May 28, 2012

Event: Syringe Access & Law Enforcement: Building Alliances

WHEN: June 13th, 2012

WHAT TIME IS THE EVENT: Registration starts at 8:30am, and the event begins at 9 am and will go through 4pm.

WHERE: Durham, NC (Event site will be determined by the amount of people attending)

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: HIV/Hepatitis Prevention Service Workers, Law Enforcement, Public Health Officials, Harm Reductionists, Law Enforcement, Drug Policy Reformers, People Who Work With Drug Users and the Substance Abuse Community

Description of Event:

Syringe access is a vital intervention to prevent HIV and hep C infections among people who inject drugs. Fear of poor interactions with law enforcement is one of the most significant barriers for drug users in accessing syringe services, carrying sufficient sterile syringes to meet their injecting needs, and returning used syringes to appropriate disposal facilities. This training is for service providers that work with people who inject drugs and covers strategies and resources to improve relationships with law enforcement. This interactive workshop will explore these issues from the multiple perspectives of people who inject drugs, service providers and police. We will also discuss how to support participants in successfully advocating for themselves when approached by police officers and how we can build collaborative relationships with law enforcement officials and other community members.

WHO WILL BE PRESENTING: Robert Childs, Executive Director North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition and Narelle Ellendon, Syringe Access Expansion Coordinator, the National Harm Reduction Coalition

EVENT CONTACT: Robert Childs, MPH (336) 543-8050,