International Harm Reduction Coalition Conference

International Harm Reduction Coalition Conference

New Orleans, 18th – 21st October 2018
Extern’s Drugs and Alcohol Consultancy Service (DACS) has been invited to talk about our outreach work to people who inject drugs in Belfast City Centre over the last year. Over 1,600 registrants are due to attend the Marriott New Orleans for this 4 day event.

Three Extern staff will be attending; Chris Rintoul, Iain ‘Buff’ Cameron and Kathy Faulkner. All 3 work within Extern’s drugs and alcohol support services. Chris and Buff will speak about the setting up of our new Street Injectors Support Service (SISS). This service engages with people who use places within Belfast City Centre to use heroin. It also removes drug related litter and provides support, advice and practical items such as naloxone. Naloxone is an emergency medication which rapidly reverses the respiratory sedation caused by ingesting opioids. In less than a year SISS has engaged with 136 heroin users, given out 79 naloxone packs, administered naloxone on 8 occasions and removed over 5,000 pieces of injecting equipment.

Kathy Faulkner took on the role of SISS Coordinator in August 2018 and is supported by a range of experienced drugs workers from our other services. We were able to bring Kathy to the conference as a result of generous funding from Martindale Pharma, the manufacturer of the naloxone product we give out in NI; Prenoxad ®

The hashtag for the conference is #harmred18 should you wish to follow proceedings.

We will use this to draw attention to relevant aspects of this interesting event.

Details about the conference and speakers can be found at http://harmreduction.org/conference/about/

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