Substance Use 101

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Title: Substance Use 101

Date: April 18th, 2018

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: Mike Selick and Joanna Berton Martinez


This one-day training will review basic information about substance use with a focus on why people use substances, common drugs people use, how these impact a person and harm reduction and drug treatment options.  The training will provide an overview of commonly used drugs (Cocaine/crack, heroin, marijuana, K2, MDMA, methamphetamine, etc.) and explain what they look like, cost, how they affect the brain, and risk factors for health.  Participants will learn how tolerance and routes of administration impact the effects of drugs.  Participants will learn how to use Harm Reduction methods to engage with people who use drugs and better understand their experience.

By the end of the training, workshop participants will be able to:

1.      Use a Harm Reduction framework to identify risks and develop strategies for engaging PWUD in care, retaining PWUD in care, and for reducing drug-related harms

2.      Understand how tolerance, route of administration, and Drug, Set, and Setting impact the way drugs affect people who use drugs

3.      Describe the effects of drugs to service providers and PWUD

4.      Understand the continuum of drug use and how stigma, race, socioeconomic status, gender identity impact both people’s vulnerability to and capacity for effectively dealing with drug-related harm

5.      Describe the drug treatment landscape in NYS as well as the requirements, benefits, and deficits of different types of treatments


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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