AIDS United’s policy team is dedicated to building and strengthening relationships that elevate the importance of and support for harm reduction within the HIV community and among our federal, state and local governmental partners. Through a harm reduction approach, we can affirm the rights, health, and dignity of people who use drugs and their loved ones, and together, end the HIV and overdose epidemics.
In order to achieve this goal, it is imperative that our elected leaders:
- End the ban on the use of federal funds to purchase syringes.
- Increase federal funding for harm reduction and syringe services programs in accordance with advocates’ stated needs.
- Allow states and jurisdictions to open up evidence based, lifesaving overdose prevention centers without interference.
- Decriminalize drug use and provide justice and restitution to the victims of the war on drugs, particularly in Black, Brown and Indigenous communities.
- Ensure that people who use drugs are active participants in the development of drug user health policy.