International Overdose Awareness Day

Press release:

Humboldt Area Harm reductionHumboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction (HACHR) will host an educational and supportive event in honor of International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31, 2016. The event will have a speaker panel, a remembrance wall, a photo booth, and a movie on medication assisted treatment with a discussion lead by Dr. Jasen Christensen from Open Door Mobil Medical Services. A counselor will available for those dealing with grief.

The panel will focus on best practices around overdose, harm reduction and cannabis as alternatives to opiates.

The speaker panel will include:

  • Raena West, DHHS
  • Bryan Willkoman, Humboldt Patient Resource Center
  • Shari Marchesi, Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction
  • Casey Russo, Humboldt Public Defenders Office

Naloxone Training and distribution will be given by Alison Newman (DHHS) and John Vayo (HACHR).

The event will take place August 31, 2016 from 1-5 at the Jefferson Center in Eureka, Ca.

If you have experienced a loss due to overdose please feel free to bring pictures or memorabilia for our remembrance wall.

Humboldt County is approximately four times the national average regarding drug use, overdose rates and this event will provide support, education and resources for the community.

The Mission of Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction (HACHR) is, “To reduce harm to the Humboldt community through advocacy, education, and services. HACHR utilizes a harm reduction model that uses practical strategies and ideas that are aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use. HACHR provides services such as education, syringe clean up in community spaces and harm reduction supply distribution. It is our hope that through these practices we will begin to aid individuals in their ability to care for their own health, and the overall health of our community. For more information visit

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