The inspirational and motivational moments shared with internationally acclaimed Family Drug Support founder, Tony Trimingham at the International Harm Reduction Conference in Montreal, Canada #HR17 will continue with a dynamic and thought provoking celebration of family empowerment next week in New York City with an extraordinary weekend filled with enlightenment and hope.
When: May 20, 2017, 10am to 4pm
Where: Center for Optimal Living, 370 Lexington Ave, Suite 500, New York, NY.
FREE Sign up here: http://support.bpt.me/
Our families have a vital role in the development and resolution of how substance use impacts their home—for far too long our families have not been afforded the opportunity to engage as active participants and problem-solvers.
We remain humbled and honored to serve our growing network of families who are asking for non judgmental alternatives to support optimal health and well-being for their loved ones impacted by substance use while managing their own needs and self care in the process. Attendees will learn how to become ambassadors for your community by implementing a new paradigm of support for families impacted by substance use by becoming a Family Drug Support meeting facilitator.
The FDS model has enjoyed much success over the last 20 years because it presents viable alternatives for families to explore potential solutions and coping strategies. It introduces reality-based concepts and tools based on what families need, expect and experience.
The concepts are based in harm reduction approaches of meeting families where they are, listening and understanding, changing language, dropping labels, stages of change for drug users and their families. coping with positive changes and challenges, while challenging your triggers and assumptions.
We are energized and privileged to bring the FDS model of family support to our cherished friends here in the United States and are busy working behind the scenes in preparation to launch our inaugural family support meeting!
Weekend Part 2
Last year almost 54,000 lives were lost as a consequence of accidental overdose. Many of these deaths could have been prevented by ensuring that our loved ones had access to a full continuum of care that is rooted in science and compassion. Our families deserve person-centered screenings and alternative solutions that meet them where they are with the goal of optimal health and wellness based on individual needs and unique circumstance
Co-sponsored by FSDP, Family Drug Support, Center for Optimal Living, New York Harm Reduction Educators (NYHRE), Washington Heights CORNER Project, Students for Sensible Drug Policy and Community Insite, join us at a FREE panel including International harm reduction pioneers Tony Trimingham and Liz Evans and others, presenting life-saving alternatives to public injection and overdose from other countries
When: Sunday, May 21, 2017, 11:30am
Where: Malcom X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Center, 3940 Broadway, at 165th St, NYC
FREE Sign up here: http://opioidresponse.bpt.me
Evidence from years of research is conclusive that Supervised Injection Facilities (#SIFs) reduce HIV and hepatitis transmission risks, prevent overdose deaths, reduce public injections, reduce discarded syringes, and increase the number of people who enter drug treatment. Across the globe, there have been no reported fatalities from an overdose in an SIF.
A preponderance of evidence also shows that clients of SIFs are more likely to go to detox and quit injection drug use over time. SIFs increase access to lifesaving services and restore some of the humanity and dignity that drug users deserve by offering them a safe place to access medically supervised care and other related services.
“If synthetic opioids are in fact becoming the new norm in terms of distribution and consumption, then drug checking and supervised injection sites ought to become the new public health norms too.” — Rick Lines, Executive Director of Harm Reduction International #HR17.
FSDP embraces enlightened drug policies to empower families, restore health, and save lives..