Harm Reduction at Westminster is a Prevention, Education, Coordination: Educate District residents and stakeholders on opioid use disorder, its risk, and harm reduction approach through coordination community efforts
We have been granted a to-be distribution site for Narcan. Naloxone (aka Narcan) is a medication that reverses an opioid overdose and can save the life of your friend, your loved one, even yourself. No Cost No prescription. Coming soon we will also be distributing Fentanyl Test strips. This is a harm reduction tool the individual user can use to test the drug they received on the street. View the 8 minute video below
We were granted our first grant through the DC Department of Behavioral Health recovery month in 2019. With the funding we were able to accomplish:
In 2020 we received a recovery Month with a one year agreement.
Our most successful event was The "You Are Not Alone" event in Ward 6 was held on International Overdose Awareness Day. The event, led by Westminster Presbyterian, brought together more than 10 organizations working within Ward 6 that met as a result of the Ward 6 engagement meetings. Collaborating organizations included: Ward 5 & 6 Prevention Center; Total Family Care Coalition; Community Connections; Family Medical Counseling Services; Reason to Hope Foundation; HealthHIV; We Act Radio; READY Center and Riverside Church in SW. There was networking, storytelling, and a panel discussion around drug user health. The event was held both in-person and virtually to allow for greater attendance.
45 people in person
1520 on line
Thanks to the City, we have free condoms and soon Narcan to distribute as a harm reduction tool. We are an official site for NARCAN distribution for DC Behavioral Health. Schedule a time to pick up what you need by mail George@GIIIAssociates.com or calling (202) 978-0517
The Presbyterian HIV Network (PHIVN) welcomes those who advocate with and care for persons and families who have been infected or affected by HIV and AIDS. We encourage the Church to live out Jesus’ ministry of love and justice.
We received a DC Faith-Based Awareness Opioid Continuation Grant from the Department of Behavioral Health. George Kerr III and the team will administer the grant along with partners at Damien Ministry.
Prevention, Education, Coordination: Educate District residents and stakeholders on opioid use disorder, its risk, and harm reduction approaches through coordination community efforts.
Check out this great video from our first recovery service.