For the last three decades, Puerto Rico’s public health officials have unsuccessfully fought a full-scale public health crisis.
Today, the island has one of the highest HIV/AIDS infection rates in the U.S. and more than 50 percent of all newly reported cases come from intravenous drug use.
Overwhelmed and chronically underfunded, the existing framework of health programs struggles to serve the island’s estimated 60,000 intravenous drug users, so a patchwork of groups tries to fill the void.
El Punto en la Montaña, a group that offers medical supplies and services to addicts who live in rural areas, is of the few NGOs in Puerto Rico addressing this health crisis.
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