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Jun-26-2020

Community values, community priorities

Updates from GLIDE’s Center for Social Justice An important step forward for public healthOn June 23, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed legislation authored by Mayor London Breed and District Six Supervisor Matt Haney—and supported by a broad coalition of service providers, including GLIDE—which establishes a permitting program for health providers to open

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Apr-30-2020

GLIDE’s OPT-IN mobile outreach

A lifeline in a landscape stalked by poverty and the coronavirus As most of San Francisco remains at a relative standstill to slow the spread of the coronavirus, GLIDE Harm Reduction Case Manager Felanie Castro is behind the wheel, crisscrossing the city seven hours a day. Piloting GLIDE’s community outreach van, and accompanied by a

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Jan-23-2020

Facts on Fentanyl

GLIDE Harm Reduction Services director Paul Harkin demystifies fentanyl and shares the known solutions to the opioid crisis Given the recent news about the dramatic rise in fentanyl-related deaths in San Francisco last year, we’re reposting this interview with Paul Harkin from August. This day and everyday, it’s important to remember that there are things

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Dec-20-2019

Tough Love? Actually, a Harm Reduction Approach Works Better

The following thoughts from GLIDE’s Director of Harm Reduction Services Paul Harkin come in response to a frequent assertion by people addressing the crisis of drug use on our streets: that offering support to those who use drugs only encourages them to keep on using, thereby only adding to the problem, and that only abstinence-based,

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Nov-14-2019

“Go Wherever Our People Are”

With a new mobile testing and outreach van, GLIDE joins the OPT-IN effort to connect the most vulnerable to services On a remote stretch of road just west on the Third Street artery that runs through San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood, a young man is about to receive life-saving treatment. The setting is anything but residential

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Jun-19-2019

From Mississippi to San Francisco and Back: Bridging the Health Equity Gap

We are thrilled to relate that Antwan Matthews, a Phlebotomist and HIV Navigator on the GLIDE Harm Reduction Team, was recently awarded a prestigious fellowship from Rise Up, an Oakland-based organization advocating a better future for youth, women and girls globally. This year, Rise Up selected 22 winners out of 550 applicants who are using

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Apr-08-2019

Canine Companions: Stories of unconditional love

In keeping with our values of radical inclusivity and acceptance, GLIDE has a long-standing policy of welcoming all people, as well as their animals, through our doors. On any given day at GLIDE, you will see dogs in backpacks, strollers, baby slings, tote bags and on leashes. In celebration of the unconditional love that animals

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Feb-15-2019

Harm Reduction: A Love Story

It’s no secret that at GLIDE, we believe in love, We believe in radical, unstoppable, unconditional love. We also know that love manifests in as many ways as there are people in our community—people like Elena and Zach, two GLIDE interns who are helping to link hard-to-reach members of the community to harm reduction and

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Feb-12-2018

Safe Injection Sites Are Coming to San Francisco

Paul Harkin on what you need to know This month, Barbara Garcia, director of San Francisco’s Department of Public Health, announced that the city was looking to pilot two Safe Injection Sites (SIS) for intravenous drug users as early as July 1. This announcement comes amid a spiraling opioid crisis that has encouraged many city leaders

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Nov-03-2017

The Way Forward: GLIDE and LEAD SF

In July 2017, GLIDE joined a coalition of 15 agencies across San Francisco to launch the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program, which coordinates with San Francisco’s law enforcement agencies and its criminal justice system to re-route willing nonviolent offenders from jail to services. With support from a major grant from the Department of Public

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Aug-19-2017

"A transformative way of dealing with drug use": Paul Harkin on Safe Consumption Sites

Due to concern about HIV, Hep C and overdose deaths, there has recently been a surge in discussion both locally and nationally about creating Safe Consumption Services (or Safe Injection Facilities) where people who use drugs can take them under medically supervised conditions. These facilities would mitigate the risk of harm to folks who are

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Aug-15-2017

"Tales from the Cured": Ending Hepatitis C in San Francisco

As members of GLIDE’s HIV & Hep C Harm Reduction Programs, the Hepatitis C navigators and I get the pleasure of being part of the City of San Francisco’s End Hep C SF initiative. End Hep C SF is a multi-sector collective-impact initiative that includes various service providers and community members working towards the elimination

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Feb-23-2017

Eye on the Ball: Where the Action Is

Welcome to another installment of Eye on the Ball. There’s so much happening these days that it can be hard to keep focused. So, we’d like to spotlight a few things going on this week of special relevance to our communities. As we all know too well, something is rotten in Denmark—(no offence, Denmark, we

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Sep-30-2016

Why I Am Voting YES on PROP 64

Prop 64 is a significant step toward ending the second-class citizenry created by our draconian drug laws. I am a former drug-war prisoner who became politicized after experiencing the corruption, abuse of power and oppression that is systemic in the criminal “justice” system. I am tired of settling for crumbs disguised as “compromise” when it

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Apr-02-2013

Syringe Access Program: Meeting People Where They’re At

GHS’s Syringe Access Program (SAP) strives to meet people where they’re at by using the harm reduction model to provide compassionate services to drug users who are not ready to quit. The program recognizes that there is still plenty of work that can be done with active users to reduce the harm of their drug

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Apr-02-2013

Syringe Access Program: Meeting People Where They’re At

GHS’s Syringe Access Program (SAP) strives to meet people where they’re at by using the harm reduction model to provide compassionate services to drug users who are not ready to quit. The program recognizes that there is still plenty of work that can be done with active users to reduce the harm of their drug

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Feb-06-2013

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Thursday, Feb. 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Join Pastor Theon and GLIDE HIV Services Manager Paul Harkin in this important day of action! Event begins at 4.30pm at the front steps of San Francisco City Hall – and then the participants will join together for a candlelight vigil and march to GLIDE. At

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