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Fentanyl Test Strip Resources
Originally intended for urine drug tests, fentanyl testing strips are being used as an off-label harm reduction approach to test the presence or absence of fentanyl and many fentanyl analogs (very closely related drugs) in the unregulated drug supply. - Harm Reduction Coalition
Findings and Considerations from San Fransisco (Please read prior to using or distributing test strips)
MDHHS / Vital Strategies Technical Assistance Webinar Series
MDHHS has partnered with Vital Strategies, a public health organization supporting technical assistance and capacity-building projects to reduce overdose deaths in Michigan, in hosting a series of monthly webinars offering virtual technical assistance for syringe service programs. If you are interested in learning more about SSP or in joing these webinars, email firstname.lastname@example.org You can find the recordings here:
- Sue Purchase has twenty plus years' experience in harm reduction--as it relates to drug use and the prevention of overdose, HIV, Hepatitis, and other blood-borne related illnesses. Her expertise encompasses strategic planning, capacity building, and organizational development as indicated by her accomplishments: she created the first comprehensive harm reduction program with a syringe exchange, Women With a Point-Access Works in Minneapolis, Minnesota; she was instrumental in the day to day operations of the first needle exchange program in Tacoma, Washington; she was the founding board chairperson of Project Safe in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and she established a syringe access program in the rural mountain area of Clear Creek County, Colorado. Sue spent time as an operations manager in North Carolina helping to develop and implement harm reduction programs before returning to her home state of Minnesota. She is currently building Harm Reduction Sisters (HRSs), a nonprofit dedicated to serving the needs of people using drugs in rural Northeastern MN. HRSs currently offers mobile syringe access and Narcan distribution throughout St. Louis and Carlton counties--the counties with the highest racial disparity of overdose and HIV/ HepC infection in the State.
- Laura Pegram directs NASTAD's Drug User Health program. She works across teams to ensure a drug user health perspective is incorporated into NASTAD's efforts and to improve health outcomes for people who use drugs. She, and her team, provide technical assistance to state health departments, community-based groups, and promote state and local reforms shown to improve drug user health. Laura has spent over the last decade working as a harm reduction service provider, consultant, and advocate in New Orleans, Colorado, Massachusetts, and North Carolina. Laura will discuss strategies for utilizing a variety of funding sources to braid together a full range of program services and building capacity and sustainability at syringe service programs.
- Steve Alsum has been with the Grand Rapids Red Project in varying capacities, including volunteer, board member, and Clean Works Program Manager, since 2007, and currently serves in the role of Executive Director. Steve has a special love for numbers, and using them in the service of social justice, drug policy reform, and access to basic healthcare. Under Steve's leadership, Red Project has added numerous new components to their programming, including the Mobile Health Unit, rapid HIV and Hepatitis C testing, overdose prevention training with naloxone rescue kits, HIV linkage to care, case management, and support groups, and recovery coaching services.
- Harm reduction and direct services workers in caring professions are exposed daily to structural violence and experiences of vicarious trauma, which if not identified and addressed proactively by organizations can lead to workforce burnout and compassion fatigue. In this online training we will:
- Explore positive and negative impact of stress on ourselves
- Share stress reduction techniques to try on and off shift
- Reflect on how we can engage in sustaining community to care for each other
- Discuss how community care supports our work in harm reduction or other social justice fields
- Harm Reduction 101 (Feb. 22nd, 2021) - This training focuses on the evidence base of Harm Reduction and the need for, and history of it, in Michigan. This training also features a demonstration of safer substance use supplies.
- Syringe Service Program Implementation (Feb. 22nd, 2021) - The syringe service programs 101 training focuses on the specifics of implementing and operating a program in Michigan.
- CDC Statement on Syringe Services Program
- Syringe Services Program Learn more from the CDC on what SSPs are, their safety and effectiveness, and resources
- CDC HIV and Injection Drug Use: Syringe Services for HIV Prevention
- Syringe Service Programs and Exposure to Liability Learn more on what the liability and other legal considerations are associated with implementing a SSP
- Harm Reduction 101 and Safer Drug Use 101
- Getting Off Right: A Safety Manual for Injection Drug Users
- Viral Hepatitis
- Free, Low-Cost, or Income-Based Healthcare
- Sharps/Needle Disposal Information
- Medication Disposal Programs