North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition

North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition NCHRC is a harm reduction agency that engages in grassroots advocacy, resource development, coalition building and direct services.
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Harm Reduction International
12/26/2020
Harm Reduction International

Harm Reduction International

WATCH: The launch of the Global State of Harm Reduction 2020 report, featuring health and human rights experts from around the world.

The Global State of Harm Reduction is the only report that provides an independent analysis of harm reduction in the world. Now in its the seventh edition, the Global State of Harm Reduction 2020 is the most comprehensive global mapping of harm reduction responses to drug use, HIV and viral hepatitis.

https://www.hri.global/global-state-of-harm-reduction-2020

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5tAZYa9HYw&feature=youtu.be

#health #publichealth #harmreduction #gshr2020 #humanrights #HIV #TB #COVID #NSP #OST

Drug Policy Alliance
12/23/2020
Drug Policy Alliance

Drug Policy Alliance

"Moving past the violent vs. nonviolent false binary will allow the drug policy reform movement to affirm that while drug markets are not inherently violent, at the same time, unregulated drug sales can cause harm." -Kassandra Frederique, Executive Director of Drug Policy Alliance and Danielle Sered Common Justice.

Read this piece that challenges us to think beyond the false binary of nonviolent vs. violent.

https://truthout.org/articles/lets-reject-the-violent-vs-nonviolent-crime-dichotomy-to-end-the-war-on-drugs/

There are two factors at play here. The first is cultural—whether harm reduction providers like SSPs will be deprioritiz...
12/23/2020
Frontline Harm Reductionists Qualify for Early Vaccination—Will They Get it?

There are two factors at play here. The first is cultural—whether harm reduction providers like SSPs will be deprioritized by the states because of historical bias. The second, though, is logistical—how to vaccinate the any of the various kinds of health care workers who work outside hospital settings.

Some states, like North Carolina, reserve their Phase 1a vaccines for health care workers treating COVID specifically, but still address other types of health care workers by no later than Phase 1b.

“I think it’s going to vary a lot by state,” Kates said. “There are some states more supportive of syringe programs, and maybe their health departments will be more forward-looking. But I think there’s going to be others that … because of their own views and policies about syringe access might make different decisions. And in that case, yes, that group might be farther down the line simply because of that, and not because they’re at lower risk, which would be unfortunate.”

https://filtermag.org/frontline-harm-reductionists-early-vaccination/amp/

Frontline harm reductionists—including syringe service program (SSP) providers, peer outreach workers and hepatitis C testers—should be eligible for early COVID-19 ...

National Harm Reduction Coalition
11/26/2020

National Harm Reduction Coalition

⭐Naloxone Finder is Live⭐

Check out this new national resource designed for people who use drugs to locate where they can get naloxone for free.

To find naloxone near you, just click "Find Naloxone" from the top of any page at harmreduction.org

Harm Reduction Works isn’t just a “12-step alternative” harm reduction is a philosophy and way of life that every human ...
11/19/2020
Harm Reduction Works: An Exciting New Alternative to Narcotics Anonymous

Harm Reduction Works isn’t just a “12-step alternative” harm reduction is a philosophy and way of life that every human uses daily. Harm reduction is the foundation of life, our entire existence revolves around not dying. We do everything in our power to live as long as possible, through harm reduction. HRW is simply supporting a design for living, its compassionate it’s pragmatic and it empowers. This is the future of supporting people who use drugs, moderating drugs, or are choosing to abstain from drugs. HRW supports everyone along the entire continuum.

The biggest problem with 12-step isn’t actually 12-step, it is that so many people believe that it is the end-all-be-all of personal change or wellbeing,” Carroll, an assistant professor at Elon University in North Carolina, told Filter. “If there is someone who is interested in 12-step, they absolutely deserve and need to have access to that tool….The challenge comes when people are shuffled into 12-step programs when that is an inappropriate form of care.”

For example, if someone is coming into a support group from a situation of being abused, Carroll said, “the last thing in the world they need is a recovery platform that requires them to acknowledge their powerlessness.”

The pandemic is taking a toll on people’s mental health, and there’s likely no group more affected than people who ...

