HACHR Executive Director Wins CalHep Service Award

The Sherri Ziegler Community Service Award

Awardee: Brandie Wilson, Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction

Honorable mentions:
Paris de la Rosa & Daniela Mieja, Access Support Network

Pauli Gray, San Francisco AIDS Foundation
Paul Harkin, Glide
Robin Roth, San Francisco Hepatitis C Task Force
Michael Wilk, Health Right 360

CalHep LogoEstablished in 2009 in honor of the late Sherri R. Ziegler, a founding member of CalHEP, the award reflects her dedication to fighting hepatitis B and C. Sherri worked tirelessly to advocate in Sacramento and Washington, DC for those in need of support and services, especially in rural northern California. She loved to travel with her message of hope for people who, like her, were affected by hepatitis C. Sherri also mentored countless advocates all over the rural north. She always had a positive attitude even when she faced obstacles that would overwhelm most people. Along with her advocacy efforts, Sherri provided education, support, and other services for people with hepatitis C in her community. She was an invaluable resource to the Peach Tree Clinic, the Sutter, Yuba, and Butte County Health Departments, and advocacy groups in Shasta and Plumas Counties. This award is presented to an individual who has exhibited outstanding leadership in addressing viral hepatitis in California through advocacy, education, and/or direct services.  Nominations are encouraged for individuals who are leaders in the hepatitis B and/or hepatitis C communities. Previous award recipients include Leslie Benson (2010), Orlando Chavez (2011), Koy Parada & Mimi Chang (2012), and Shirley Barger (2016).

California Syringe Exchange Programs

September 28-29: HACHR Executive Director Brandie Wilson, attended the 2017 California Syringe Exchange Programs conference in Oakland, CA.

She brought back so many cutting edge ideas to Humboldt County, including innovative way to expand Hepatitis C testing and treatment. In addition, Brandie was asked to facilitate two conference sessions on best practices for Syringe Exchange Programs and Naloxone distribution in rural counties. She is helping the State of California better understand the unique barriers that come with rural drug use.

Special thanks to the Harm Reduction Coalition, Drug Policy Alliance, and California Hepatitis Alliance for hosting this conference.

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Health Alert: Fentanyl in Humboldt

POSITIVE FENTANYL TESTS

In the past 24 hours, HACHR has had 24/25 (96%) of Fentanyl tests come back positive. All tests were on methamphetamines, which we have since identified as being brought in from out of the area. What does this mean? This means that our local meth is laced with Fentanyl – decreasing one’s ability to get high, and increasing their likelihood to overdose. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is between 50-100x more potent than Morphine. It acts quickly, and laced with other drugs can be extremely dangerous.

HACHR volunteers are doing what they can to get the word out, but we could use some help. The people most likely to be impacted by Fentanyl deserve to know – they are members of community and we value their lives.

Where can you go to get Naloxone/Overdose Kits?

  • Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction
  • Redwoods Rural –  101 West Coast Road – Redway, CA – (707) 923-2783
  • North Coast AIDS Project – 908 7th Street – Eureka, CA – (707) 268-2132
  • United Indian Health – 1600 Weeot Way – Arcata, CA – (707) 825-5000
  • Garberville Public Health – 727 West Coast Road – Garberville, CA (707) 923-2779
  • Contact your Doctor for a Prescription

What are the warning signs of a Fentanyl Overdose?

  • Increased tolerance (needing more to achieve the same effects),
  • Being sleepy after use,
  • Difficulty breathing and,
  • Feeling lethargic after use.

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Safe Consumption Sites in Humboldt

Tell the Calif. Senate: End overdose deaths

This Wednesday (September 13), an important public health bill Assembly Bill 186 fell two votes short of the 21 votes needed to pass the California State Senate.

This bill would have allowed several California counties to pilot programs for safe consumption sites (SCS). SCS are hygienic spaces for people to use pre-obtained controlled substances under the supervision of trained staff. SCS saves lives.

The fight is not over. We can find 2 more votes!

Urge these six senators to vote YES:

  • Senator Cathleen Galgiani (D – Stockton)
  • Senator Steve Glazer (D – Contra Costa)
  • Senator Tony Mendoza (D – Whittier)
  • Senator Richard Pan (D – Sacramento)
  • Senator Anthony Portantino (D – La Cañada Flintridge)
  • Senator Henry Stern (D – Canoga Park)

Send your senator an email. Take action now! Click here for more information!

We’re Moving!

HACHR is excited to announce some big, exciting news! We’re moving! We got the keys to our new space today! As you know, we have quite a few supplies in our old location, and it’s going to take some time to get situated in our new space. Look for updates on social media. We will announce our grand re-opening soon!

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