Critical Harm Reduction Approaches in the Age of the Opioid Crisis

August 14, 2018 @ 7:00PM — 9:00PM

Tuesday August 14th at 7pm est / 6pm ct / 5pm mt / 4pm pt

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The national narrative around drug use is shifting in the face of the current opioid crisis. How is the current opioid crisis shifting approaches to drug use and in what ways is this crisis reinforcing criminalization, mass incarceration and the militarization of the border? This webinar will give an overview of harm reduction approaches to drug use including overdose prevention, recognition and response. We will discuss the social determinates of health for people who use drugs, including harm reduction informed treatment recommendations. We will move beyond the 'treatment' narrative, and explore the concepts of illegality and innocence within the opioid crisis.

Facilitated by Nathan Leach

Nathan is a community resource and health educator and has helped cultivate a variety of community-based projects in Phoenix, including a local bike co-op that provides resources and education to community members who rely on bicycles as their main form of transportation. In 2011 Nathan co-founded the first syringe access program in Maricopa County and in 2016 he completed a master's level clinical internship focusing on harm reduction counseling in rural areas.

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