Kora DeBeck's research suggests the criminalization of drugs presents barriers to eradicating HIV/AIDS.

Research, Public Policy

Study suggests drug criminalization undermines global HIV efforts

May 29, 2017

Kora DeBeck, Assistant Professor in the School of Public Policy, co-led a study that implicates the criminalization of drugs as a leading factor in the world’s HIV epidemic and a potential barrier to eradicating HIV/AIDS.

Her research, published May 14, 2017 in The Lancet, suggests that the effects of criminalization negatively affected health outcomes for people who inject drugs due to decreased needle and syringe distribution, increased syringe sharing, and an increased burden of HIV.

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