Presentation Title

Safe Injection Facilities?

Location

Martin de Porres 102, Dominican University of California

Start Date

4-17-2019 2:30 PM

End Date

4-17-2019 3:00 PM

Department

Nursing

Student Type

Undergraduate - Honors

Faculty Mentor(s)

Kathleen Beebe, PhD, RN

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

The United States has had problems with drug overdoses and abuse for decades. Countless of laws, legislations, and programs have been created with the sole intention of addressing these issues. While some have been found more effective than others, there has not yet been a single program that been totally efficient. However, because of the nature of drug abuse, there may never be a program that is one hundred percent efficient. Around the world, countries have been adopting this idea of creating a "Safe Injection Facility," where individuals with drug abuse issues can come in and SAFELY inject drugs. These individuals would be under the supervision of trained professionals who would be able to administer medications in the situation of an overdose, provide safe and clean needles to prevent the spread of bloodborne pathogens, and even provide therapy and information regarding detoxification programs. In my project I sought to teach bright nursing students the in’s and out’s of Safe Injection Facilities and whether they could or could not be a viable option in the United States given the controversial nature of the issue. Join me in discussing what I found and how the class went.

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Safe Injection Facilities?

Martin de Porres 102, Dominican University of California

The United States has had problems with drug overdoses and abuse for decades. Countless of laws, legislations, and programs have been created with the sole intention of addressing these issues. While some have been found more effective than others, there has not yet been a single program that been totally efficient. However, because of the nature of drug abuse, there may never be a program that is one hundred percent efficient. Around the world, countries have been adopting this idea of creating a "Safe Injection Facility," where individuals with drug abuse issues can come in and SAFELY inject drugs. These individuals would be under the supervision of trained professionals who would be able to administer medications in the situation of an overdose, provide safe and clean needles to prevent the spread of bloodborne pathogens, and even provide therapy and information regarding detoxification programs. In my project I sought to teach bright nursing students the in’s and out’s of Safe Injection Facilities and whether they could or could not be a viable option in the United States given the controversial nature of the issue. Join me in discussing what I found and how the class went.