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Active Outreach Pathway Effective Response to Substance Use in LGBTQ+ Community

Uploaded Date: 8/31/2022
Methamphetamine use in the LGBTQ+ community far surpasses that in the general population: in 2019, approximately 0.8 percent of the entire U.S. population used it, while almost 4 percent of the LGBTQ+ population did. Because of stigmatization, however, LGBTQ+ people who use methamphetamine or other stimulants may be less likely to reach out to social advocates for support. Deflection is a system of response that helps to redirect individuals with substance use and mental health disorders away from potential placement in jails and instead connects them to treatment and services. One of the Six Pathways of Deflection, Active Outreach is a particularly effective response to substance use by LGBTQ+ individuals.