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Overdose prevention: New strategies for harm reduction

March 27th @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Drug overdose deaths continue to climb in the U.S., taking more than 100,000 lives a year. In response, public health leaders are exploring harm reduction policies.  Our panel of experts will explore drug policy reform proposals and discuss the emerging evidence for strategies such as safe consumption sites, improved access to medications for opioid use disorder, and opportunities to destigmatize drug use. 

Register for free to submit your questions.   

An on-demand video will be posted after the event. 


Brandon Marshall, Professor of Epidemiology, Brown University School of Public Health; Founding Director, People, Place & Health Collective at Brown University

Mavis Nimoh, CEO, Tapestry

Keisa Rivera, Harm Reduction Specialist, Victory Programs 

Sheila Vakharia, Deputy Director of the Department of Research and Academic Engagement, Drug Policy Alliance; Author, The Harm Reduction Gap: Helping Individuals Left Behind by Conventional Drug Prevention and Abstinence-Only Treatment


Vaughan Rees, Director, Center for Global Tobacco Control and Senior Lecturer on Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


Date: March 27th
Time: 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Calendars: Public Events, School-wide Events, University-wide Events


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