An analysis of the termination of an established needle exchange a study of claims and their impact

When students gain direct experience with more egalitarian ways of interacting with future patients and colleagues that they would not have experienced in standard clinical environments, they are more likely to be capable of improving the culture of their profession throughout their career.

Why students should organize NEPs We argue that students, especially students in the health professions such as medicine, nursing, public health, and pharmacy and related fields such as law, sociology, criminology, social work, and many others have the potential to play important roles in advocating for and expanding access to harm reduction services, such as NEPs.

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This makes students capable of directly managing the programs they build, building their self-reliance, problem-solving, and leadership skills. This presents a significant challenge for student-run free medical clinics, as oversight must be provided at all times, usually by faculty with little free time. Conclusion We therefore encourage students to learn about and consider organizing needle exchanges during their training. Our hope here is to provide a rationale that helps students and their mentors understand how organizing an NEP is relevant to their future practices in medicine and public health. In contrast, NEPs are cheap, have little overhead, require no clinical oversight, and train aspiring health professionals in solidarity with an underserved population and on-the-ground advocacy, aspects frequently missing from clinical training, despite their importance. Our experience in Orange County was that our position as health professions students offered us the legitimacy needed to build a supportive coalition, raise funds, and do the other work necessary to convince public health authorities to approve our NEP despite opposition from police and county officials. We encourage student organizers to embrace this learning curve and discuss issues with other harm reductionists nearby or not and their potential clients.

Depending on the services offered, students may become proficient in wound care and abscess drainage, concrete clinical skills useful in many health fields. Whereas previous studies have focused on the effectiveness of needle-exchange programs, we offer an analysis of a unique event, the closure of a well-established needle-exchange.

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We encourage students and their mentors to consider learning about harm reduction and organizing an NEP as an important way to benefit their community and develop as health professionals. Further, students can have significant public influence and gain access to policymakers often denied to other segments of the public because they are entering respected professions.

Consequently, students can generate tremendous benefits to their community without performing beyond their appropriate clinical limitations. Consequently, education and policy change alongside program implementation are important goals for harm reduction advocates.

Overcoming stigma Stigma against PWID, homeless people, sex workers, transgender people, undocumented immigrants, and other marginalized groups that benefit from NEPs exist in medicine, and negative attitudes of current practitioners are seen and internalized by students.

This makes students capable of directly managing the programs they build, building their self-reliance, problem-solving, and leadership skills.

the public health impact of needle exchange programs in the united states and abroad

In doing so, students gain important leadership skills relevant to their careers, such as interpreting statutes, navigating political power, engaging with their community, developing strategy, presenting to the media, and others.

In addition, due to their relative simplicity, needle exchanges do not require much of the licensing, clinical knowledge, and infrastructure associated with more traditional student programs, such as student-run free medical clinics.

Frequently we hear volunteers at our NEP state their surprise at the positive, kind, friendly, and often fun environment found there and in many other harm reduction organizations. By organizing NEPs, students are able to simultaneously advance harm reduction and lead their educational institutions towards the social justice orientation recognized as being essential to promote health and equality.

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The impact of a needle exchange's closure.