The Virginia Festival of the Book and the Community Mental Health and Wellness Coalition announced that they will partner to present Undoing Drugs: Conversations about Harm Reduction, a two-part series of FREE virtual programs on Thursday, September 30 (International Recovery Day) in honor of National Recovery Month. The events include:
Shelf Life—Undoing Drugs: A Conversation with Maia Szalavitz Thursday, September 30 at 12:00 PM ET A FREE virtual event presented on Zoom and Facebook Live; presented with captions Maia Szalavitz, author of Undoing Drugs: The Untold Story of Harm Reduction and the Future of Addiction, discusses the story of harm reduction and its potential to tame the opioid crisis, mitigate future drug problems, and quell other pandemics, in conversation with Lawson Koeppel, MSW, co-founder of Virginia Harm Reduction Coalition.
Szalavitz is an award-winning journalist who specializes in science and health. She is also the author of Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction, as well as The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook, with Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D. She lives in New York City.
Koeppel is a person in long-term recovery whose focus is on active substance use, policy, and mental health. He co-founded Virginia Harm Reduction Coalition (VHRC) in 2018 to empower people who use drugs to prevent overdose deaths, and promote other evidence-based solutions to address the effects of drug use. VHRC has distributed more than 80,000 doses of naloxone.
A video recording, with transcript, will also be available for on-demand viewing after the live event. Additional community partners for this event include the Virginia Harm Reduction Coalition. Register and learn more details at VaBook.org/Schedule
Undoing Drugs: A Conversation with Local Harm Reduction Champions and Providers Thursday, September 30 at 4:00 PM ET A FREE virtual event presented on Zoom and Facebook Live
A panel discussion with local harm reduction champions, moderated by Erin Tucker, executive director of On Our Own, a peer recovery center that provides support, understanding and resources to adults in our community as they pursue their own unique paths to recovery. Register and learn more details at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAufuirqzwrHd353K2ZzBFy2BRsHXOhzw_5 Additional local programming for National Recovery Month in September: The Community Mental Health & Wellness Coalition is coordinating and promoting community activities that focus on reducing the harmful impacts of substance use and promoting overall recovery and wellbeing. September events include:
REVIVE overdose reversal training with Region Ten, free Narcan drive-thru with the Blue Ridge Health District, local on-going recovery support groups and more. To see a list of activities visit helphappenshere.org/nationalrecoverymonth. About National Recovery Month: Now in its 32nd year, National Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those in recovery, just as we celebrate improvements made by those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease.
Each September, participating organizations highlight work to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the emergence of a strong and proud recovery community, and the dedication of service providers and community members across the nation who make recovery in all its forms possible. To learn more, visit https://rm.facesandvoicesofrecovery.org. About the Community Mental Health & Wellness Coalition (CMHWC): The CMHWC is a network of more than twenty-five diverse organizations that work together to improve mental health and substance use outcomes for Charlottesville, Albemarle, Fluvanna, Louisa, and Nelson Counties. Members include