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Why Everyone Should Carry Naloxone with Heather Edney via NBC4 News
FENTANYL IS HERE TO STAY. As drug users and providers, it’s critical that we talk about safer fentanyl use in order to stay alive. Homeless Health Care LA's Director of Development and Communication Heather Edney discusses the importance of carrying the life saving drug naloxone in today's opioid crisis. As a former heroin user herself, Edney is proof that drug users deserve a second chance. Naloxone immediately counters the effects of an opioid overdose and is available at HHCLA's Center for Harm Reduction in Skid Row, Los Angeles. Learn more about naloxone with Harm Reduction Hero Heather Edney via NBC4 News.
Harm Reduction with HHCLA's Heather Edney via ABC 7 News
Every year on August 31st, International Overdose Awareness Day spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable. In honor of this year's International Overdose Awareness Day, HHCLA's Director of Development and Communications Heather Edney, addressed the opioid crisis, speaking to drug users and provides on how to recognize the signs of an overdose, how to reverse an overdose with Naloxone and crucial harm reduction strategies specific to fentanyl. Each attendee left with one Naloxone Kit. ABC7 News was on hand to speak with Edney about her own struggle with opioid addiction and how she tirelessly advocates to end the stigma for drug users by continuing to provide supportive resources.
HHCLA's Harm Reduction Hero: Daniel Gaines
Homeless Health Care Los Angeles' housing case manager Daniel Gaines, speaks on some of the services we provide to go above and beyond for our clients in need. Our approach to securing permanent supportive housing for our clients means we must help them with both their physical health and mental health conditions. In our opinion, there is no other way to make a real difference in someone’s life. By working on a day-to-day, person-to-person level with our clients and having an actual door for them to walk through, we are able to offer a more comprehensive and action-oriented set of health services that improves their quality of life.
Spectrum TV Visits HHCLA's Center for Harm Reduction on Skid Row
Homeless Health Care Los Angeles (HHCLA)s' Center for Harm Reduction in Skid Row distributes over two million clean syringes each year through their needle exchange program. Spectrum TV interviews one client who uses the service and board member Jennifer Nash-Ellenburg about why the organization's mission is close to her heart. For more information on HHCLA and their Center for Harm Reduction visit the website here: https://hhcla.org/
IN / TENT by Josh S. Rose
The very image of desperation, despair, loss and pain can be easily transposed to reflect resilience, hope and capability. The symbol of The Tent - as shelter for L.A.’s homeless community - a thin shield against the harsh city and difficult living of Skid Row – is an unfortunately iconic one that both reminds and obscures our understanding of the true issues going on inside. In an odd way, the tent wraps it all up in a temporary bow that we all agree to live with. Editorial photographer Josh Rose recently contributed his creative-eye to draw attention to this construct. Rose, a long-time collaborator and supporter of Homeless Health Care Los Angeles, set out to interpret life on Skid Row. Armed only with his camera, Rose was on a mission to authentically and empathetically tell the stories of our clients. As Rose entered each tent, the story of the people living inside came alive with truth, understanding and an observation of the power of human connection. Watch more on Rose’s Skid Row experience in the video below. Purchase remaining images from HHCLA's annual fundraiser here: https://www.hhclaplato.org/artforacause
A LIFE SAVED: How Naloxone Saved One Person From Fatal Overdose
Naloxone (also known as Narcan®) is a medication called an “opioid antagonist” used to counter the effects of opioid overdose, for example morphine and heroin overdose. Specifically, naloxone is used in opioid overdoses to counteract life-threatening depression of the central nervous system and respiratory system, allowing an overdose victim to breathe normally. Naloxone is a nonscheduled (i.e., non-addictive), prescription medication. Homeless Health Care Los Angeles distributes nasal Narcan at our Center for Harm Reduction in Skid Row. Our nasal Narcan is available without a prescription to anyone who needs it. It is supplied with a brief training on how to use it in case someone is at risk of an overdose. The Center for Harm Reduction is located at 512 E 4th St. Los Angeles, 90012.
SKID ROVER: Collars, Leashes and Love for the Pets in Skid Row
Skid Rover distributes collars, leashes and kibble to people with pets living in Skid Row. Through a comprehensive offering of holistic physical health, behavioral health, housing, and quality-of-life services all rooted firmly in the principles of Harm Reduction, HHCLA tackles the pressing problems that people experiencing homelessness face every day. Our newly launched Skid Rover program embodies this holistic approach to wellness by offering resources for our clients’ pets – family members who offer unconditional love and companionship. By supporting Skid Rover, our street team is able to directly distribute critically needed supplies to the people and pets that need them the most. https://www.skidrover.com/
HHCLA's Harm Reduction Hero: Krystal Williams
Homeless Health Care Los Angeles' training specialist Krystal Williams, speaks on HHCLA's extensive community training programs. Our approach to securing permanent supportive housing for our clients means we must help them with both their physical health and mental health conditions. In our opinion, there is no other way to make a real difference in someone’s life. By working on a day-to-day, person-to-person level with our clients and having an actual door for them to walk through, we are able to offer a more comprehensive and action-oriented set of health services that improves their quality of life. https://hhcla.org/