Intravenous Drug Use Solutions in SLO County
Free! All are welcome
- Date: Wednesday, May 41th
- Time: 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Informal conversation and refreshments begin at 3pm
- Location: Kennedy Library, second floor café lounge
- Download: Download the event flyer
- Dr. Candace Winstead
- Cal Poly Assistant Professor Biological Sciences
- Janelle Barbier, M.S.
- Alumna (Biological Sciences, '09)
- Community leaders, SLO
- Working with harm reduction in SLO County
What is harm reduction?
Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies that reduce negative consequences of drug use, incorporating a spectrum of strategies from safer use, to managed use to abstinence. Harm reduction strategies meet people who use drugs "where they're at," addressing conditions of use along with the use itself, such as distributing "Overdose Prevention Kits."
Because harm reduction demands that interventions and policies designed to serve people who use drugs reflect specific individual and community needs, there is no universal definition of, or formula for, implementing harm reduction.
At this event
We'll hear from a Cal Poly Biological Sciences faculty/student research team who evaluated a needle-exchange program, approved by SLO County Board of Supervisors, administered by SLO County Public Health department, funded by HIV/AIDS prevention money, and run by volunteers. Having lost external funding, the local exchange still operates relying on private funding and volunteer support. Perspectives on local harm reduction strategies and global issues will be shared by Cal Poly's research team to spark a conversation about this practical approach to living with drug use.
- Department of Biological Sciences, Cal Poly
- AIDS Support Network — SLO
About Cal Poly Science Café
Cal Poly Science Café is a program of the Kennedy Library and part of the international movement, Café Scientifique. Participants can expect dynamic and informative presentations to spark cross-disciplinary conversations on the topic.
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