HRTI Resource Roundup ~ September 2018
Each month HRTI will be sharing our favorite picks from the various resources we come across. If there are materials or resources you are seeking or interested in sharing,
please contact Christine Rodriguez, HRTI Manager at  Christine.Rodriguez@bhsbaltimore.org .
Disaster Preparedness
Huffington Post; September 13, 2018 

People; September 14, 2018 

RESOURCE:   OPIOIDS (Online Preparedness and Information for Opioid-using Individuals in Disaster Situations)
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

“Disasters place disproportionate stresses on disadvantaged populations who more readily experience resource loss and health risks during emergency situations. One of the most vulnerable populations during a disaster are the several million Americans who misuse prescription opioids and illicit drugs (a number that continues to rise as the United States faces one of the worst opioid abuse epidemics in its history). To address this national emergency, ASTHO funded National Development and Research Institutes (NDRI) to develop this website to share evidence-based best practices and guidelines with opioid service and treatment providers, policymakers, and local officials, as well as opioid users and their families.”  
Drug User Organizing ~ #ReframeTheBlame
YES! Magazine; August 30, 2018 
 
RESOURCE:  Drug-induced Homicide Laws and the #ReframeTheBlame Campaign 
Urban Survivors Union

“A coalition of drug user unions, harm reductionists, and other lovely people created this document for organizations and partners supporting the Last Will and Testament Project (LWTP). Together we can amplify messaging to combat the dissemination and increasing use of drug-induced homicide (DIH) laws through the media, our communities, and our networks of supporters. [...]

In order to make a statement, we will sign Do Not Prosecute (DNP) orders (similar to Do Not Resuscitate/DNR orders) that state strongly that we have had enough, and should we die of an overdose, it is our wish that NO ONE be charged or prosecuted for anything in relation to our death. While these DNP orders are not legally binding due to the fact that the person being would be charged by the state where the overdose took place, there was a time when advance directives were not acknowleged by the courts either. It is through activism, applying pressure, and making people listen to and hear us that we can start the movement towards more sensible and effective drug policy as a nation and in our communities.”  
ICYMI ~ Recent Webinars
Community-based Fentanyl Testing
Behavioral Health System Baltimore; September 17, 2018 
The Harm Reduction Training Institute welcomes national experts Eliza Wheeler, Louise Vincent, and Tino Fuentes for a discussion about fentanyl; its presence in the illicit drug supply; environmental exposure; and test strip usage, distribution, and messaging regarding their benefits people who use drugs.  
 
Involving People Who Use Drugs to Design and Deliver Health Promotion Programs
RTI International ; September 6, 2018 
“This webinar looks at the history of harm reduction along with the formative role of people who use drugs (PWUD) in addition to the challenges associated with people who inject drugs (PWID). It also discusses the process of learning how to operate and govern a community-based organization where PWID plays a central role.”  
 
Hepatitis B and the Opioid Crisis
Hep B United NASTAD ; June 19, 2018 
“For the first time since 2006, the number of reported acute HBV cases across the country is rising. Parts of the country hardest hit by the opioid epidemic are facing a rise in acute HBV infection associated with injection drug use. Panelists discuss the rise in acute HBV infection in the U.S., from Tennessee, West Virginia, and Maine, and how communities and health departments are responding to the epidemics.”  
Perinatal Substance Use
RESOURCE: Infographics and Social Media Posts
National Perinatal Association 
“At NPA we know that the language that we use shapes the way we think. We want to change the way we talk about pregnancy and substance use. We encourage you to download, print, and share these with your community. We just ask that you please don't change the content or message in any way and please be sure to credit the NPA Workgroup on Perinatal Substance Use. If you are interested in adapting these materials for use by your program or agency, please contact Erika Goyer, NPA's Director of Communications and Perinatal Substance Use Co-Chair.”
Syringe Services Programs ~ Workplace Safety
RESOURCE: Workforce Safety Best Practices 
AIDS United, Harm Reduction Coalition
 
“Whether your organization has been providing syringe services for years or your program is just getting started, planning for the safety of your staff and volunteers is paramount.  

This fact sheet, developed by AIDS United and the Harm Reduction Coalition, provides best practices for ensuring workforce safety at Syringe Services Programs (SSPs), guidance for developing an Exposure Control Plan, and a quick reference checklist that SSPs can use to identify their capacity building needs in this area.”