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Opioid Overdose Among Persons Who Inject Drugs in Philadelphia: Witnessed Overdose Responses, Prevention Program Diffusion, and Environmental Risks

Posted 6/22/2021 (updated 9/2/2021)

In the United States, opioid overdose is an escalating public health issue resulting in untimely deaths. In Philadelphia, PA, the setting for this study, 907 overdose deaths occurred in 2016. Persons who inject drugs [PWIDs] often witness opioid overdoses. Towards this end, this thesis:

  1. examined reactions to opioid overdoses among PWIDs;
  2. investigated the diffusion and uptake of an Opioid Overdose Prevention Program [OOPP];
  3. assessed the study’s setting using the Risk Environment framework