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Researchers in Nevada, and throughout the world, are doing important and innovative multidisciplinary research in substance use behavior and policy, with a focus on improving health outcomes among people who use substances and a focus on harm reduction/minimization.

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Jeanette Bowles, PhD, University of California San Diego, Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health

For new members of 12-step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, naloxone can still seem like a symbol of drug use, according to new research. This can cause some people looking to kick drugs through these large abstinence-based fellowships—NA, for example, holds 70,000 weekly meetings in 144 countries, according to a 2018 survey—to decline to carry the overdose-reversal drug, seeing it as a relic of a past life.

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Why New 12-Step Members May Avoid Carrying Naloxone
University of Nevada, Reno, School of Public Health & University of New Mexico Health Sciences

The USA is experiencing increases in methamphetamine use and methamphetamine-related or attributed deaths. In the current study, we explore qualitative narratives of methamphetamine overdose and strategies used by people who use drugs to reduce the undesirable effects associated with methamphetamine use.

“It’s called overamping”: experiences of overdose among people who use methamphetamine