Fentanyl and Drug Checking for Harm Reduction: OTE Community of Practice Lunch and Learn

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Date: September 22, 2021
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual event
Category: Workshop

Maya Doe-Simkins, Co-Founder of Harm Reduction Michigan, Harm Reduction Consultant, and Overdose Researcher joins the Center for Behavioral Health and Justice to discuss Drug Checking as it relates to Fentanyl. Maya will discuss how this practice may be used as a Harm Reduction tool to save lives as part of our ongoing Lunch and Learn series for the Opioid Treatment Ecosystem Community of Practice.

Drug checking can be done in a myriad of ways by several types of agencies or groups to decrease harm and risk associated with using substances. In a harm reduction framework, it is vital that individuals live long enough to make "any positive change" toward recovery. Checking drugs is utilized as a way to prevent harm, overdose, and death. With the rise of Fentanyl and other even more deadly analogs in the illicit drug supply, it is increasingly important that individuals in active use have access to drug checking materials. Maya will discuss various types, costs, and benefits of drug checking equipment. She will also discuss how these tools may be useful for individuals with Opioid Use Disorder and the agencies that care for this population. 

This webinar is presented as part of the Opioid Treatment Ecosystem Community of Practice Lunch & Learn series, made possible by the generous support of the Michigan Health Endowment Fund.

The Center for Behavioral Health and Justice provides evaluation, support and technical assistance to optimize diversion of individuals from the criminal/legal and juvenile justice systems. Learn more

September 2021