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PRHA is a peer-run organization that promotes the philosophy of harm reduction and safer drug use. Active users at all levels of PRHA facilitate the need-based needle distribution program, serving the Cascadia region since 2007.

Harm Reduction Advocates Are Now Giving Out Snort Kits

Harm Reduction Advocates Are Now Giving Out Snort Kits

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"Each pack consists of a zip-locked plastic bag containing six straws of about three inches each. The straws are different colors to help keep them seperate. There’s a razor blade—a plastic one in the newer packs—to help chop up the coke so that clumps don’t get stuck in your nasal passage and eat away at the membranes. “The other thing that’s in there is kind of a blank credit card, just a piece of plastic, and that’s just a clean surface to to put whatever substances you might be snorting down on it so you’re not putting it on the back of a toilet or someplace where you can contract other strange things,” says Al-Hakim. “There’s also little tiny spoons for bumps”—that is, a single snort’s worth of coke, rather than a full line—“because people generally use their keys, which are also full of tons of germs.”

Marc and Monte receive the "Golden Syringe" lifetime achievement award for 28 years of service to the Drug user Community!

Marc and Monte receive the "Golden Syringe" lifetime achievement award for 28 years of service to the Drug user Community!

This years PHRA Family Awards dinner's lifetime achievement award "The Golden Syringe of Excellence" was presented to  Marc and Monte  for their work with ostrich bay exchange. Lisa who took over Ostrich Bay Exchange last year when Marc and Monte retired, presented them with the Award.

in 1988 they began handing out syringes as Monte had just returned from New York and had been witnessing the AIDS epidemic and The Sharing of needles and immediately made the correlation between the two. for 28 years Marc and Monte have been involved in Needle Exchange and dedicated much of their time to that cause. 18 years ago Marc and Monte founded the Ostrich Bay Exchange located in Bremerton Washington. Ostrich bay was one of the first syringe exchanges located on the peninsula. It was also one of the first programs in the state of Washington to hand out Narcan a decade before it became more establish overdose intervention. for their dedication and unrelenting commitment to their community and saving lives, we are proud to give the lifetime achievement award to this amazing duo, we love you Marc and Monte!

The Recipient of the "Sarah with Wings Award" is Sam Junge!

The Recipient of the "Sarah with Wings Award" is Sam Junge!

A Special congratulations to the winner of the "Sarah With Wings Award" Sam Junge. This award is given to any PHRA volunteer who goes above and beyond in serving the drug using community. The Sarah With Wings award is named after Sarah Lippek. Sarah was one of the early volunteers at the University District Needle Exchange.  

Sam is the co-founder of Portland Peoples Outreach Project, he helps organize all three sites in Portland run by PHRA. Sam has shown a deep dedication and love towards drug users throughout the Cascadian region. He was instrumental in bringing meth pipes to Portland. Sam is a asset to his community and we are proud to have him in the PHRA family!

The Recipient of the Bob Quinn Award goes to Faye Abayan!

The Recipient of the Bob Quinn Award goes to Faye Abayan!

We like to congratulate the recipient of the 2016 Bob Quinn Award, Faye Abayan. This is a special award to us here at PHRA as it is named after the founder of the University District Needle Exchange Program. The award is given to someone who never asks permission when making great change in our community. Faye is it formally homeless woman from the university district who has been an Ave Rat Community organizer for years, she has cofounded so many different projects and organizations they are too numerous to list in the short post.

Faye is currently directing a documentary coming that will be coming out later next year on homeless culture in the university district. We here at PHRA are honored to give the first Bob Quinn award to Faye Abayan, Please keep up the great work Faye!

The second spotlight of the PHRA Family Awards recipient.

The second spotlight of the PHRA Family Awards recipient.

We would like to congratulate the 2016 Peace Heathen Community award recipient Matthew K Born. The Peace Heathen Community award is to recognize people within our community who make a difference and often do not get the credit they deserve. Matthew has been a long time volunteer of Hamp Fest and co-founder of The Ave foundation. Matthew has been working to fight for homeless Rights and the end of the drug war for years always taking a more silent role and getting things done than ever reaching for the Spotlight. So I this year we are still honored to give Matthew a well-deserved award.

The PHRA Family awards dinner was a great success, we will be spotlighting the recipients all week!

The PHRA Family awards dinner was a great success, we will be spotlighting the recipients all week!

We would like to congratulate the 2016 allegro community award recipient Gargoyles Statuary. The allegro community award is given for a business or church who goes above and beyond in helping Foster strong community within the university district. Gayle Nowicki the founder, and owner of Gargoyle Statuary received this award for her over a decade long service to trying to create a strong community, she has spent many years pushing for positive change in in the University District, Our director Shilo Murphy when giving the award told the brief story about how she's always acknowledged that homeless communities in the university district should be treated as residents deserving the same respect and dignity as everyone else. I encourage you to check out her website and her store http://www.gargoylestatuary.com/ it is businesses like these that are the cornerstone of why the university district is such an incredible community.

"Ostrich Bay Syringe Exchange offers delivery"

"Ostrich Bay Syringe Exchange offers delivery"

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"People engaged in illegal activity are naturally wary of government facilities, Levine said. Bringing supplies to them can help build trust needed to get them additional resources and put them on the path to recovery."

"Al-Hakim speaks regularly with the people she delivers to, checking in on their lives. She's always ready to offer resources to anyone who wants to quit, but lets them come forward when they are ready."

1st Annual PHRA Awards Dinner coming up October 14th!

