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Injection Drug Use: Wound and Skin Changes

August 31 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT

This webinar is the third in a three-day Harm Reduction Series consisting of:

Skin infection in people who inject drugs (PWID) poses significant risks, including endocarditis, septicemia, and necrotizing fasciitis, which increase morbidity and healthcare costs for this population. To prevent the progression and spread of wounds in PWID, providers must be educated on the complications of drug use in this population and create trusting relationships with PWID to ensure engagement in care.

This webinar will take place on August 31 at 1:00pm EDT. Topics explored will include:

  • Skin and wound changes in people who inject drugs
  • Physical and psychosocial issues affecting wound care

Continuing education credits are available for this webinar, pending accreditation.


Barbara Ann Datres Pieper, PhD, RN, CWOCN, ACNS-BC, FAAN is a retired nurse practitioner and professor who taught at Wayne State School of Nursing for 40 years. Her clinical expertise and research is focused on Wound Ostomy Continence (WOC).