It was so gorgeous in San Diego! We have been enjoying the 2016 Harm Reduction Conference. We got to meet a lot of people and learn some new things, too. We very much enjoyed a panel on how to reconcile the underground roots of harm reduction with its mainstreaming. What do we do under a hostile government? Which projects get funded?
It was awesome to present a poster on our work and network with so many amazing people who have been fighting the good fight since the beginning. So many of my harm reduction heroes were there! Mary Howe, Eliza Wheeler, Isaac Jackson, and so many more! The Peoples Harm Reduction Alliance and Drug User's Union made a great showing and I think it's important that they reiterated how vital it is to have people who are active drug users involved in policy making. As someone with a background in sex work this message resounded with me. We definitely fight to have our voices prioritized in a world where we are silenced and marginalized by lawmakers and even many of our own advocates.
Here's the poster I presented! Looking forward to what more data can demonstrate. Would love to talk about this more in the future!