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The Cabinet for Heath and Family Services, Department for Public Health, in partnership with  the Kentucky Injury Prevention Center (KIRP) and the Kentucky AIDS Education Training Center (KYAETC), will host the second annual Harm Reduction Summit April 9 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington.

The summit will focus on harm reduction from a number of perspectives such as prevention, law enforcement, leadership, families and recovery. The summit also will be an opportunity for exploration and discussion of the six principles of harm reduction: 1) health and dignity; 2) participant-centered services; 3) participant involvement; 4) participant autonomy; 5) sociocultural factors and 6) pragmatism/realism.

Stakeholders in harm reduction will address what is working and the work still needed at the heart of harm reduction and drug policy . This year, we will welcome back Jon Zibbell, PhD and introduce new presenters Austin Eubanks , Kentucky State Police Lt. Col. Jeremy Slinker, Dana Quesinberry, JD, from KIRP, Tanya Meeks from Stop Heroin Lexington, Ashley McCarty from Addiction Recovery Care and others.

As keynote speaker, Austin Eubanks offers a profound and distinct perspective to substance use disorder and harm reduction. Eubanks was an injured survivor of the Columbine shooting, a traumatic experience and the catalyst to his painful journey to survivorship. Now in long-term recovery, he has devoted his career to helping those who have turned to substances as a result of trauma.


The full agenda can be found here.


Main presentation

Harm Reduction - Austin Eubanks

KORE - Brittney Allen

Narcan training  - Jody Jaggers

KIRP - Greg Corby-Lee

People of Color and Syringe Exchange Programs - Takeisha Nunez

Harm Reduction 101
Harm Reduction and Families
Harm Reduction and Law Enforcement 
Harm Reduction and Recovery
Harm Reduction and Treatment
Harm Reduction Leadership
Harm Reduction and Community Planning