Friday, February 14, 2014

Denver Overdose Photo Exhibition at the Capitol through 2/21

Photo by Matt Slaby in collaboration with the Harm Reduction
Action Center. Exhibit on display at the Denver Capitol through 2/21.
By Lisa Raville
Executive Director of the Harm Reduction Action Center

-- Featured in Mother Jones. --

There is a fatal overdose every day and a half in Denver County. This is sad not only because we are losing our sons, daughters, brothers, and sisters – it is truly tragic because most overdoses are preventable with basic adjustments to how public health is administered.

The Harm Reduction Action Center invites you to stop by our upcoming photographic exhibition that illustrates the human toll of those affected by overdoses in Denver.  The exhibition will run for two weeks from February 10 - Friday, February 21, 2014 in the Rotunda on the second floor of the Capitol. The images were created by nationally recognized photographer, Matt Slaby, in conjunction with our programs and put a human face on an issue veiled in stigma and stereotype.  We invite you to learn more about how our public health strategies work to keep Denver safe and healthy.


Harm reduction is really just what it sounds like; it is the act to reduce negative consequences of drug use by incorporating strategies to meet everyone where they are at in order to reduce personal and social harm.

The efficacy of harm reduction is exemplified by the Colorado legislature's passage of several proactive laws including the 911 Good Samaritan Law, Access to Naloxone for Third Party (mothers, service providers, etc.), and exemption of possession of syringes for syringe access participants to properly dispose of used syringes.  The Colorado legislature supports good public health interventions.  The exhibit is accompanied by Governor Hickenlooper’s proclamation establishing Colorado’s Overdose Awareness Day, joining us with the International community, to be annually held on August 31st.

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The Harm Reduction Action Center is Colorado’s largest provider of public health services specifically designed to prevent and eliminate the transmission of HIV and viral hepatitis to create a healthier and safer Denver.  For more information about public health and overdose in the Denver community, please contact the Harm Reduction Action Center at 303-572-7800 or www.isupportpublichealth.org.

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