North Carolina Harm Reduction / Drug Policy Conference is Apr. 24-25

NC Harm Reduction Coalition logo
NC Harm Reduction Coalition logo

The Southern Harm Reduction and Drug Police Conference is scheduled for Spring in Western North Carolina. Organized by the NC Harm Reduction Coalition, speakers will provide insight into topics of interest including syringe exchange, war on drugs, criminal justice, overdose crisis, opioid use, reality-based drug education, and more.

Conference registration rates, which include lunch, are:

  • Group 1: Presenters, People Residing in Red States Impacted by the War on Drugs, Transgender People, SSDP Member, HIV/HBV/HCV+ People, People with Scholarships — $40
  • Group 2: Active Student — $50
  • Group 3: Person from a Red States/The American South — $100
  • Group 4: Person from a Northern State — $300

The conference location is the Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center, 91 N Lakeshore Drive, Lake Junaluska NC (Haywood County).

Conference speakers include:

  • Chris Albert, Indiana Recovery Alliance
  • Tessie Castillo, North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition
  • Robert Childs, North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition
  • Nabarun Dasgupta, Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina
  • Jessie Garner, North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition
  • Mark Kinzly, Co-founder, Texas Overdose Naloxone Initiative
  • Deborah Peterson Small, Break the Chains: Communities of Color and the War on Drugs
  • Louise Vincent, Urban Survivors Union

A wide range of topics will be discussed.

An optional, pre-conference event is scheduled for April 23, 2018 and will include a Women of Substance Storytelling Workshop and more, followed by an evening gathering.

For more information, or to register for the conference, visit this link.

NCHRC is a comprehensive harm reduction program. NCHRC engages in grassroots advocacy, resource development, coalition building and direct services for people impacted by drug use, sex work, overdose, gender, STIs, HIV and hepatitis. NCHRC also provides resources and support to the law enforcement, public health and provider communities.


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