Circumstances of Overdose Among Street-involved Women: Drug, Set, and Setting

New York, NY

Today’s discourse about overdose crisis largely focuses on the adverse effects of opioids. Prior research, however, indicates that drug use experience is shaped by complex interactions of drugs with physiological and mental “sets” of drug users and the wider social and physical “setting.” We will use Zinberg’s “drug, set, and setting” framework to identify patterns of circumstances leading up to overdose among street-involved opioid-injecting women in Philadelphia. We will also discuss the relevance of current overdose prevention policies to realities facing street-involved people who use opioids.


Janna Ataiants, DrPH, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health

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