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Harm Reduction A Priority For Those Combating Opioid Epidemic

(WFIU/WTIU News)

Three years after the HIV outbreak in Scott County, community organizers are still working to find long-term solutions to the opioid epidemic.

Bloomington-based Indiana Recovery Alliance hosted a harm reduction training Tuesday to give social workers and those in related fields more tools to address addiction and recovery.

Participants included state employees, community health and outreach workers, as well as those who work in public health education.

Greene County Outreach Advocate Samantha Edwards came to the meeting to learn more about incorporating harm reduction into her work with Middle Way House. Independently, she is also trying to establish a clean needle exchange in Greene County, something that has been unsuccessful so far.

“I’ve actually had several people say, ‘I would support that, but,’ and then they explain that other people don’t support it, and that’s why they can’t support it,” she says.

Tuesday’s training was one of several the Indiana Recovery Alliance has planned for this week. Other workshops will tackle stigma, outreach, and trauma-informed care.

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