Rockville, MD (May 9, 2019) – The Coalition to Stop Opioid Overdose (CSOO) is thrilled to welcome the Harm Reduction Coalition (HRC) to the coalition. HRC’s mission is to promote the health and dignity of individuals and communities affected by drug use. As a national advocacy and capacity building organization, Harm Reduction Coalition aims to shift power and resources to people most vulnerable to structural violence and racialized drug policies. To enact that vision, HRC advocates on the federal and state levels to expand critical drug user health interventions, including overdose education and naloxone distribution, syringe access programs, medication-assisted treatment, HIV and hepatitis C care and treatment, and quality health care for people who use drugs. In addition, HRC provides technical assistance to assist community-based organizations build skills and capacity.
“I am excited to welcome the Harm Reduction Coalition as a new member of the Coalition to Stop Opioid Overdose,” said Shawn Ryan, MD, Chair of the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s (ASAM) Legislative Advocacy Committee. “HRC is a demonstrated leader in advocating for public policies that reflect the need to meet people who use drugs where they are and address the secondary public health consequences associated with drug use in addition to drug use itself. We look forward to HRC’s partnership and expertise as CSOO continues to engage policymakers and advance meaningful policy solutions to address our nation’s opioid overdose crisis and save lives.”
About the Coalition to Stop Opioid Overdose
The Coalition to Stop Opioid Overdose is a coalition of local, regional and national groups that are committed to advancing meaningful legislative and regulatory policies in response to the opioid overdose epidemic. The Coalition seeks to address the U.S. opioid overdose epidemic by engaging policy makers, public health leaders, chronic pain and addiction specialists, individuals in and seeking recovery and family members, so that legislation and policies get the support and funding needed.