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Access is first step in providing for the health and dignity of individuals and communities impacted by drug use.  It sits at the intersection of many things which, all too often, are taken for granted.  How can an individual prevent an overdose without access to information and education?  How can communities stop the spread of HIV and HCV without access to preventative resources like healthcare services?  How can people realize their fullest potential without access to fundamental justice?

We believe that the keystone to an effective and human-centered drug policy is one envisions access as inclusive of all people, regardless of whether or not they use drugs.

The stories on this website were compiled during the 11th National Harm Reduction Conference in San Diego.  Participants were asked to write their own stories about how access —or lack thereof —has impacted their lives.

Want to learn more about how harm reduction works to provide for the health and dignity of individuals and communities impacted by drug use?  Click www.harmreduction.org