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Seeking a Living Solution: Barriers to Accessing Harm Reduction Resources for Black People Who Use Drugs in Urban Settings & Implications for Expansion of Harm Reduction in New York City

Tillet, Emily

The limited uptake of harm reduction resources by Black people who use drugs (PWUD) in NYC indicates that there are barriers for some marginalized groups when accessing justice-oriented care and resources for substance use disorders. This literature review examines these barriers to access by analyzing peer-reviewed articles and gray literature focusing on Black people who use drugs in urban settings. The review identifies important barriers such as intracommunity stigma, racialized criminalization of substance use, and medical mistrust which may be preventing use of overdose prevention services. Culturally relevant, inclusive policies and programs must be implemented, and currently existing programs must engage with marginalized communities to address these barriers and promote equitable access to harm reduction resources.

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Academic Units
Sociomedical Sciences
Thesis Advisors
Fullilove, Robert E.
M.P.H., Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
Published Here
April 24, 2023