Responding to an opioid overdose at home: administering naloxone, non-coercive aftercare, and radical love
Friday, August 14 at 5:00pm Eastern, Families for Sensible Drug Policy is privileged to join New Jersey Harm Reduction Coalition (NJHRC) co-directors Jenna Mellor and Caitlin O’Neil for an online overdose reversal training for families, followed by a discussion on harm reduction approaches to a caring for a loved one who uses drugs.
The event coincides with International Overdose Awareness Day, a global day of solidarity with friends around the world to spotlight a dialogue in love and remembrance, informed by harm reduction and human rights.
We will discuss non-coercive aftercare, advocating for your loved one’s right to health & dignity, and engaging in radical love. Participants can contact NJHRC after the training to request a naloxone kit and fentanyl test strip kit to be mailed to them via the NJHRC request line 1-877-4NARCAN.
People with family members impacted by substance use.
Mental health professionals and advocates who work with families in active drug use.
People who would like to consider a paradigm shift away from zero tolerance policies to embrace harm reduction approaches informed by public health.
The important role of promoting greater inclusion of family members in the decision making process for families experiencing problematic drug use. Reducing fatal and non¬fatal overdoses from drugs including pharmaceuticals. Promoting the widespread availability of naloxone. Promoting greater support and resources for treatment services for those who want it and need it.
*Please email email@example.com to RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW or CALL 973-567-8034 for more information! Light snacks and refreshments will be served! Free parking available!
Our featured experts will explore the interwoven topics of how approaches to the Overdose Crisis are informed by cannabis reform, and the ongoing evolution of policy. The event is FREE and SEATS ARE LIMITED. (Refreshments and snacks will be served!) Sign up now!
What: Repping the Family Voice at DPA’s Reform Conference!
When: November 6-9, 2019
Where: St. Louis, MO
Why: Families for Sensible Drug Policy will be repping the family voice at Drug Policy Alliance’s Reform conference! Carol Katz Beyer and FSDP Secretary-Treasurer Rory Fleming will both be present to speak to harm reduction advocates across the nation and world about our innovative programs like Family Drug Support! We will also be attending to meet with other Open Society Foundations grantees for an upcoming push in New Jersey to replace tough love approaches with evidence-based public health endeavors and compassionate policies.
Coalition partners, family members from across the state, and our member-leaders found these statements to be tone-deaf, spitting in the face of the grief and anger we unite around to end this crisis. In response to these statements from the Governor’s office and his continued inaction on signing the bill that would expand access to lifesaving treatment, we are all returning to his office to DEMAND AN APOLOGY THROUGH HIS SIGNATURE ON THE BILL.
💊Join FSDP advisory board member, Harry Nelson – Attorney Author, The United States of Opioids and other featured guest luminaries for the Building Communities of Recovery, National Conference & Expo on Sunday, 9/22/19 at the Hilton Atlanta/Marietta, GA!
Harry Nelson is a leading expert on America’s healthcare future and is frequently called on to make sense of the most complex aspects of our healthcare system, delivering valuable insights for healthcare providers, government, consumers, employers, and investors. He is the founder of Nelson Hardiman, the largest healthcare law firm in Los Angeles, and advises regulators on the most sensitive and challenging emerging health policy issues. He was one of the first lawyers in the country to develop a framework for compliance in cannabis, helping to shape California law and pushing for expanded clinical research on other plant-based controlled substances, and continues to play a leading role in the expansion of telehealth and machine learning in medicine. He has also played a key role in education and advocacy, including his leadership of the Behavioral Health Association of Providers. https://lnkd.in/eQksTMS
FSDP President Carol Katz Beyer will be in attendance and is honored to be representing the family voice at the event. She will join national experts and local leaders about how harm reduction can prevent overdose deaths, reduce drug-related stigma, decrease transmission of HIV and Hepatitis C, and promote the dignity and health of all people with substance use disorder.
REGISTRATION IS FULL. PLEASE EMAIL: HretEducation@njha.com to be added to the waitlist.
Families for SensibleDrugPolicy is humbled and proud to share the news of a special recognition and milestone! President and co-founder, Carol Katz Beyer is honored and privileged to have been selected to represent the family voice in the 2019 Global Commission on Drug Policy’s annual report!
(Left: Carol with Tony Trimingham, Founder of Family Drug Support in Australia)
Her testimony about losing two of her beloved sons to fatal overdoses was featured [along with only six other people from around the world] to spotlight the harms inflicted upon our families through prohibition and the War on Drugs.
The scheduling of substances directly impacts families by criminalizing and stigmatizing our loved ones who use drugs, while heavily promoting and profiting off of other legal (but dangerous) drugs like alcohol.
The report was presented on June 26, 2019 in Vienna to coincide with the World Drug Report. The full report is now available for download to readers worldwide, and available in six different languages.
EVENT: 2019 NYC Support. Don’t Punish Global Day of Action
Leading Organizations: The NY NGO Committee on Drugs, Harm Reduction Coalition, Treatment Action Center, Drug Policy Alliance, Families for Sensible Drug Policy, StoptheDrugWar, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, and others
Support.Don’t Punish is held around the world every year to coincide with the United Nations’ International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Last year the campaign was held in over 200 cities, across over 150 countries! The SDP campaign aims to promote drug policy reform, and to change laws and policies which impede access to harm reduction interventions with a prioritization of public health and human rights.
This year we will gather outside United Nations Headquarters and call on UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ newly formed UN System Coordination Task Team for global leadership to address the ongoing global health and human rights crisis among people who use drugs.
The New York event will be held following the launch of UNODC’s World Drug Report. Please JOIN US at Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza, East 47th Street and 1st Avenue, at 1:30pm June 26th, opposite United Nations headquarters. https://lnkd.in/eBNhapw #supportdontpunish