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Harm Reduction and Treatment Services for People in Rural Areas Who Use Psychostimulant Drugs

Posted 4/21/2021 (updated 9/2/2021)

People who use psychostimulants, whether exclusively or concurrently with use of other drugs such as opioids, have specific risks and needs. Currently, however, rural areas are significantly lacking in harm reduction and treatment programs that address psychostimulant use despite pressing need for such services, especially services for people who use methamphetamines. This News Brief describes the need for services for psychostimulant use and the types of harm reduction and treatment services that are needed. A companion document defines psychostimulants, explains motivations for use and harms they can cause, and describes the impact of COVID-19 on psychostimulant use.