WHAT WE DO
In order to change the narrative on drugs and drug users, education is key. TCHRC can provide trainings in a number of areas ranging from OD Reversal and Prevention to Harm Reduction, and from Working With People Who Use Drugs (Cultural Competency) to How to Use Drugs More Safely. Please contact us if you are interested in setting up a training or have any questions regarding training and education. Also, on the second Monday of every month at 6pm, we hold a community educational session and conversation on topics related to drugs, drug users, SUDs/SUD Treatment, MAT, prohibition, and more.
DRUG USER ORGANIZING
Many communities have been harmed not only by drug use but also by the militaristic policing strategies and crime resulting from the black market drug trade that have come to define the modern "War on Drugs". TCHRC works to advocate for policies that get at the root of tackling substance use and SUDs as matters of public health, not criminal justice. As such, TCHRC seeks to organize, build, and grow with similar-minded community organizations and groups in regard to issues of social justice that are a common thread in issues around substance use and many other societal ills. Uniting with other groups can only strenthen our collective efforts.
"Nothing about us without us" has often been a rally cry in Harm Reduction circles. Nothing we do could be done anywhere near as effectively without the hard work and expertise of drug users. If you're a drug user (current, former, just on the weekends...) who is interested in fighting for (or maybe just informing folks about, if you're a non-confrontational type) common sense laws and policies that concern drug users and/or want to get involved in all that TCHRC does, don't hesitate to reach out and get involved! Who says drug users can't organize?!? Join us!
Meeting people where they're at means employing a diverse and flexible outreach strategy. TCHRC has worked with detoxes, treatment centers, jails, MAT providers, and shelters to provide education on drug user health and to ensure people have access to naloxone, sterile supplies, and other services via TCHRC's syringe services program (SSP). We also do regular ol' street outreach (i.e. walking around and talking to folks out on the streets), for which there is no substitute. If you or anyone you know are in need of our services, we're happy to help!