1st Annual PHRA Awards Dinner coming up October 14th!

          come help us celebrate the unsung heroes of harm reduction. The people out on the streets every day, that go unnoticed. The people who dedicate their lives to making sure people are safe and healthy. We will be celebrating these people of our community with an Awards dinner October 14th at Thai 65 on University ave. the tickets are 25 dollars and include an open Thai buffet and a seat at a table and a night of entertainment and community, There will be a bar for anyone 21+ with ID. we would love it if you could join us for this special night.  we have a very limited amount of seats so get your ticket now so you don't miss out!

 

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August 31st is international overdose Awareness day.

August 31st is international overdose Awareness day.

On August 31st The Peoples Harm Reduction Alliance will be Remembering those who have lost their lives to overdose and will be transitioning from 5 days a week of service to 6 days a week.
We will be opening the exchange on Wednesday's Starting on international Overdose Awareness day to help better serve our community.
We will have a Memorial wall at the University District Needle Exchange. Feel free to bring pictures, or write something about your experience with overdose and hang it on the wall.
We will have free Narcan/Naloxone training. The U district site also hands out a limited amount of Narcan Daily.
We will have Refreshments and the exchange will be open 5pm-7pm
This event is free.

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Thursday July 28th is World hepatitis Day.

Thursday July 28th is World hepatitis Day.

CLICK ON THE HEP PICTURE TO WATCH THE HEP VIDEO!

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infects the liver and is transmitted primarily by direct exposure to the blood of an infected person. Sixty to 70% of people with chronic infection will develop chronic liver disease, which can lead to cirrhosis or liver cancer. Two to five million Americans are believed to be chronically infected with HCV and annual deaths from HCV range from 17,000 to 80,000. Since 2007, more people now die from HCV than from HIV/AIDS. Yet currently as few as 50% of HCV-infected patients are aware of their diagnosis, and once diagnosed, about one-third of patients are referred to care, a fraction of these are treated, and only five to six percent are cured.

 

yringe Access , Snorting kits, and clean supplies are some of the most effective tools to prevent the spread of Hepatitis.  Thursday the 28th of July is  world Hepatitis day, we have free testing at the university district needle exchange every friday. take care of yourselves and click on the title to link you to the Hep website if you would like to know more!

 

 

 

 

Founders Day is this Sunday!

Founders Day is this Sunday!

 

FOUNDERS DAY is this sunday from 1-4. we will have Needle Jenga, Ring toss, Free Thai food, the exchange will be open, Free Hepatitis testing, and THE CHAOTIC NOISE MARCHING BAND will be playing for your enjoyment!
this is a all ages community event. Children and Dogs are welcome!
come help us celebrate our founder Bob Quinn, and the University District Needle Exchange!
see you there!

PHRA Presents: Founders Day!

PHRA Presents: Founders Day!

 

SUNDAY JULY 31ST 2016, FREE FOOD, GAMES, MUSIC, AND TESTING!

 

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Founders day is a celebrating the life of Bob Quinn the founder of University District Needle Exchange. It is a free community event with food, fun, and music. Dogs and children are welcome.

This Saturday the 3rd of June is the 2nd annual stand up for harm reduction event!

This Saturday the 3rd of June is the 2nd annual stand up for harm reduction event!

Join us for our 2nd annual Comedy extravaganza "Stand up for harm reduction" featuring the fabulous

Jeffrey Robert, https://www.facebook.com/jeffrey.robert.9

Jamie Guerriero, https://www.facebook.com/Jamie-Guerriero-1095005757188749/?pnref=story.unseen-section

Sam Miller, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brBQ55wkC_w

Aaron Fishbein, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaswEac1JzI

Robert Pidde, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Uz57LuLSc8

Kelly Hannah, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNsQKWNOCwQ

Joshua Chambers, 

Elliott Rose,  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZ9pnssB2zI

and Dj QweenB

All proceeds from this fundraiser will go to help facilitate the opening of our consumption room this summer, in an effort to help make Seattle a safe space for drug users.

you can buy tickets here:

https://peoplesharmreductionalliance.givezooks.com/events/2nd-annual-stand-up-for-harm-reduction

Aiming for Crime, Hitting the Homeless

Aiming for Crime, Hitting the Homeless

“They can hold these meetings, and scream and yell . . . and call for more cops, and point a finger at the most vulnerable in our communities. And blame them, instead of the people who are making public-policy decisions that are causing these inequalities in the first place.”

Under the Needle

Under the Needle

 

 

Against Safe Injection Sites for Drug Users? A Self-Guided Walking Tour Through the Injection Sites We Already Have Just Might Change Your Mind!

http://www.thestranger.com/news/2016/04/06/23911006/under-the-needle

Ithaca's Anti Heroin plan: Open a site to shoot Heroin.

Ithaca's Anti Heroin plan: Open a site to shoot Heroin.

"Though unheard-of in the United States, supervised injection sites have existed in Europe for years — one of the first was in Switzerland, 30 years ago — and in Vancouver, British Columbia, the only city in North America where the practice is allowed. They have been linked to a reduction in harm from heroin abuse: In Vancouver, fatal overdoses dropped 35 percent in the community surrounding its main injection site in the two years after it opened in 2003 and fell 9 percent citywide."

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/23/nyregion/fighting-heroin-ithaca-looks-to-injection-centers.html?_r=0

 

Legalize it All.

Legalize it All.

 

https://harpers.org/archive/2016/04/legalize-it-all/1/

 

I started to ask Ehrlichman a series of earnest, wonky questions that he impatiently waved away. “You want to know what this was really all about?” he asked with the bluntness of a man who, after public disgrace and a stretch in federal prison, had little left to protect. “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”