drugs doesn’t just fail to make [them] safer & healthier, it makes them sicker & more likely to overdose in the shadows.” Read my new @Salon op-ed w/ @Louise_Arbour & Dr. Geoff Gallop of @globalcdp on #HarmReduction strategies…
@Salon @louise_arbour @globalcdp 2/ While the US has been fighting a failed war on drugs, much of the rest of the world has chosen a different path – one grounded in public health responses over criminalization.
@Salon @louise_arbour @globalcdp 3/ “It is time for all nations to…embrace a new global vision for drug policy based on principles of harm reduction and respect of fundamental human rights, including the right to health care.” @globalcdp @UNITE_MPNetwork @SICAD_Portugal @DPA_NY
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THREAD: As the evidence becomes increasingly clear that recent lung illnesses are caused by black market THC products, bans on flavored nicotine #vapor products are proving to be a misguided solution to this pressing issue (1/10)
E-cigarettes and other nicotine-related vapor products that consumers can buy in c-stores and #vape shops across the country are strongly regulated, with ingredient lists provided to @US_FDA (2/10)
Nicotine #vapor products have been tested repeatedly and shown no signs of the vitamin E compound found in illicit THC vapes believed to be the cause of these illnesses. FDA has been clear in warning consumers to stop vaping THC—not nicotine. (3/10)
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Tomm we start a journey at @ZuckerSoM w/ 3rd yr #MedicalStudents to enhance #Awareness #Education #Skills #Comfort #Hope re: #OpioidCrisis

13.5 hours - "#OpioidEpidemic" themed week (3rd iteration)

Follow/RT as Students, Colleagues, & I tweet - #OURcrisis

#MEDeD #RecoveryMonth
1️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ MS3 #Students

6️⃣0️⃣ Faculty/Facilitators

3️⃣0️⃣ Clinical/Non-Clinical Depts

#OURcrisis @ZuckerSoM

@GIMaPreceptor @DrYili @MartinsWelchMD @JoeCMD @medicmin911 @ektrenchard @ethanfried @ginofarina @LindaWDeMasi @AFornari1 @joemd @DrAhuja @santhoshpaulus6 @TomMcGinn4
#Strategic Full Circle
1. from Health System (need)
2. to School of #Medicine (access)
3. to Health System (access/mission)

Our #OpioidEpidemic themed week is part of a 30+hour 4-yr longitudinal 'Addressing #SubstanceUse' curriculum
#OURcrisis #MEDeD
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Hi, I’ll be live-tweeting today’s Chicago Board of Health public meeting. #ChiDocumenters
@ChiDocumenters #publichealth #chicagopublichealth
@CHIdocumenters Dr. Arwady reviews high-level updates from the dept, including an anti-#syphillis campaign, a research study on Chicago maternal mortality (#maternitymatters) that will be released soon, and a new program that will provide assistance to #newmom s at 3 Chicago hospitals.
Dr. Arwady shares info about the new training video aimed at Chicago employees who work with youth, centers a #traumainformed approach to working with them.
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Wrote this piece with the help of a great team including @DrKevinHill. Below I'll share some of my thoughts about #opioids and opioid use disorder and how they present in #hpm and #palliative care, plus why we need to do a better job of addressing #addiction at end of life. 1/x
2/x Training in #KY gave me a front row seat to the #opioidcrisis. With an interest in #hpm I kept wondering what would happen to these individuals who developed an OUD and years later were prescribed opioids. How would I keep those patients safe and manage their pain?
3/x I continue to think that our field will struggle in years to come when survivors of the #opioidcrisis age, develop serious illness, and develop pain. Thinking about this, and reading @jeff_deeney article in @TheAtlantic… made me want to do more.
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Over half way through the year and, at long last, Alberta Q1 2019 opioid reporting is made available. Let’s have a look at the stats shall we?

#abpoli #AbLeg…
“There continues to be a high number of accidental fentanyl related poisoning deaths in the province,
however, the number in the most recent quarter is comparatively less than the previous.”

Sounds like the harm reduction and overdose response initiatives are helping.
This begs the question, if we are in fact seeing a decline in overdose deaths, why are we pausing these services in communities that clearly still need them?

