The 2022 National Harm Reduction Conference comes at a time when harm reduction, health care, and drug policy reform have entered a dynamic and critical phase. The prescription opioid and heroin overdose epidemic has captured national attention, with renewed focus on transmission of HIV and viral hepatitis among people who use drugs. These trends are reshaping the policy and public health landscapes, making harm reduction more urgent and relevant than ever before.
The biennial event is the only conference of its kind in the United States. For four days, some of the most creative minds from the U.S. and abroad come together to address a myriad of complex issues facing the harm reduction movement. A diverse community of people who use drugs, social justice activists, service providers, healthcare workers, researchers, policymakers, public health officials, and law enforcement— all coming together to put an end to the harms and injustices caused by the War on Drugs.
Join us on Tuesday, June 28th from 9:30 am-12:30 pm for a FREE, peer learning summit focused on Harm Reduction and Positive Youth Development. During this summit, we will bring together service providers working with youth, young adults, and other people who use drugs to consider strategies to mitigate overdose risk for young people, methods of combining harm reduction and positive youth development approaches, and much more!
The National Harm Reduction Technical Assistance (TA) Center provides free help to anyone in the country providing harm reduction services – or even those planning to provide services. The TA Center is a resource for everyone, including organizations such as syringe services programs, health departments, and substance use disorder treatment, prevention, and recovery programs.
We would like to invite all NASW members dedicated to Harm Reduction, Housing First, Social Justice and the dignity and worth of all people to collaborate in strengths-based advocacy and action guided by evidence, lived experience and the neurobiological impact of attachment & trauma on substance use and mental health, to create meaningful and socially just change in the realms of Mental Health and Substance Use for social work clients, students, and practitioner’s in Massachusetts.
Register for our free peer learning summit! We will bring together service providers, treatment providers, housing and homeless providers, and others working at the intersection of housing and substance use, to reflect and learn about strategies to support populations who are unhoused and/or using drugs. Through keynote presentations and small breakout presentations, we will spend our time together processing and learning about housing first models, approaches to addressing chronic homelessness, and thinking critically about sustainable models that can lead to long-term housing for people who use drugs.
This summit will take place on Zoom Wednesday, March 30th from 9:30am-12:30pm. Please feel free to contact us with any questions at [email protected]
Many service providers are likely interacting with people who use drugs and/or people who are at risk for overdose. Being able to effectively support and engage with people who use drugs (PWUD) is vital in our work if we want to help keep our clients and participants safe from overdose and other adverse health effects. Collectively, there is a lack of comprehensive training on how we can effectively support this population, while being nonjudgmental and non-stigmatizing in our approach. This training will offer participants an opportunity to explore reasons why people may use drugs, how we can assess risk using the “drug, set, setting” model, and how we can design our physical program spaces to support engagement among our participants and clients who use drugs.
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