Conference on Integrating Harm Reduction into Existing Service Provisions
On August 11, 2016, a harm reduction conference is offered for workers and residents of North Carolina interested in helping reduce drug overdoses in the state.
Held at Castle McCulloch, 3925 Kivett Drive, Jamestown NC, event registration begins at 9am, with the event held 9:30-4pm. There will be professional harm reduction training. “Integrating Harm Reduction Into Existing Services (Overdose Prevention and More)” will be presented by Keynote speaker Maia Szalavitz, author of Unbroken Brain. There will also be harm reduction speakers from across the US.
Registration is either free, or a small cost:
- No Continuing Education Units: $0 (free)
- With Continuing Education Units: $35
A small donation is requested to help cover lunch costs. Sign up for the conference via this link.
The event is designed to educate Social Workers, Outreach Workers, Medical Workers, Mental Health Workers, Harm Reduction Practitioners, people impacted by drugs, and peers.
Conference presentations cover multiple objectives for this harm reduction event:
- Provide harm reduction strategies to service providers who work directly with the drug-using population in an effort to help decrease STIs and drug overdose).
- Increase community capacity to use harm reduction strategies and services to respond to the “opioid epidemic” and rising overdose deaths.
- Connect and integrate harm reduction services into existing public health, mental health, substance use, blood borne pathogen, primary care and acute care programs.
The conference is followed by an evening Social, 6:30-11pm, at Castle McCulloch — an Overdose Awareness Evening Celebration and Remembrance of those Lost to Drug Overdose. Come for the remembrance and stay to network, talk, and listen to live local bands, view an amateur art auction, see a women’s empowerment act, and watch professional entertainers. They will be helping remember those lost to Overdose and to raise money to help prevent overdose deaths and raise awareness.
Evening bands include David and Mason Via (Bluegrass), Andy Eversole and Friends (Folk), Trailer Park Orchestra (Metal), Ascentia (Progressive Metal), and Ddub (Hip Hop).
The event is sponsored by three non-profit harm reduction organizations, all dedicated to improving the lives and social circumstances to people who use drugs and society. These organizations are NC Harm Reduction Coalition, NC Urban Survivor’s Union, and The Steady Collective. These organizations are made up of harm reductionist, health professionals, community organizers, activists, and community members. According to Louise Vincent of the NC Urban Survivor’s Union:
We are bonded together by the love and understanding we have for one another and this work. We are all dedicated to ending the war on drugs which is a war on people.
We practice harm reduction and believe in compassion and non-judgment. We believe that people need to find their own path to recovery and we dare not tell people what that must look like, rather we support them in their efforts to bring about positive change.
For more information, contact Louise Vincent via email
“Overdose Awareness Day” is August 31, 2016.
Ed. Note: Thank you for Louise Vincent, Urban Survivor’s Union, Executive Director, for providing this information.