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FREE Workshop in Miami on Syringe Exchange Programs

By Figaro, Sep 29, 2008 | |
  1. Figaro
    I WILL FOREVER BE GRATEFUL IF YOU ANNOUNCE THIS FREE LEARNING WORKSHOP or FORWARD TO OTHER WHO MIGHT BE INTERESTED AND/OR ANY MEDIA CONTACT YOU MIGHT HAVE. There will be a lot of people that would be interested. WE ARE SHORT OF TWO MONTH AND THERE IS ROOM SCHEDULED FOR 100 PEOPLE. IT IS ALSO OPEN TO INDIVIDUALS FROM OUTSIDE THE STATE OF FLORIDA, AS IT IS RELEVANT TO ALL LOCATIONS. THUS, WE WOULD LIKE FOR PERSONS WHO ARE COMING TO THIS WORKSHOP TO CONTACT US AHEAD OF TIME IN CASE WE MIGHT NEED TO SCHEDULE A LARGER ROOM. THE MEMBERS OF THE PANEL HAVE A COMBINED
    EXPERIENCE THAT ADD UP TO HUNDREDTHS OF YEARS.

    Study Finds 3 Million IDUs Worldwide Are HIV-Positive http://kaisernetwork.org/daily_reports/rep_index.cfm?DR_ID=54644

    That is one in five who may have HIV, acording to Lancet http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5jVF1jHGnraGyelaqFY8Z0RCRZ6XA


    [​IMG] Washington's Lone Needle Exchange Program

    <SEE THE VIDEO BY CLICKING THE "Washingto Needle ....." on top, is not just about AIDS)

    http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/us/20070527_DISTRICT_NEEDLE_FEATURE/index.html

    On the 1st day of the Harm Reduction Coalition Conference @Miami Downtown Hilton, Thursday 13 of November 2008, at 7 p.m. (the room is scheduled for two hours)
    there will be a FREE workshop on needs & how to developROOM IF NEEDED.ed Syringe Exchange Programs in Miami and Florida (and any place else for that matte THERE WILL BE ROOM FOR ONLY 100 PERSONS. SO WE WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHO IS COMING, SO TO SCHEDULE A LARGER

    http://www.harmreduction.org About the conference http://www.harmreduction.org/article.php?list=type&type=60



    Due to the announced bill HR6680 allowing federal money to be available for Syringe Programs, and the good fortune the panel of experts will be appearing together in Miami for the Harm Reduction Coalition Conference. This free workshop and networking meeting is scheduled as a community service to organizations and individuals whose states currently has no SEPs. It is also available to currently active SEPs, who will like to improve on their services. PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU, YOUR REPRESENTATIVE AND THE NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS WHO WILL BE COMING FROM YOUR GROUP, so we can estimate the size room we might need.

    The workshop will be facilitated by leaders of organizations who have been doing Syringe Exchange Program for over 20 years each. The North America Syringe Exchange Network will also be one of the panelists http://www.nasen.org/ . NASEN is a non profit organization provider of quality but more affordable Starter Kits, equipment and will provide Technical Support to any organization that does or plans to provide Syringe Exchange Program. From time to time NASEN receives donations of equipment that goes to small volunteer clandestine groups with very limited budget. As well as obtain competitive prices as they purchase equipment in large bulks for the SEPs nationwide.

    Discussion should be lively. Any interested party is invited to participate. We actively seek the participation and support of church members and their pastors; the health related professionals; attorneys; government officials as well as employees and local authorities. Persons who wish to attend the Syringe Exchange Workshop do not need to be a participant to the conference. You may contact me, Carlos (786-389-7668 or franco33139ca@hotmail.com ) about this workshop and/or Paula Santiago@harmreduction.org (202) 213-6276 x15 who can also provide information about the Harm Reduction Conference as participant or vendor. We know that syringe exchange works; we know the political will is more open to today's reality. Blacks and Hispanics are amongst the largest percentage of HIV and Hepatitis new cases due to IV Drug use. We are working against the silences, censorship, myth, misinformation and lack of action for a group of individuals for which there is very little advocacy. Please contribute to the solution.

    Running a Syringe Exchange Program is an extremely unique experience requiring at time to deal with very taxing conditions due to the nature of the customer, personal ethics and the legal and moral aspects of the purpose for which SEPs are created. The panel and persons who will appear at this workshop combine possess hundredth of years of experience they are willing to share. Some will be persons recovering both substance abuse and the blood carrying diseases that were caused by the used of shared syringes. In Miami 50% of all new AIDS cases are from IV Drugs use and nationwide 90% already have one of the hepatitis. We know from speaking in the arena of the AIDS community that there is quite a bit of missunderstanding of how Syringe Exchange programs should function. We believe, this is because of the lack of experience working with this population. One of the purposes of this workshop is so that you do not make the same mistakes that have been done, you can avoid large amount of errors by having a better undertanding of the population you will be serving. Avoid a lot of errors we have already made. We have also learned from the advanced European experiences with Syringes programas and the mistakes they have also made.




    Objectives and what we expect you will learn from this networking workshop:
    · Local and nationwide history of Syringe Exchange Programs. Legal Aspects of Syringe Programs.
    · How some of the programs have deal with the legal aspects and the local authorities.
    · We will discuss community and legal authority reaction and how the expert panel has dealt with the issues as they appeared.
    · How we have dealt with State, Counties and Municipalities, ordinances and the politicians they cover.
    · What has been learned through the process and has found what other need customers had that needed solutions

    · We will discuss most of the relevant scientific research and the results that lead to the syringe projects.
    · Other services such as vain care, infections, safe use, combine drug use such as speedballs etc.
    · Over dose, first aids CPR, opiate antagonist block naltrexone, naloxone, its use dosage, nasal spray and/or intervenes.
    · We will be providing evidence base protocols in our development of best practice. What works, what does not seem to work and why?

    · Mental health issues, services and referral to other services of public health not provided by SEP.
    · Philosophy of harm reduction, ethics, the Hippocratic Oath. "First, do no harm".
    · We will discuss individual personal considerations such as concern of enabling, co-dependency, and transference.
    · We will discuss apparent conflicts between traditional treatment for substance abuse and how the Syringe Exchange Programs can be incorporated.
    · The networking workshop promises to provide information and experience not previously obtain and rarely available.
    · The integrity and dignity expected working with active substance abusers and users. Frequently difficulties encounter to none experience professionals.
    · Frequently asked questions and frequent error of the novice. Otherwise competent professionals find themselves overwhelm by the experiences of working with an active users. Will assist you work through those issues.
    · And much much more. We know from our combined experience that Syringe Exchange Programs can be an incomparable experience for which there is no precedence. Trust us when we say we have some expertise and mastery that we are willing to share because we know the value it will be to our customers and the contribution you can make to stop the AIDS/Hepatitis virus.
    · We WILL give you our full knowledge at this workshop. This is not an introductory workshop; it is a full learning experience.
    · Justification to start Syringe Programs. Will discuss some of the controversy surrounding the projects and the resistance encounter and how they were resolved.


    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=11664095 <The story of the Washington DC Needeles Exchange Program)


    Iranian Syringe Exchange and Methadone Program. The Doctors have been arrested.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fttlX9SpbZY <Iran's Methadone and Syringe Program)

    http://physiciansforhumanrights.org/library/news-2008-08-04.html <The Story)

    http://iranfreethedocs.org/ <to sign petion click on "SIGN PETITION)

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