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August 2022

Info on the Burden of Injection Drug Use: New to the NPIN Database!

The Coalition for Applied Modeling for Prevention (CAMP), a CDC partner, released a new set of publications examining in depth the ways that injection drug use affects Americans’ health. CAMP is funded through the NCHHSTP Epidemiologic and Economic Modeling Agreement (NEEMA).


The information, released in late July 2022, shows that an estimated 3.7 million people in the U.S.—or about 1.5% of the adult population—injected drugs in 2018. This figure is roughly five times higher than a previous estimate from 2011. CAMP estimates also showed a sharp rise in overdoses and overdose deaths among people who inject drugs (PWID). The number of estimated overdose deaths in 2018 was three times higher than in 2007.

Overdose is not the only health threat that comes with more injection drug use. PWID have an increased risk of certain infections, including HIV and viral hepatitis. With more injection drug use, new HIV and viral hepatitis infections may threaten the progress the U.S. has made in preventing those diseases.

There are evidence-based public health strategies that are proven to reduce harm from injection drug use. These strategies include syringe service programs (SSP) that provide clean syringes to PWID as well as better access to addiction treatment services and to naloxone, the medicine that reverses an opioid overdose. The CAMP studies suggest a need for more widespread, quality services for people who inject drugs to help reduce overdoses and overdose deaths, and to limit the spread of infectious diseases.

You can read the publications—plus find shareable graphics and a press release—through the NPIN database.

New & Notable

The following represent some of the materials recently uploaded to NPIN’s Materials Database.

Sexual Health and Your Patients: A Provider’s Guide — National Coalition for Sexual Health

Materials Spotlight

August is National Immunization Awareness Month. Parents and youth across the country are also preparing for, or going, back to school. Here are some selections from NPIN’s Materials Database related to these observations:

School Mental Health Professionals Supporting LGBTQ Youth Webinar — GLSEN; American School Counselor Association; American Council for School Social Work; School Social Work Association of America

Fact sheet on Hepatitis B symptoms, testing, prevention, and treatment guidance — Planned Parenthood

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Check out these resources from CDC programs and NPIN’s Database.

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