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A visit to Sydney’s Overdose Prevention Site

Recently, I was able to tour Australia’s first “safe injection room” that is located in Sydney. The clinic has been in operation for over 15 years. During this time they have never had a fatal overdose and have made over 13,000 referrals to treatment. The tour was conducted by Miranda...

Advocating for Overdose Prevention Sites

This week marks my 4-year anniversary of a short-lived adventure as Baltimore City Health Department’s (BCHD) Director of Overdose Prevention and Response. In this role, I reported directly to the then newly-appointed health commissioner Dr. Leana Wen and was responsible for overseeing her efforts to end the overdose crisis in...

Letter to Mayor Pugh 2/26

Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition, on behalf of the list of signatories, sent the following letter to Mayor Pugh this morning. We need her to stand up for the people of Baltimore City by demanding that the police stop using cannabis possession as a pretext for arrest and harassment.  Simple possession...

2019 Policy Priorities

The “overdose epidemic” isn’t new to Maryland. The overdose fatality rate in Maryland has consistently been above the national average since 1999, ranging from roughly 1.5 to 3 times to average rate. The number of Marylanders who died from overdose increased in 2017 for the 7th year in a row,...

Addiction as disease, disease as political

I recently came across a short article, “The Creation of Disease” (2013), which touches on the emergence of understanding addiction as a medical disease, rather than a criminal deviance or moral failing. This disease model argument is used by many advocates for harm reduction and drug-use recovery/treatment services, myself included....

We’re Hiring – Statewide!

Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition (BHRC), a program of Fusion Partnerships, Inc., mobilizes community members for the health, dignity, and safety of people targeted by the war on drugs or anti sex-worker policies, and advocates for harm reduction as part of a broader movement for social justice. BHRC is hiring Harm...

We’re Hiring! – Outreach Organizers (part-time)

Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition (BHRC), a program of Fusion Partnerships, Inc., mobilizes community members for the health, dignity, and safety of people targeted by the war on drugs or anti-sex worker policies, and advocates for harm reduction as part of a broader movement for social justice. BHRC is hiring part-time...