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Founded in 2019, Texas Harm Reduction Alliance is a non-profit dedicated to ending the racist, war on drugs in Texas through offering harm reduction supplies and services, community organizing, and political advocacy.

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SERVICES

Our Drop-In Center is the only open community space of its kind in Austin.  In addition to harm reduction supplies, showers and meals are provided.  Visiting service providers facilitate testing, wound-care, service navigation and more, opening up doors for some of Austin's most marginalized people.

Our Re-Entry Program staff members go into the system to offer incarcerated people the tools, education, and resources they need to support them post-release. According to the Vera Institute, studies have that formerly incarcerated people are most vulnerable to overdose deaths in the two weeks after release. In North Carolina, for instance, formerly incarcerated people are 40x more likely to die of an overdose within that time frame.

THRA's mobile outreach team literally meets people where they are at: in homeless encampments, parks and in the streets.  In public spaces, the team distributes supplies and provides care to people who use drugs across the city. 

 

THRA has a mobile health clinic which is outfitted to provide showers and healthcare in all these spaces.  Every outreach worker is trained as a peer recovery coach, uplifting the definition of recovery as "any positive change" rather than abstinence-only.  

Our Training Program offers a curriculum for community organizations that want to learn the history of harm reduction and the war on drugs as well as practical harm reduction skills.

Want to incorporate harm reduction into your events? Our Nightlife Program offers harm reduction supplies and education at nightlife events as well as to venues looking for new ways to keep their patrons safe.

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2022 STATISTICS

186K

SYRINGES

5997

BOLOS

5885

DOSES OF

NARCAN

3166

FENTANYL

TESTING

STRIPS

633

REVERSED OVERDOSES

2971

WOUND

CARE KITS

2943

HYGIENE

KITS

4700

STEMS

FREE MONTHLY

BUS PASS

PROGRAM

FOR UNHOUSED AUSTINITES

TRAVIS COUNTY

OVERDOSE CRISIS

PUBLIC HEALTH

EMERGENCY

DECLARATION

WE SUPPORT HARM REDUCTION POLICIES THAT:

  • Honor the spectrum of substance use.

  • Are continuously improved with timely and relevant data.

  • Are informed by the wisdom of lived experience.

  • Respect the human rights,cultural values, beliefs, autonomy and dignity of all people.

  • Are equally accessible to all.

  • Are evidence-informed, pragmatic, non-coercive and non-discriminatory.

THRA IN THE NEWS

CONTACT

Maggie Luna, Executive Director

mluna@harmreductiontx.org

Maggie is the former lead organizer of the Statewide Leadership Council where she worked toward ending incarceration through advocacy. She has a background in research, coordinating activities, and communicating issues related to reducing the prison population and changing policies in the criminal justice system of Texas. Maggie has 20 years of experience with substance use and more than 6 years of recovery. She is determined to champion the principles of harm reduction and build a more compassionate and inclusive society for all.

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Alex White, Director of Services

Alex helped found a local, mutual aid based, harm reduction outreach team in Austin called Primrose. Additionally, she's done extensive work in Austin's unhoused community and has experience working with detained trans women and families seeking asylum. before joining THRA, Alex was on the team at the other ones foundation, and before that, worked at tapestry Health in MA.

Shanice Brim, Communications Manager and Fundraiser

IN 2015, Shanice began organizing in the Movement For Black Lives as an NYC Chapter member of abolitionist group BYP100. She went on to join the national staff as an Internal Communications Specialist while also serving as a staff member of Saint Heron for 3 years.

She is President of the Board of Directors at the Lilith Fund.

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WRITING RESOURCES

(DRUG POLICY ALLIANCE AND INTERRUPTING CRIMINALIZATION)

NATIONAL HARM REDUCTION COALITION

NATIONAL HARM REDUCTION COALITION

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