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Drugs & People Who Use Them

Drug use is a complex, multi-faceted phenomenon that encompasses a range of behaviors. People who use drugs are complex, multi-faceted individuals who are more than their behaviors (i.e. drug use).

While there are inherent risks associated with drug use – whether related to where drugs are used, how they are used, and what kind or quality of drugs are being ingested – some ways of using drugs are clearly safer than others. This section outlines various options for people to approach their drug use consciously and minimize harm.

This section also provides information  on harm rooted in drug-related stigma and discrimination, as opposed to the drug use itself.

Drug Information & Safer Drug Use

Harm reduction tips and tools on individual drugs, including general information and safer use strategies. Also, a comprehensive (and growing) list of online resources specifically for people who use drugs.

Drug-Related Stigma

Information and resources about drug-related stigma.


 New York Health Benefit Exchange: What Does it Mean for You? 

The New York Health Benefit Exchange is where New Yorkers will shop for, compare and enroll in health insurance coverage. You will have a choice of health plans; help finding the plan that best meets your needs; and, for eligible persons, federal tax credits to help pay for coverage. Health insurance offered on the Exchange will include a comprehensive set of benefits. The Exchange will begin enrollment on October 1, 2013 for health insurance coverage that starts on January 1, 2014.

To learn more and to sign up for updates, visit www.HealthBenefitExchange.ny.gov or email exchange@health.state.ny.us.

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