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Judith Mernit's Blog

The gap between African Americans and whites in controlling hypertension decreased by 58% from... more »
posted 06/13/19
"You can’t just waltz into a community of people who are marginalized and under threat, stick a... more »
posted 03/20/19
Syringe exchanges and overdose kits aren’t always reaching poor and rural Californians, but... more »
posted 06/26/18

Judith Mernit's Work

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.
The practice of harm reduction seeks not to shame people who use drugs into giving them up, but simply to provide them with the tools to improve their health.
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.