Executive Director PA Harm REduction Coalition

  • published Sponsorship in Statewide Conference 2020-02-04 13:02:37 -0500


    We are currently soliciting multiple levels of support, which are outlined in the 2020 prospectus. Sponsors can expect their company logo to be HIGHLY visible on all event materials, the conference website, and conference marketing materials.

    We are requesting all sponsorship payments by May 10th 2020. Payment can be made via credit card by using the form below. Payments are also accepted via check - please e-mail sponsors@paharmreduction.org with your desired sponsorship level and contact information for invoice and payment details.

    If you have questions about sponsorship or would like a custom sponsorship package, please contact us directly email at sponsors@paharmreduction.org.

    October 26, 2020 at 8am - October 27, 2020 at 2:30pm
    $1,500.00 USD · rsvp

  • published Call for Abstracts in Statewide Conference 2020-02-04 13:02:22 -0500

    Call for Abstracts

    Thank you for your interest in the PAHRC statewide conference in 2020, "A Safety First Approach". The conference will be held on October 26 + 27 at the Sheraton Harrisburg. Proposals are being accepted for breakout sessions (60 minutes each) across our 3 conference tracks and for research posters. The deadline to submit your proposal is April 17th.

    Please visit this link to submit your proposal. If you have any questions, please contact us at conference@paharmreduction.org.

    Conference Tracks:

    Medical: The medical track is for professionals within the medical field who are looking to expand their knowledge and receive in-depth information on innovative solutions which address the opioid epidemic. A broad range of medical topics will be covered, which are all aimed to support professionals in becoming part of the solution to the epidemic.

    Clinical: The clinical track is for addiction and mental health clinicians who are looking to better support their clients that are directly impacted by the epidemic. This track will focus on a broad range of therapeutic topics that ultimately aim to increase awareness and provide evidence-based solutions in working with individuals that are directly impacted.

    Community: The community track is our broadest in scope designed for a diverse range of professionals, individuals and communities ranging anywhere from family members, peer advocates, and grassroots organizations. Topics within this track have an emphasis on community actions and interventions that support individuals directly affected by the epidemic.

    Research Posters: Research posters are designed to cover research projects on a broad range of topics covering harm reduction, opioid use, recovery, primary care, peer services, and many others. Posters proposals are open to both professionals, academics, and students.


  • published Logistics in Statewide Conference 2020-02-04 13:02:11 -0500

    Conference Travel and Accommodations Information

    The PAHRC 2020 statewide conference will be held on October 26th and 27th at the Sheraton Harrisburg. Event registration is now open and is required for all attendees. We have reserved a room block at the conference hotel at the conference room rate of $126 per night. Attendees should plan to book their lodging as soon as possible, but no later than June 2020 to ensure the block room rate and availability. Attendees can book lodging by visiting the booking portal or call the Sheraton Harrisburg at (717) 564-5511.

    For those traveling by car, driving directions and a mapped location of the Sheraton can be found here. For those flying, Harrisburg has an international airport, or you can fly into Philadelphia International or Baltimore International and drive the remaining distance. 

    Attendees should plan to arrive Sunday, the 25th, for the conference opening at 9AM on October 26th. Breakfast and lunch are included in your registration each day. Dinner is on your own, with many options surrounding the conference hotel.

    For any additional questions, please contact conference@paharmreduction.org.

  • published Registration in Statewide Conference 2020-02-04 13:01:53 -0500

    2020 Conference Registration

    Registration for the 2019 PAHRC conference on October 26th and 27th at the Sheraton Harrisburg is now open. Early bird registration is now available, until April 15, 2020, for a reduced rate of $149 (includes full registration and meals). After April 15, full registration rate of $199 will apply. Individuals may register themselves, or organizations can register multiple staff person the registration website. Please ensure that each attendee added has complete information, including meal preferences.

    All registrations include all conference keynotes and breakout sessions. Breakfast and lunch will be provided each day for all registered attendees. Registration also includes conference tote bag, program, and lanyard. Lodging is not included in the registration fee and should be booked by June 1 at the conference venue. Additional lodging and travel information can be found by visiting the logistics page. If you have any questions about registration, please e-mail conference@paharmreduction.org


    Register for the 2020 Conference



    October 26, 2020 at 8am - October 27, 2020 at 3:30pm
    Sheraton Harrisburg
    4650 Lindle Rd
    Harrisburg, PA 17111
    United States
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  • published Serving Returning Citizens (SRC) in Current Issues 2019-03-04 22:14:36 -0500

    Serving Returning Citizens (SRC)

    The Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition seeks to advocate for those most at risk over overdose. No population is more at risk than those leaving correctional facilities. According to research from American Public Health Association, in the first two weeks after being released from prison, returning citizens are 40 times more likely to die of an opioid overdose than someone in the general population. Correctional facilities in Allegheny and Philadelphia counties are already taking the needed step to address this issue by distributing Naloxone the overdose reversal medication to those returning citizens, but we must expand this effort to every county.

    Naloxone distribution while vital is not enough to protect our returning citizens. We must also ensure that individuals in correctional facilities have access to medication assisted recovery. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration, “Medication-Assisted Recovery” is a practical, accurate, and non-stigmatizing way to describe a pathway to recovery made possible by physician-prescribed and monitored medications, along with other recovery supports, e.g., counseling and peer support. Although no medications cure dependence on drugs or alcohol, some can play a significant and lifesaving role in helping people begin and sustain recovery. The Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition supports the use of and access to all three FDA approved medications for treating Substance Use Disorder.

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