08/19/2020

DO NOT SEDN APPLICATIONS THROUGH FACEBOOK! PLEASE SEND COVER LETTER AND RESUME TO [email protected] TO BE CONSIDERED THANKS!
This is a reposting of this position previous applicants need not apply.

Job Location - THIS IS NOT A REMOTE POSITION. We are especially interested in applicants who have existing ties to communities in Vance and Granville Counties.

Agency Description:
North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition (NCHRC) works with people whose lived experience is shaped by drug use, sex work, poverty, incarceration, historical marginalization because of their race and/or gender identity and chronic health conditions like HIV/AIDS and hepatitis.

Description of Duties:

Run daily operations of NCHRC’s Syringe Services Program (SSP) serving people who use drugs in Vance-Granville Counties.
Do a mixture of fixed site and mobile exchange.
Provide individualized harm reduction education to participants on overdose prevention, use of naloxone, Hepatitis C Virus, STI and HIV risk reduction and safer drug use. Provide follow-up services to individuals who have recently experienced a non-fatal overdose.
Connect participants to NCHRC’s Linkage to Care Coordinator and Specialists when requested. Maintain up-to-date knowledge of local resources: healthcare, treatment and social services providers.
Do regular outreach to individuals and geographic areas within Vance-Granville area that are affected by drug use and/or sex work to connect them to the SSP.
Train and supervise Vance-Granville Counties SSP volunteers.
Distribute naloxone during dosing hours at methadone clinics at least twice per year.
Track data meticulously and report to supervisors all SSP transactions, naloxone distribution data and outreach contacts.
Complete and submit weekly timesheets and monthly invoices.
Participate in monthly training calls or in-person training sessions on best practices in SSP operations and harm reduction.
Attend occasional in-house workshops and training seminars for NCHRC staff as well as external professional development opportunities.

Experience:

Knowledge about drug use, syringe service programs, Hepatitis C, STIs and HIV/AIDS are required.
Must be able to discuss and share social, sexual, and other personal issues and experiences with individuals and groups.
Must demonstrate strong communication skills.
Be culturally aware and respectful of people who use drugs, people who do sex work, people living with HIV or HCV, currently and formerly incarcerated people, the LGBTQI community and individuals from different racial and ethnic backgrounds
Maintain strict confidentiality and treat all participants non-judgmentally and with warmth and positive regard.
Must be able to work flexible hours.
Person must be comfortable with harm reduction framework. People who are HIV/hepatitis positive, have a history of drug use, sex work, or incarceration are strongly encouraged to apply.
Have an ability to thrive while working autonomously.
Ability to establish and maintain ethical relationships with SSP participants.


NCHRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. People of color, the LGBTQI community, and individuals who have personal experience with drug use, sex work, HIV, HCV and incarceration are strongly encouraged to apply. If you are comfortable, please include information about your lived experience in the cover letter.

Send your resume and cover letter to NCHRC's hiring committee at [email protected] by September 1st.

With the majority of incarcerated people ineligible for compassionate release, states need direct mechanisms for decarce...
06/15/2020
Compassionate release was never designed to release large numbers of people

With the majority of incarcerated people ineligible for compassionate release, states need direct mechanisms for decarceration — such as mass commutations and expedited parole — to save lives during a global pandemic.
https://www.prisonpolicy.org/blog/2020/05/29/compassionate-release/

With help from artist Kevin Pyle, we explain why very few people who apply for compassionate release are approved — even during a pandemic.

Several constituents have voiced their disappointment about Pless’s position on drugs based on discussions during board ...
06/11/2020
Constituents concerned with Haywood commissioner’s stance on drugs

Several constituents have voiced their disappointment about Pless’s position on drugs based on discussions during board meetings, and they’ve been outraged at the commissioner’s responses to their concerns. They claim his attitude and comments back to them have been rude and disrespectful while his assertions about addiction are just plain wrong.

