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Reflections from OnPoint NYC: Lessons Learned from the U.S.’s First Sanctioned Overdose Prevention Centers
This presentation is co-hosted by Drug Policy Alliance, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Center for Drug Use and HIV/HCV Research (CDUHR), and NYU School of Global Public Health.

Description:
Sam Rivera will speak about OnPoint NYC's diverse range of services. OnPoint NYC is dedicated to improving the health, safety, and well-being of marginalized people who use drugs or engage in sex work, their loved ones, and their communities. Their work addresses the intersection of stigma, policies, and practices that harm our participants. As the largest harm reduction service provider on the east coast, OnPoint NYC offers lifesaving safer drug use and overdose training to those who need it most. They also distribute and clean up more syringes and other paraphernalia than any other provider. Most recently, they opened the U.S.'s first two Overdose Prevention Centers which have been an incredible success, diverting public drug use, increasing participants' connections to other wrap around services, and keeping our communities clean. Additionally, their innovative overdose prevention programs in Washington Heights, East Harlem, and the Bronx save hundreds of lives each year.

Presenter:
Sam Rivera has over 29 years of progressive experience in social services. His primary focus of expertise lies in Criminal Justice and Reentry, HIV/AIDS, Harm Reduction, Addiction/Recovery, and Mental Health. He currently serves as the Executive Director of OnPoint NYC, a harm reduction organization that provides services to active drug users and sex workers in Northern Manhattan and The South Bronx, many of whom are low-income or homeless as well as of color and LGBTQ.

Accessibility:
ASL interpretation and live captioning will be provided. This presentation is virtual and open to the public. If you have other access needs or questions, please contact Aliza Cohen at acohen@drugpolicy.org.

Nov 9, 2022 04:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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