Dean Lisa Rosen-Metsch Published in The International Journal of Drug Policy
Dean Lisa Rosen-Metsch, Ph.D. co-authored an article in The International Journal of Drug Policy titled, "Syringe Services Program (SSP) Operational Changes During the COVID-19 Global Outbreak."
June 16, 2020
The article examines how the lack of SSP services, particularly access to syringes and HIV/HCV testing, increases risk for silent HIV and HCV outbreaks, masked by the current COVID-19 pandemic. The article recommends integrating prevention through mask provision and health promotion through education, hand sanitizer, and food distribution and states that SSPs should be utilized in the agile public health response to COVID-19 in this vulnerable and underserved population, mitigating demand on overwhelmed hospital systems.