“I understand that you are a paramedic and have been for 27 years, but you are not a medical doctor nor a psychiatrist. Yet, you continue to call addiction a choice even though the licensed and trained specialists in our country have proven otherwise,” Michele Rogers of Waynesville wrote to him. “As a Haywood County resident and tax payer, as a business owner and co-founder of a non-profit, and a successful contributing member of our community, I was embarrassed and hurt that we have a county elected official who is so outwardly judgmental and uneducated about Substance Use Disorder.”

https://www.smokymountainnews.com/news/item/29262-constituents-concerned-with-haywood-commissioner-s-stance-on-drugs

Haywood County Commissioner Mark Pless spent 15 years as a paramedic. He’s responded to more drug overdose calls than he cares to count — some people he was able to save, while others were too far gone.  “So, from 1988 until today, I have dealt with people who are experiencing some form o...

06/04/2020

Job Location - This is not a remote position. We are especially interested in applicants who have existing ties to communities in Vance and Granville Counties.

Agency Description:
North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition (NCHRC) works with people whose lived experience is shaped by drug use, sex work, poverty, incarceration, historical marginalization because of their race and/or gender identity and chronic health conditions like HIV/AIDS and hepatitis.

Description of Duties:

Run daily operations of NCHRC’s Syringe Services Program (SSP) serving people who use drugs in Vance-Granville Counties.
Do a mixture of fixed site and mobile exchange.
Provide individualized harm reduction education to participants on overdose prevention, use of naloxone, Hepatitis C Virus, STI and HIV risk reduction and safer drug use. Provide follow-up services to individuals who have recently experienced a non-fatal overdose.
Connect participants to NCHRC’s Linkage to Care Coordinator and Specialists when requested. Maintain up-to-date knowledge of local resources: healthcare, treatment and social services providers.
Do regular outreach to individuals and geographic areas within Vance-Granville area that are affected by drug use and/or sex work to connect them to the SSP.
Train and supervise Vance-Granville Counties SSP volunteers.
Distribute naloxone during dosing hours at methadone clinics at least twice per year.
Track data meticulously and report to supervisors all SSP transactions, naloxone distribution data and outreach contacts.
Complete and submit weekly timesheets and monthly invoices.
Participate in monthly training calls or in-person training sessions on best practices in SSP operations and harm reduction.
Attend occasional in-house workshops and training seminars for NCHRC staff as well as external professional development opportunities.

Experience:

Knowledge about drug use, syringe service programs, Hepatitis C, STIs and HIV/AIDS are required.
Must be able to discuss and share social, sexual, and other personal issues and experiences with individuals and groups.
Must demonstrate strong communication skills.
Be culturally aware and respectful of people who use drugs, people who do sex work, people living with HIV or HCV, currently and formerly incarcerated people, the LGBTQI community and individuals from different racial and ethnic backgrounds
Maintain strict confidentiality and treat all participants non-judgmentally and with warmth and positive regard.
Must be able to work flexible hours.
Person must be comfortable with harm reduction framework. People who are HIV/hepatitis positive, have a history of drug use, sex work, or incarceration are strongly encouraged to apply.
Have an ability to thrive while working autonomously.
Ability to establish and maintain ethical relationships with SSP participants.


NCHRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. People of color, the LGBTQI community, and individuals who have personal experience with drug use, sex work, HIV, HCV and incarceration are strongly encouraged to apply. If you are comfortable, please include information about your lived experience in the cover letter.

Send your resume and cover letter to NCHRC's Executive Director, Shelisa Howard-Martinez, [email protected], by March 27th.

06/02/2020
#BlackLivesMatter
06/02/2020

#BlackLivesMatter

Please consider donating if you can!We are an informal group of health care professionals (Drs. Eric Westman, Wickham Si...
04/23/2020
Free Face Masks for Triangle Residents organized by Lawrence Greenblatt

Please consider donating if you can!
We are an informal group of health care professionals (Drs. Eric Westman, Wickham Simonds, and Larry Greenblatt) and medical students from Durham trying to quickly mobilize large numbers of masks. We want them to go to those in the Triangle region of NC most at risk because of where they live or where they work. These are not for health care employees. We know that masks reduce spread and are recommended by the U.S. Surgeon General and the CDC. DON'T SPREAD IT, DON'T GET IT.

