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Needle Exchange Program

AIDS Action Committee Receives $200K Pfizer Grant To Expand Services For Injection Drug Users

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As the state continues to grapple with an epidemic of opioid addiction that has claimed nearly 4,000 lives in just three years, AIDS Action Committee’s Needle Exchange and Overdose Prevention Program is growing to meet an increased demand for services. A new street-based outreach program sends staff into the community to invite people who inject drugs to its drop-in centers. Staff can also provide services on the spot such as wound care, syringe exchange, and referrals to other services. AIDS Action was recently awarded a $200,000 grant from Pfizer, Inc. to support and expand this work. “Despite the continued surge 
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State Makes It Easier To Fight Opioid Epidemic

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For many years, AIDS Action Committee has been on the forefront of advocating for sound policies to protect those struggling with addiction. A decade ago we worked for passage of syringe decriminalization, pharmacy access to syringes without a prescription, and the Good Samaritan Law to empower those dealing with overdoses to seek help from law enforcement. A decade before that we pushed for the creation of needle exchanges to stop the spread of HIV among IV drug users. This month, AIDS Action succeeded in removing a major obstacle to fighting the opioid epidemic. Gov. Charlie Baker has approved a measure 
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Battling The Massachusetts Opioid Crisis

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In the past few years, widespread opioid addiction has devastated much of the Northeast, with Massachusetts being especially hard hit. According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, there were 1,089 confirmed cases of unintentional opioid overdose deaths in the state in 2014, which is a 63 percent increase from 668 such deaths in 2012, and a 20 percent increase over 2013’s 911 cases. This crisis has garnered national attention and was recently highlighted in the HBO documentary Heroin: Cape Cod, USA, which follows several young people as they struggle with injection drug addiction and the destruction their disease has 
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