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Nevada, Reno: Member Publishes Article Examining Perceptions About Calling 911 in People Who Use Drugs

Dr. Karla Wagner, associate professor in social and behavioral health (SBH) at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Community Health Sciences, and her team of collaborators have published the new paper, “Post-overdose interventions triggered by calling 911: Centering the perspectives of people who use drugs (PWUDs),” examining what people who use drugs think about post-overdose interventions that use the 911 system for activation. Findings from this research suggest that, for people who use drugs, calling 911 to seek medical assistance for an overdose is a complicated act that is perceived to have serious negative consequences, which conflicts with their desire to summon help to save a life. Recommendations include using a patient-centered perspective that addresses the needs, values, and concerns of the people for whom post-overdose interventions are designed. The work was funded by the Nevada IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and involved MPH students, community partners, and faculty at UC San Diego and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).

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