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Tara Stamos-Buesig

Tara Stamos-Buesig is a Harm reduction advocate with lived experience and passion for evidence based, harm reduction strategies that support and improve the quality of life for people who use drugs. Tara uses her experience in substance use, recovery, peer support and harm reduction to support individuals and their families experiencing crisis such as  substance use disorders, mental health issues , homelessness, and transactional sex work. As founder of the Harm Reduction Coalition of San Diego County, she works to educate communities and navigate stigmatized individuals towards the care they deserve such as substance abuse treatment, syringe access, overdose prevention and HIV/HCV testing. Tara works with community based organizations to provide case management, linkage to care, substance abuse counseling and education populations in need. As Co- Chair of the Eliminate Hepatits C San Diego Initiative Consumer Committee, she works alongside local , state and federal programs to advocate for funding, access and education for under-served special populations. 

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