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Presented by Harm Reduction Coalition in partnership with Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM) and The Counter Narrative Project

The Ties that Bind: Black MSM, Crystal Meth & Family (Webinar)

How do harm reduction techniques apply when it’s our family and friends who’re impacted by crystal meth? This webinar will strip back our attitudes about harm reduction to discuss how we care for our loved ones who’re using crystal meth. We’ll discuss cultural implications, where we sometimes get it wrong, and tips for how to get it right.

Presented by Johnnie Ray Kornegay III, Counter Narrative Project; Yolo Akili Robinson, BEAM; Jacen Zhu, #TakeDownTina (September 27, 2018)

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The Coldest Silence: Crystal Meth and the Impact on Black MSM (Webinar)

The Counter Narrative Project in collaboration with Harm Reduction Coalition and BEAM have launched a campaign: "Blueprint," focused on raising awareness around the impact of Crystal Meth on black MSM.

Presented by Johnnie Ray Kornegay III, Counter Narrative Project; Justin Davis, Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition; Dr. Nathaniel Currie, DSW, MSW, LICSW (August 15, 2018)

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About this project

Crystal methamphetamine use among Black and Latino gay and bisexual men is a growing phenomenon with few resources devoted to addressing it. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in 2015, over 10,000 young Black gay and bisexual men in the US were diagnosed with HIV, more than any other subgroup by race/ethnicity, age and gender. Also there have been anecdotal reports of Black and Latino MSM who are new initiates to crystal methamphetamine injection during sexual encounters, with potential for sharing injection equipment, thus increasing risks for HIV and Hep C contraction and the spread of new infections.

Harm Reduction is a proven strategy that can provide a framework with concrete tools to help providers support and engage Black and Latino gay and bisexual men who are using crystal ethamphetamine in conversations about how to reduce risks. These conversations can also focus in identifying the role that trauma, mental health, social isolation and personal/structural violence play in their lives and well-being.

Who was involved

Harm Reduction Coalition formed a partnership with Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM) and The Counter Narrative Project to develop, disseminate and implement this yearlong project to develop and promote crystal methamphetamine harm reduction strategies as well as mobilize the community to engage and support Black and Latino gay and bisexual men who use crystal methamphetamine.

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