We buy our masks at a fair price from numerous individuals and business hurt by the COVID-19 epidemic and donate the time to organize, purchase masks, and distribute them. Your donation will be used very efficiently and will reduce illness, suffering, and, quite possibly, deaths. We did not have time to set up non profit status though promise to use every penny donated to help prevent COVID-19 or help those affected. Thank you!

We are an informal group of health care professionals (Drs. Eric Westman, W… Lawrence Greenblatt needs your support for Free Face Masks for Triangle Residents

One hundred and five years ago, Billie Holiday was born on April 6th. She spoke-up and sang about white supremacy throug...
04/07/2020
How ‘Strange Fruit’ Killed Billie Holiday

One hundred and five years ago, Billie Holiday was born on April 6th.

She spoke-up and sang about white supremacy throughout her career and because of this the Federal Bureau of Narcotics targeted her. It's leadership framed and imprisoned her for drug use, prevented her from being able to perform and prevented her physicians from administering methadone to her.

04/01/2020

"As we thrive in this new uncertainty, let’s honor those whose labor built the pathways to address this global crisis, and in doing so, remember a valuable lesson: that plagues and epidemics impact the most vulnerable, disproportionately, including incarcerated communities, and we must fight like hell so that they can continue to live in the world that HIV built."

“Borjas died the day before the International Day of Transgender Visibility, which marks—as her own life did—both the di...
03/31/2020
Coronavirus Killed Trans Latina Activist Lorena Borjas, but Her ‘Great Warrior’ Legacy Lives On

“Borjas died the day before the International Day of Transgender Visibility, which marks—as her own life did—both the discrimination and prejudice trans people face alongside celebrating their many contributions to society.

Borjas’ life’s work was centered at the confluence of many intersections, which mirrored the intersections of Borjas’ own life: transgender, Latinx, immigration, sex work, and sex trafficking. Her activism was practical and political. She helped organize HIV testing for sex workers and oversaw syringe-exchange programs for trans women taking hormone injections.”

Trans Latina activist Lorena Borjas has died of coronavirus-related complications. Friends and fellow campaigners say she made the personal passionately political.

03/13/2020

Dear North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition (NCHRC) Community,

Today, NCHRC's entire team met to plan how we will continue our work over the next couple of weeks.

While we remain committed to providing high quality and responsive harm reduction services, we also must balance the reality that continuing to work in our usual ways over the next couple of weeks could be harmful. Many participants of NCHRC programs have existing health conditions that increase their vulnerability to COVID-19. Additionally, we do not want to increase risk for our families, friends, colleagues and each other.

Therefore, starting immediately, NCHRC will operate under the following guidelines:
• The following NCHRC services, programs and activities are suspended until further notice: fixed site exchange, NCHRC jail-based overdose prevention programming, in-person LEAD case management and peer support, in-person volunteer activities like kit-makings, the Durham and Chapel Hill Trans Support groups’ meetings, in-person partnership meetings and in-person NCHRC team meetings.

• Mobile Safe Syringe Programs (SSP) deliveries and post-overdose follow-up with participants will continue. If possible, we will contact participants ahead of time to set-up delivery times and locations.

• Naloxone, empty biohazard containers and COVID-19 information flyers will be provided in all mobile deliveries. If a NCHRC-managed SSP has offered snacks previously, we will only offer pre-packaged food over the next weeks.

• For group mobile exchanges, we will ask participants for their patience and to maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet from each other. Everyone will be served. We just need to slow things down to make sure that everyone is protected as well.

• NCHRC's team members will follow all CDC guidelines, including those for hand washing, cleaning of surfaces, social distancing, monitoring our health and staying home if we do not feel well.

To arrange mobile deliveries, we ask that you please share the following phone numbers with people who need SSP supplies:

• Wilmington/New Hanover County area: (910) 228-7605.
• Fayetteville/ Cumberland County area: (910) 973-7135.
• Wake/ Wayne Counties area: (910) 228-6090.
• Henderson/ Vance County area: (252) 425-9052.
• Franklin/ Granville County area: (919) 370-0671.
• Durham County area: (919) 370-0671.
• Waynesville/ Haywood County area: (910) 228-0776.

We ask for your patience over the next couple of weeks. In solidarity,

shelisa

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