NYC: Substance Use 101

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Title: Substance Use 101

Date: September 12th, 2019

Time: Full Day 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Location: Harm Reduction Coalition, 22 West 27th Street, 5th Fl, New York, NY 10001

Training Region: NYC

Trainers:  Kacey Byczek and Dana Kurzer-Yashin


This full day training will share the basics of drugs and drug use with a focus on what drugs program participants are using, how drug use can impact a person, and drug treatment options. This workshop will be a combination of presentation, discussion, and activities. The training will go through a variety of commonly used drugs (cocaine/crack, heroin, cannabis, K2, MDMA, methamphetamine, for example), how they affect the brain, and risk reduction strategies useful during outreach or case management.  Workshop participants will learn how tolerance and routes of administration are factors and how to use a harm reduction approach when engaging community members who use drugs, more effectively.

Workshop Objectives

By the end of this session training participants will be able to:

  • Share basic information on opioids, stimulants, depressants, and other drugs such as K2 and cannabis.
  • Explain various effects of drugs, signs of withdrawal and overdose.
  • Discuss how the continuum of drug use, stigma, and Drug, Set, and Setting are factors for people who use drugs.
  • Share how the brain reacts when drugs are used.
  • List 3-5 strategies to reduce risk related to drug use.
  • Describe medication assisted treatment (MAT) and drug treatment options in New York State.
  • Identify risk behaviors and develop strategies to engage PWUD in care, care retention, and drug-related harm reduction.
Audience: All health and human service providers, peer workers, front line staff, program managers and coordinators
Prerequisite: Although there is no prerequisite for this course it is recommended to have some knowledge or basic training in harm reduction and providing services for people who use drugs.

This training is FREE and will be held at Harm Reduction Coalition, 22 West 27th St., 5th Floor, New York, NY 10001.

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