The first paper, “Promising Practices From a Naloxone Distribution Program” reports on the program mechanics of a peer-based naloxone training and distribution program located in Skid Row. The session will provide information over the program design including overdose reversals and naloxone kit distribution in the context of a harm reduction center.
The second paper, “Transitions Among Opiate Users” presents findings from a pilot project examining opiate use in Los Angeles. Transitions from prescription opiates to heroin were frequently reported, as well as transitions from heroin to prescription opiate use. Reported reasons for transitioning from prescription opiates to heroin, and from heroin to prescription opiates differed.
The third paper, “Treatment Preferences for Opiate Users” presents findings from a pilot project examining opiate use in Los Angeles. Results provide treatment preferences among the sample including treatment length and structure and program requirements.
At the conclusion, the discussant will provide summary statements to bridge the content from the three sessions together. The discussant will then initiate a discussion between presenters and the symposium attendees, encouraging consideration of treatment and research implications. It is anticipated that the timely presentation of intervention, treatment and current trends of opiate use will appeal to the SPR Annual Meeting participants, while addressing a gap in knowledge regarding opiate use on the West Coast