Are Syringe Exchange Programs Helpful or Harmful? New Evidence in the Wake of the Opioid Epidemic

@article{Packham2019AreSE,
  title={Are Syringe Exchange Programs Helpful or Harmful? New Evidence in the Wake of the Opioid Epidemic},
  author={Analisa Packham},
  journal={ERN: Government Expenditures \& Health (Topic)},
  year={2019}
}
  • Analisa Packham
  • Published 1 July 2019
  • Medicine
  • ERN: Government Expenditures & Health (Topic)
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