The National Council has announced plans to administer $500,000 in grants to 16 harm reduction organizations across the U.S.
Funding will be used to support the implementation of various harm reduction strategies, including: syringe exchanges, distribution of naloxone kits and drug-checking equipment that can detect the presence of fentanyl.
“The need for harm reduction strategies has never been greater,” National Council president and CEO Chuck Ingoglia said in a statement. “The pandemic exacerbated the overdose crisis, and we have an important opportunity to support the harm reduction organizations who provide people who use drugs with the life-saving resources they need but may no longer be available because of the pandemic, quarantines and isolation.”
The National Council project to support harm reduction strategies is being backed by the CDC as part of a financial assistance award that totals $750,000.
The organizations are receiving grants:
- Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium/Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation in Anchorage, Alaska
- Bronx Móvil, in New York
- Dave Purchase Project/Tacoma Needle Exchange in Tacoma, Washington
- HIPS in Washington, D.C.
- Iowa Harm Reduction Coalition, based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
- Maine Access Points in Richmond, Maine
- Milan Puskar Health Right in Morgantown, West Virginia
- NEXT Harm Reduction/NEXT Distro in New York, New York
- North Carolina Survivors Union in Greensboro, North Carolina
- Sex Workers and Allies Network of New Haven (Connecticut)
- SHOTS Tulsa (Oklahoma)
- Sonoran Prevention Works in Phoenix
- Southside Harm Reduction Services in Minneapolis
- SWOP Behind Bars in Apopka, Florida
- The Perfectly Flawed Foundation in LaSalle, Illinois
- Trystereo/New Orleans Harm Reduction Network
Additional information about each organization receiving grant funding is available from National Council.