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On Drug User Health and Dignity - Interview with Mike Selick from Harm Reduction Coalition
by WTUL News & Views
Monday Jul 11th, 2016 6:22 AM
On Drug User Health and Dignity - Interview with Mike Selick from the Training & Capacity-Building Institute at the Harm Reduction Coalition.
On Drug User Health and Dignity - Interview with Mike Selick from the Training & Capacity-Building Institute at the Harm Reduction Coalition.

In Louisiana, Jarret McCasland was convicted last fall of second-degree murder in the 2013 heroin overdose death of his 19-year-old girlfriend and sentenced to life in prison without parole. Brandon Eirick, who was initially booked by Baton Rouge police on a second-degree murder count and indicted on manslaughter charges, received a six-year prison term after pleading guilty to negligent homicide and distribution of heroin in the overdose death of Leah Hutchinson, his girlfriend. Such punitive and aggressive policies proves the state of Louisiana would rather see people in overdose situations locked up than getting help. A reality to move toward is one in which people who use drugs can call 911 or see physicians without fear of arrest or without being stigmatized.

Harm Reduction Coalition operates national training and capacity building services that promote non-judgmental evidence-based approaches to enhancing individual, organizational and community effectiveness. Their main aims are: Drug User Health, Dignity, and Community Impact.

The Training & Capacity-Building Institute is here in New Orleans to provide three workshops and one technical assistance (TA) session over a full-day agenda for regional providers in New Orleans, Louisiana. Training topics include Harm Reduction Approach, Reducing Stigma, and Overdose Prevention & Response. The last hour from 6-7pm will be a facilitated technical assistance session for programs with specific questions on design and development.​ You can attend, it’s tomorrow, Tuesday, July 12 from 12:00 -7:00 pm at New Orleans City Hall, Dept of Health, Suite 8E10 (8th floor) 1300 Perdido St, New Orleans, LA 70112.

Register for the free trainings here: https://harmreduction.secure.force.com/events/rc_event__campaign_renderform?id=701o0000000UWezAAG¤tFormPage=