Due to the current COVID-19 crisis and the current recommendations and guidelines set by the CDC, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the conference until we can ensure the safety of our Harm Reduction community and attendees. We are certain that the Harm Reduction community will learn many lessons through the COVID-19 pandemic and be able to be a force of service through this uncertain time, bringing forth many lessons we will get to share at the future conference. A future date for the conference has not yet been determined, but will we remain diligent in our communication as the committee makes these decisions.
Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use. Harm reduction is also a movement for social justice built on a belief in, and respect for, the rights of people who use drugs.
Harm reduction incorporates a spectrum of strategies from safer use, to managed use to abstinence to meet drug users "where they're at," addressing conditions of use along with the use itself. Because harm reduction demands that interventions and policies designed to serve drug users reflect specific individual and community needs, there is no universal definition of or formula for implementing harm reduction.
The planning committee is comprised of over 40 well-respected Harm Reduction leaders, People with Lived Experiences (PWLE), Texas community members and Harm Reduction service providers, advocates and activists that have committed to bringing trend-setting and forward thinking strategies and solutions to Texas.
To create compassionate change for people who use substances and those who are affected by substance abuse use through education, empowerment and sustainable community partnerships.
Our purpose is to create a community response for people who use substances that fosters curiosity and compassion.
Your investment in these evidence-based principles will bring Texans together to learn and collaborate about the issues affecting people who use substances today. This event will bring together people affected by the failed drug war and the people who love them, promoting networking and sharing that has been integral to the work thus far. Your donation is important to making this event a success.