Assessing Overdose Risk and Protective Factors among People Who Inject Drugs in Puerto Rico
Funded by: NYU Langone Center for Opioid Epidemiology and Policy
Project dates: September 2023 - September 2024
Principal Investigator: Aponte-Melendez, Yesenia
While overdoses are common among people who inject drugs (PWID), little information exists on opioid overdose prevention and response strategies in Puerto Rico. This study will examine risk and protective factors for opioid-related overdoses among PWID in Puerto Rico. People who inject drugs and community stakeholders will be interviewed to explore their perspectives on what drives increases in overdose and potential solutions to reduce overdose death among Puerto Rican PWID. This study seeks to contribute foundational knowledge about overdose experiences in Puerto Rico and will assess multi-level factors contributing to overdoses, as well as barriers to and facilitators of overdose prevention resources.