Although opioids are currently dominating the headlines, stimulant drugs like cocaine and methamphetamine never went away. In fact, more Americans use illegal stimulant drugs than all opioids combined, and recent data suggests they’re significantly contributing to our skyrocketing drug overdose deaths.
In September 2017, the Drug Policy Alliance held a groundbreaking convening, “Stimulant Use: Harm Reduction, Treatment, and Future Directions,” with social service providers, researchers, policymakers, the LGBT community, and people who use stimulants. Over the course of the day, more than 20 scholars, activists, service providers, and people who use stimulants spoke before an audience of almost 200 people. Drawing on their expertise, this report examines the following questions:
The report also includes recommendations for researchers, policymakers, and harm reduction, social service, medical, and treatment providers.