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“I just felt like my doctor didn’t hear me ... and I felt like she had blinders on,” one woman said.
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Safe injection facilities represent the highest ideal of harm reduction services for people who inject drugs, yet in the United States remain almost prohibitively controversial.
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Judith Lewis Mernit’s reporting on harm reduction in rural California was supported by the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism’s 2018 Impact Fund.
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Syringe exchanges and overdose kits aren’t always reaching poor and rural Californians, but advocates of the harm reducation approach are trying to make that happen.
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The idea that moms who take the lives of their children deserve nothing less than a lifetime of incarceration ignores what we now know about maternal mental health, writes expert Diana Barnes.
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Sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise in Los Angeles County and they’re hitting communities of color the hardest. It's a problem that goes way beyond risky individual behaviors.
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Orange County has the second highest number of opioid-related deaths in the state after Los Angeles, and the epidemic is hitting hardest among people in their golden years.
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A common dilemma faced by law enforcement officials in Sonoma County California and across the nation: What do you do with someone whose mental health crisis does not yet present a major risk of injury or death?
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Now that President Trump has officially declared the opioid crisis a national emergency, data can inform how to properly tackle the problem, community by community.
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While U.S. teen birth rates have continued to decrease across all races and ethnicities, disparities persist. In 2014, nearly 75 percent of the teen births in Fresno County California were to Hispanic mothers.

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