Interviews with American Indian and Alaska Native People Who Inject Drugs
Authors: Jessica Leston, Carolyn Crisp, Murilynn Crystal Lee, Elizabeth Rink
Publication Year: 2020
Journal: American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research
Keywords: Awareness; Health Care Access; Health Disparities; Social Determinants of Health; Injection Drug Use
Short Abstract: Abstract: This project gathered opinions, attitudes, and beliefs from American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) people who inject drugs (PWID).
Abstract: Abstract: This project gathered opinions, attitudes, and beliefs from American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) people who inject drugs (PWID). The primary objective of this study was to build formative knowledge around AI/AN PWID to help define and develop health care services and strategies by better understanding existing services, barriers, and challenges to seeking care. A total of 32 semi-structured in-depth interviews were conducted. AI/AN PWID reported a number of structural, social, and geographical barriers when trying to access health care. PWID communities critically need integrative health care service strategies and improved education about injection drug use (IDU), outreach, and prevention programs and resources. More low-barrier and streamlined access to needles should be coupled with other health care services for PWID. PWID are a key resource to help health care providers and community members correct misconceptions and better understand IDU.
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Type of Resource: Peer-reviewed scientific article