Now is not the time defund, delay, or discontinue supervised consumption services.
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This is my son. He is three months old and completely healthy. We adopted him from his birth mother who chose us. She also did everything she could to make sure that he was as healthy as she could. That means she was on methadone during her pregnancy. 1/?
That means he was born with an addiction to opiates. We worked with medical professionals to taper him safely off of the morphine he was prescribed. Without safe access to opiates being administered safely under the supervision of professionals, he would likely have died 2/?
He was given his last dosage two days ago. He is happy and healthy and I love him so much that my heart feels as though it could burst. He is alive today due to #harmreduction and today I’m reading about @jkenney acting to restrict access for people, the same access as my son 3/?
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Dear Rep. Rose:
13 million US adults vape. Almost all are ex-smokers. Recent survey of 750 vapers found that <10% write their representatives. I'm writing now. FDA declared a teen vaping "epidemic" in 2018 based on data from the National Youth Tobacco Survey...
Raw data from that 2018 NYTS survey were just released. 2.3% of under-age non-smoking teens vaped more than 20 days/month in 2018 (so may plausibly OWN an e-cigarette). No under-age person should vape, but this "public health crisis" has been blown out of proportion...
...And anti-vaping alarums continue, sounding increasingly shrill. e.g., The FDA recently issued a press release claiming 3-4 seizures per year may-or-may-not be associated with vaping. 3-4 out of 13 million? The highest health authority in the land sounding alarms...
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Harm reduction needs an analysis that includes #disabilityjustice.
Legalization won't address how capitalism values & rewards people based on their ability to work.

Many heavy drug-users (who are unable to participate in the formal job market) will continue to be marginalized & at the greatest risk of overdose death.
Addiction is a disability, but many #PWUD also have concurrent disabilities.
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Some person keeps lying about syringe exchange programs and saying that they don't work so here is a long thread on the evidence for harm reduction, with a bit at the end on how local public health and nonprofits function.
Syringe exchange started as a street program in the Tacoma, WA, because nobody was helping improve the health of folks who injected drugs. Dave Purchase showed people how to sterilize their equipment and told them to stop sharing needles.
That was 1988. It got attention almost immediately, because then as now, drug users are highly stigmatized in American society. But quickly public health folks wanted to see if this idea worked. Charles Eaton in NYC ran the first government-funded study of syringe exchange.
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if you have some time tonight to change how you understandstand the Downtown Eastside, there are some perspectives i'd like to share. for tomorrow
#DTES #vanpoli This is @johannhari101 speaking last fall. via @YouTube
we are still doing #harmReduction but
>>>>>>we must expand our concept of HARM [because clearly we did not]
[because everything became much more harmful very quickly
fatal, in fact
HARM is actually dynamic, a shapeshifter.
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A thread.

I've been following the debate over the recent @BrookingsInst paper on #HarmReduction w/ considerable interest. Although there's many things going on, what I've been esp interested in are divergent perspectives on appropriate standards for causal inference.

One of the reasons for my interest is that what I have termed "unreasonable" demands for causal inference are at the core of the political, social, and legal strategies that comprise what has been termed the #ManufactureOfDoubt.

The #ManufactureOfDoubt is a script that regulated industries have repeatedly mobilized to advance their economic and political interests, most notably to defend against #publichealthlitigationand to create a #regulatoryvacuum.

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i've had to make this point several times when speaking to council.

it would be great if nobody has to do this in the future. i'd like that. if i don't have to point this out, that would indicate to me that we've made a significant change
#vanpoli #vanelxn18
if we refused to wait until the obituary before acknowledging that people have inherent dignity, worth, humanity, all that
if the motivating impulse is resentment, the consequences can never be productive. it seems to me that this is a big reason why the #DTES is so utterly messed up. an endless spiral of resentment & blame & regret, such fierce desire for a past that never was
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Here at “Addressing Fentanyl- #harmreduction strategies to reduce overdose” featuring @DanCiccarone @jondocsin and Jon Zibbell w Maya Doe Simmons as moderator.
Ciccarone’s talking about the triple wave epidemic, starting with prescription opioids, then shifting to heroin, and this third wave with synthetics and fentanyl. #HarmRed18
The fentanyl problem is regional particularly on the east coast. His study was conducted in Baltimore MD, Lowell & Lawrence MA, Chicago IL, and WV. Their interviews and data collection was trying to treat it like a new drug, exploratory. #HarmRed18
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FREE NYC EVENT TONIGHT: "A tale of two crises: Reading images of social epidemic" to discuss contrasts between depictions of crack in 1980s and current overdose crisis. Should be interesting! RSVP here:…
Getting started!
Now Michael Shaw of Reading the Pictures- he looked at race and the Opioid crisis imagery. He quotes the “call for gentler war on drugs” from NYTimes.
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