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By Brandie Wilson

In this show we will discuss evidence based practices and data informed research to demystify drug use, drug policy and Harm Reduction. Each episode we will discuss local and national trends in matters of public health along with the research and evidence that informs Harm Reduction practices. The majority of topics that to be discussed will directly relate to drug policy and its effects on our local Humboldt Community, the State and Nation. We will take a look at how the history of drug policy has gotten us to where we are and how we can move in a positive direction toward the future.
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#factsmatterMay 23, 2019



Wow! Episode 9! Thanks for sticking with us! We apologize for taking a while to get this episode out- it's been a busy time over here at HACHR. This episode is all about stigma! What it is, how it's manifesting in our local community, and what can be done to address it. We talk more specifically about some pretty juicy topics including clickbait media, Brandie's drug use, law enforcement, PWUD, and...Our new Executive Director!! This episode is very informative, extra sassy, and also a little longer than usual. We hope you enjoy! Oh, and please excuse the puppy noises! Rebel showed up to work a little late.
As always, here's where you can find the facts:
"Stigma among health professionals towards patients with substance use disorders and its consequences for healthcare delivery: Systematic review." Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 131 (2013) 23– 35.
"Negotiating substance use stigma: the role of cultural health capital in provider–patient interactions." Sociol Health Illn. 2016 January. 38(1): 90–108.
"Language, Substance Use Disorders, and Policy: The Need to Reach Consensus on an “Addiction-ary.” ALCOHOLISM TREATMENT QUARTERLY. 2016, VOL. 34, NO. 1, 116–123.
May 23, 201901:00:53
Humboldt Politics

Humboldt Politics

We are already on our 8th episode, how exciting! We will also be having our second on-air guest, Eureka City Council member Kim Bergel. She will be talking to us about her experience during the homelessness challenge. She and the rest of Council were challenged to live outside for 48 hours to get a feel for what it's like for our friends and neighbors who are experiencing chronic homelessness and have no where to go- rain or shine, good health or bad. Our second segment will focus on Fortuna City Council and their desire to implement a Syringe Exchange ordinance similar to the one that exists in Eureka, and the unfortunate and inhumane comments that have resulted from their discussion.

Below are links to a few articles about Fortuna as well as coverage of the homelessness challenge.

Mar 22, 201949:17
Sexual Health w/Planned Parenthood
Feb 11, 201925:55
2018 year in review and gratitude list!

2018 year in review and gratitude list!

HACHR gratitude list and 2018 year in review! Want to know what’s next for us? You’ll have to listen to this episode!
Jan 02, 201935:26
Syringe Exchange 101!!!
Dec 13, 201833:38
NOLA-National Harm Reduction Conference!
Nov 09, 201830:49
Overamping Prevention

Overamping Prevention

In episode 3 of #FactsMatter we're talking about stimulant overdose, also known as Overamping. We will discuss what stimulants are, what Overamping is, the signs and symptoms to watch for, and what you can do if you or someone else may be overdosing on stimulants. We also discuss polysubstance use and how that can effect Overamping. Big thanks to the Harm Reduction Coalition and all their invaluable resources on stimulant use and Overamping. Below is some information on where we get our facts! Al-Tayyib, A., Koester, s., Langegger, S., & Raville, L. (2017). "Heroin and Methamphetamine Injection: An Emerging Drug Use Pattern." Substance Use & Misuse, 52(8):1051-1058 Niloofar, B., Flay, B., Ketcham, P., Smit, E. (2013). "Illicit use of prescription stimulants in a college student sample: A theory-guided analysis." Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 132:665-673
Oct 04, 201858:53
Overdose Prevention and Naloxone

Overdose Prevention and Naloxone

Our second episode of #factsmatter is all about stigma, overdose prevention and the life saving drug, Naloxone. We dedicate this episode to the life of Dan Bigg and his invaluable contribution to harm reduction. Here our some awesome resources and citations, because facts matter! Strang, J., Bird, S.M. & Parmar, M.K.B. J. 2013. “Take-Home Emergency Naloxone to Prevent Heroin Overdose Deaths after Prison Release: Rationale and Practicalities for the N-ALIVE Randomized Trial.” Journal of Urban Health. Binswanger, Ingrid A. et al. 2007. “Release from Prison — A High Risk of Death for Former Inmates.” The New England journal of medicine Krinsky, Clarissa S. et al. 2009 “Drugs, Detention, and Death: A Study of the Mortality of Recently Released Prisoners.” The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology Huffington post piece on stigma and how it creates barriers
Aug 30, 201833:48
Harm Reduction 101

Harm Reduction 101

This is our first episode and we're very excited! There might be a few mess-ups, but bare with us, we'll get better! This episode is all about the basics of Harm Reduction- its definition, its main principles, some history, and what we do at our program. Because this podcast is titled #factsmatter, below are some articles and websites that we referenced in this first episode!

Harm Reduction Coalition-
Historical context of drug use- Crocq, M.-A. (2007). "Historical and cultural aspects of man's relationships with Addictive Drugs." Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience, 9(4): 355-361
Not referenced in this episode, but a cool article none the less about the role of people who use drugs in harm reduction work- Marshall et al. (2015). "Peering into the literature: A systematic review of the roles of people who inject drugs in harm reduction initiatives." Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 151:1-14
Jul 26, 201829:39