A well-deserved thank you to Dr. Tamara Olt (Chairperson, Broken No More/GRASP), Chris Schaffner, and Jolt Harm Reduction for doing all they can to save lives
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Tamara Olt, MD, BNM Board Member, was recently featured in week.com in 25 Women in Leadership news.
Sam Snodgrass, PhD, BNM Board Member, will be speaking at the NHPCO’s Conference on November 7, 2018. The panel will be speaking on the issue of Opiod-related Deaths: Hospice Bereavement Programs Respond.
Sam Snodgrass will be speaking at the International Overdose Awareness Day event on August 31.
Orange County Activist Joins Delegation to Portugal March 19-22 to Learn from Country’s Groundbreaking Drug Decriminalization Policy.
Portugal’s Dramatic Declines in Overdose Deaths, HIV Infections & Drug-Related Arrests Draw Those Hit Hardest by U.S. Drug War to Investigate Further
American cities are slowly rallying around a new response to the opioid epidemic: safe spaces for using heroin.
Words matter. They determine how we understand and perceive our world. They carry power, for good and for ill. Stigma is driven by the pejorative words, the labels, that are used to describe us. This is not a matter of political correctness. Until we are seen as people, until we are provided the same respect and dignity as everyone else, we will continue to die. We have to change the cultural perception of those with an opioid disorder. To do that we have to first change the language of opioid addiction:
Harris Lee Wittels died on February 19, 2015 of a heroin overdose alone in his Los Angeles home. He was 30 years young.
He was my son. He was the world’s comedian. My son grew up in an affluent, white suburban neighborhood. He was a “nice Jewish boy.” His dad is a physician and I am a retired teacher. My son would never, ever take that drug called heroin! These kinds of kids don’t do such a thing! I am sharing this story because I want other families to hopefully know what we did not know.
This is an important film by the Chicago Recovery Alliance and Greg Scott. Everyone should watch this film. And carry naloxone. Thank you, Kim Brown, and Ted and Marilee Odendahl.
The 12th National Harm Reduction Conference (hosted by the Harm Reduction Coalition, which GRASP is a member of) will be held in New Orleans, LA, October 18-21, 2018.